Ask the Meteorologist: Acid Rain

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “What does the term ‘acid rain’ mean?” 4th/5th Grade, Vineyard Christian School Acid rain is rain that is unusually acidic. In other words, it has high levels of hydrogen ions. Other forms of precipitation, in addition to rain, can be acidic. Freezing rain and snow being two examples. Acid precipitation can be … 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 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: 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: The Jetstream

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST Which is the greater influence on the positioning of weather systems — the jetstream or weather systems? Chris Stoney, Rogue River The jetstream is the main weather phenomena that dictates where our weather systems will move. There are two major patterns within the jetstream — high pressure ridges and low pressure troughs. … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist

At what temperature can you see your breath? Kathy Childers Medford   We all know that on a cold morning when you’re outside facing the elements, when exhaling your breath “shows.” In actuality, your breath is “showing” by forming a cloud. The same phenomenon happens from planes, with the air that exits the jet exhaust. … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Cloud Heights

How high up in the sky do clouds go?                                                                                             … Continue reading »

What is the Jet Stream?

What is the jet stream and how does it effect the weather?                                                                                       … Continue reading »