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Seeing Air

Posted Jan 27th - 5:09pm

What is the temperature at which you can see your breath? I've tried to figure this out by observation, but I haven't nailed it down precisely. Thanks, Pam


Great question and it shows you are totally thinking about all things weather. Now some nights you can see your breath when you breathe into the cold air. But other nights you can't. In the summertime during the day time, you can't see your breath at all (usually that is) on a sunny day. But then sometimes at night, you see, then you don't, what's going on with all that crazy air?

Probability of Precipitation

Posted Jan 27th - 3:11pm

How does the percent of precpitation work? Sometimes it says 30 then other times 60 percent. Thanks for your time.



Air Pressure

Posted Jan 23rd - 8:59am

We are setting up a weather station for the Tridell, Utah area that will be premiering online soon, and we are stumped on one item. I understand the differences between Absolute and Relative Air Pressure, but one thing about relative air pressure I read in the weather station setup kind of through me off a little. I hope that this will make since to you. It says that:

"...It can be programmed to represent your local surroundings. Since the relative air pressure is also the one value given by various newspapers, TV and radio broadcasting stations in their daily weather forecasts for their respective locations, users can set the relative air pressure of the weather station to this value to represent readings your their area...Relative air pressure setting from 27.10 inHg - 31.90 inHg (default 29.98 inHg)."

Does this statement mean that I need to somehow find out what the "normal/standard" relative air pressure is for the Tridell area is so I can give it a reference point? I thought that the absolute pressure gave relative pressure its reference point from sea level?

Thermometers and Placement

Posted Jan 23rd - 8:23am

I am trying to place my outdoor thermometer in just the right spot to get as accurate a reading as possible. Can you recommend the height off the ground, and any other specifications that will help me get the most accurate reading?

Thank you,

Carolyn J. Magna, UT

Summer Snow

Posted Jan 22nd - 8:13am

How is it possible that we can get snow in the Salt Lake Valley in July as I have seen in the past?

-Mat C.



Posted Jan 22nd - 5:37am

please tell us the best place in your home to place a humidifier. WE suffer from very dry itchy skin during the winter months. Please note though we do have soft water. Thanks the Neville family.


If it matters we live in a multi level home.

Cold Snaps

Posted Jan 19th - 5:10am

How does this cold spell compare to others in other years? What are the records for coldest day and coldest spells? Thanks, Chris


It has been cold around here with places in the single digits and other parts of Utah have seen lows at -20 or below in the past week here. Arctic air is to blame and it's been wearing out its welcome.

High Pressure

Posted Jan 17th - 5:56am

It seems like it doesn't matter what time of year it is, I always dread seeing those awful high pressures on the weather map.

How does the exact same high pressure that makes our weather unbearably hot in the summer, and then turn around and swing the pendulum way over the other direction in the winter and make it unbearably cold? In other words, it takes whatever weather we have and makes it worse. How does it do that?

Richard M.

Jet Stream

Posted Jan 14th - 5:29pm

Now a couple of other questions about the Jet Stream. When there is a large Low pressure area over the northwest I notice that the Jet folows about the bottom third of the Low, around the bottom then out to the north and east. Is the Jet attracted to the Low or does the Low slide down into the dip in the Jet?

I also noticed that when there is a large Low to the north of Utah and large High to the south that the Jet sneaks throught the gap between the two. As the Low and High come together the gap the Jet goes through narrows and all the winds are going basically East, does this pattern cause the Jet to narrow and speed up?

I noticed the other day a big High right over the West but I didn't see where the Jet was. Doest the Jet stay north of the big High pressure areas over the West?

Location and Cold Weather

Posted Jan 14th - 4:40pm

It's known to everybody that the lower you go in elevation the warmer it gets so why is it that seattle is colder that dallas, TX even though seattle a sea level and dallas is higher?

Melinda L.


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