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 »

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 »

Cooler With a Few Showers For Wednesday

WEATHER DISCUSSION Thunderstorms and lightning strikes scattered the landscape Tuesday, and after a very active afternoon and evening, southern Oregon and northern California will see a much quieter day Wednesday.  While a few embedded rumbles of thunder are possible, most locations will see scattered to isolated showers with the passage of a cold front. Along with Tuesday evening’s … Continue reading »

T-Storms Across the Valley Today

  WEATHER DISCUSSION A pretty active day is ahead for Northern California, the Rogue Valley and Cascades. Spotty showers have been developing throughout the morning across much of the region. Clouds will stick around throughout the morning, but not without some sun breaks. This will allow temperatures to warm and fuel afternoon/evening storms. A fire … Continue reading »

Thunderstorms and Fire Weather

WEATHER DISCUSSION Monday brought a few thunderstorms to the area, and the rain chances and lightning risk return for Tuesday.  Rainfall amounts so far have been low, but a bit of measurable rain is possible locally with Tuesday’s storms.  Temperatures also hover near average and dip back down to the middle 80’s by mid-week, but … Continue reading »

Cooler Air Moving In

WEATHER DISCUSSION A change in the weather pattern is in swing. We will see a slight break from the scorching heat for a few days. This will also come with afternoon thunderstorms. Today, afternoon highs were only a few degrees below what they were yesterday. We still sit well above average, but every afternoon we … Continue reading »

Weather Wise: Back to “Normal”

WEATHER DISCUSSION Quite a different show in the weather today as compared to yesterday. Yesterday, a lot of moisture in the atmosphere brought in a large stratus deck that covered most of the forecast area, and thus kept our temperatures a bit cooler. Now, we still had some thunderstorm development in the region, but we … Continue reading »

Measurable Rainfall, But Not Much

WEATHER DISCUSSION Thunderstorms and rain showers moved through Friday morning and brought lightning to not only  northern California and the basin, but also The Rogue Valley and coast.  We did see measurable rainfall, but amounts were very small – only .01 of an inch was seen at the airport in Medford, and amounts elsewhere weren’t … Continue reading »

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