A Dry and Sunny Sunday

WEATHER DISCUSSION Rain, snow, hail, and wind made up the forecast for Friday. A cold pool of air moved overhead allowing for instability to strengthen. This, along with daytime heating allowed for pop-up storms to form and strengthen through the day. Hail was reported in Grants Pass and Medford, among other places. The showers dissipated over the evening … Continue reading »

Light Rain and Snow Today

WEATHER DISCUSSION A weak cold front has been pushing through the area today allowing for showers to pick up across the region. Snow levels started low, near about 5,000′ and will be lowering dramatically through Saturday. Levels will bottom out near 4,500′ for the Cascades, 3,500′ for the Siskiyous, and 3,400′ for the Basin. Snow … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Chetco Effect

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST  “What is the Chetco Effect?” Gordon Gore, Grants Pass When we sit in high pressure patterns for weeks on end, a very unique, but significant weather pattern can set up at the coast. “The Chetco Effect” will make the temperature at Brookings rise anywhere from 5-25 degrees warmer than areas only a few miles away. … Continue reading »

Rain and Snow Back in the Forecast

  WEATHER DISCUSSION After weeks of dry, sunny, and warm weather, we get a small relief. Rain and snow will return to the forecast for this weekend. High pressure out in the middle Pacific will allow for a series of moisture waves to slide down the “right arm,” into our area. The last few months, … Continue reading »

Showers Back in the Forecast This Week

WEATHER DISCUSSION Lower pressure has moved in from the northeast allowing for afternoon temperatures to get closer to average. Overnight lows have been dropping significantly as well. Areas east of the Cascade Range made it into the teens for lows and the winds overnight kept the windchill in the single digits. Now that high pressure … Continue reading »

Low Pressure Results in Cooler Air

WEATHER DISCUSSION Amid the strong high pressure ridge overhead, a small area of low pressure is swinging south on the eastern half of our forecast region. This is allowing for some changes in the pattern. The high desert to the east of Lake County received a few showers through the last six hours. Daytime heating … Continue reading »

Chilly Mornings, Warm Afternoons

WEATHER DISCUSSION Not much change in the forecast over the last few days. The ridge of high pressure is keeping us in a lull of a weather pattern for a while. A few key small scale patterns will continue through next week. First, the Chetco Effect is still happening at Brookings. Offshore winds will continue … Continue reading »

High Pressure in Full Control

WEATHER DISCUSSION Happy Valentine’s Day Another ridge of high pressure is parked over the region allowing for the familiar pattern of chilly mornings, and warm afternoons. The only change lately is the shift of winds offshore allowing for Brookings to hit an impressive 74 degrees today. The Chetco Effect with offshore flow is set up … Continue reading »

Weekend Storm Packing a Punch

WEATHER DISCUSSION Two big storms in three days. This was what we expected this weekend and it is exactly what we got. Friday’s storm was the most potent, but the one that started today is already packing a punch. Heavy rain and wind started in Northern California and the Southern Oregon coast in the late … Continue reading »

One More Storm Before the Clearing

WEATHER DISCUSSION The strong weather system that came in on Friday brought with it a series of hazards all across the region. Heavy rain falling in short periods increased the flooding potential in streams, rivers, lakes, and urban areas. Winds also played a factor in bringing down trees and power lines. Numerous power outages were … Continue reading »

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