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Temperatures backed off from record levels in Oregon and California Friday, but the days ahead might be no picnic.

National Weather Service forecasts show an increase in the chance of thunderstorms, well into next week.

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No need to tell you that the weather's been hot  -- too hot -- and it's creating all sorts of problems. 

Spending a few minutes in the high heat can be dangerous, and so can standing in the shade breathing, when there's wildfire smoke in the air

Bruce Hope, retired from Oregon DEQ, returns to the Exchange to talk about air quality and its effects on health, and Ryan Sandler from the National Weather Service explains how and why it's been so hot, and what we can expect in the coming weeks. 


The total eclipse of the sun can't come soon enough for a region sweltering through some of the highest temperatures in decades.

Records fell in cities in Oregon and California on Tuesday, with greater highs expected on the Oregon side a day later.

Snow is coming down on mountain passes in the region. 

The following school districts have announced schedule changes for today.

  • Schools in the Mount Shasta Union School District: Mount Shasta Elementary and Sisson Schools will start at 10am.


"Pick your poison," the early 2017 weather forecasts seem to say. 

While parts of the region had been bracing for sub-freezing temperatures, the outlook has changed.

National Weather Service

Nature threw some potential obstacles in front of travelers as Christmas 2016 approached. 

The National Weather Service warned of snow down to valley floor level by Christmas Eve.

Lane CC Professor Debunks "Chemtrails"

Oct 20, 2016

You can complain about the weather, but you can't do anything about it. 

But in the minds of some people, the weather is changed by planes flying across the sky, spewing chemicals in "chemtrails."  To most of the population, they're just contrails. 

That's the way Paul Ruscher sees them; he's the Dean of Science at Lane Community College.  And he'll be debunking "chemtrails" in a talk at LCC on Wednesday (October 26). 

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Rain and soggy snow continued to fall on Western Oregon Sunday, causing road closures and power outages, with more of the same conditions forecast.

Snow lay about four inches deep in parts of the Rogue Valley at daybreak Sunday, with rain falling on the saturated snow for hours afterward. 

National Weather Service, Medford

The summer's first major heat wave could also produce a round of wildland fires.

UPDATED at NOON, SUNDAY, JUNE 28: The Red Flag Warning issued by weather forecasters for a broad swath of Southern Oregon and Northern California, remains in effect.

The only forecast zones served by JPR not included in the warning are Mount Shasta, Redding/Red Bluff, and the Northern California Coast.

National Weather Service, Medford

The heat is not the only issue with the weather. 

Thunderstorms are more likely on Tuesday (6/9), so the National Weather Service upgraded a Fire Weather Watch to a Red Flag Warning for the central part of our listening area Tuesday, 11 AM to 11 PM.

Some thunderstorms may bring abundant rainfall, but some could arrive with little precipitation, starting fires around the region.

Geoffrey Riley/JPR

Rain and high winds caused a number of problems for travelers and utility crews across the region Friday.  A landslide closed Oregon 66--Green Springs Highway--east of Ashland for a while midday Friday.  Trees were also reported down in several locations, including across power lines.

Water and wind threatened to cause continued issues.  Late Friday morning, the National Weather Service upgraded flood watches to flood warnings in parts of Coos, Curry, Josephine and Siskiyou Counties.  

The warning text reads: "A rock slide was reported south of Callahan and flooding was also reported on highway 99 between Edgewood and Grenada in siskiyou county.  Ponding of water was reported and several roads were closed due to flooding near O`Brien, where 4.5 inches has fallen since Thursday afternoon. Heavy rain will exacerbate conditions through the day."

John Fischer on Winter Weather

Dec 8, 2014

This time a year ago, the Rogue Valley was digging out from a snowstorm and freeze that closed schools for most of a week. 

This year is different.  EVERY year is different. 

Which is why we like to bring somebody with weather knowledge onto the show to talk about what we might expect from the winter ahead. 

The ABCs of Lightning

Jun 26, 2014
Public Domain

It's exciting to watch lightning strike, but its effects can be devastating. 

Just witness the flock of wildfires that started in our region late last July. 

Before we get to the heart of lightning season, we're getting warnings about how WE should behave around lightning. 

Because we sure can't do anything about ITS behavior. 

Record Dry Year For Medford Area

Dec 31, 2013
Geoffrey Riley/JPR

Unless a massive storm hits, and soon (highly unlikely), 2013 ends with a weather whimper that amounts to a meteorological bang.

The bang is that the year will end with less precipitation in Medford than in any other calendar year since record-keeping began more than 100 years ago. 

Lawsuit Filed In Fatal Oregon Interstate Crash

Dec 27, 2013

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.

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.

Sneaker Waves Possible In Northern California

Oct 22, 2013

Beachgoers along the Northern California coast are being warned to be careful of sneaker waves, large surf, and strong currents.

The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazards statement through Tuesday afternoon for the coast from Sonoma County to the Oregon border.

Beachgoers are advised to always keep their eyes on the ocean. Fishers are being told not to fish from rocks and jetties.

High Surf On The Coast

Sep 30, 2013
NOAA/Coast Guard/Humboldt Bay Harbor

A high surf advisory has been issued for Eureka and the surrounding coastal areas.

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.

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.

Early Snowfall At Crater Lake Park

Sep 26, 2013
National Park Service

Autumn has barely arrived in Oregon, and already snow has fallen at Crater Lake.

Park official Marsha McCabe says there was an unusually early snowfall Tuesday and Wednesday, with eight inches on the ground.

McCabe says September snowfall at the National Park is rare-usually a dusting of an inch or two.

But when things get going in the winter, the snowfall at Crater Lake averages more than 500 inches a year.

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.