Medford Fire Fighters Hold Open House

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford fire fighters opened their doors to community members today to kick off fire prevention week. Kids got to run around the training area at Fire Station 4, learning everything from how to use the fire house to crawling and running through obstacles. Fire fighters taught kids about fitness, fire safety and … 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 »

Fall-Like Weather Just for Today

  WEATHER DISCUSSION Fall-like weather is here today and boy does it feel nice. Temperatures are going to be closer to seasonal norms, starting off mild due to the cloud cover but not warming much this afternoon. We’ll top out in the 70’s and 80’s across most inland locations. The rain has allowed air quality … Continue reading »

Poor Air Quality Across the Valley

MEDFORD, Ore. — Twenty four hour air quality readings are unhealthy as of 8:30a.m. in Medford and Grants Pass. Smoke settled across the Valley Tuesday night leading to the poor conditions. One hour readings are showing improvements though, reading good to moderate across the West Side. This suggests the air has improved since last night and is also … 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 »

Haze & Smoke Return to Southern Oregon

  WEATHER DISCUSSION A fire weather warning is in effect through 10am Friday for the Cascades and Eastern Douglas County. This warning is for very dry air and conditions that promote active wildfire behavior. Winds will shift again for today, helping to bring smoke back into Central Siskiyou County and much of Southern Oregon. The … 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 »

Cool & Clear Tonight, Sunny Wednesday

WEATHER DISCUSSION Winds have shifted behind the passage of the cold front Monday.  That has pushed the majority of the smoke back into southern and western Siskiyou County, which means air quality in locations like Etna and Fort Jones is still diminished.  Elsewhere, however, conditions have improved substantially, mainly across southern Oregon.  This break from the smoke … Continue reading »

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