Ask the Meteorologist: Lightning

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Why does rain not always bring lightning and thunder?” Ainsley, St. Mary’s School The answer to this question lies in the height of the clouds that produce the rain.  When showers move through, they fall from shorter, more shallow clouds.  That means the separation of charges that causes lightning in the first … Continue reading »

Inches of Rain to Fall the Next 72 Hours

  WEATHER DISCUSSION Today will mark the beginning of a very wet few days across the Northwest. The first of many fronts will travel south through Southern Oregon tonight. Ahead of the front, light and spotty showers will develop and travel inland. Most of these showers are going to stay light in nature. Winds are … Continue reading »

A Wet, Windy Wednesday For Some

WEATHER DISCUSSION Showers have slowly been creeping towards the coast this evening, and Brookings has seen some light showers already.  This is a sign that the next cold front is making its way towards southern Oregon and northern California, bringing steady ready to the area by Wednesday afteroon and evening.  However, the rain chances don’t … Continue reading »

A Brief Break From the Showers

WEATHER DISCUSSION As expected, the area saw measurable rain along the coast and for inland locations.  What we weren’t expecting is the amount of rain we saw for west side valleys.  Of course, no one is complaining, since the rain is still much needed and appreciated.  Amounts were near half an inch for more areas, … Continue reading »

Rain Coming & Going for Much of Week

  WEATHER DISCUSSION Those weekend temperatures are long gone as a new cooler air mass moves in throughout Monday morning. This system has brought rain to much of the West Side since early today and given the quick nature of this storm, mother nature has been good to us. Rain totals have been between 0.25″-0.50″ … Continue reading »

Cooler Temperatures With an Active Week

WEATHER DISCUSSION Sunday afternoon’s weather proved to be what many would consider near perfect.  We saw just a few clouds with a light breeze and highs in the upper 70′s.  Unfortunately, it will be the last such day this week.  A cold front is making its way towards the coast Sunday evening, bringing showers Sunday night and clouds to inland … Continue reading »

More Rain to Start your Weekend

  WEATHER DISCUSSION Another cold front is headed our way today. It will hit the coastline this afternoon, picking winds up ahead of it’s leading edge. Winds have already been breezy in the Shasta Valley throughout the morning. Rain showers have also been rolling through much of Southern Oregon since the early morning hours. Rain … Continue reading »

A Break in the Rain but More on the Way

  WEATHER DISCUSSION A warm front lifting north and east through the Northwest this morning has brought some rain through the state. Most of this rain has not reached the ground as gauges have failed to record any measurable rain. The high terrain though may catch light rain throughout the morning. Clouds will begin breaking … Continue reading »

Showers Ongoing This Morning

  WEATHER DISCUSSION We have entered a more active weather pattern. With the jet stream sitting right over the states of Oregon and Washington, several fronts will make their way inland over the next week or so. The first of these several came through Tuesday. Widespread rain fell overnight and as the cold air arrived, … Continue reading »

Showers Move in Tonight

WEATHER DISCUSSION After the long-awaited arrival of the rain, it is almost here. Showers are beginning to fall as far south as Newport along the coast (7:00 p.m.) and will slowly trickle down as the night progresses. Models have a Brookings landfall around 11:30 p.m. but timing could be +/- an hour. As Tuesday continues we … Continue reading »

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