Skip to comments.Freeze Watch In Effect for SE Oregon
Posted on 08/22/2012 9:57:50 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD OR 210 PM PDT WED AUG 22 2012
...WIDESPREAD FREEZING TEMPERATURES POSSIBLE FRIDAY MORNING...
.COOL HIGH PRESSURE WILL MOVE OVER THE AREA THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING. CLEAR SKIES AND LIGHT WINDS WILL LEAD TO ADDITIONAL COOLING WITH FREEZING TEMPERATURES POSSIBLE OVER MUCH OF NORTHERN KLAMATH AND LAKE COUNTIES FRIDAY MORNING.
ORZ029>031-231100- /O.NEW.KMFR.FZ.A.0011.120824T1000Z-120824T1500Z/ KLAMATH BASIN- NORTHERN AND EASTERN KLAMATH COUNTY AND WESTERN LAKE COUNTY- CENTRAL AND EASTERN LAKE COUNTY- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BEATTY...CHEMULT...CRESCENT... GILCHRIST...SPRAGUE RIVER 210 PM PDT WED AUG 22 2012
...FREEZE WATCH IN EFFECT FOR FRIDAY MORNING...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEDFORD HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FOR FRIDAY MORNING.
* TEMPERATURES: 28 TO 32. SOME LOW SPOTS MAY FALL INTO THE MID 20S.
* TIMING: THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED AROUND DAWN FRIDAY MORNING.
* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: BEATTY...CHEMULT...CRESCENT...GILCHRIST... SPRAGUE RIVER.
* IMPACTS: SENSITIVE CROPS AND VEGETATION COULD BE DAMAGED OR KILLED IF NOT PROTECTED.
A FREEZE WATCH MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE POSSIBLE. THESE CONDITIONS COULD KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.
Does this often happen in late August, or are the AGW types going to go into contortions to explain how greenhouse-gas induced global warming is causing unseasonable cold spells in Oregon?
When I was growing up, August was the hottest, most humid month of the year.
Here in upstate New York, our heating system has kicked on in the wee hours of the morning the past two nights. I expect it to do so later this morning as well.
Please drift north to Seattle!
Three straight weeks of above average temps and/or ultra high humidity.
I’m ready for some football and autumn leaves!
And it’s only August 22nd!
More headlines that support a coming cold winter for the US.
141 record lows yesterday (Aug 18, 2012) and 8 record highs
Snow record broken in South Africa (Aug 12, 2012)
New South Wales records one of the coldest August nights ever
Everything causes AGW!
Warm globally, cool locally!
I just bought some oak firewood from Bahara’s in Sunnyvale, CA. The guy who sold me the wood says the woodsmen in the Sierra foothills are predicting a cold and wet winter. They say the ground squirrels are burrowing far up the river banks (getting ready for a flood next spring) and the deer are coming down much lower from the mountains much earlier this year. He says these guys know their stuff. Definite nip in the morning air in the SF Bay Area the last week or so and the Chinese Pistache trees are starting to turn already! My Sedum Autumn Joy is just turning red, too.
Alaskas mountain snow refusing to melt this summer
This is a ridiculous error of some sort.
First, Chemult and the others are in southwest OR, not southeast.
The actual forecast low temperature for Friday morning, apart from this silly derelict freeze watch, is 43-45 degrees F.
That sounds better but is still pretty cold for August.
They adjusted it, see #11.
I am planning a trip to the Oregon mountains tomorrow night and until this came up was worried about being uncomfortable in the previously expected high daytime temps of low 90s. Now it looks like I have to take WINTER SUPPLIES. BIZARRE beyond anything I have ever seen weatherwise!
The surface map shows a cold front coming through (understatement) with the jet stream dipping to suit. But the magnitude of the summer temperature change is unparalleled in my lengthy experience here. I do remember snow in Spokane in early June as a kid, but of course it hadn’t warmed up yet and certainly not into the triple digits.
I live in NE Oregon, in the high desert, and anything below the high 90’s would be welcome, although we do see a +40 degree temp swing overnight, and no humidity.
This Global Warming is getting to be a real pain in the rear.
From another forum about this freeze watch.
“I see! That is why the Canadian Geese have been flocking early in Sonoma County, California.
For the past 2-3 weeks I have seen large crowds of the geese feeding in several fields. They are about 2 months early this year, but this may explain why they are here so early. Normally, the geese land in short grass fields, but the farmers have not cut the grass for some time. Its strange to see just the heads of the guards that keep watch while the rest feed.
Looks like we may be in for some nasty weather this winter.”
If you go to this link you’ll see the size of the watch area.
Ping to some bizarre weather in a distant part of the country (for you). I always follow your hurricane threads, but this is truly “unexpected” and the magnitude and speed of the temperature drop is unparalleled up here. I note that the all-time recorded low for the date is 34-36 for most of these places, now expecting 28 (down from about 48 a couple nights previous).
You can probably understand why I initially thought this was an absurd mistake of some kind.
I’m going to Ukiah tomorrow evening.
Funny you mention the geese. I saw a HUGE flock this morning on my way to work — south SF Bay near Alviso (right adjacent to the bottom of the Bay). It was unusual to see them this early.
Chemult has an average January low of about 20F, only a few degrees below the forecast for the coming nights!
So did I. Kinda reminds me of the intense snowstorm that passed through a place in northern Oklahoma two or three years ago that dropped the temperature to -31 degrees below zero for a short time. I thought it was an error but it was confirmed as being just that.
More info on that storm.
Up here in Northern MN the trees are turning fall colors in spots the local tribes told me they haven’t seen this in many years... It IS sporadic, but the fire maples are starting to turn here as well as are other species...
I moved here in 79 and think this last decade was the worst weatherwise since then.
I have the Puget Sound Energy bills, and they detail average temp this month vs last year this month, going back about 4 years worth, and there is no doubt the last 3-5 years have been MUCH cooler than average!
And I plant gardens every year, and this year the yield is the best it’s been since about 1997.
PS I live south of Auburn at the north end of Pierce county.
As much as I don’t like long periods of cold winter, I would welcome one this year just to kill the mosquitoes here in Dallas. It’s been brutal after last year’s mild winter.
It’s been right cool up here in NW Oregon, so the fact that there is a freeze warning in the high desert doesn’t surprise me.
I hope it’s close to the annual forest fires we have, and will help those folks.
Unfortunately, according to our local news it appears that your mosquitoes are moving south to Houston.
A freeze warning isn’t always a general affectation. Low lying areas can indeed wax colder than the general forecast temperature.
Did you live in Minnesota in 1996 when the state record for cold was exceeded by 1 degree at -60F?
Classic cold PDO phase that has been warmed by the summer sun. Looks like just a mild El Nino trend so far. Found this chart showing the cold front that punched out a path through central Texas.
My family usually starts hearing crickets around our place in early August. We started hearing them in mid-July. (The "old wive's tale" suggests that when you hear your first crickets you can count 6 weeks before your first frost.)
Everything seems accelerated this summer.
The local geese have been flocking up into bigger flocks and making their treks out to the corn fields earlier as well.
I was at the Highland Games in Baker City, Oregon two years ago (August 27th), and it was snowing in the mountains surrounding the city. The high in Baker City was 50 that day, and it was raining and windy. Not my idea of summer weather (except in San Francisco).
One of my co-workers was on a hunting trip nearby that weekend, and she said that it got into the high 20s at night, so this kind of weather in SE Oregon is not unprecedented.
Where I'm headed later today (about 4,250 ft msl), tonight's forecast is 6 degrees lower than the all-time recorded low for the date in 1910.
Well, have fun!
My weather forecaster is Myrtle, my neighbor’s turtle. So far, she hasn’t built her winter hidey-hole.
And I’ve not seen a wooly creapy crawler, a sure cold weather sign.
I’ve seen several rattlers, which means there’re bunch of rats and mice close by.
And my corns don’t hurt, so I’m forecasting six more weeks of 95 degree weather! (Hee Hee)
Thank you. Those Elkhorn mountains west of North Powder (8,500’) can have snow anytime as well as the Wallowa, of course.
Thankfully No! My wife is from this area and has seen that sort of cold... Coldest I’ve seen since moving out here from the coast is 43 below. It doesn’t seem to make much difference when it gets colder than that!
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