I keep hearing about the cicadas that are coming out of the ground after 17-years. What are they and will we have them here? Answered by Ron Patterson – University of Idaho Extension, Bonneville County The famous chattering bugs. If you didn’t know better, you would think you are getting near a rattlesnake. We’re talking…

If White-tailed deer are more adaptable and numbers are flourishing in Idaho, do biologists fear the extinction of mule deer in Idaho? Also, do White-tail and Mule deer ever crossbreed?

Question Asked by Mrs. Kress’ Class at Tigert Middle School in Soda Springs Question Answered by Paul Atwood Senior Wildlife Researcher for Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game Mule deer are better adapted to live in dry, open areas and white-tailed deer are better living in forests that get more rain. Idaho is a large…

Why don’t all clouds rain?

There is always moisture in the air in either a water vapor or liquid form. This moisture is invisible in the water vapor form. Moisture in the air becomes visible in the liquid form. Question Asked by student at Preston Jr. High Answered by Travis Wyatt Meteorologist National Weather Service Clouds form when air rises…

I saw that before each snowstorm this winter they sprayed something on the roads to prevent freezing. What is it and how does it affect our water after it mixes with snow and runs off?

Answered by Flint Hall Hydrologist for DEQ Dept. of Environmental Quality Deicers are applied to road surfaces, sidewalks, and parking lots for winter-time safety. Deicers work by reducing the freezing-point of water thereby melting ice, or, when sprayed on the road as a liquid (brine) before a snow storm, preventing ice from forming at all.…

Why don’t microwave ovens get moldy?

Asked by Kirk Hings of Idaho Falls Answered by Nathan Taylor, Eastern Idaho Public Health, REHS Environmental Health Supervisor Mold needs three things to grow: A food source, water, and oxygen. The most common forms of mold we see are found on bread, cheese, or any other food that has been left too long in…