Ask the Meteorologist: Lightning

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Does Lightning Come From the Ground?” Porter, Jewett Elementary, Central Point There are many types of lightning that can occur in a thunderstorm. One of the most beautiful, and dangerous is the “Cloud-to-ground” lightning bolt. The CTG bolt does exactly what it says, and extends an electrical current from the cloud to … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Lightning Colors

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “What color is lightning?” Ardin, Jewett Elementary When we draw lightning as children, we usually color it as yellow, but lightning actually emits a white light.  It’s very similar to the sun because of its intense heat. The color of lightning can differ, however, based on what is present in the atmosphere … Continue reading »

Mainly Rain for the Showers Coming Up

WEATHER DISCUSSION A deep upper level low is slowly making its way northwest off the Northern Californian coast. As it does, the moisture that it’s pulling from the Pacific is creating quite a hazard for California. Even though the entire state is drought-stricken, the rainfall there is coming down too fast. When this happens, rain … 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 »

Rain Chances Take A Dive On Friday

WEATHER DISCUSSION Thursday afternoon brought scattered showers and even a few lightning strikes and rumbles of thunder to the area.  Friday will also feature showers and storms, but the rain and storm chances drop substantially.  Northern California and along and east of the Cascades stand the best shot at some more rain, and very isolated … Continue reading »

Still Watching Out for Lightning Today

  WEATHER DISCUSSION Thunderstorms managed to move into West Side Valleys Monday afternoon bringing rain, strong winds and hail. Today, the moisture will shift further inland keeping the lightning threat confined to the Klamath Basin and Siskiyou County. Storms should be isolated in these locations this afternoon. By tomorrow, the weather will stay very inactive … Continue reading »

Isolated Storms Still Possible Tuesday

WEATHER DISCUSSION An area of low pressure, located to just to our south, created another round of storms Monday afternoon.  Early on, most of the activity was contained to northern California as storms tracked towards the west northwest through Siskiyou County.  We also saw a few isolated thunderstorms east of the Cascades.  However, as the evening progressed, … Continue reading »

Still Watching for More Lightning

  WEATHER DISCUSSION Two nocturnal thunderstorms developed overnight in Jackson County, one of which passed straight through Medford. Both of these storms were a result of outflow boundaries, winds that storms tend to release as they are dying down. These outflow boundaries were from Sunday evening’s storms over Siskiyou County. Outflow boundaries are also what … Continue reading »

Happy Camp Complex Brings Thick Smoke

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. —  An estimated 20 fires make up the Happy Camp Complex each of which is sending thick smoke  into the sky and while the fires continue to be fought, the fire camp continues to grow. Thick smoke in Happy Camp had Bonita Thom wearing a mask as she worked outside helping her … Continue reading »

Change Brings More Rain With Storms

WEATHER DISCUSSION Now in our fourth day of an active weather pattern,  we are seeing a little bit of a change. Sunday through Tuesday brought strong scattered thunderstorm activity. With these storms, that stretched across the entire region, we had a plethora of threats that accompanied them. Between Sunday and Wednesday morning, we had thousands … Continue reading »

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