Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Medford, OR
NOUS46 KMFR 011253 CCA
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD OR
453 AM PST WED MAR 1 2017
...MEDFORD OREGON WEATHER REVIEW: FEBRUARY 2017...
The active winter continued into February with system after system
bringing rain and even some snow to Medford. February started out mild
and wet with temperatures reaching into the upper 50s and low 60s. One
storm dropped over a quarter of an inch of rain on the 3rd. The next
system reached southern Oregon and northern California a day later, and
the wet weather continued with a 6 day deluge of rainfall across the
area. Because of the high snow levels associated with these systems,
several areas saw significant flooding. Siskiyou and Modoc Counties
nearly had to issue evacuations of homes due to the flooding. In the
end, Modoc County estimated a little over a half million dollars worth
of road damage from flooding.
There was a brief break in the weather to allow us to dry out before
the next big system came through. Although this system was stronger
than the one that brought the significant flooding, snow levels were
lower which helped stifle some of the flooding. This system brought
2.45 inches of rain to Medford over an eight day stretch. By the 22nd,
snow levels dropped to the valley floors and we recorded the first snow
of February at the office. The next systems continued to push in over
southern Oregon, and heavier showers brought snow levels to the valley
floors. Ground temperatures, however, were warm enough to preclude any
snow accumulation here at the office. Thus, there were several days
where a trace of snow was reported. Overall, February only saw five
days that did not register any precipitation. This gave us 20.70 inches
of precipitation to date which surpassed the average precipitation
total for the water year which is 18.37 inches.
In addition to the rain, a few of these systems also brought significant
winds to southern Oregon and northern California. Most of the highest
winds were along the coast and across the higher elevations east of the
Cascades, and into Siskiyou and Modoc Counties; but even the Rogue
Valley saw a few impacts. We received a photo of a relatively large
tree which fell onto a road on the 15th. The airport recorded a 40 mph
wind gust around the time the tree fell. Finally, North Bend probably
saw the most exciting phenomenon this month on the 26th as a shower
brought a visible waterspout near the boardwalk of the Oyster Dock.
The average temperature for the month was 45.3 degrees, which is 1.1
degrees above normal. The average maximum temperature was 53.6 degrees,
which is 0.7 degrees below normal. The average minimum temperature was
36.9 degrees which is 2.8 degrees above normal. The highest
temperature for the month was 67 degrees on the 15th. The lowest
temperature for the month was 27 degrees which occurred on the 24th and
There were 4 clear days, 11 partly cloudy days, and 13 cloudy days.
Total precipitation for the month was 4.12 inches, which is 2.11 inches
above normal. The total precipitation for the Water Year (beginning
October 1st) stands at 20.70 inches which is 8.62 inches above normal.
Calendar Year precipitation is now 9.01 inches which is 4.57 inches
The average wind speed for the month was 4.2 mph. The fastest recorded
two-minute wind was 37 mph from the southeast on the 15th. The peak
wind was 46 mph from the southeast also on the 15th.
The highest pressure for the month was 30.48 inches on the 11th. The
lowest pressure for the month was 29.34 inches on the 5th.
Records set in February 2017:
-There were no records set in February for Temperature, Rain, or Snow.