A month’s worth of rain fell Wednesday
Medford saw more rain Wednesday than it did for the entire month of May or April, according to the National Weather Service.
Just over a quarter-inch fell Wednesday at the Medford airport, meteorologist Ryan Sandler said, mostly between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 4 a.m. Thursday. In May, half of that amount fell, Sandler said. In April, just under a quarter-inch fell.
You have to go back to March before coming across a rain event that was wetter, with just under four-tenths of inch recorded March 14.
“It was the driest April and May, combined, for Medford, in 110 years,” Sandler said. “By far.”
Wednesday’s precipitation didn’t break the June 9 daily rainfall record. The reigning champ is still June 9, 1937, when 0.81 inches fell on the city, Sandler said.
Jackson County saw anywhere from one-tenth to nearly seven-tenths of an inch during the stormy weather. The county also endured 33 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Wednesday.
“There was a lot of rumbling, but it was a lot of cloud-to-cloud strikes,” Sandler said. “The vast majority was not ground strikes.”
Fourteen strikes hit in Klamath County, with eight in Josephine County and four in Douglas County. Siskiyou County had 49.
Oregon Department of Forestry officials continued to monitor for lightning-sparked fires Thursday. The agency responded to one smoke report but couldn’t find anything. It was likely a “water dog,” caused by gathering fog that looks similar to smoke, said Natalie Weber, public information officer for ODF’s Southwest Division.
“We get a lot of those reports after storms like this,” she said. “Because we got so much rain, it probably will be a while before we see any holdover fires.”
More rain is likely in the area Friday, with additional chances through the weekend.
“Temperatures will be warming up,” Sandler said. “We’re going to start seeing normal temperatures this weekend, around 80 degrees. But there’s still going to be more clouds than usual for this time of year, and a chance of showers through the whole weekend.”
A warming trend and more summer-like weather is forecast for next week, Sandler added.
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