Ask the Meteorologist: Cloud Bases

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST Aidan, Bellview Elementary First we’ll explain how we get clouds, because this well help you to understand how and why their bases tend to be flat … The sun everyday heats the earth’s surface. Even when there are clouds present, the sun is heating the air. This leads to warming near … Continue reading »

Ask the Met: Largest Hailstone in U.S.

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST The largest hailstone ever recorded was 8″ in diameter, found in Vivian South Dakota on July 23, 2010. It’s circumference measured 18.62″ and weighed nearly 2 pounds! This hail was produced from a thunderstorm that moved through the state. Apparently it was even larger than what was measured but because the … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Tornadoes

 ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Does it have to be a certain degree, super warm or super cold or in between, for a tornado to go a certain distance?” Sofie, Mae Richardson There is no correlation between contrasting air masses and the duration or direction of a tornado. In other words, the temperatures/clashing of air masses do not … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Newscast Preps

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How long does it take you to get all the reports, satellite data and other data to do your weather forecasts? Cameron, Rae Micharson Love this question! Prepping for our newscasts requires a lot of work and a lot of time. Us meteorologists have to come in hours before we go live … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Hurricanes

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Is it possible for a really small hurricane to be happening and for nobody to know about it?” Marcus, Mae Richardson Love this question Marcus! In this day and age, it would be very unlikely that a hurricane would develop and it would remain unknown. There are many resources available to meteorologists … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Cirrus Clouds

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “What is the maximum altitude of a cirrus cloud?” Will, Mr. Ward’s class, St. Mary’s School Cirrus clouds are those high thin wispy clouds, seen high up in the sky. They get their name from cirro, the root word that means hair curl. Because they are so high in the sky … Continue reading »

Ask the Met: Why Do We Have Seasons?

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Why does the weather change every season?” 6th grades in Mrs. Schultz’s class at St. Mary’s School The main reason for the seasons is the tilt of the Earth’s axis! The Earth is tilted at 23 degrees as it orbits around the sun. This changes how high the sun is in … Continue reading »

Ask the Met: Can Rain Evaporate?

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Can rain evaporate before it hits the ground?” William, Mr. Ward’ 6th Grade Class St. Mary’s School Rain can certainly evaporate before reaching the ground and this is something we see quite often around here! This is very common during the summer months and right now, as we head into fall. … Continue reading »

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: Lightning

Lightning is an electric discharge, or electric current, in our atmosphere that forms from opposite charges within thunderstorm clouds. These clouds, otherwise known as cumulonimbus clouds, are made up of ice crystals and water droplets that collide with one another and begin forming charges as a result of the collisions. After some time, the charges … Continue reading »