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 »

Pleasant Temperatures For One More Day

WEATHER DISCUSSION A cold front swept through the area Wednesday morning, and in its wake, temperatures have been much cooler.  In fact, most locations saw highs around ten degrees below average.  We will still be on the cool side Thursday, but this unseasonable weather will only last a short time longer.  By the weekend, highs will … 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 »

Lightning Strikes and a Little Rainfall

WEATHER DISCUSSION As expected, Wednesday brought another round of afternoon storms in northern California and the Klamath Basin.  We saw frequent lightning strikes and even measurable rainfall in Klamath Falls and Alturas.  The Rogue Valley stayed mainly dry, with a few lightning strikes reported in south Jackson County near Ashland. Temperatures were also much warmer … Continue reading »

Rain Tapers Off Throughout Today

  WEATHER DISCUSSION We’ll have more rain today, but it won’t be as consistent as Wednesday. Skies will be mostly cloudy in the morning and partly cloudy in the afternoon, with rain showers tapering off gradually throughout the day. High temperatures will once again stay on the cooler side. Rainfall totals within the past 24 … Continue reading »

Signs of Rain Right on the Horizon!

  WEATHER DISCUSSION One last day of quiet weather and warm temperatures is ahead. We had rain and thunderstorms move through the Klamath Basin overnight. This brought some lightning to Lake County and some clouds still linger in this area, but elsewhere is it mostly clear. Mostly sunny skies will turn partly sunny by mid … Continue reading »

Thunderstorm Threat at Maximum

WEATHER FORECAST Official Start of Fire Season for: Lake, Klamath, Josephine and Jackson Counties Today had the worst threat for thunderstorms this week as instability and heat is building up cells of showers in the region. Activity is confined to the Cascades, Basin and Northern California for tonight. As of 7:00pm Monday, over 200 lightning … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Forecasting

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How can you estimate the amount of rain and snowfall we will receive from a storm?” Chase Tiffany, Ashland Middle School When putting a forecast together, meteorologists look at computer models. These models generate a forecast (that requires modification & many changes) based on the current conditions of our atmosphere. These … Continue reading »

Clouds Today, Rain & Wind Tonight

  WEATHER DISCUSSION Today will be the last day of mostly dry & quiet weather. Tonight, an area of low pressure will move into the Northwest bringing moderate to heavy rainfall to Southern Oregon. This storm system is going to keep plenty of clouds over the area today with increasing winds into this evening. A … Continue reading »

Rogue River Levels Lower Than Last Year

NEAR SHADY COVE, Ore. — The extreme heat and lack of rain is causing lower water levels along the Rogue River, and water managers are working to make sure there’s enough to help farmers, fish, and drinking water. At Lost Creek Lake, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said they are releasing 1,500 cubic feet … Continue reading »