Current Watches and Warnings
Oregon, South Central Oregon Cascades
Fire Weather Warning
Statement as of 9:56 PM PDT on July 31, 2014
Expires 2:00 AM EDT on August 03, 2014
... Red flag warning remains in effect until 11 PM PDT Saturday
for abundant lightning across fire weather zones or610...
or611... or639... or640... or642... or643... or644... or645... wa643 and
A red flag warning remains in effect until 11 PM PDT Saturday.
* Affected area... in orz610... fire weather zone 610 east slopes of
central Oregon Cascades. In orz611... fire weather zone 611
Deschutes National Forest. In orz640... fire weather zone 640
central mountains of Oregon. In orz642... fire weather zone 642
southern blue and Strawberry mountains. In orz644... fire weather
zone 644 central Blue Mountains. In orz639... fire weather zone
639 east slopes of the northern Oregon Cascades. In
orz643... fire weather zone 643 northern Blue Mountains of
Oregon. In orz645... fire weather zone 645 Wallowa district. In
waz643... fire weather zone 643 Blue Mountains of Washington. In
waz645... fire weather zone 645 Asotin County.
* Timing... scattered thunderstorms will develop again Friday and
* Thunderstorms... some of the thunderstorms could produce
erratic winds with gusts to 40 mph and pea to Marble size
* Precipitation... there will be a mix of wet and dry
thunderstorms with anywhere from a few hundredths of an inch
to over one quarter inch of rain possible.
* Lightning activity level... 3 to locally 4 through Saturday.
* Impacts... frequent lightning and critically dry fuels may
result in numerous fire starts.
A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now... or will shortly. A combination of
strong winds... low relative humidity... and warm temperatures can
contribute to extreme fire behavior.
Statement as of 1:37 AM PDT on August 01, 2014
... Record high temperature set at Montague CA...
a record high temperature of 102 degrees was set at Montague CA
This breaks the old record of 101 set in 2009.
Public Information Statement
Statement as of 4:40 AM PDT on August 01, 2014
... Medford Oregon weather review: July 2014...
Record breaking heat is the main story for July 2014 in the Medford
area. This month breaks the record for the highest average maximum
temperature set back in 1911; the highest average minimum temperature
set in 2013; and the highest average monthly temperature also set
back in 2013. July started off as a scorcher with the first triple
digit day of the year occurring on the 1st of the month. High
pressure allowed for conditions to remain hot throughout most of
July with 25 days reaching above 90 degrees and 13 days reaching
triple digits. There was a brief reprieve from the hot weather near
the end of the month when a cold front brought unseasonably cool
temperatures with it on the 21st through the 24th. On these days,
temperatures only rose into the 70s and 80s. Unfortunately, the heat
returned in full force providing the hottest day of the year on the
28th at 106 degrees. Temperatures have since remained in the triple
digits to close out July. In addition to the heat, thunderstorms did
occur throughout our area with a few of them becoming severe. There
were only 4 days where the Medford Airport measured rainfall, but 3
of the days saw only 0.01 of an inch or less. The heaviest amount was
measured on the 23rd topping out at 0.09 inches. This, however, did
little for the ongoing drought; and the abundant lightning associated
with some of these storms ignited several new fires around our cwa.
The average temperature for July was 79.9 degrees which was 5.8
degrees above normal. The average maximum temperature was 96.9
degrees which was 6.2 degrees above normal. The average minimum
temperature was 63.0 degrees which was 5.6 degrees above normal. The
highest temperature for the month was 106 degrees on the 28th. The
lowest temperature for the month was 48 degrees on the 24th.
There were 28 clear days, 2 partly cloudy days, and 1 cloudy day.
Total precipitation was 0.10 inches which was 0.18 inches below
normal. The greatest 24 hour total was 0.09 inches that fell on the
23rd. The water year (beginning September 1st) stands
at 15.20 inches which is 2.75 inches below normal. Calendar year
precipitation is 10.76 inches which is 1.02 inches above normal.
The average wind for the month was 5.1 mph. The fastest recorded
two-minute wind was 32 mph from the southeast on the 30th. The peak
wind was 36 mph also from the southeast on the 30th.
The highest pressure for the month was 30.28 inches on the 24th.
The lowest pressure was 29.64 inches on the 1st.
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