Ask the Meteorologist: Hail Size

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “What’s the biggest hail stone you’ve ever recorded?” Ethan Cano,  Jacksonville Elementary Well, I was a little too young to think to measure the hail stones at the time because I wasn’t quite a “weather weenie” yet, but a historic hail storm is actually what sparked my love of weather. It was … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Chetco Effect

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST  “What is the Chetco Effect?” Gordon Gore, Grants Pass When we sit in high pressure patterns for weeks on end, a very unique, but significant weather pattern can set up at the coast. “The Chetco Effect” will make the temperature at Brookings rise anywhere from 5-25 degrees warmer than areas only a few miles away. … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Rex Block

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “These high pressure ridges seem to be blocking much needed rain from our region.  Why?” Pat Alexander Today in Ask the Meteorologist we are talking about ridges of high pressure that block the movement of storm systems. While high pressure typically diverts storm systems by nature, there are specific types of … Continue reading »

Ask the Met: What It’s Like to be on TV

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “What is it like to be on TV?” Makenzie, Ms. O’Looney’s Class, Griffin Creek Elementary

Ask the Meteorologist: Visibility

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Where can you see 10 miles? How do you measure visibility?” Ed Janowetch In the Rogue Valley,  fog can be pretty common during the morning hours.  When there is fog present, you may notice that meteorologists refer to the visibility in their weathercasts in terms of quarter-mile increments.  “Good” visibility is considered … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Flooding

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How long can a flood be?” Dom, Griffin Creek Elementary Floods can last hours, to days to weeks! It all depends on what kind of flood we are talking about. There are two main elements to floods that give us a good idea as to how long they will last. The first … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Wind Chill

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Why does the wind make it cold?” Ms. Cawthorne’s Class, Jewett Elementary The two big components of wind chill are wind and body temperature.  First of all, it’s important to remember there is a layer of air surrounding your body, and your own body heat helps to warm that layer of air. … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Weather Observing

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How do you make good observations?” Mrs. Einck’s Kindergarten Class, Griffin Creek Elementary There are indeed correct ways to observe the weather! There are so many different platforms meteorologists use to analyze the current conditions of the atmosphere. For example, satellite and radar, water vapor imagery, buoy reports, metar reports, station plots, … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: How We Forecast

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How do you know what the weather will be like?” Mrs. Einck’s Kindergarten Class, Griffin Creek Elementary First things first, we start our forecasts with what is currently happening, looking at the past and present weather observations to get a good idea of what is currently happening with the weather.  We use … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Rain Behavior

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Why does it rain on one side of the street but not the other?” Laura, White City This is a question we may ask ourselves when we are in desperate need of rainfall.  Our neighbor across the street tells us he got two tenths of an inch, but our rain gauge has … Continue reading »

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