HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I hope it will be a safe and fun one for all. Be prepared for wet and windy weather for trick or treating. Be careful around streets as the conditions will lead to even less visibility than normal. Stay in groups and use flashlights for additional visibility and safety.
FORECAST FOR 10/31/2014
Rain this morning changing to showers. A slight chance for thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Expect breezy conditions across the area with stronger gusts possible east of the Cascades. Snow levels will drop to 5000 feet this evening with accumulating snow at pass levels in the Cascades. Be prepared for winter driving conditions. Highs will be in the upper 50s for the valleys, and in the 40s to near 50 for the mountains and east of the Cascades. Overnight lows will be in the low 40s for the valleys, with 20s to the low 30s for the mountains and east of the Cascades.
WEATHER SUMMARY DISCUSSION:
The rainmaker for today arrived on schedule last night.......and with a rather noisy surprise! Thunderstorms developed ahead of the main rain field as it rolled into Southwest Oregon. This brought on quite the light and sound show for many in Jackson County, and reports of thunder were had from some parts of Josephine and Douglas Counties as well. The storms also had heavy rain with them and some wind gusts. Did not get reports of any hail, but there sure looked like there would have been some looking at the radar images of those storms. That activity died down as the rain cooled air stabilized the atmosphere. The rains with this system have been about what was expected, except in the Cascades. Amounts have been much higher than expected there with many reporting stations well over an inch and pushing towards 2 inches of rain out of this so far.
The next stage of this system will arrive this afternoon as a cold front enters the area. This front will cause the rains to become showers going through the day. I do expect the showers to be frequent, and this afternoon and evening we could again have a slight chance for a thunderstorm over the area. Snow levels in the mountains are running at near 7000 feet right now. Those snow levels will drop to around 5000 feet by this evening. Looks like 1 - 3 inches of snow can be expected. This will likely cause driving issues in the Cascades. If you have travel plans for Highway 140, the Highways around Crater Lake and Diamond Lake, or further north, be expecting winter driving conditions.
Looking at the weekend, it will not be too bad. We will be seeing some sun, and there will be a chance for some showers. The best chances for showers will be in the mountains. Snow levels will be staying at around 5000 feet. Not expecting much for accumulations, but you could encounter slick spots in the Cascades for sure. Saturday night into Sunday morning is going to see the first wide spread frosts west of the Cascades. If you still have a garden or vegetation out, you will want to protect them.
Early next week there now looks to be two weak systems that will brush through the area. Not sure how much of a rain chance they will bring, but do expect them to bring cloud cover. The big storm we are expecting to develop and come in with wind, rain, and mountain snow is still being indicated. But now that storm's arrival has been rolled back to next Friday. I do believe it will eventually come. And when it does, this could be the first big snow of the season for the higher elevations.....like Mt. Ashland. Keeping an eye on this one for sure.
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ODF MEDIA RELEASE 10/15/14
FIRE SEASON ENDS ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Fire season has ended on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in southwest Oregon. Rainfall of at least one-half inch was recorded in many parts of the district, which includes state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties.
Fire season started June 2 and lasted 136 days.
The termination of fire season removes fire prevention regulations on equipment use and the use of fire for debris burning. This applies to the public and to industrial operations on forestlands. However, many structural fire protection districts require permits for debris burning, and both Jackson and Josephine counties have telephone numbers to call to find out whether air quality conditions allow burning. The numbers to call are:
• Josephine County: (541) 476-9663
• Jackson County: (541) 776-7007
More than 280 fires burned 9,559 acres on forestlands protected by ODF’s Southwest Oregon District. There are 1.8 million acres of forestland within the district’s protection boundary in Jackson and Josephine counties.
The largest blaze on the district was the Oregon Gulch Fire, which burned 35,129 acres of forestland in Jackson and Klamath counties, and Northern California. The Jackson County portion of the fire burned 8,306 acres, approximately 14 miles southeast of Ashland. The Oregon Gulch Fire was reported July 30 and was one fire in a complex of 23 other lightning-caused fires scattered around Jackson County.
Lightning started 98 fires on the district and burned 9,071 acres. The thunderstorms hit July 11, July 22, July 29-30, August 11 and August 18.The Salt Creek Fire, which also started July 30, burned 155 acres of forestland approximately 8 miles west of Shady Cove.
The earliest fire on the district this year was the 143-acre Alder Creek Fire, which started January 23 during a period of unusual dryness and strong east winds. A fire that had been set to burn slash escaped control and started the Alder Creek Fire.
The 2014 fire season was similar to the summer of 2013, during which 348 fires burned 43,078 acres on lands protected by the Southwest Oregon District. Lightning-caused fires that year burned more than 42,000 acres.
For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season regulations, contact the unit office in your area:
• Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. Phone: (541) 664-3328
• Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Drive, Grants Pass. Phone: (541) 474-3152
Southwest Oregon District fire precaution level information is also posted online at www.swofire.com.
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Sweet Tea Express Restaurant & Catering
1830 W. Main Street (In front of the Black Bird)
541 - 772 - 3159
If you love good old fashioned down home cookin'...then this is a place you HAVE to try! The Sweet Tea Express features what I call American comfort food. You get barbequed ribs, chicken, brisket, pulled pork...heck you name it and Greg and Alex are probably grilling it up in their well known train engine barbeque that is out front...unless they are catering an event somewhere. In addition to what they are grilling up, they also have hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken strips, and various sandwiches. You get a choice of a wide range of side dishes.My favorite are their barbequed baked beans. Might be the best I have ever had. I could have a meal just of those! Dinner combos come with good old fashioned sourdough buns baked right there. Like I said, this is just good old fashioned comfort food. The next time you are headed through West Medford, be sure to check them out. If you have a special event coming up, leave the food to them. They have meal plans to fit just about any budget. The food will be a hit, trust me on that one. Click on the link to get more info and to see what their daily specials are.
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104 Siskiyou Avenue
Mt. Shasta City, California
530 - 926 - 8600
The Mt. Shasta Board and Ski Park is a very inviting ski area that families just love. It has ideal terrain for novices and beginners, yet it also balances that out by offering challenging slopes for experts. Mt. Shasta Board and Ski Park is a very compact area so keeping track of everybody is very easy to do. They do offer day and night skiing with night skiing offered Thursday through Saturday nights, and then again on holiday nights. There are a total of three chairs and a surface lift here. The surface lift is a rope tow that is used for beginners only. The season at Mt. Shasta is typically from early December to mid April. The Board and Ski Park sits in an ideal spot to catch the storms as they roll around Mt. Shasta so that the snow can fall deep in big storms. However, if there is a scarcity of natural snow, they do have snow making which can be used to augment the real stuff.....or create their own base. This ski area is a favorite of skiers and riders from both Northern California and Southern Oregon. It is the closest skiing and snowboarding to the Redding Chico area in Northern California and many of the visitors here come from that area. To get to Mt. Shasta Board and Ski Park take I 5 to Mt. Shasta City, Take State Highway 89 and then follow the signs to turn onto the access road. Mt. Shasta Board and Ski Park is unique for the western United States. It is one of the very few ski areas in the western US that does not sit on National Forest land. It is all on privately owned land.
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