Still smoky with showers & possible thunderstorms today.

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ADVISORIES:

  • AN AIR QUALITY ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON TODAY FOR BENTON, CLACKAMAS, HOOD RIVER, LANE, LINN, MARION, MULTNOMAH, POLK, WASHINGTON, TILLIMOOK, AND YAMHILL COUNTIES.
  • AN AIR QUALITY ALERT IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM SATURDAY FOR CROOK, DESCHUTES, GILLIAM, GRANT, JEFFERSON, MORROW, SHERMAN, UMATILLA, UNION, WALLOWA, WASCO, AND WHEELER COUNTIES.
  • AN AIR QUALITY ALERT IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON TODAY FOR THE SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON COAST, THE CURRY COUNTY COAST, CENTRAL DOUGLAS COUNTY, EASTERN CURRY COUNTY, JOSEPHINE COUNTY, THE EASTERN DOUGLAS COUNTY FOOTHILLS, JACKSON COUNTY, THE SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON CASCADES, THE SOUTHERN OREGON CASCADES, THE SISKIYOU MOUNTAINS, THE KLAMATH BASIN, NORTHERN AND EASTERN KLAMATH COUNTY, AND WESTERN, CENTRAL, AND EASTERN LAKE COUNTY.
  • AN AIR QUALITY ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM SATURDAY  AND CROOK, DESCHUTES, GILLIAM, GRANT, JEFFERSON, MORROW, SHERMAN, UMATILLA, UNION, WALLOWA, WASCO, AND WHEELER COUNTIES.
  • AN AIR QUALITY ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE FOR BAKER, HARNEY, AND MALHEUR COUNTIES.

HEALTH ADVISORIES:

  • THE OREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY HAS ISSUED A RECREATIONAL USE HEALTH ADVISORY FOR MOORE PARK AND THE SURROUNDING AREA ON UPPER KLAMATH LAKE DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF CYANOBACTERIA (HARMFUL ALGAE) BLOOM THAT HISTORICALLY PRODUCES CYANOTOXINS (HARMFUL ALGAE TOXINS) ABOVE RECREATIONAL GUIDELINE VALUES FOR HUMAN EXPOSURE. MOORE PARK IS LOCATED ON THE SOUTHERN END OF UPPER KLAMATH LAKE IN KLAMATH COUNTY. UNTIL THE ADVISORY IS LIFTED PEOPLE SHOULD AVOID SWIMMING AND HIGH-SPEED WATER ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS WATER SKIING OR POWER BOATING, IN AREAS OF THE LAKE WHERE BLOOMS ARE IDENTIFIED. ALTHOUGH TOXINS ARE NOT ABSORBED THROUGH THE SKIN, PEOPLE WITH SKIN SENSITIVITIES MAY EXPERIENCE A PUFFY RED RASH. VISITING ODELL LAKE IS SAFE AS LONG AS ANY BOATING OR OTHER ACTIVITIES DO NOT CAUSE EXCESSIVE WATER SPRAY WHICH COULD LEAD TO INHALATION RISKS IF THERE IS EXCESSIVE WATER SPRAY.
  • THE OREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY HAS ISSUED A PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY FOR HIGHER-THAN-NORMAL LEVELS OF BACTERIA IN OCEAN WATERS AT SUNSET BAY STATE PARK IN COOS COUNTY. PEOPLE SHOULD AVOID DIRECT CONTACT WITH WATER IN THIS AREA UNTIL THE ADVISORY IS LIFTED. HIGHER-THAN-NORMAL LEVELS OF FECAL BACTERIA CAN CAUSE DIARRHEA, STOMACH CRAMPS, SKIN RASHES, UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS AND OTHER ILLNESSES. THIS APPLIES ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN AND THE ELDERLY, WHO MAY BE MORE VULNERABLE TO ILLNESSES FROM WATERBORNE BACTERIA. VISITORS SHOULD AVOID WADING IN NEARBY CREEKS, POOLS OF WATER ON THE BEACH, OR IN DISCOLORED WATER, AND STAY CLEAR OF WATER RUNOFF FLOWING INTO THE OCEAN.
  • THE OREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY HAS ISSUED A RECREATIONAL USE HEALTH ADVISORY FOR ODELL LAKE IN KLAMATH COUNTY DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF CYANOBACTERIA (HARMFUL ALGAE) BLOOM THAT HISTORICALLY PRODUCES CYANOTOXINS (HARMFUL ALGAE TOXINS) ABOVE RECREATIONAL GUIDELINE VALUES FOR HUMAN EXPOSURE. UNTIL THE ADVISORY IS LIFTED PEOPLE SHOULD AVOID SWIMMING AND HIGH-SPEED WATER ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS WATER SKIING OR POWER BOATING, IN AREAS OF THE LAKE WHERE BLOOMS ARE IDENTIFIED. ALTHOUGH TOXINS ARE NOT ABSORBED THROUGH THE SKIN, PEOPLE WITH SKIN SENSITIVITIES MAY EXPERIENCE A PUFFY RED RASH. VISITING ODELL LAKE IS SAFE AS LONG AS ANY BOATING OR OTHER ACTIVITIES DO NOT CAUSE EXCESSIVE WATER SPRAY WHICH COULD LEAD TO INHALATION RISKS IF THERE IS EXCESSIVE WATER SPRAY.
  • A PERMANENT HEALTH ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTH UMPQUA RIVER DUE TO BLUE-GREEN ALGAE. SIGNS ARE POSTED.

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THE WEATHER PATTERN:

  •  An Upper Level Low Pressure Trough (Shaded “U” shape with arrows) takes over to help bring us some desperately needed rain. The graphics for days 1-3 show the frontal system that pushed through Oregon Thursday. The smoke will start to clear out, but won’t do it all at once. The graphics for days 3-7  Monday through next Friday show the complex frontal system moving through the Pacific Northwest Tuesday. Yet another complex frontal system will be approaching the coast Thursday sliding through next Friday .
  • Note: The fire danger in Oregon is still in the Extreme category for all of Western Oregon and it is still very dry out there.  Please be very careful out there and remember Smokey Bear’s words “Only you can prevent wildfires.”

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THE AIR QUALITY INDEX:

For the local area:

Eugene/Springfield: The Air Quality Index is 331 in the Hazardous category measuring Particulate Matter.

Oakridge: The Air Quality Index is 163 in the Unhealthy category measuring Particulate Matter.

Cottage Grove: The Air Quality Index is 194 in the Unhealthy category measuring Particulate Matter.

Data courtesy of Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA)

 

 

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FORECASTS:

Forecast for the Southern Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield:

  • Mostly cloudy with patchy smoke and showers with isolated thunderstorms and a bit cooler today (0.10 in. of rain possible, more in storms), cloudy with patchy evening smoke and showers likely (70%), a good (50%) chance of showers late tonight,
  • A mix of clouds and sun and a bit warmer with a good (50%) chance of showers Saturday (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), just partly cloudy Saturday night,
  • Some AM clouds, mostly sunny and a bit warmer Sunday afternoon, then partly cloudy Sunday night.
  • highs 70-74 lows 54-49.
  • Partly cloudy Monday, mostly cloudy Monday night,
  • Partly cloudy and a bit warmer Tuesday and at night,
  • Partly cloudy and a bit warmer Wednesday with a slight (20%) chance of showers in the afternoon, a (40%) chance of showers Wednesday night,
  • Then a mix of clouds and sun and a bit cooler with a good (50%) chance of showers Thursday.
  • highs 74-78 cooling to 75 Thursday lows 50-52. (seasonal averages high 77 low 47)

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Forecast for the Umpqua Valley including Roseburg:

  • Mostly cloudy with showers and cooler with a slight (20%) chance of thunderstorms and more patchy smoke this afternoon (0.25 in. of rain possible), evening showers likely (70%) with a slight (20%) chance of thunderstorms, a slight (20%) chance of showers late tonight (0.10 in. of rain possible),
  • Mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of AM showers, partly cloudy and a bit warmer Saturday afternoon, mostly clear at night,
  • Mostly sunny and a bit warmer Sunday, then mostly clear Sunday night.
  • highs 72-77 lows 56-52.
  • Partly cloudy and a bit cooler Monday and at night,
  • Partly cloudy and a bit warmer Tuesday through Wednesday night,
  • Some AM clouds with a slight (20%) chance of rain, then a bit cooler with a (30%) chance of showers Thursday afternoon.
  • highs 75-82 cooling to 77 Thursday lows 53-55. (seasonal averages high 78 low 51)

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Forecast for the Oregon Coast including Coos Bay and North Bend:

  • Mostly cloudy with AM showers, showers and a bit warmer with a slight (20%) chance of thunderstorms this afternoon (0.25 in. of rain possible, more in storms), a good (50%) chance of showers tonight (under 0.10 in. of rain possible),
  • AM clouds with a slight (20%) chance of AM coastal showers and partly cloudy in the afternoon while  mostly cloudy inland in the AM and partly cloudy inland Saturday afternoon, mostly clear at night,
  • Some AM clouds, mostly sunny Sunday afternoon, mostly clear in the evening, then partly cloudy late Sunday night.
  • highs near 72 lows 57-53.
  • Mostly cloudy Monday and Monday night,
  • Partly cloudy Tuesday and at night,
  • Partly cloudy and a bit warmer Wednesday, partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Wednesday night,
  • Mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of AM rain, then a (40%) chance of showers and a bit cooler Thursday afternoon.
  • highs 72-75 cooling to 73 Thursday lows 54-57. (seasonal averages high 65 low 50).

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Forecast for the Northern Oregon Cascades including Willamette Pass:

  • Mostly cloudy with areas of smoke and cooler with showers and isolated thunderstorms today (0.50 in. of rain possible, more in storms), evening showers with areas of smoke, a good (50%) chance of showers late tonight (0.25 in. of rain possible),
  • A mix of clouds and sun with a good (50%) chance of showers and a bit warmer Saturday, becoming mostly clear Saturday night,
  • Mostly sunny and a bit warmer Sunday, then partly cloudy Sunday night.
  • snow level above 8,000 ft. today through Saturday, free air freezing level 12,000 ft. rising to 13,000 ft. late Saturday night, then 13,000 ft. Sunday and Sunday night.
  • highs 56-59 lows 42-38 warming back to 42 Sunday night.
  • Some AM clouds, mostly sunny Monday afternoon, partly cloudy in the evening, mostly cloudy Monday night,
  • Some AM clouds, mostly sunny and a bit warmer Tuesday afternoon, partly cloudy at night,
  • Partly cloudy and a bit warmer Wednesday, a slight (20%) chance of evening showers, a (30%) chance of showers late Wednesday night,
  • A mix of clouds and sun and a bit cooler with a (40%) chance of showers Thursday.
  • free air freezing level 13,000 ft. falling to 12,000 ft. Monday afternoon, 12,000 ft. Monday night and Tuesday, 13,000 ft. rising to 14,000 ft. late Tuesday night, 14,000 ft. Wednesday, then snow level above 8,000 ft. Thursday.
  • highs 59-70 cooling to 65 Thursday lows 42-45.

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Note: Weather is a constantly changing phenomenon and weather forecasting is a combination of science, experience, and intuition. The accuracy of any given forecast can change due to unexpected changes in atmospheric conditions, so there are no guarantees that the actual weather will conform to the projected forecast.

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