Ask the Meteorologist: Earthquakes

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Why don’t we get earthquakes like the other states?” Alexis W., Hillside Elementary Alexis asked this question quite a while ago but I decided to answer it given the recent discussion about earthquakes in the West. We all know after the past few months that even here in Oregon we can … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist – Snow Levels

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Why does Medford get rain while Chiloquin gets snow?” Zack Chapman Chiloquin The answer to this question has to do with snow levels and the elevations of these two areas. The snow level is the level precipitation is able to fall to in the form of snow, snow levels are determined by … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Earning a Degree

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How many years of college are needed to be a meteorologist?” Kailee Bell, Ashland  Four years of schooling is required to get a degree in meteorology. If you don’t include all of the general education requirements, it is 2 years. The core classes in a meteorology degree do require A LOT … Continue reading »

Ask the Met: How is Weather Made?

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How is weather made? How do you guys know what the weather will be like?” Lila Head, Bellview Elementary Our weather is strictly a result of the sun. Without the sun, we would not have weather and the different physical processes that bring precipitation to the Earth. The sun is what … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist – Meteorologist

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How can I become a Newswatch12 weather person?” Alexus Bittinger North Medford HS Newswatch12 requires our weather team to not just be weather people but to be degreed meteorologists. This means you’ll have to go to college! My path to becoming a Newswatch12 weather person included going to UC Irvine for my … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Forecasting

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How can you estimate the amount of rain and snowfall we will receive from a storm?” Chase Tiffany, Ashland Middle School When putting a forecast together, meteorologists look at computer models. These models generate a forecast (that requires modification & many changes) based on the current conditions of our atmosphere. These … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist – Acid Snow

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Has there ever been acid snow and is it possible?” Garret Marcoulier Applegate School Acid precipitation can occur in any form of precipitation: rain, snow, sleet, etc. Acid precipitation forms from acidic gases (sulfur dioxide and sulfuric acid) released into the atmosphere from natural and non-natural sources such as volcanoes and wildfires … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Green Screen

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How do you know what you are pointing at in front of the green screen?” Crosby L, Bellview Elementary Crosby is just one of many people who wonder how meteorologists do the weather in front of the green wall. When standing in front of the green screen, we are able to … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist – Weather Movement

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Does weather always move west to east?” Linda Berger Jacksonville Weather tends to follow the Jet-stream which has a west to east movement across the world, however the Jet-stream can dip and rise which can cause systems to dig south or push north. High pressure tends to keep the weather pattern further … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Chetco Effect

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST How come the Chetco River effects the weather in Brookings but the Rogue River has no affect on the weather in Gold Beach? Curtis Kline, Medford The Chetco Effect is just a phrase too account for the very warm easterly winds that can ever so quickly warm Brookings into the 70′s … Continue reading »

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