weather en The ABCs of Lightning <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>It's exciting to watch lightning strike, but its effects can be devastating.&nbsp;</p><p>Just witness the flock of wildfires that started in our region late last July.&nbsp;</p><p>Before we get to the heart of lightning season, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>we're getting warnings</strong></a> about how WE should behave around lightning.&nbsp;</p><p>Because we sure can't do anything about ITS behavior.&nbsp; Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:10:20 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 14713 at The ABCs of Lightning Record Dry Year For Medford Area <p></p><p>Unless a massive storm hits, and soon (highly unlikely), 2013 ends with a weather whimper that amounts to a meteorological bang.</p><p></p><p>The bang is that the year will end with less precipitation in Medford than in any other calendar year since <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>record-keeping began</strong></a> more than 100 years ago.&nbsp; Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:02:00 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 5453 at Record Dry Year For Medford Area Lawsuit Filed In Fatal Oregon Interstate Crash <p>A British Columbia lawyer representing 12 victims from the 2012 charter bus crash on Interstate 84 near Pendleton, Oregon filed a lawsuit this week seeking $700 million.</p><p>The East Oregonian reports the group is seeking a jury trial on accusations that tour operators were negligent. The lawsuit also accuses Oregon and the state Transportation Department for failing to make an icy stretch of the interstate safe, and failing to erect barriers to keep the bus from going over a cliff.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 14:16:56 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 5326 at Sneaker Waves Possible In Northern California <p>Beachgoers along the Northern California coast are being warned to be careful of sneaker waves, large surf, and strong currents.</p><p>The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazards statement through Tuesday afternoon for the coast from Sonoma County to the Oregon border.</p><p>Beachgoers are advised to always keep their eyes on the ocean. Fishers are being told not to fish from rocks and jetties.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:35:33 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 1723 at High Surf On The Coast <p>A high surf advisory has been issued for Eureka and the surrounding coastal areas.</p><p>The warning is in effect until late Monday morning for large breaking waves. The National Weather Service says the waves may be especially dangerous during high tide, slated for around 10 a.m.</p><p>Since the large waves are erratic and unpredictable, the Weather Service encourages beach goers to use caution near surf zones as the swells are capable of sweeping people into the frigid and turbulent ocean waters.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:36:33 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 689 at High Surf On The Coast Early Snowfall At Crater Lake Park <p>Autumn has barely arrived in Oregon, and already snow has fallen at Crater Lake.</p><p>Park official Marsha McCabe says there was an unusually early snowfall Tuesday and Wednesday, with eight inches on the ground.</p><p>McCabe says September snowfall at the National Park is rare-usually a dusting of an inch or two.</p><p>But when things get going in the winter, the snowfall at Crater Lake averages more than 500 inches a year.</p><p>McCabe says the North Entrance to the part and West Rim Drive are temporarily closed, but should be reopened by the weekend as the forecast calls for nice weather. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:34:03 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 535 at Early Snowfall At Crater Lake Park