Ask the Meteorologist: Lightning

Lightning is an electric discharge, or electric current, in our atmosphere that forms from opposite charges within thunderstorm clouds. These clouds, otherwise known as cumulonimbus clouds, are made up of ice crystals and water droplets that collide with one another and begin forming charges as a result of the collisions. After some time, the charges … Continue reading »

Four Lightning Induced Fires Burn in OR

OWYHEE , Ore. — There are at least four fires burning in Oregon right now, all in Malheur County, and all are believed to have been caused by lightning. Four miles outside of Adrian, the Owyhee fire is burning out of control. It has charred more than 40,000 acres by some reports, and at this … Continue reading »

Hot & Sunny for the Weekend

High pressure currently sits over our region. Sunny skies have allowed for temperatures to warm significantly, especially in the Valley. Medford hit it’s warmest day of the year thus far, with the afternoon temperature peaking at 91 degrees. Klamath Fall did so as well, reaching 81 degrees for the first time this year. On the … Continue reading »

Weaker T-Storms This Evening

The weather pattern that has been in place over the past week has now broken down. Showers and thunderstorms still remain in the forecast though and are expected into this evening. A good amount of moisture is present in our atmosphere, and in addition to that temperatures are 5-10 degrees warmer this afternoon. For these … Continue reading »

Scattered Showers & T-Storms

Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are rolling through the viewing area once again. One cell came right through Medford. The increased surface heating, from the clearer skies this afternoon, allowed for more convection to develop this afternoon and most storms were able to make it over the Cascades into the West Side Valleys. Today’s storms … Continue reading »

Calif. Wildfire Counts Double Average

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — “Unprecedented” is the way California Fire is describing this year’s fire season. Governor Jerry Brown has declared this week “Wildfire Awareness Week.” It’s in response to one of the driest winters in the region. In fact, Cal-Fire has already responded to 11-hundred fires statewide. That’s about double the average. California Fire officials … Continue reading »

Thunderstorm Threat Continues

**Update** The Red Flag Warning for east Siskiyou county has been cancelled due to the rain we saw overnight wetting the dry fuels. The cut-off low pressure off the coast of California will continue to usher in the chance for showers this morning but they will become more isolated through the morning and early afternoon. … Continue reading »

More Widespread Afternoon Thunderstorms

Today there is more moisture in the atmosphere due to onshore flow rather than the dry offshore flow we had this weekend, this will lead to more numerous thunderstorms this afternoon and evening and the potential for locally heavy rain in storms. Heavy rain may lead to street flooding so if you see flooding on … Continue reading »

Heavy Rain & Strong Winds

A storm system is moving in from our West this evening. This is going to bring heavy rain and strong winds to our region. It’s possible that a thunderstorm may develop along the Coast. If so, it could produce hail due to the cool air aloft and also strong winds. Many places have seen several … Continue reading »

Showers Tonight & Tomorrow

We are still seeing widespread rain showers across the viewing area. Again, an isolated thunderstorm is possible tonight. An area of low pressure off the Coast will push inland this evening and the moisture will linger through the evening and day tomorrow. By Monday evening rain showers will begin to taper off. Tuesday through Wednesday … Continue reading »

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