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Local Winds

Posted Mar 24th - 5:54pm

I am a powered paraglider pilot. I live in Layton. I notice that the winds are much stronger in SL county 90% of the time. It seems everytime I am driving north the windspeed dies down to nothing in the farmington area 90% of the time. The Kaysville/Layton area almost have no wind most of the time even if winds are 10-15 mph just a few miles south. Is this due to Weber Canyon? I know the rising terrian near there will do it depending on wind direction. I tend to be at the bottom of this hill but it doesn't explain the very calm conditions there most of the time. Any insights into this? Thank you. Just curious.

Steve S. **********************************************************

Good stuff, and again an awesome time to talk about the lake. We discussed the lake breeze in a previous question recently so if you aren't familiar with what a lake breeze is, you can go ahead and click on the link on the right to the previous question and then come back here and it will be all review from there.


Posted Mar 22nd - 4:43pm

I was wondering if local weather channels start with some basic data, and then make forecasts from it. Does KSL weather for example use the national weather service's data to start with, or are you able to get weather data from all over the US just from your station and then make predictions?

Thanks, Cameron


March Records

Posted Mar 19th - 11:52am


My name is Anne Rees I'm one of the Bear Den Leaders in Troop 1136 in Lehi. We had a challenge to figure out for our Pack Meeting and we thought we should ask the KSL weather team.

What was the hottest day on record in March for the state of Utah?

Wind and Lake Breezes

Posted Mar 14th - 12:40pm

The KSL weather website says the wind is N 25 mph, yet in the description of the day's weather it talks, correctly, about the winds coming from the south. Looking out my window, I see all the flags, at least in the downtown area, blowing from the south. This isn't the first time I've seen the KSL weather report claiming the winds to be the direct opposite of what they were. What gives? Am I reading something wrong? John G.


Great question John. It's one of two things, it's either a bad anemometer (which does happen) or it's a lake breeze. When we start to get warmer in the springtime we have to deal with a lake breeze. Ok, we know that sometimes when we go to the ocean or the lake, we feel a breeze, what's that about. To understand lake breeze, we need to look at some diagrams.

Wind Direction

Posted Mar 14th - 12:27pm

I have noticed KSL and the weather channel report wind direction differently. Some reports tell the direction the wind is coming from, while other reports tell the direction the wind is headed. Why is there no consistency?

Jeff P.



Posted Mar 10th - 5:01pm

I understand how you can tell if there is going to be a storm or not by using satellites and Almanacs, but how do you forecast what the temperature will be?

Ashley W.


The 7-day

Posted Mar 8th - 4:04pm


Please explain the highs and lows. For instance, on Thur. of this week. The high temp for Thur. is 51 and that's easy to understand. However, the low temp is 34. Now, does that mean that Wed. night into Thur. is going to be 34, or does it mean that Thur. night into Fri. is going to be 34? I have a concrete business and we rely heavily on for our forcasting. Brad L.


SLC and History of Weather Observations

Posted Mar 7th - 4:41pm

Can you find out for me what the earliest weather recording for the Salt Lake Valley was and what the weather was that day?

Chris H.


State Weather Extremes

Posted Mar 3rd - 6:49pm

What we were interested in was the most livable places vs the most extreme areas. For example, in Utah, we can experience anything from 20 below to 114 degrees or a range of 134 degrees during a annual basis. We were curious how that compared with other areas, where the lowest range existed and where the most extreme range occurs. What I would like to know is where in the continental United States would we find the most extreme in temperature range and along with that, where the least extreme temperature range is located? Jeff S.


The state of Utah has some seriously varied weather, we also have a ton of land! Clearly, 400 miles north to south will have major differences from a place say like Vermont or New Hampshire which around 150 miles long. However, those little states can have big variances in weather too, going down to well below zero in the winter and up to 100 in the summer, rare but it happens.

Airport Temperature

Posted Mar 3rd - 5:44pm

I'd like to know why the official temperature for Salt Lake City is the temperature at the airport, when other parts of town are noticably warmer. For example, officially it is 30 degrees at this time. However, the thermometer on my garage reads 50 (I live just east of Highland Drive near the Villa Theatre). Although snow is still falling a bit, it is melting almost as fast as it comes down, water is running down the street and, even though I have not cleaned our walks, they are practically clear--and we had at least about 5 inches of snow overnight. While there is the possibility that the thermometer on my garage is off a few degrees, it is obviously much warmer than 30 or the snow would not be melting so quickly. So why isn't the "official" Salt Lake temperature taken at least down town where it would be a more realistic reflection of city temperatures instead of way out at the airport?

Thank you,

Sharee H.

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