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FOR 7/20/2019 - from Rogueweather
Our almost perfect summer continues on. The lack of extreme heat and low humidity levels has been a godsend to keeping what fires do start very small. In fact, looking at the difference a year makes is stunning. last year at this time we had major fires roaring out of control and skies filled with smoke. Thoise skies would not clear until well into the fall. But, certainly not the case this year.
The one thing we have been really watching is the development of a Four Corners High over the desert Southwest. There had been some uncertainty as to how much it might build up towards us, and if it would channel Monsoon moisture up over us that would trigger widespread thunderstorm activity for the first time this year. It is becoming clear that while the high will edge towards us, it is not going to cause a drastic heat wave to break out. While we get to use a very little used "hot" for inland temps over the next few days......this is not going to be major heat. Expect highs reaching the upper 90s west of the Cascades. The Klamath River Valley in Siskiyou County stands the best chance of seeing 100. At this time of the year 100 is hot. But, it is not really hot. Temps will be cooling as we reach Tuesday. But, come next Friday it looks like the pendulum swings the other way and we do expect to see temps arriving that will be similar to Sunday and Monday's.
As for the thunderstorm threat; it looks like we are going to see some isolated late day and evening storms developing tomorrow from Western Siskiyou County up northeast into Klamath and Lake Counties. This activity looks as though it will mostly be confined to higher terrain locations. In the evening we could see a storm or two drift out over valley locations in Western Siskiyou County and also over in Lake County. On Monday it appears that we will see that isolated thunderstorm threat over the Cascades from Crater Lake and then northeast over Northern Klamath and Lake Counties. Monday's chances will be lower than Sunday's. Once we are past Monday, there goes any potential for thunderstorms for at least 5 days...if not longer. NO lightning is expected at all over the wilderness areas of Southwestern Oregon. That is fabulous news indeed. Because when we get lightning in those wilderness areas, it greatly increases the odds of smoke becoming a major problem.
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