Rains Have Minimal Affect on Wildfires

MEDFORD, Ore. — Fire crews are able to focus on the remaining wildfires in Southern Oregon now that the thunderstorm threat has diminished, but are still monitoring grounds for new sparks after the weekends storms. Fire officials at the Oregon Department of Forestry say there is still a chance one could start up so they … Continue reading »

Scattered Showers & T-Storms

A longwave trough to our west is going to bring several disturbances our way the next several days. After Sunday, the only impacts will be along coastal sections. For now, cloud cover and shower/thundershower activity will be the primary concern through Sunday evening. Lightning strikes are occurring across Siskiyou County and Northern Klamath & Lake. … Continue reading »

ODF Prepares for Lightning This Week

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry brought in a dozer along with five initial attack engines in Medford. They equipped the Grants Pass department with the same resources. There is a chance of lightning, and with lightning comes fire. With the equipment and crews prepared and ready to go, they can get to … Continue reading »

Scattered Thunderstorms Wednesday

Two disturbances to our south will be influencing the weather through Thursday. A cut off low just off the coast of California, and a high pressure system over the Four Corners, will feed moisture up from the South and allow for the development of thunderstorms across much of the viewing area. Cloud cover and spotty … Continue reading »

Thunderstorms Through Thursday

Two weather disturbances together are going to bring increasing moisture to the region through Thursday. In addition, the atmosphere will gradually increase in instability, meaning by Wednesday, conditions will be favorable for widespread thunderstorm development. A Red Flag Warning (for dry lightning) remains in effect for Northern California and a Fire Weather Watch for the … Continue reading »

Lightning Strikes Eagle Point House

EAGLE POINT,Ore. — Lightning strikes a house in Eagle Point damaging a roof, walls, and electrical wiring. “It was a big pop sound — that was it —  it was like a big pop,” said resident Tiffani Donald. The lightning went through the roof and touched down just inches away from her bed. “At first I … Continue reading »

Sunny & Cooler Finish to Weekend

Again, thunderstorms are developing over Siskiyou County. This is where most of the instability and remaining moisture lies across the viewing area. Most of the cells have been pretty stationary, moving in a very slow east northeasterly path. Now that the sun has set, the activity should begin to die out over the next several … 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 »

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 »

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