HEAT WAVE

why field burning is allowed in the Willamette Valley heat SR

Here’s why field burning is allowed in the Willamette Valley heat

With temperatures nearing or surpassing record levels and air quality warnings in effect, burn bans are commonplace.  But there are still sometimes long plumes of smoke headed into the skies over Salem begging the question: Why? “It’s a very visible activity, you can actively see it,” said farmer Kathy Hadley[Read More…]

UPDATED: Salem excessive heat warning in effect through Thursday

Salem won’t break any records this week, but the area may see triple-digit temperatures as a heat wave blankets much of the Pacific Northwest.

The National Weather Service in Portland has issued an excessive heat warning covering Salem north to the Portland area, including most of Polk and much of Marion County. The warning begins at noon Monday and lasts through 9 p.m. Thursday.

How to stay safe during the heat wave

The heat wave in the Willamette Valley forecast over this weekend will be a challenge for many residents. The average high June temperature is 74 degrees. Sunday’s temperature is expected to reach 115 degrees. Triple digit highs may not be a hardship for those with air conditioned homes and workspaces,[Read More…]

Tips for helping livestock as mercury rises

High heat can cause as much stress on livestock as it does humans. Animals at high risk of heat stress include young animals, dark colored animals and animals that have been sick or have a previous history of respiratory disease. There are ways to alleviate the strain. Here are some[Read More…]

Extraordinary heatwave expected, be prepared

An extreme heatwave is expected to settle over the Willamette Valley this weekend, and state and local authorities are encouraging everyone to be prepared.  From Friday afternoon, June 25, through Monday evening, June 28, dangerously hot temperatures are forecast. Locally, the National Weather Service is projecting highs of 94 degrees[Read More…]