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 »