A strong ridge of high pressure is sitting over us, and causing temperatures to warm more than usual. The last few days have seen temperatures rise significantly in just a short period of time. In the 24 hour period between Tuesday's highs and Wednesday's temperatures jumped 10-15 degrees.
As meteorologists, when we talk about long term forecasting, we look at global changes in the weather pattern. While there are several different types of these teleconnections, or oscillations, the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is one of the most influential for North America.
Untreated waste water flowed into Ashland Creek when the water treatment plant was overloaded by Friday's run off. More run off is expected.
The City of Ashland is advising all people in the Ashland Creek area to avoid contact with creek water.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch through Saturday afternoon for parts of Southern Oregon, including Jackson County and central Douglas County, the Siskiyou Mountains and southern Oregon Cascades.
A woman identified as Deborah, who lived in the house 18 years, says the tree fell while she was sleeping, around 2 or 3 a.m. Deborah expects the roof will cave in and there is flooding in the house. She has buckets set up all over the house.