Another Round of Rain Thursday PM

WEATHER DISCUSSION A weak area of low pressure has been approaching the coast Wednesday, bringing about a quarter of an inch of rain to places like Brookings and Crescent City.  Northern California also saw a bit of measurable rain, but elsewhere, there wasn’t much in the bucket. Along with the rain came a bit of … Continue reading »

Gusty Wind & Driving Rain Winding Down

WEATHER DISCUSSION Hurricane force winds and heavy rainfall have been expected for days in advance, and right on schedule, the rainfall arrived and winds began to howl during the predawn hours Thursday morning.  Peak wind gusts occurred between 3:00 and 5:00 this morning as the strong area of low pressure skirted the Oregon coast.  The … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Wind

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Where does wind come from?” Chase, Griffin Creek Elementary Winds are caused by differences in atmospheric pressure.  Areas of high and low pressure form when we have a lot of either warm or cold air in place.  Cold air is related to more stable, sinking air, and therefore is also related to … Continue reading »

Showers Will Subside, But Only Briefly

WEATHER DISCUSSION An area of low pressure has continued to slowly drag northwards along the coast of northern California Wednesday afternoon and evening.  As expected, it brought measurable rainfall to Siskiyou County and the coast, but rainfall amounts were much lower inland.  For comparison, Mount Shasta City saw nearly an inch of rain Wednesday, where locations … Continue reading »

Showers Off & On Through Wednesday

WEATHER DISCUSSION Light rain made its way into northern California and southern Oregon Tuesday afternoon, and those showers will continue to move through the area Wednesday.  It’s all part of the low that’s just offshore to our south and west.  While this storm system is bringing some much needed rain to California, it is also … Continue reading »

Right Back into an Active Pattern

WEATHER DISCUSSION Before the weekend arrived, models were suggesting that we would be getting a dominant ridge of high pressure and there was no end in sight. With high pressure, comes calm conditions with sunny skies. However, as is typical with forecast models. anything past a few days will likely change. So the monotonous days … Continue reading »

High Pressure Helps Weaken Next Front

WEATHER DISCUSSION A ridge of high pressure has built in over the west, and although the next storm system will weaken it, that ridge is exactly what keeps the front from making a big impact in southern Oregon and northern California.  By Sunday evening, showers will drift in with the cold front from the north, … Continue reading »

Fall Temperatures Within Sight

WEATHER DISCUSSION Although the marine layer has returned to coastal locations and substantially dropped temperatures, there was no relief from the unseasonable heat for inland locations.  Highs in the Rogue Valley were once again 10 – 15 degrees above average, and although it seems like the cool down will never come, I promise it is … Continue reading »

Finally, An Upcoming Change

WEATHER DISCUSSION After what seems like an eternity of sunny skies, dry air, and above average temperatures; a change is coming. The dominant ridge of high pressure is slowly breaking down and an end is finally in sight. Now that the high pressure is moving off to the east, cooler air will have a chance … Continue reading »

A Few Showers Possible By Monday Evening

WEATHER DISCUSSION Another cold front is approaching the West Coast, but this one is much weaker and does not have nearly the moisture as the system last week.  That being said, a few showers are still possible as it approaches the area Monday evening, but don’t expect much measurable rainfall or a drastic drop in daytime … Continue reading »

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