Ask the Meteorologist: Tornado Size

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “How big can a tornado get?  How can you tell a tornado is on its way?” Kristapher Kinzel, Medford Pretty big! The largest tornado on record touched down on May 31, 2013 just south of El Reno, Oklahoma.  At its widest, the base of the tornado measured 2.6 miles across.  To put that … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist: Tornadoes

 ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Does it have to be a certain degree, super warm or super cold or in between, for a tornado to go a certain distance?” Sofie, Mae Richardson There is no correlation between contrasting air masses and the duration or direction of a tornado. In other words, the temperatures/clashing of air masses do not … 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 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 – Tornadoes

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Why does Oregon not get tornadoes?” Aleah Tobey Grants Pass New Hope Christian School As far back as reporting goes there has never been a tornado in Josephine or Jackson County, but there have been tornados in Oregon. In fact there have been 403 tornadoes in the Northwest and 102 have occurred … Continue reading »

Tornadoes Touch Down in California

NEAR REDDING, CALIF. — It’s not every day that tornadoes are reported in California, but on Wednesday several were spotted on the ground all in one day across Northern California. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC), a government agency that issues daily outlooks regarding severe weather potential, is reporting four tornadoes made contact with the ground … Continue reading »

Ask the Meteorologist – Tornadoes

“Has there ever been a tornado in Josephine or Jackson County? What conditions would it take for that event to happen?” LeeAnn Wright RCC As far back as reporting goes there has never been a tornado in Josephine or Jackson county, but there have been tornadoes in Oregon. In fact there have been 403 tornadoes … Continue reading »

Dan’s Ask the Meteorologist

How do tornadoes happen? Khiari Nina Highland Elementary School Most tornadoes form along cold fronts with a clashing of a  cold dry airmass into a warm, moist airmass. You also need wind shear with height, meaning changing of wind speeds and wind direction with height. The increase of wind speed with height causes the atmosphere … Continue reading »

Summer-Like Feel Monday

I first want to mention the severe weather across the Midwest. Very strong thunderstorms along with, as of 8 p.m. Sunday — 26 tornadoes, have touched down this afternoon and evening across portions of Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. Just near Oklahoma City, and specifically Shawnee, a massive and strong tornado has flattened homes and caused … Continue reading »

Tornadoes Rip Through Texas

**UPDATE** (5/17) NEAR FORT WORTH, Texas — A severe weather outbreak took place across portions of northern Texas Wednesday evening. The tornado count has now risen to 16 confirmed tornadoes, all occurring just west of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Meteorologists are currently undergoing damage assessments to determine the strengths of these twisters and have declared … Continue reading »