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The unchanging air mass

Medford, and the entirety of the Pacific Northwest, really, were slammed with a strong system during the middle of the week. A system of this ilk, and in fact this very same system currently, were it to move through the Plains would have the energy to change the climate of a city from fall to winter in the span of a couple of hours. In Medford? The high temperature dropped 5 degrees from Tuesday to Wednesday, and that was about it. There was a little bit of rain on Wednesday, sure, but it wasn’t the slobberknocker it was further up the coast, or to the east in the Rockies. It was a slobberknocker among the meteorologists forecasting for the site. 6 of the 7 outlets were within 2 degrees of one another, but only one outlet sat alone at the top… Us! Victoria-Weather earned the win.
Actuals: Tuesday – High 54, Low 34
Wednesday – .19 inches of rain, HIgh 49, Low 34

Grade: C-D

Medford, Oregon

At Purdue, they have a capstone course called “Forecasting” in which you take into account all your learning of your previous 4 years and put them into your first actual operational forecasts. The very first city we were given  as an assignment was Medford. The town holds a special place in my heart.

At 953PM, PT, Medford was reporting a temperature of 45 degrees with overcast skies. Currently, a deep upper level trough was keeping a strong area of low pressure spinning off the coast of British Columbia. While the jet trough works it’s way southeast towards the coast, the surface system will continue to spiral off shore, battering western Washington with gusts, which will eventually translate south through the Oregon Cascades.
Tomorrow will be a breezy day as the low stages off the coast, with the cold front moving slowly into the Olympic Peninsula. The front will start moving more rapidly towards the coast late on Tuesday into Wednesday morning. A perturbation at the base of he low will begin to slide up the front and will enhance rainfall as it hits northern California, with the complex, with the cold front and the vort max arriving in Medford on Wednesday afternoon. While it will be a cloudy, rainy and windy afternoon and evening in town, don’t be surprised if there is snow at the higher terrains.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy and windy, HIgh 53, Low 37
Wednesday – Cloudy with rain and wind in the afternoon, with snow in higher elevations, High 47, Low 39

TWC: Tomorrow – Generally sunny. High 55, Low 38
Wednesday – Showers early, becoming a steady rain later in the day. High 50, Low 40

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy High 55, Low 38
Wednesday – Rain High 51, Low 40

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 54, Low 39
Wednesday – Rain likely, mainly after 10am. Cloudy High 50, Low 40

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers in the morning then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 52, Low 38
Wednesday – Cloudy. Chance of rain in the morning then rain in the afternoon. High 49, Low 39

WN: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 54, Low 39
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy with light rain likely, High 50, Low 40

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon (early rain) High 54, Low 41
Wednesday – Light rain starting in the afternoon, continuing until night. High 47, Low 42

There is a little bit of rain in the Medford area right now, but it looks like it is kicking out of there, and wasn’t reaching the ground anyways. Besides, I really just wanted to show off this whirl of low pressure off the coast of British Columbia.

Medford sees a splash

A system over the northern Pacific did indeed find it’s way to the shores of Western Oregon over the weekend, but before it could get there, Medford saw some incredibly warm, unseasonable days. Temperatures were in the id to upper 70s during the day before dropping to the mid 40s overnight. The big thing that the rain did(it was merely a trace) was serve as a tiebreaker that gave Victoria-Weather, who handled the forecast best, a victory.
Actuals: Saturday – High 78, Low 46
Sunday – Trace of rain, High 75, Low 44

Grade: B-C

Medford, Oregon

April! We made it. The forecast today takes us to Oregon, which is well removed from the storms over the Eastern US, and provides a glimpse of the future for the CONUS. (I hope it’s a good one)

At 1153AM, PT, Medford was reporting a temperature of 63 degrees with fair skies. A ridge over the Pacific was allowing the West Coast to enjoy a few hours of spring time relief after they have been battered by persistent storms through February and March.
We’ll be able to get through most of the weekend before the weather begins to change. There will be a ridge over the western US for through Sunday afternoon, but a compact and well defined area of low pressure is expected to develop off the Washington coast. A cold front associated with that system will arrive at the Oregon coast late Sunday evening, with some potentially heavy rain a possibility in Medford.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 77, Low 48
Sunday – Late rain, High 74, Low 49

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 75, Low 48
Sunday – Sunshine in the morning followed by cloudy skies during the afternoon, High 73, Low 46

AW: Tomorrow – Sunshine and some clouds High 75, Low 48
Sunday – Partly sunny and warm High 73, Low 46

NWS: Tomorrow – A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, , High 75, Low 49
Sunday – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, High 71, Low 47

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 74, Low 48
Sunday – Partly cloudy, High 70, Low 46

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy with Isolated Showers High 75, Low 50
Sunday – Partly Cloudy with Isolated Storms High 72, Low 48

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy throughout the day. High 74, Low 47
Sunday – Light rain starting in the evening. High 70, Low 46

It’s an interesting look at the forecast from many different perspectives. Some can’t see weather crawling over the Cascades, while others think that there is a chance for a rogue storm tomorrow. Interesting.

Not much rain, but clouds make up for it

A cold front swept into the Pacific Northwest yesterday. Though the rain fall didn’t make it very fall inland, the moisture associated with this boundary was very efficient in the development of clouds. The dense blanket kept temperatures down in Medford, especially on Monday, when the high was only 46, substantially lower than anyone had expected. Victoria Weather had the top forecast in southwestern Oregon, which has helped cause a logjam at the top of the monthly leaderboard.
Actuals: Sunday – High 59, Low 39
Monday – .01 inches of rain, High 46, Low 36

Grade: C

Medford, Oregon

While the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley looks to see some severe weather tomorrow, it’s time to head out to the Pacific Northwest for today’s forecast. Let’s see what the find citizens of Medford are in for over the next couple of days!

At 5:53pm PST, the temperature at Medford, OR was 49 degrees under overcast skies. One system is departing the region this evening, which will lead to some patchy morning fog around the area. It shouldn’t last too long after sunrise though, and will burn off by mid-morning. After that, a relatively enjoyable day is expected for the region, with just a few clouds and temperatures making it into the mid 50s. It’s a short reprieve for the region, however, as another cold front takes aim on the area. Monday will start off well enough, but clouds will stream into the region ahead of it, and bring in increasing amounts of rain showers for the evening. Hope nobody is planning an outdoor viewing party for Monday Night Football, cause it’ll be a soggy one.

Sunday: Morning fog gives way to partly cloudy skies. High 54, Low 38.
Monday: Increasing clouds as front approaches, evening rain showers expected. High 53, Low 35.

TWC: Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 52, Low 36.
Monday: Increasing clouds, some evening rain showers. High 52, Low 36.

AW: Sunday: Partly sunny. High 51, Low 36.
Monday: Intervals of clouds and sun. High 53, Low 36.

NWS: Sunday: Mostly sunny after morning fog burns off. High 50, Low 38.
Monday: Increasing chance of showers in evening. High 51, Low 36.

WB: Sunday: Slight chance of morning drizzle, then becoming partly cloudy. High 49, Low 35.
Monday: Morning fog, increasing afternoon clouds. Some evening rain showers. High 49, Low 33.

On the left edge we see the clouds associated with the incoming system on Monday, but in the meantime, it will be a nice Sunday!

Medford, Oregon to Dover, Delaware

We are in for a very long journey. It’s 2900 miles, almost on the nose, and our drive time will move into a fifth day. Whew. Average speed for this trip is 64.5mph, so our daily grind will be 516.4 miles. Stretch those legs, it’s time to get going!


There is a weak cold front moving through the Pacific Northwest, and there is a weak mountain trough through the Rockies. Sounds ominous, doesn’t it? It shouldn’t be. The cold front, as I said, is weak and will maybe bring some clouds, while the rain in the Rockies will see its coverage area decrease overnight tonight and through the day on Tuesday. So there will be some clouds in Medford, and perhaps even in Elko, Nevada, where we will end the day, but other than that, no problems.
Things are often stormy at the peaks of the Rockies, and we may be able to see some storm clouds in the Wasatch Range in northern Utah, as well as in the higher elevations of Wyoming. It’s not going to be a widespread, stormy disaster, mind you, but after Salt Lake City and on to Rawlins, Wyoming, we will be under the gun for some isolated showers and storms, with some ample sunshine peaking between the clouds. At least it’s not snow.
A combination of a stalled boundary through Kansas and some lee troughing will make Wyoming a fairly showery area, though things will improve as we cross into Nebraska. Some of those showers may include some thunder, so don’t be surprised if any animals are a bit jumpy. As I said, the stalled boundary is going to lie through Kansas, but these type of things tend to kick clouds north into Nebraska. Don’t be surprise if we see a rogue bit of drizzle from Lexington to Glitner, Nebraska, which is just past Grand Island.
Nebraska and Iowa will leave us with no real problems, just a few showers within a broad swath of clouds. The rain may pick up a bit after we pass the Quad Cities and last until we end the day in La Salle, Illinois. It’s tough to say though, because it’s just a weak, stationary boundary that isn’t all that well organized. Oh well, it’s going to be a Friday, so things could be worse.
It’s the same old song on Saturday. Most of the rain will stay to our south, but not far enough south that we will be able to claim a dry day on the roads. The best chance for rain, as it has been through the entire trip will be late in the day. We will say after Cleveland. Our day will end after we make it into Pennsylvania and Hampton Township, on the north end of Pittsburgh.
Moisture will be trapped along the coast on the east side of the Appalachians, and a persistent rain is possible, especially from Bedford, Pennsylvania eastward. It seems pretty likely that rain will be in the forecast when we finally make it to Dover. Finally.

Waco, Texas to Medford, Oregon

I am back from my own little road trip, and we will spell out a road trip that covers 4 days and 2032 miles. That breaks into 62.46mph and daily chunks of 499 miles. This forecast is already late, so let’s get to it!


Dry weather is the name of the game for the Southern Plains this week. Obviously, it’s been very dry for the region, so dusty weather may be a problem for air filters, and if you smoke, don’t toss any lit cigarettes out the window. Otherwise, buckle up and enjoy the ride to Santa Rosa, New Mexico.
Monsoonal thunderstorm activity is showing up very late in the day and mostly staying confined to higher elevations of Arizona and New Mexico. IF the models can be believed, we should be through Holbrook, Arizona by the time storms get going in the southern Rockies. We will end the day at rural exit 139, which is between Seligman and Ash Fork, Arizona.
The theme of dusty weather will continue. One mdel is painting some rain in eastern Nevada on Wednesday, but I for one, am not buying it. I think we will stay dry all the way to Hawthorne, Nevada. A little too dry. And yes, people actually live out here.
What? Another day with no significant weather? This road trip is incredibly easy, unless you have anxiety issues due to loneliness or agoraphobia. Medford is surrounded by some hills though, so that will be nice.

Anderson, Indiana to Medford, Oregon

Apologies for the late posting. The time change really threw me. We are taking a lengthy, 4 1/2 day road trip that will cover 2286 miles. We are going to cover about 66 and a half miles an hour, which will get us 532.5 miles a day, more or less. It’s going to be an interesting mix of I-80 and state highways, so we will have to see how this all goes.


There is a wee little low pressure (that is fully developed and what not, but is just very tiny) moving through the Mid-Mississippi and lower Ohio Valley. It’s going to hang out in central Indiana as we try to leave tomorrow morning, providing what will likely be a sloppy, rain snow mix. It dropped up to 9 inches of snow on parts of Missouri, but temperatures won’t allow any of it to stick. The precip will end by the time we reach Peoria, and sunny skies are in store through Missouri. The stop will be in St. Joes, Missouri.

We will have no issues with the day on Wednesday, except maybe that thing where you put on a jacket in the morning because it’s chilly, but then the sun shining in the car makes it really warm, and you are stuck wearing a jacket driving through southeastern Nebraska, but you need to get it off because it’s SO hot, but you can’t because you’re driving. Anyways, we’ll get to the Nebraska/Wyoming border and the delightful burgh of Pine River.

A large system off to the west will move into the Northern Rockies overnight, and we will awake to find rain in Pine River. That rain will continue through the lower elevations of eastern Wyoming and turn to snow in the high elevation. It will be all snow by the time we reach Rawlins, with snow then likely for the rest of the trip to Rowley Junction, Utah, which is south of the Great Salt Lake. Fortunately, the really heavy precipitation will be in Colorado and not a bother for anyone headed for Medford.

Most of the drive through northern Nevada and the rest of Utah will be fine, so long we don’t run out of gas. Another system moving into the coast will push into Oregon by the time we arrive though, and there will be a threat for rain almost as soon as we cross the state line. The day will end just over 2 hours from Medford in Lakeview, Oregon. We won’t see the lake, however, because of the rain.

The front in question will long be through Medford and Lakeview by the time we get driving on Saturday, but we should still have a few mountain showers between Lakeview and Klamath Falls, and Klamath Falls and Medford. Expect a dreary arrival in Medford, though likely more pleasant than what we would find along the coast.