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Leaf Peeping

Posted Sep 29th - 11:57am

When is the peak time to view the fall leaves?

Cathy W.


Summer 2006 and Heat

Posted Sep 27th - 12:36pm

Was it just me, or was the summer of 2006 particularly warm?? How does '06 compare with other hot summers?? Thanks, Chris K. slc, ut. **********************************************************

Yes it was a hot one. The summer of 2006 was the hottest summer across the contintenal US since 1936. Summer for weather purposes is from June 1 to August 31. During that time the US averaged 74.5 degrees, records for this data set go back to 1895. The summer of 1936 was .2 degrees warmer. The average temperature for the US for the 20th century is 72.1, we were 2.5 degrees above that average.

2300 heat records were broken during July's heat wave and more than 200 people died in the US. Globally, it was the third hottest summer since records began in 1880.

Colored Lightning

Posted Sep 22nd - 4:38pm

Tonight I've seen Green and Blue lightning. What determines the color of lightning? something in the air? Thanks Patrick O. Centerville Utah


We usually see lightning as whitish and sometimes even yellow. But once in a while you can see lightning looking pink or blue or perhaps another odd color. The color can be attributed to literally, what's in the air and how far away the storm is from you. Just like when you can see a big orange moon in the sky, light can be bent as it heads towards your eyes, this can change the color of lightning as you see it.

More Forecaster Lingo

Posted Sep 21st - 2:23pm

Yesterday on your forecast, the weatherman said we would have rain in the morning and showers in the afternoon. What is the difference? Lynn W.


Some of our forecaster lingo gets lost in translation sometimes! When a meteorologist referrs to rain he or she is talking about heavier precipitation. Showers, would be more scattered and lighter.

Rain Data

Posted Sep 20th - 3:35pm

Hi, We live in Salt Lake and we have a hobby farm in West Fielding. Is there any way to get rainfall amounts for Fielding? Where is the closest weather station to two miles west of the Fielding School house? Could we get the currant temps as well? Thanks, Dennis H


This is a pretty common question and we've talked about it before but we'll do it again to spread the word to find this info. Many small towns don't have temperature sensors that the public really uses or a lot of people don't even know where to find the data. There are sensors hooked up to networks, some are operated by UDOT and other organizations like schools or churches, but sometimes, we just don't know where to find all that info.


Posted Sep 19th - 4:12pm

Have enjoyed Mark Eubanks and his staff for years. With sunshine or storms, how far around the world does a "weather front" exist? We "see" weather from the Pacific and we "see" it go East, but how far does the "weather front" exist around the earth? I realize some may only be miles, but which type of weather. Can some types of weather go all around the earth (maybe a cloud from a volcano eruption)? Can some "weather fronts" travel around more than once?

Been wondering about this for years.


Storm Movement

Posted Sep 18th - 2:00pm

Do storms in utah ever move from east to west? Moving from the Wasatch mountains towards the Oquirrh mountains? Please clear up this disagreement with my husband who thinks he is always right. hee hee hee. I told him I have never in my life here in utah seen a storm move from east to the west, and he says you guys have shown the clouds and precipitation move from east to west, and that it is very rare. I said storms do move from the southwest to the northeast or from the northwest to the southeast.

Kristen B


Lightning and Snow

Posted Sep 18th - 12:37pm

I am wondering why there is lightning in thunderstorms but not in snow storms?


Carrie-Kamas, UT

Salt Lake Heat

Posted Sep 13th - 4:31pm

What's the earliest and the latest it has ever hit 100 degrees in SLC?? I see by the almanac that it was 100 degrees on this date in 1979. Can we breathe a sigh of relief and be confident we won't see 100 degrees again this year?? While we're at it..... What's the earliest and the latest it has ever SNOWED here in SLC??

Chris K. SLC


Hurricane Names

Posted Sep 12th - 1:28pm

I got a couple of weather questions you can help me with: 1) I know Hurricane Ernesto has been around for a bit and then we heard about John, now this week we're hearing about Florence. I thought they were named in alphabetical order. Was Florence just a number until recently? 2) When Meteorologists talk about wind speed and direction, sometimes they will say it's calm but on the graphic they show a direction (N) but the speed will be zero. How is that possible?

Take Care, Gordon W.


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