Fri. Starts With Showers, End Mainly Dry

WEATHER DISCUSSION Thursday brought yet another day with showers across the area as a slow moving cold front crept eastward.  The highest rainfall totals were along the coast, with up to half an inch in northern California and west side valleys.  We will see the same cold front stall out and recede northwestward Friday morning … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Lightning

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Why does rain not always bring lightning and thunder?” Ainsley, St. Mary’s School The answer to this question lies in the height of the clouds that produce the rain.  When showers move through, they fall from shorter, more shallow clouds.  That means the separation of charges that causes lightning in the first … Continue reading »

Steady Rain, then Scattered Showers

WEATHER DISCUSSION Rain has been falling along the coast throughout the day, but showers arrived later Wednesday evening for Jackson and Josephine Counties.  As we go through the overnight hours, this band of rainfall associated with a cold front will gradually shift eastward into the Klamath Basin.  Behind the cold front Thursday, we will be seeing … Continue reading »

A Wet, Windy Wednesday For Some

WEATHER DISCUSSION Showers have slowly been creeping towards the coast this evening, and Brookings has seen some light showers already.  This is a sign that the next cold front is making its way towards southern Oregon and northern California, bringing steady ready to the area by Wednesday afteroon and evening.  However, the rain chances don’t … Continue reading »

A Brief Break From the Showers

WEATHER DISCUSSION As expected, the area saw measurable rain along the coast and for inland locations.  What we weren’t expecting is the amount of rain we saw for west side valleys.  Of course, no one is complaining, since the rain is still much needed and appreciated.  Amounts were near half an inch for more areas, … Continue reading »

Cooler Temperatures With an Active Week

WEATHER DISCUSSION Sunday afternoon’s weather proved to be what many would consider near perfect.  We saw just a few clouds with a light breeze and highs in the upper 70′s.  Unfortunately, it will be the last such day this week.  A cold front is making its way towards the coast Sunday evening, bringing showers Sunday night and clouds to inland … Continue reading »

Saturday Brings Clearing Skies

WEATHER DISCUSSION All day Friday we’ve been watching scattered showers slowly track through the area.  Rainfall amounts have been very low with this system, with barely any measurable rainfall recorded for west side valleys, northern California, and areas east of the Cascades.  The coast has seen the most rain, but amounts for Brookings and Crescent … Continue reading »

Rainfall Amounts Look Slim Friday

WEATHER DISCUSSION As showers approach the coast Thursday evening, rain chances, on the surface, look promising.  Unfortunately, as the line of showers makes its way onshore over the next 24 hours, it will start to fall apart.  That means measurable rain along the coast, but totals will be minimal for inland locations. How minimal? West … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Forecasting

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How long does it take you to gather the data for your weather forecast?” Cameron, Mae Richardson Elementary There is a short and long answer to this question.  The short answer is a couple of hours.  The long answer involves the steps we take and everything we utilize to put together our … Continue reading »

A Few Clouds Hang Around Thursday

WEATHER DISCUSSION Although the rain showers came to and end for most locations Wednesday afternoon, one location continued to see precipitation.  Crater Lake saw its first snowfall of the season, and as the flakes continued to fall intermittently Wednesday evening, the accumulation grew.  As of 7 PM Wednesday, snowfall totals along the rim were between … Continue reading »

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