Ask the Meteorologist – Tornadoes

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Why does Oregon not get tornadoes?” Aleah Tobey Grants Pass New Hope Christian School As far back as reporting goes there has never been a tornado in Josephine or Jackson County, but there have been tornados in Oregon. In fact there have been 403 tornadoes in the Northwest and 102 have occurred … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Thunderstorms

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST How do thunderstorms develop? Laura C., South Medford High School There are three ingredients that go into building a thunderstorm & that are responsible for any severe weather for that matter. First and foremost, moisture must be present in the atmosphere. Typically moisture filters into the Northwest when a southwesterly wind … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist – Green Screen

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How do you know what is on the green screen?” Carly Knecht Ashland Middle School This is a question I often get on school visits and it’s always fun to explain. When I stand in front of the green wall I have a camera in front of me and two monitors on … Continue reading »

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 »

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