Ask the Meteorologist: Anvil Clouds

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “What is an Anvil Cloud?” Alexander Lopez – Eagle Point Anvil clouds, also known as “Cumulonimbus Incus” are a very common concurrence when thunderstorms are present. When cumulus clouds start growing and expanding, updrafts in the storm continue pushing the cloud particles into the upper atmosphere. At this point, winds begin to … Continue reading »

Ask the Met: How Rainbows Form

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How do rainbows form?” Carmen Silva, Orchard Hill Elementary Rainbows cannot form without clouds and without rain drops. Rain drops do not always need to be reaching the ground and can still form a rainbow in the sky whether the rain is falling to the surface or not. White light, another … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Thunder

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “What Causes Thunder?” Kanai Liufau, Medford Montessori In the spring, the last bit of winter air moves in above the warmer air at the surface. Because of this phenomenon, thunderstorms become more numerous. As the name suggests, thunder is a key factor in these storms. But what causes this phenomenon? Thunder is … 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 – Measuring Rain

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How do you know how much it rains? Do you guess or go outside and measure it?” Michael Hogue South Medford High School We have many tools at our disposal to find out how much it has rained in many locations. Since we can’t go outside and measure the rain ourselves in … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Tornadoes

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Why don’t we have tornadoes in Oregon; is it based on weather patterns, jet stream or topography? Which state has the most tornadoes and which the least?” Derek Cole, Medford One of the main reasons we don’t see a lot of severe weather across the Pacific Northwest is the lack of … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist – Hurricanes

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How does a hurricane form?” Cydney Marley Kennedy Elementary School Hurricanes are the most violent storms on Earth and have a variety of names from typhoon in Japan to willy-willy in Australia, the scientific term for all is a tropical cyclone. Tropical cyclones are like giant engines that use warm, moist air … Continue reading »

Ask the Met: Hurricanes & Tornadoes

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Do tornadoes and hurricanes turn the same way?” Chris Baker, Grants Pass For the most part, yes …hurricanes and tornadoes do spin the same way! Of course there always has to be a but and there is an exception to this “yes.” All hurricanes that are north of the equator spin … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist – Chetco Effect

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “I’ve been hearing a lot about the Chetco Effect, what is it?” Eric Knox SOU The Chetco Effect is a term to define the phenomenon in which dry adiabatic heating increases the temperature of an air mass as it descends the slopes where the Chetco River creates a valley and to a … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Rain & Snow

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How does snow form from rain and then change back to snow?” Emily Olin, Parkside Elementary Most precipitation falls from a cloud in the form of snow initially. The temperature profile of our atmosphere is what determines what type of precipitation will reach the ground. If the whole atmosphere is near … Continue reading »

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