Sometimes we hear thunder, but don’t see any lightning. Why?

Question Answered by Andrew McKaughan, Lead Meteorologist, National Weather Service-Pocatello Office + There could be a number of reasons for this but first let’s start with what lightning and thunder are exactly. Lightning is created from the discharge of electric particles in the atmosphere and on the ground. As a thunderstorm moves it gathers positively…

We’ve been having a lot of wind this past week. What happens to make the wind speed faster than normal?

Question answered by Jason RichMeteorologist, NOAA ARL Field Research Division Spring is typically windy as we transition from the cool season to the warm season. Uneven heating of the Earth’s surface creates differences in atmospheric pressure across the globe. When differences in the pressure exist, winds flow from the high pressure to the low pressure.…