FORECAST FOR 7/6/2015
Mostly sunny and hot. A chance for afternoon and evening thunderstorms in the Cascades, the Siskiyous, Jackson County, east of the Cascades and in Northern California. A slight chance for a late afternoon or evening thunderstorm in the Illinois Valley. Storms that form could produce frequent cloud to ground lightning, heavy downpours. Strong to severe level storms will also produce gusty winds of 40 - 60 miles an hour, and hail. Highs will be in the mid 90s to near 100 for the valleys, with 80s to near 90 in the mountains and east of the Cascades. Overnight lows will be in the upper 60s for the valleys, and in the 50s to the low 60s for the mountains and east of the Cascades.
RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH 11 PM TONIGHT FOR EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN JOSEPHINE COUNTY, EASTERN DOUGLAS COUNTY, CENTRAL AND EASTERN JACKSON COUNTY, AND ALL OF KLAMATH AND LAKE COUNTIES IN SOUTHERN OREGON AND ALL OF SISKIYOU AND MODOC COUNTIES IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.
The National Weather Service office in Medford, Oregon has issued a Red Flag Warning for the above areas due to the development of thunderstorms with frequent lightning and gusty outflow winds.
While the storms are likely to produce rain overall, some storms may have little to no rain with them, and lightning strikes on the peripheries of wetter storms will still be away from the rain cores, so in essence dry strikes. Frequent lightning is expected, and of course that lightning would be striking very dry fuel with a high likelihood of fire starts.
Outflow winds from the storms will be a concern as well. Winds of up to 40 miles an hour are possible and those winds would have the potential to cause rapid growth in new fire starts.
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No changes in the data at all this morning. The low that has been off the coast of California for days is still there and this will be the big driver of our weather through the work week. This low will keep sending moisture and upper air disturbances at our region giving us the threat for thunderstorms. Now most of this activity will be in the afternoons and evenings, but we could also see some storms going in the overnight hours on Tuesday and Wednesday. There might be isolated storms tonight for the Cascades and in Northern California. The storms will be rainmakers and at times that could be heavy rains. They could also produce wind gusts of 40 - 60 miles an hour and larger size hail to around the size of quarters. This of course would get them to severe levels. Keep an eye on the sky and remember, if thunder roars, head indoors. Obviously there is a concern for fires to result from the lightning so a Red Flag Warning is out for the areas where thunderstorms are most expected today. Be looking for fire weather bulletins throughout the week as a result of the thunderstorm activity.
Looking at our temperatures, they will be going down this week. Yesterday made it day 6 in a row with a temperature of at least 100 in Medford. It looks like day 7 is coming up for today. But, the good news is that today looks like the last time we will see 100 for at least a week and quite possibly longer. Two reasons for that. First is the low currently off California, It is working in closer and as it does, the air mass aloft continues to cool. This will help bring our temperatures down. As we go through the week, this process continues. By the time we reach next weekend we will be seeing something we have not seen in well over a month. Temperatures will be right where they should be for this time of the year in our region. And, this great weather is going to arrive for next weekend so we will have one perfect for any kind of outdoor activities. But enjoy it. The data this morning shows a large trough approaching the West Coast next week. This trough will bring in more unsettled weather with a chance for showers and storms, and then we will see something we have not seen in a long while now......temperatures below average for highs. It is looking like early next week into mid week could see highs of around 80 to the low 80s for Medford.
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