Ask the Met: Dry Heat in Oregon

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Why is it that the heat feels so different in the summer months here in Oregon as opposed to other parts of our country like Texas and Oklahoma?” Connor, Medford Here in Oregon we have a dry heat — this means that the moisture content in our air is very low. … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist – Measuring Rain

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How do you know how much it rains? Do you guess or go outside and measure it?” Michael Hogue South Medford High School We have many tools at our disposal to find out how much it has rained in many locations. Since we can’t go outside and measure the rain ourselves in … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Tornadoes

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Why don’t we have tornadoes in Oregon; is it based on weather patterns, jet stream or topography? Which state has the most tornadoes and which the least?” Derek Cole, Medford One of the main reasons we don’t see a lot of severe weather across the Pacific Northwest is the lack of … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist – Hurricanes

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How does a hurricane form?” Cydney Marley Kennedy Elementary School Hurricanes are the most violent storms on Earth and have a variety of names from typhoon in Japan to willy-willy in Australia, the scientific term for all is a tropical cyclone. Tropical cyclones are like giant engines that use warm, moist air … Continue reading »

Ask the Met: Hurricanes & Tornadoes

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Do tornadoes and hurricanes turn the same way?” Chris Baker, Grants Pass For the most part, yes …hurricanes and tornadoes do spin the same way! Of course there always has to be a but and there is an exception to this “yes.” All hurricanes that are north of the equator spin … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist – Chetco Effect

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “I’ve been hearing a lot about the Chetco Effect, what is it?” Eric Knox SOU The Chetco Effect is a term to define the phenomenon in which dry adiabatic heating increases the temperature of an air mass as it descends the slopes where the Chetco River creates a valley and to a … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Rain & Snow

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How does snow form from rain and then change back to snow?” Emily Olin, Parkside Elementary Most precipitation falls from a cloud in the form of snow initially. The temperature profile of our atmosphere is what determines what type of precipitation will reach the ground. If the whole atmosphere is near … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist – Cloud Seeding

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “What is cloud seeding?” Janine Muse Connections Academy Gold Hill There are several types of cloud seeding, but the one done at the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport involves releasing a balloon that disperses crushed dry ice. Other ways include shooting a canister into the fog/clouds with silver iodide or dry ice … Continue reading »

Ask the Met: How Computer Models Work

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How do the weather computers know what the weather is going to be like a few days before it happens?” Jon Thomas, Central Point Our viewers always hear us mention the computer models or the weather models. What we don’t get to mention is how these computer models generate their own … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist – Upward Lightning

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “What causes lightning to go up from the clouds, and what is it called?” Aaliyah Linn Grants Pass There are many types of lightning. The ones that we are all familiar with occur between the clouds and the ground or in between the clouds. However, there are more types out there. Some … Continue reading »

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