Fewer Storms For Friday

WEATHER DISCUSSION Thunderstorm activity Thursday was much more isolated than that of Wednesday evening.  For the most part, storms developed and tracked through northern California and the Klamath Basin.  That doesn’t mean that yesterday’s storms, and subsequent lightning strikes, are done wreaking havoc.  The Oregon Gulch Fire is believed to have been sparked by Wednesday … Continue reading »

Another Widespread T-Storm Event Today

  WEATHER DISCUSSION Wednesday brought a widespread round of storms to much of our forecast area. There were just over 500 lightning strikes reported in Jackson County alone, and nearly 2500 region-wide. Round 3, expected today, is going to be very similar to Wednesday. Again, storms are going to be moving north, northeast through Jackson … Continue reading »

Another Active Lightning Day

WEATHER DISCUSSION Hundreds of lightning strikes illuminated the landscape this afternoon and evening.  Storms began firing early this afternoon, and continued for several hours.  A fire weather warning is in effect Wednesday, then another becomes effective Thursday afternoon – for good reason.  A handful of fires have already been sparked in northern California and southern Oregon, … Continue reading »

Second Round of Storms Later Today

  WEATHER DISCUSSION Our first round of storms on Tuesday led to a pretty active afternoon. Lightning was striking over Southern Jackson County, along and east of the Cascades, and over Siskiyou County. Storms over the Rogue Valley traveled in from Northern California and a similar set up is likely today. In fact, today could … Continue reading »

ODF Dispatch Severe Weather Preparations

CENTRAL POINT, Ore –Oregon Department of Forestry Dispatch center tracks the lightning storms all over Southern Oregon and Northern California from a room in Central Point. Dispatchers use a variety of computer weather programs to plot and map the strikes. That information is used to compare to strikes and fires seen by field teams, lookouts, and those … Continue reading »

First Round of Storms Expected Today

  WEATHER DISCUSSION A very active weather pattern will settle into the West today. Showers and thunderstorms will develop every afternoon through early next week …at least the way things are looking now. A ridge of high pressure positioned over the Desert Southwest, plus an area of low pressure in the Gulf of Alaska, will … Continue reading »

Thunderstorm Threat Continues

WEATHER DISCUSSION Monday makes the tenth triple digit day so far in 2014, and all of those days have been in July.  In fact, it was the hottest day of the year so far.  The official high in Medford was 106, and as hot as that seems, that’s still two degrees shy of the record 108 set … Continue reading »

Lightning Kills 1, Hurts 13 on Beach

(CNN) — A relaxing day at Southern California’s famed Venice Beach took a deadly turn Sunday afternoon when a powerful lightning bolt struck the water, killing one person and injuring at least 13, emergency officials said. The sudden lightning strike at Venice Beach caused panic as people tried to get out of the water and … Continue reading »

Thunderstorms for Days

WEATHER DISCUSSION Cloud coverage over the region gave us a nice relief from the scorching heat we were otherwise supposed to get. The forecast high for today was to be 100 degrees in Medford and 90 in Klamath Falls. The best we got to was 95 and 88 respectively. Which, is still warmer than expected … Continue reading »

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 from  6,000 feet. “They’ve got a smoke report up Tolman Creek in Ashland, and we’re going to go fly over … Continue reading »

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