Our next storm system is beginning to usher in clouds from our north. Temperatures were starting off cooler this morning, but are now beginning to run warmer over northern parts of the forecast area as a result.
When we do a seasonal forecast we no longer look at weather models (short-range) but rather teleconnections which are better predictors of long-range forecasts. You may have heard of some including El Nino and La Nina which are part of the El Nino Southern Oscillation or ENSO.
Medford, Klamath Falls and Mt. Shasta are all on track for seeing the driest year on record! Compared to the normal precipitation in a given year North Bend, Crescent City and Mt Shasta are about 30 inches shy, Medford is about 8 inches
Water levels in Southern Oregon are at an all-time low this time of the year. Many waterways and reservoirs are down below the average level compared to last year. Watermasters are hoping for more rain or snow in the next few months.
Just when roads across Southern Oregon were starting to clear up, freezing rain moving in, but road crews are looking ahead and preparing now. Driving in Southern Oregon these days has been a challenge for most. Drivers are dealing with snow and ice.