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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.