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Posted Nov 29th - 5:06pm

Where does the saying "Red sky in the morning sailors take warning, red sky at night sailors? delight. It would seem with our weather pattern here in Utah that the opposite is true.

Thanks. B.

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Rain Records

Posted Nov 29th - 4:50pm

Hi Channel 5 Weather:

I would like to know what the most intense rain storm on record is for North Salt Lake City in the first 15 minutes. My specific location is between the Legacy Highway and the Jordan River on the south side of Center Street.

I need to calc my storm drain pipe sizes and North Salt Lake wants me to use a 10year 24hour rain storm chart. This chart shows that in the first 15 minutes 2.5inches of water will fall, but in reality I don't believe I have ever heard of 2.5inches of water falling in 15 minutes. (I would believe that in Texas or in Alabama, but not here.)


Where to Find Average Temperatures

Posted Nov 29th - 4:16pm

Where can I find a chart of the average high and low temperatures for each day in Salt Lake City?

Gary G.

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Lake Effect Snow and Cold Air

Posted Nov 29th - 3:27pm

I have enjoyed watching Mr. Snowbank (Eubank) for years and have learned a lot about the weather from him. He will be missed.

I am recovering from surgery and am up frequently during the night and as I watched the snow a question occurred to me that I don't think has been discussed before (at least that I have seen).

Mark has spoken in great detail about how the cold air moving across the lake creates the snow bands and how it is like a spout and where the winds are blowing it will snow. I understand that and as I went back to bed I was thinking about what other conditions are necessary in order for snow to fall. Cold air is always moving across the lake during the winter so in theory, it should be snowing all the time as long as the air aloft is colder than the surface temperature of the lake. I would imagine it has to have something to do with the barometer or maybe the jet stream but that doesn't seem to fit because the jet is so far to the south of us right now. Anyway, I think you understand my question. One other thing, I know that the same thing happens with the Great Lakes between Illinois and New York but does it happen to a lesser degree with smaller lakes such as Utah lake or any of the reservoirs throughout the state? I imagine that there must be some effect but it is not spoken of. Just curious.


More Forecaster Jargon

Posted Nov 29th - 3:00pm

What is the difference between snow showers and snow storm or plain snow? Are they interchangeable terms here? Thanks, Rich W.

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Great question, we get a lot of inquiries about weather terms. The American Meteorological Society Glossary defines a snow shower as " snow shower—A brief period of snowfall in which intensity can be variable and may change rapidly. A snow shower in which only light snow falls for a few minutes is typically called a snow flurry."


Thundersnow

Posted Nov 29th - 2:35pm

I'm in Pleasant Grove and we have about 1" of snow on the ground. We have also had lightning and thunder. I didn't think it could lightning and thunder during a snow storm. What's up?

Cathy S.

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Wind and Cold

Posted Nov 25th - 6:09pm

I'm working on a science fair experiment for 7th grade. How much does wind direction correspond to temperature and weather in Utah County? I think that northwestern winds bring cooler temperatures and stormier weather.

Thanks, Adam B.

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Warmer or Colder

Posted Nov 17th - 12:58pm

My friend lives in Cedar City and she believes it is cooler in summer and warmer in winter there than SLC area, is she right?

Monica

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Aches, Pains and Barometric Pressure

Posted Nov 17th - 11:54am

I recently had back surgery and my back is killing me. Did I just re-injure myself or did the barometric pressure change today?

Lana S.

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Benches

Posted Nov 17th - 11:05am

We recently moved to Eagle Mountain City Center, I was wondering when watching the weather are we considered a bench or a valley so we can know when we have a chance of snow...

Thank You,

Kandi M.


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