Possible Northern Lights Viewing Friday

EUGENE, Ore. — We’ve seen a lot of cool things in the sky lately–supermoons, asteroid showers, beautiful sunsets. But starting Friday night, we could see the granddaddy of them all: the northern lights. Space weather forecasters say the sun shot out a strong solar flare late Tuesday, which arrived at Earth early Thursday. It should … Continue reading »

Hot & Dry For The Weekend

Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:   **A strong solar flare erupted from the Sun yesterday and is heading towards Earth. There’s a fair chance we might be able to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights Friday night. Click here for a great site to track the best timing and locations: http://www.softservenews.com/Aurora.htm Even though tonight … Continue reading »

Hot, Dry Conditions Through the Weekend

Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion: There are only 10 full days left in the summer season and at least the next six will look like it! Our normal high temperature this time of year is just 79°, we’ll be close to 10 degrees warmer than that today. A large ridge of high pressure is setting up shop … Continue reading »

Fire Concerns As Heat Is Back

Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:   Even though tonight will be a cool one with lows falling into the mid 40s, changes are already coming with high pressure moving back in. Expect the rest of the week to be hot and dry with fire concerns cranking up just as high as the temperatures. The … Continue reading »

Wildfires Cost ODF Millions This Year

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Fire season is far from over, and already the Oregon Department of Forestry says it has spent more than $33 million in the fire fight. The major costs come from paying firefighters, as well as helicopter and airplane fees, which prove to be an important part of stopping fires from spreading. … Continue reading »

Students Keep Cool at School

EUGENE, Ore. — Summer may be over for students, but the heat is still hanging around, prompting teachers to find ways to keep kids cool in classrooms. At Marist High School, classrooms are the same as many across the city, not having air conditioning. But school administrators say they have many ways to keep students … Continue reading »

High Fire Danger Continues

Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion: There are only 11 full days left in the summer season and at least the next seven will look not only like summer but you could say “the dog days of summer”! Our normal high temperature this time of year is just 79°, we’ll be at least 10 degrees warmer than … Continue reading »

Summertime Heat Is Coming

Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:   So nice to see 70s for highs on the map today which has been an anomaly for this month so far, only the second time we’ve seen highs in the 70s. Cooler Pacific air has helped fire crews by pumping in moisture and increasing humidity levels. That all … Continue reading »

UO Study Shows Wildfire Benefits

EUGENE, Ore. — A three-year study by the University of Oregon shows there are benefits to wildfires. Staff with the Ecosystem Workforce Program say they wanted to take a look at the impact they can have on a community, outside the obvious damaging effects. While wildfires have positive ecological roles, this recent research focuses on … Continue reading »

One “Normal” Day Before the Heat Returns

Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion: A trough of low pressure allowed on-shore flow, northwest winds and cooler air to move into western Oregon this morning. The clouds will clear for the second half of the day, but highs will stay in the upper 70s. 79° is our average high for this time of year, but this will only be … Continue reading »

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