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Is this wet June weather caused by La Nina or El Nino?

Posted Jun 17th - 10:49pm by Dan Pope, KSL Meteorologist

Hi Dan,

I know that our weather is affected by Pacific Ocean currents - I remember lots of talk about El Nino and La Nina - but I can't remember which is the dry and which is the wet weather pattern. I also don't know if our wet June is being affected by either El Nino or La Nina this year.

Do you have any insights into why our June is especially wet this year.

Does thunder always follow lightning?

Posted Jun 16th - 7:06pm by Dan Pope

Yes, there will always be thunder after you see lightning. It all depends on how close you are to the lightning strike.

Thunder is the result of lightning heating up the air to as hot as 50,000 degrees. This sudden heating of the air causes it to rapidly expand and vibrate the air around it. It is a shock wave that expands away from the lightning stroke.

This wave is the thunder you hear. It may sound like a fire cracker if you are really close to the lightning strike, or it may rumble if you are farther away. This rumble sound is caused by the sound waves reflecting and echoing off the mountains, buildings, canyons and trees. Depending on the wind direction, temperature and other factors, you may hear thunder for up to 15 miles.

How many straight days of rain have we had in SLC so far for June?

Posted Jun 16th - 6:32pm by Dan Pope, KSL Meteorologist

So far this month the wettest succession of wet days is 10 (from the 5th through the 14th).

We did not see any rain on the 3rd, 4th or the 15th. On those days we have seen rain, seven of them have recorded 1/10th of an inch or more. The most days with at least this much rain is eight days in 1998.

The greatest number of days with measurable rainfall in any June in history is 17 (in 1967). So far this month we have recorded 11 days.

SLC Weather Extremes

Posted Jun 27th - 4:43pm

I'm doing a school project about weather and the instruments that measure it. I'm looking for the weather records in Salt Lake.

What has been the highest measured temperature? The Lowest? What has been the most rainfall in a day? How about the most snowfall? What is the fastest sustained wind speed measured? What is the fastest wind gust measured? What is the highest humidity ever measured? The Lowest? What was the highest barometer reading? The Lowest?

Thanks, Dustin A.

Air Temperatures Here and There

Posted Jun 27th - 3:13pm

I really need your help here. I went out with an amazing girl the other night and we talked about how in given area, especially at night, you can feel a noticeable change in temperature as you walk from one spot to another. I told her that I would find out why this is, but I haven't been able to locate the answer. Can you help me?


Jared P.


Posted Jun 27th - 2:41pm


Is there a way that I can find out what the UVA/UVB rating will be on a daily basis? Also, any explanation on what UVA/UVB is and how to get protection from it would be helpful.


Last Day

Posted Jun 27th - 2:37pm

Just wanted to post this in here, but my last day is on Friday June 29! I will be taking the summer off to travel. Anyway, you can shoot me a note at and to if you read this after probably the next few days.

It has been fantastic working with the people of this great state. I have skiied and hiked all over this place and I love the west, it will be a loss for me to be moving on. Thanks for everything!

KSL Meteorologist Dina Freedman.

More on Air Quality

Posted Jun 20th - 1:32pm

I have tried to look at the air quality report for today, but it won't work. I am wondering if today is a red burn day again. I have two little boys with asthma and they begged me to find out!! Thanks

Teresa B.


Air Quality

Posted Jun 15th - 8:08am

We've been talking a lot today about Air Quality. Today, June 15th is the first Red Ozone Day of the season. We hit this topic pretty hard on the air today and the more people learn about air quality and how it affects all of us, the better off we'll be.

First of all, today the problem is ground based Ozone. Ground Level Ozone is different that Ozone above our heads in the stratosphere. The Ozone hole is high up and protects us from UV rays, hence why we don't want to deplete it. Surface ozone which is a combination from our cars and sunlight together is nasty stuff that is at ground level. We don't want to breathe this in.

Long term exposure to Ozone can cause serious health issues and more people who are exposed to high amounts of ozone have more health problems.

Sun Dogs

Posted Jun 14th - 12:29pm

Good morning. I was wondering if there are any sayings about the significance of a sun dog in the eastern sky, accompanying the rising sun. There was a very bright one this morning as I was coming into work in North Ogden. The colors were quite different from those you see in the western sky.

Thank you, Larry C.


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