Winds Will Continue to Gust Wednesday

WEATHER DISCUSSION Tuesday afternoon, as expected, winds were gusting to near 40 miles per hour again near Weed.  We will not see this change for Wednesday.  A fire weather warning is already in effect for central Siskiyou County, which includes the Shasta Valley, until 9 PM Wednesday.  For most of the Klamath Basin, the fire … Continue reading »

Gusty Winds Affect the Fire Fights

WEATHER DISCUSSION As a trough of low pressure approached the Northwest, winds picked up throughout Monday afternoon.  One weather station near Weed reported a gust of 39 miles per hour, and when a fire began near that city, it grew quickly.  Fueled by the gusty southerly winds and very low humidity, the Boles Fire prompted … Continue reading »

Smoky This Weekend, Cooler Next Week

WEATHER DISCUSSION Winds aloft continue to blow from the southwest, pushing the smoke into southern Oregon.  There will be no major change in this pattern until a cold front passes towards the middle of next week.  This not only shifts the winds, but it also drops high temperatures down to the upper 70′s and lower … Continue reading »

Fire Weather Concerns & Smoky Skies

WEATHER DISCUSSION Winds aloft shifted Thursday, rerouting the smoke from the Happy Camp Complex back into southern Oregon.  By the afternoon, a veil of smoke was visible in southern Jackson and Klamath Counties.  This will continue throughout the weekend and most of next week. The heat will do the same, at least in the short-term.  Highs … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Tsunamis

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Why do tsunamis form?” Mrs.  Schultz’s 6th grade class, St. Mary’s School in Medford Tsunamis can form from events that occur either above or below the water, but most of the time, they get their origins beneath the water’s surface.  The word is Japanese, meaning “harbor wave.”  Earthquakes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions … Continue reading »

Summer Is Hanging On Tight

WEATHER DISCUSSION High temperatures Wednesday were several degrees warmer than Tuesday, and the warm up persists through the weekend.  On Friday, highs will be in the upper 90′s – that’s over ten degrees warmer than average for most locations.  By the middle of next week, a cold front passes to bring highs closer to what is … Continue reading »

Cool & Clear Tonight, Sunny Wednesday

WEATHER DISCUSSION Winds have shifted behind the passage of the cold front Monday.  That has pushed the majority of the smoke back into southern and western Siskiyou County, which means air quality in locations like Etna and Fort Jones is still diminished.  Elsewhere, however, conditions have improved substantially, mainly across southern Oregon.  This break from the smoke … Continue reading »

Briefly Cooler & a Break From the Smoke

WEATHER DISCUSSION Thick smoke enveloped most of the area throughout the weekend, and today was no different.  Fortunately, there has been a change in the wind.  A cold front passed through the area Monday evening, which created gusty winds and tried to pop up a few showers and storms with little success.  Tuesday will bring cooler … Continue reading »

Gusty Winds and Fire Weather Warnings

WEATHER DISCUSSION As a cold front passes through the area, temperatures will drop a bit, but the main concerns will focus around falling humidity and gusty winds.  Since the winds will be shifting behind the cold front, a dry wind from the northeast will be blowing Wednesday and Thursday.  All of these issues combine to … Continue reading »

Comfortable Holiday Weekend Temps

WEATHER DISCUSSION A cold front is poised to swing through the area by Saturday, dropping temperatures by about ten degrees and bringing some cloud cover with it.  The front will also help keep the smoke from the fires burning in Siskiyou County out of southern Oregon, which will allow for some blue sky to peek … Continue reading »

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