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Education

Posted Oct 26th - 9:38am

For those aspiring meteorolgists out there... What kind of degree do you need and where can you study?

Rachel L.

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What is that thing?

Posted Oct 25th - 3:42pm

I would love an explanation of what kind of cloud this is and how it was formed.

Wendy (Layton)

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Sky Watching

Posted Oct 25th - 3:26pm

I was listening to kbull 93 the other day and someone mentioned that a meteor shower was coming. and said that 2 am was the best time to see it. was I mistaken? is one going to be visible and if so when. I would realy love to see this but am not sure if it is a real deal thing, or was this person on kbull full of .,.... well you know bull. thanks Debra of ogden

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They were either talking about the Orionid meteor shower or a comet that's moving around right now. The Orionid shower is actually part of the debris from Halley's comet. We saw Halley's comet in 1986 and won't see it again until 2062! We were closest to the orbit of the comet on October 21st. 1 am local time is the best time to look for this shower and you should be far away from city lights and bring a blanket and something warm to drink, it's cold out.


Different Forecasts

Posted Oct 25th - 3:08pm

I'm wondering why local TV weather forecasts are sometimes so different from one channel to another. In the same evening, Mark may say no rain in the forecast, but Dan, on another network, may say there will be showers all day? Thanks! Kathy **********************************************************

A good question Kathy, this one pops up from time to time. Let's first look at how we get our weather data and go from there. Every day we get our data from the National Weather Service and NOAA, most of it is free and it's all available on the web and through our weather computers here at KSL. We take that data and information and make a forecast. We make forecasts here, the NWS in SLC makes forecasts and so do people who work at places like weather.com.

Each forecaster makes his or her own forecast. There are some people who are "weather presenters" and those people usually get forecasts from the NWS. Since each forecaster is doing his or her own work, it comes down to opinion basically. When we look at numerical weather prediction models and our other weather charts, we decided what our forecast is.


Tornadoes in Utah

Posted Oct 21st - 5:14pm

My family and I are moving to Logan in about 3 weeks. We are moving from Henderson, NV. I was wondering how often tornados occur? Do thunderstorms happen frequently? Thank you for taking my comment and questions, I hope to hear back from you! Susan M.

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Tornadoes in Utah are rare, and I don't know of any that have occurred in the Cache Valley (Logan) in the past few decades. It is generally too mountainous for tornadoes to form. There are occasional waterspouts over the Great Salt Lake or Utah Lake (Provo) but they happen once every 2-3 years. Some tornadoes also develop over the central Utah flat areas, but again they happen once every 4-5 years.


Sunset Colors

Posted Oct 20th - 3:26pm

Thanks for the great Q&A website!

Here's my question. Why is there no green in the sunset. Going from the horizon upwards, the colors follow the rainbow, but there isn't much green. Lots of red, orange, yellow near the horizon and blue and violet higher in the sky, but between yellow and blue there's no green. I hope this makes sense. Thanks!

Greg in Logan


Snow

Posted Oct 20th - 1:53pm

Can you tell me what is the most common date the Wasatch Front gets two or more inches of snow in the valley?

thanks, Jordan J

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Weather Down Under

Posted Oct 19th - 2:08pm

Sooooo, I'm guessing due to the Coriolis effect that weather systems in the Southern hemisphere circle "the other way". i.e. H's move counterclockwise and L's clockwise? Do Hurricanes (Himacanes?) rotate clockwise? Tornados? I guess tornados can form either way, but which is "preferred"? How 'bout near the equator? No rotation at all?? No hurricanes possible? Nothing to fuel the rotation? Wassup with ol' Grandpappy Coriolis? -Mike G. p.s. and while I got you spinnin', how 'bout those little "tornados" that form in the bathtub? Other way?

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Here's the deal, the weather in the Southern Hemisphere moves the opposite way. It has to do with the Coriolis Force and also the Pressure Gradient Force.


Historical Weather

Posted Oct 14th - 10:25pm

Is there some way I can access or a copy of a chart that shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures for Kanab for all 365 days of the year - and also the record highs and lows?

Bob E. Kanab, UT

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Average Temperatures

Posted Oct 13th - 2:52pm

I just had a question regarding average high temperatures in the salt lake area. I understand that averages are composed from the last 30 years (1970-2000) and that new averages will be refigured in 2010. From what I understand we have had above average temperatures frequently since 2000. Is it reasonable to estimate that a new average high for the last 30 years will go up in 2010? What would you guess the new Salt lake average high will be in 2010? For example weather.com reports that the average high for salt lake in August is 88 degrees. Would you estimate that in 2010 when the new average for the last 30 years in August would go up to 90 degrees or so versus the older 88 degrees? Also if the average temperature is going up all year round, how would that affect our average snow totals because warmer air carries more moisture? I appreciate your time. Kevin L **********************************************************

You are correct that the new averages come out every 10 years so we won't have new ones until 2010. If we look at averages for the past year for example, just looking at even last month, it came in as cooler than average. I don't think it's fair to estimate anything as far as an increase in averages goes until we're closer to the end of the time period and we have more data.

If the averages prove to have increased then surely, they will go up for our monthly averages. Your example is too high though, to have our average in August go from 88 to 90 degrees we'd have to each August in that 10 year data set be 2 degrees above the normal!


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