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NOUS46 KMFR 010944  
PNSMFR  
ORZ026-020030-  
 
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD OR  
245 AM PDT SAT SEP 1 2018  
   
..MEDFORD OREGON WEATHER REVIEW: AUGUST 2018
 
 
AUGUST PICKED UP RIGHT WHERE JULY LEFT OFF. IF ONE WORD COULD DEFINE  
WHAT IT WAS LIKE, "SMOKY" WOULD HAVE TO BE IT. WILDFIRES VIRTUALLY  
SURROUNDED THE AREA, WITH AFTERNOON WINDS USHERING IN THICK, CHOKING  
SMOKE. EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE MONTH, SMOKE OR HAZE WAS REPORTED AT  
THE ROGUE VALLEY INTERNATIONAL-MEDFORD AIRPORT WITH ONLY BRIEF AND  
WELCOME RESPITES HERE AND THERE. THE MAIN CULPRITS OF ALL THE SMOKE  
WERE THE KLONDIKE/TAYLOR CREEK FIRES BURNING IN THE KALMIOPSIS  
WILDERNESS, THE NATCHEZ FIRE BURNING IN NORTHWEST SISKIYOU COUNTY,  
AND THE SOUTH UMPQUA COMPLEX OF FIRES, INCLUDING THE MILES AND  
SUGARPINE FIRES, BURNING ALONG THE DOUGLAS/JACKSON COUNTY BORDERS  
ABOUT HALFWAY BETWEEN TILLER AND PROSPECT. THROUGH THE 31ST AND  
DATING BACK TO JULY 17TH, THERE HAVE BEEN 46 CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF  
SMOKE-FILLED AIR, WHICH ESSENTIALLY FORCED MANY LOCALS TO REMAIN  
INDOORS, WEAR SMOKE-APPROVED MASKS OR SEEK CLEANER AIR ELSEWHERE.  
OVERALL, IT WASN'T AN EXTREMELY HOT MONTH, MAINLY DUE TO THE SMOKE,  
BUT IT WAS ABOVE NORMAL WITH 21 DAYS REACHING OR EXCEEDING 90  
DEGREES. THERE WAS ONLY ONE 100-DEGREE DAY DURING THE MONTH, EXACTLY  
100 DEGREES ON THE 9TH. ALSO LIKELY OWING TO THE AMOUNT OF WILDFIRE  
SMOKE IN THE REGION, THERE WERE NO LIGHTNING STRIKES AT THE AIRPORT  
DURING THE MONTH AND NARY A DROP OF RAIN FELL.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 75.0 DEGREES, WHICH IS  
1.3 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE AVERAGE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE WAS 91.4  
DEGREES, WHICH IS 0.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE AVERAGE MINIMUM  
TEMPERATURE WAS 58.5 DEGREES, WHICH IS 1.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 100 DEGREES WHICH  
OCCURRED ON THE 9TH. THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 49  
DEGREES WHICH OCCURRED ON THE 25TH.  
 
THERE WERE 25 CLEAR DAYS, 6 PARTLY CLOUDY DAYS, AND 0 CLOUDY  
DAYS.  
 
TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS 0.00 INCHES WHICH IS 0.40  
INCHES BELOW NORMAL. TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE WATER YEAR  
(BEGINNING OCTOBER 1ST) IS 11.24 INCHES WHICH IS 6.54 INCHES BELOW  
NORMAL. CALENDAR YEAR PRECIPITATION IS 6.63 INCHES WHICH IS 3.51  
INCHES BELOW NORMAL.  
 
THE AVERAGE WIND SPEED FOR THE MONTH WAS 4.1 MPH. THE FASTEST  
RECORDED TWO-MINUTE WIND SPEED WAS 22 MPH FROM THE NORTH WHICH  
OCCURRED ON THE 2ND AND ALSO 22 MPH FROM THE NORTHWEST WHICH  
OCCURRED ON THE 10TH. THE PEAK WIND WAS 30 MPH FROM THE NORTHWEST  
WHICH OCCURRED ON THE 26TH.  
 
THE HIGHEST PRESSURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 30.17 INCHES ON THE 17TH.  
THE LOWEST PRESSURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 29.74 INCHES ON THE 14TH.  
 

 
 
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