Wednesday brought a widespread round of storms to much of our forecast area. There were just over 500 lightning strikes reported in Jackson County alone, and nearly 2500 region-wide. Round 3, expected today, is going to be very similar to Wednesday.
Long-range forecasting, like seasonal forecasting, meteorologists no longer look at weather models like we do for the day-to-day forecast, we look at teleconnections. Two of the best known teleconnections are El Niño and La Niña.
[UPDATE 9:15 a.m. JULY 31st] The Oregon Department of Forestry reported Thursday morning that the Salt Creek Fire has increased from 25 acres Wednesday evening to 80-100 acres. ODF crews are on scene battling that fire and are expecting more crews on the way.
Oregon Department of Forestry Dispatch center tracks the lightning storms all over Southern Oregon and Northern California from a room in Central Point.
Dispatchers use a variety of computer weather programs to plot and map the strikes. That information is used to compare to strikes and fires see
The Pumice Fire is burning 25 acres inside Crater Lake National Park as of Tuesday morning and there is no containment at this time. According to officials at Crater Lake, one week ago on Tuesday, July 22nd, the Park received numerous lightning strikes.