ODF Lookouts Keep Close Eye on Storms

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — When thunderstorms move into the area as they did on Tuesday afternoon, Fire Officials with the Oregon Department of Forestry are prepared to use all resources they have available. Lookout points are often perched on mountain tops, and the staff use their unique perspective to track storms, lightning strikes, and fires that … Continue reading »

Cooler With a Few Showers For Wednesday

WEATHER DISCUSSION Thunderstorms and lightning strikes scattered the landscape Tuesday, and after a very active afternoon and evening, southern Oregon and northern California will see a much quieter day Wednesday.  While a few embedded rumbles of thunder are possible, most locations will see scattered to isolated showers with the passage of a cold front. Along with Tuesday evening’s … Continue reading »

T-Storms Across the Valley Today

  WEATHER DISCUSSION A pretty active day is ahead for Northern California, the Rogue Valley and Cascades. Spotty showers have been developing throughout the morning across much of the region. Clouds will stick around throughout the morning, but not without some sun breaks. This will allow temperatures to warm and fuel afternoon/evening storms. A fire … Continue reading »

Thunderstorms and Fire Weather

WEATHER DISCUSSION Monday brought a few thunderstorms to the area, and the rain chances and lightning risk return for Tuesday.  Rainfall amounts so far have been low, but a bit of measurable rain is possible locally with Tuesday’s storms.  Temperatures also hover near average and dip back down to the middle 80′s by mid-week, but … Continue reading »

Cooler but with Thunder & Lightning

WEATHER DISCUSSION A much cooler air mass will be in place this week, finally giving us a break from the extreme heat. However, this new air mass will come as a double-edged sword as thunder and lightning is expected through Tuesday. Fire weather watches/warnings remain in place to account for this lightning threat. High temperatures will … Continue reading »

Cooler Air Moving In

WEATHER DISCUSSION A change in the weather pattern is in swing. We will see a slight break from the scorching heat for a few days. This will also come with afternoon thunderstorms. Today, afternoon highs were only a few degrees below what they were yesterday. We still sit well above average, but every afternoon we … Continue reading »

Fire Danger: “Extreme”

WEATHER DISCUSSION Fire danger was moved to “Extreme” or Red for Jackson and Josephine Counties. Consecutive days in the triple digits has dried us out significantly and with the afternoon winds and thunderstorm activity continuing, threat for wildfire and rapid spreading is at an all-time high. High pressure over the region is keeping a lid on the … Continue reading »

Dropping Temperatures By Sunday

WEATHER DISCUSSION While portions of northern California remain under a heat advisory until Thursday evening, a cool down is on the horizon.  Initially, temperatures looked to be dropping by only a few degrees, but more recent model runs are indicating afternoon highs ten to fifteen degrees cooler by Sunday. It’s due to a trough moving through … Continue reading »

Another Scorcher Today with Storms

  WEATHER DISCUSSION The heat is the big story again today. Triple digit temperatures are expected by the afternoons and heat advisories remain in place for the West Side and Northern California. The advisory over Southern Oregon will expire at 10pm tonight but for Siskiyou County it will expire at 10pm tomorrow night. Skies will … Continue reading »

Low Moves Out, High Moves In

WEATHER DISCUSSION An upper level center of low pressure has been sitting off the coast for a few days now, and this is the main culprit for the humid and hot afternoons we’ve been having. The low is now on it’s way out of our region slowly tracking north and east. Models have the low pushing into … Continue reading »

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