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 »

Cooling Off for the Start of Fall

WEATHER DISCUSSION Summer has been hanging on by a nail. Every time we get a cold front that brings a relief, another dominant ridge of high pressure brings in temperatures well above average. The good news, is that on the first day of fall, we will be seeing “fall-like” temperatures. A series of strong cold … Continue reading »

Summer Hangs On Tightly This Weekend

WEATHER DISCUSSION With high pressure in control for the next couple of days, highs Saturday are going to be well above average.  For some locations, afternoon temperatures will reach near record values.  In Medford, the record high for September 20th is 98 degrees, and the forecast high is only one degree shy of that. That’s … Continue reading »

Mostly Sunny and Warmer For Friday

WEATHER DISCUSSION Rain showers ended around the area sooner than anticipated, and the clouds began to break throughout the afternoon Thursday.  That afternoon sunshine will continue for Friday after a few clouds move through Thursday night.  Over the past couple of days, measurable rain did fall in some locations, but from about I-5 eastward, rainfall … Continue reading »

Winds Will Continue to Gust Wednesday

WEATHER DISCUSSION Tuesday afternoon, as expected, winds were gusting to near 40 miles per hour again near Weed.  We will not see this change for Wednesday.  A fire weather warning is already in effect for central Siskiyou County, which includes the Shasta Valley, until 9 PM Wednesday.  For most of the Klamath Basin, the fire … Continue reading »

Gusty Winds Affect the Fire Fights

WEATHER DISCUSSION As a trough of low pressure approached the Northwest, winds picked up throughout Monday afternoon.  One weather station near Weed reported a gust of 39 miles per hour, and when a fire began near that city, it grew quickly.  Fueled by the gusty southerly winds and very low humidity, the Boles Fire prompted … Continue reading »

Active Weather to Start the Week

WEATHER DISCUSSION After weeks of dry weather, we enter our first active weather pattern of the 2014-15 water year. I’ll break it down by the specifics by category: Smoke: Upper air surface models show that the low pressure system offshore will keep winds out of the south, southwest for the beginning of the week. Therefore, … Continue reading »

Cooler Air and Showers on the Way

WEATHER DISCUSSION Before we start talking about the wonderful thought of showers and cooler air. I must discuss the next few days. We’ll still be getting hot afternoon temperatures as the axis of the high pressure ridge sits over us. In fact, the warmest day should be Sunday, but only by a few degrees at … Continue reading »

Smoky This Weekend, Cooler Next Week

WEATHER DISCUSSION Winds aloft continue to blow from the southwest, pushing the smoke into southern Oregon.  There will be no major change in this pattern until a cold front passes towards the middle of next week.  This not only shifts the winds, but it also drops high temperatures down to the upper 70′s and lower … Continue reading »

Fire Weather Concerns & Smoky Skies

WEATHER DISCUSSION Winds aloft shifted Thursday, rerouting the smoke from the Happy Camp Complex back into southern Oregon.  By the afternoon, a veil of smoke was visible in southern Jackson and Klamath Counties.  This will continue throughout the weekend and most of next week. The heat will do the same, at least in the short-term.  Highs … Continue reading »

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