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 Met: How Hurricanes Form

  ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How do hurricanes form?” St. Mary’s 6th graders — Mrs. Schultz’s class Hurricanes form from thunderstorms that develop over oceans! You will never see a hurricane develop over land. In order for these storms to form we need unstable air. Another way of thinking of this is rising air. When temperatures … 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 »

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 »