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Posted Aug 9th - 12:42pm

Hello, I am a Boy Scout working on the Weather Merit Badge and I have a question for you. How do severe weather and flood warnings reach the homes in our community?

Thanks, I appreciate your help.

Ben H.

More Local Weather History

Posted Aug 9th - 12:35pm

I need to know the temperature, and if possible, wind conditions, in Centerville, Utah on July 10, 2006 at about 11:40 p.m. Can you provide the information or refer me to a source for the information? Thanks, Liz H. **********************************************************

It's hard to find this stuff if you are unsure where to look. This request is actually easy and you can do it at home. Check out the link on the right to Weather Underground one of the most user friendly weather sites out there.

If you type in Centerville, UT at the top of the page you will be taken to a page with a forecast for your town. Now, scrolling down reveals some kind people have put their weather stations up online in Centerville. You can also look up history for SLC if you'd like that instead. If you click on the personal weather station for Centerville you can look up the weather history. Click on Centerville and then look on the right to look up a specific date and at the bottom of your next page you will be taken to, the hourly observations will be there.

August 1st Strong Storms

Posted Aug 9th - 12:05pm

The storms of August 1st got pretty nasty. But, there was still some question on what particular type of 'event' it was. Whether the damage was caused by supercell T-storms, regular thunderstorms, or another item, one by the name of the Bow Echo.

The storm survey from the NWS in SLC found that the damage was consistent with a bow echo. This is some seriously interesting stuff. If you have time, read the report it has links to the radar imagery and talks about bow echoes and book end vortices. Two separate bow echoes were responsible for the damage on August 1.

Bow echoes look just like their namesake on the radar, a bowing segment. They are usually around 12 to 120 miles long and are bow shaped lines of strong storms that can cause damage. They can be by themselves or can be sub structures or within other larger areas of rain or squall lines. Bow echoes can have tornadoes on their edges and damaging winds of 100+ mph. The bowed rain band is near the leading edge of the damaging wind. Bow echoes can last up to 6 hours!

Supercells vs. Regular Thunderstorms

Posted Aug 4th - 11:24am

Was the storm that hit on Monday a supercell or a tornado? What is the difference?

Blake H.

Is that another super cell that has just formed over by Magna and Bacchus? It looks pretty ominous on VIPIR.

Heat Waves

Posted Aug 3rd - 8:23am

Why is it that the heat waves seem to have a greater affect on the people on the East coast or in the Midwest than here in Utah? If I am using the Heat Index tables correctly, then New York should experience a heat index of 120-130 in the next few days. The tables don't get down to lower humidity, but St George could easily reach a heat index on 130 on a really hot day, say 109 degrees. And Phoenix or Las Vegas should reach that high for even more days throughout the year. But you rarely hear about how bad the heat is in Phoenix, Nevada, or Utah. Why not? Does it really feel hotter in the east?

John T.


Was it a Tornado?

Posted Aug 2nd - 1:53pm

Was this indeed a tornado?

Shane R.


Hot Weather

Posted Aug 2nd - 11:22am

Hello, I would like to know what month is the hottest in Northern Utah. Also what week or weeks in that month are typically the hottest. Thanks. Rod C.


If you've gotten your July bills for running the AC a lot, you already know, it's been a very hot summer.

More Weather History

Posted Aug 2nd - 10:59am

I am trying to find the history of the weather for August 5, 1977 in Provo, Utah. Is there an easy way to find that online or would you happen to know how the weather was?

Thanks for your time. Jessie **********************************************************

You'd think this data would be easy to find right? Nope. It's easy to find averages, it's not easy to find hourly data or even just highs and lows for a day that happened that long ago in time.

Heat Index

Posted Jul 30th - 6:12pm

what does the heat index number mean and also what is all the haze we are seeing today? thanks! Kirk T.


Since Kirk sent this a few days ago, the haze was actually smoke from fires to the west of Utah and it was nasty! Some of it has cleared out and actually, our air quality has since improved.


Posted Jul 29th - 9:23pm

Where does mold pollen come from? And why is it so high right now?

John H.


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