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 »

Drying Up (Mostly) for the Weekend

WEATHER DISCUSSION After the active pattern that sat over the region throughout the last few days, high pressure is moving in. The digging trough that has been moving onshore will eventually pinch itself off and become a little more zonal (west to east). What this will do is create a low pressure system that will … Continue reading »

Fire Level Reduced to “High”

MEDFORD, Ore. – Fire danger has been reduced to “High” for Jackson and Josephine Counties. The reduction comes from the cool and wet weather pattern that moved over the region yesterday and will continue through Friday. The rain reduced wildfire danger on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District. The public … Continue reading »

Rain Starting to Fizzle Out

WEATHER DISCUSSION We have finally seen the heaviest of rain that will fall with this system. The last 48 hours proved to bring more rain than expected to our region, allowing for a little relief from the extremely dry conditions we’ve seen for a while. Early estimates with this storm were showing less than an … Continue reading »

It’s Raining! It’s Pouring!

MEDFORD, Ore. — Most of southern Oregon is still in either in a severe or extreme drought, and to change that, a series of rain events need to occur. In this situation, snow pack remains exceptionally important, and we’re going to have to have a very wet winter to even think about getting out of … Continue reading »

Rain Pours on Onion Mountain Fire

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. — Rain continues to fall on the Onion  Mountain Fire and the National Weather Service in Medford estimates the amount of rain that has fallen in the past day is equivalent to 20,000 bucket drops. Containment is officially listed at 80% but fire officials believe the end has come. “This rain, it … Continue reading »

Heavy Rain Will Lead to Slick Pavement

  WEATHER DISCUSSION A cold front has begun pushing inland today. Roughly 3″ of rain has fallen since late last night along the coast. Rain will move through the West Side this morning, falling heavy at times. Because this is the first significant rainfall of the season, roadways will be slick from accumulated oil throughout … Continue reading »

Rain & Wind Bring Mudslide Threat

  WEATHER DISCUSSION Today is the first full day of fall and the weather will shortly be feeling like it. A big cool down will arrive tomorrow bringing rain and wind to our area. The winds will starting ramping up today. Fire weather warnings are in effect for the Shasta Valley and Klamath Basin where … Continue reading »

Fall-Like Weather Just on the Horizon

  WEATHER DISCUSSION A big change in the stubborn and dry weather pattern we’ve been locked into all summer will arrive this week. Skies will stay partly sunny today and high temperatures about 5-7 degrees cooler than the weekend. Isolated thunderstorms will fire up in Central Oregon this afternoon and we’ll be watching out for … Continue reading »

Rain, Wind, and Cooler Air This Week

WEATHER DISCUSSION With a long dry spell over the last few weeks and only a glimmer of showers last week, a much larger/stronger system is approaching. A large digging trough moving in from the west will usher in quite a bit of moisture with a series of cold fronts. Before I get to that, I’ll … Continue reading »

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