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 »