High/Low Pressure on Weather Maps

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST Sometimes I see low pressure depicted on a weather map where the lines of barometric pressure do not support that a low pressure area exists there. Does this mean that it is a high altitude low pressure area? Lotus Moon Wolfe Mount Shasta High School   This is very common. Although … Continue reading »

Why Doesn’t Oregon Get Hurricanes?

“Why doesn’t the Oregon coast get hurricanes like the east coast?” Alexis Waites Hillside Elementary School A hurricane needs three things to form: sea surface temperatures of 79 degrees or warmer, low vertical wind shear (change in winds speed/direction with height) and high humidity. Global circulation and sea surface temperatures are the reason that Oregon … Continue reading »

Why Are Hurricanes Named?

“Why do they name hurricanes? Is it just for news or for science purposes?” Andrew Daugherty Yreka High School Hurricanes are named by the National Hurricane Center which is part of NOAA. Names are used to make it much easier for meteorologists, researchers, emergency response workers, ship captains and citizens to communicate about specific storms … Continue reading »