O.D.F. Recon Flights to Spot Smoke

MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s been two days since thunderstorms moved through southern Oregon and although time has passed, lightning strikes still smolder and sometimes the best way to get a view of the smokes, is fromĀ  6,000 feet. “They’ve got a smoke report up Tolman Creek in Ashland, and we’re going to go fly over … Continue reading »

More Than 4,000 Lightning Strikes

  WEATHER DISCUSSION It was a very active Tuesday across the state of Oregon as thunderstorms developed left and right producing frequent lightning, hail and heavy rain. About 1,200 lightning strikes were reported over Jackson County alone and about 4,500 for Southern Oregon and Northern California. I’d suspect the state-wide count would be roughly double … Continue reading »

Stray Shower or Storm Today

  WEATHER DISCUSSION An upper level low continues to spin over the Western half of the country. This is still bringing unstable air to the region today, allowing for a few stray showers and a chance for storms to continue in the Klamath Basin, the Cascades & Northern California for later today. About 500 lightning … Continue reading »

One Last Day of Heat Wave!

We had some thunderstorms pop up almost out of nowhere this morning across Josephine & Douglas Counties! It was likely a result of the thunderstorm activity last night over Siskiyou County. Towards the end of a thunderstorm’s life cycle it will produce something called an outflow boundary, which is why gusty winds are common. This … Continue reading »