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 »

Summer Heat Returns into Weekend

  WEATHER DISCUSSION The fire weather warnings across our forecast area have been extended through 11pm Friday night. This warning is still for the northeasterly winds in place and thus, very dry air. Winds will stay breezy this afternoon with average winds between 10 & 20mph. Because winds are easterly, smoke is traveling west into … Continue reading »

The Heat Continues For a Few More Days

WEATHER DISCUSSION Temperatures climbed into the upper 90′s on Tuesday afternoon.  The next couple of afternoons will also be toasty, but relief is in sight.  By the weekend, highs will drop back down into the middle 80′s. A ridge of high pressure has been building over the Pacific Northwest, which has helped afternoon temperatures reach values nearly … Continue reading »

A Few More Days of Lightning and Heat

WEATHER DISCUSSION Tuesday has proved to be a very active day, as predicted.  The area saw over one hundred lightning strikes Tuesday afternoon and evening.  Not only that, but trees were downed in Ashland, and further northeast, hail half an inch in diameter fell near Chemult, blanketing the ground.  Ashland did see some measurable rainfall … Continue reading »

A Light at the End of the Tunnel

WEATHER DISCUSSION This now marks the seventh day this year that temperatures have climbed above 100 in Medford, but there is an end in sight for the heat.  We will have one or two more days at or near the century mark,  then temperatures drop closer to our seasonal averages.  Unfortunately, our seasonal averages are … Continue reading »

On a Triple Digit Streak

WEATHER DISCUSSION Another day has come and gone and yet again we saw triple digits.  This now makes the sixth day this year that we’ve broken the century mark.  All of those days were in July, so to put that in perspective, that’s almost have of the month so far.  We are expecting to add … Continue reading »

Rain Chances Rise For Friday

WEATHER FORECAST Although thunderstorms spotted the landscape Thursday afternoon, they were less numerous and less intense than those from Wednesday.  Northern California saw very little activity, and the Klamath Basin saw far less than yesterday.  Although one or two severe thunderstorm warnings were issued, no storm reports were submitted. This will change for Friday.  A … 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 »

Flirting With Records

WEATHER DISCUSSION Although Medford didn’t set a record today, many locations in southern Oregon and northern California did see record setting heat.  It is important to remember that the “records” we saw today are considered unofficial until they confirmed by the National Weather Service.  Triple digit highs were not uncommon in the Rogue Valley or northern California, with … Continue reading »

Warning Signs of Heat Related-Illnesses

MEDFORD, Ore. – Tuesday started off the month of July as the hottest day of the year for many areas in Southern Oregon. The heat is especially dangerous for people who spend most of the day working outside. In the past four years, 33 people received benefits through Oregon’s workers’ compensation system for heat-related illnesses. The majority … Continue reading »