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 temperatures soared, yet again, back into the triple digits.
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.
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.
(UPDATE 7:25 A.M.): Firefighters and bulldozers dug fireline all night on the Reeves Creek Fire, which has burned 200-250 acres of forestland south of Selma (25 miles southwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County). Fireline now encircles 70 percent of the fire’s perimeter.
An early morning fire outside Gold Hill became the largest of 38 lightning caused fires from storms earlier in the month. But despite the delayed fuse, firefighters say it likely won’t be the last sleeper fire they have to chase down.