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Weather Summary - 8/21

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When last I left you, I was waiting to see what the thunderstorm situation for Tuesday and Wednesday was going to be. Now we know, the low off California is going to be more southerly in it's track. This means that the thunderstorms it kicks off in our area will be in the usual thundery spots. Pretty much rules out storms in the Rogue and Illinois Valley areas except possibly in Ashland. So look for thunderstorms for the Cascades, the Siskiyous, east of the Cascades, and in Northern California. There is a Red Flag Warning up for tomorrow in these areas. Abundant lightning striking dry fuels is expected tomorrow. It is possible for these same areas for Wednesday so a Fire Weather Watch is up. Again, a warning means it is expected to occur, or is occurring. A watch means conditions are possible. Watches will become warnings when conditions become expected. The other thing we know is coming is cooler temps. If we can get some good rains out of storms on the fires, and then combine that with cooler temps, fire activity really drops and bye bye smoke. Or ceertainly far less of it. That would be a very welcome development for sure. However, it will not last. A ridge will rebuild for this weekend. And when it does, triple digit heat is very likely for Saturday and Sunday for the Rogue, Illinois, Applegate, Shasta, Scott, and Klamath Valleys. It is going to be hot everywhere but the Coast this coming weekend. How the smoke situation will be is a big guess. But, fire activity is going to pick up so smoke production should be prolific. 

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