Ask the Meteorologist: Lightning

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Does Lightning Come From the Ground?” Porter, Jewett Elementary, Central Point There are many types of lightning that can occur in a thunderstorm. One of the most beautiful, and dangerous is the “Cloud-to-ground” lightning bolt. The CTG bolt does exactly what it says, and extends an electrical current from the cloud to … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Lightning Colors

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “What color is lightning?” Ardin, Jewett Elementary When we draw lightning as children, we usually color it as yellow, but lightning actually emits a white light.  It’s very similar to the sun because of its intense heat. The color of lightning can differ, however, based on what is present in the atmosphere … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Storm Length

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Can a Storm Last a Whole Week?” Audrey, Griffin Creek Elementary Everyone knows that no two storms are alike. Because of this, storms have different lengths in how long they last. This week’s question, about whether or not a storm can last for a whole week actually can be answered “yes” or … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Fog Facts

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Why is there so much fog?” Chase W.,   Ms. O’Looney’s Class – Griffin Creek Elementary Fog is something that is certainly common in the Rogue Valley during the winter months.  The position of cities like Medford and Grants Pass on the valley floor has a bit to do with the development … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Hurricanes

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST The most common type of weather changes based on location! Here in the Valley fog is very common this time of year. We also tend to see a lot of rain in the winter months in our valleys and snow across the high country. Unfortunately though, in recent weeks we have not … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Tornado Speed

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How fast can a tornado go?” Jasmin, Kennedy Elementary The weather question this week focuses not on the wind speed inside the tornado, but of the speed of the storm to which the tornado belongs. We call this the storm’s forward motion. The fastest moving tornado occurred on March 18, 1925.  It is … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Lenticular Clouds

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “What causes clouds shaped like spaceships to form? Ms. O’Looney’s Class, Griffin Creek Elementary Clouds that look like spaceships are called “lenticular” clouds.  These clouds form over mountains when stable air is forced up and over the mountain peak.  As it is lifted upward, the moisture in the air condenses and forms … Continue reading »

Ask the Met: How to Forecast Weather

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How can you tell what weather is coming when?” Kristen One of the most helpful tools in weather forecasting is satellite imagery. This tells us many different things ranging from storm track, storm history, whether the system is strengthening or weakening, etc. Just looking at satellite imagery we can pinpoint where … Continue reading »

Ask the Met: El Nino

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Why does El Nino make storms?” Lillyann El Nino impacts the weather not just here in the United States but across the entire globe. The El Nino Southern Oscillation is an oceanic phenomena that refers to a warm pool of water typically located just north and east of Australia. During an El … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Flooding

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How do floods happen?” Kason, 3rd Kennedy Elementary Floods are, of course, caused by too much rainfall in either a short amount of time, or too much rain without a place for it to drain.  Sometimes it’s a combination of the two.  In this instance, we are going to talk about what … Continue reading »

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