Thunderstorm Threat Continues

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Monday makes the tenth triple digit day so far in 2014, and all of those days have been in July.  In fact, it was the hottest day of the year so far.  The official high in Medford was 106, and as hot as that seems, that’s still two degrees shy of the record 108 set a few years ago in 2009.  Fortunately, the heat will wane over the next few days, but highs will still be very close to 100, and of course, above average.

The heat is not the only story this Monday.  A couple of storms popped up along the Cascades, near Crater Lake, producing a few lightning strikes in Douglas County.  The threat of thunderstorms remains in the forecast off and on throughout the next seven days.  The Rogue Valley is included in the risk as well.  Because of the storm chance Tuesday, a fire weather watch has been issued beginning Tuesday morning and continuing until 11 PM Tuesday night.  Storms containing lightning and associated gusty winds could spark new fires and worsen pre-existing smoldering areas.  The fire weather watch includes most of northern California, the Klamath Basin, Jackson County, and eastern Douglas County.

Over the next several days, a few waves of energy moving through the northwest weaken the ridge of high pressure that’s been in control.  That means thunderstorms are in the forecast each day for the next seven for the Klamath Basin, Cascades, and northern California.  The Rogue Valley will stay mainly dry Wednesday, but isolated storms return to the forecast Thursday and continue through the weekend.

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Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna