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.…

We keep hearing it is going to be a La Nina Event this year. What does that likely mean for us here in eastern Idaho?

Answered by Timothy Axford – Meteorologist – National Weather Service – Pocatello Great question! Meteorologists get asked this a lot. As the days shorten and we start looking towards the winter season, everyone wants to know whether it will be several months of cold and snowy or mild and dry. Meteorologists and Climatologists (someone who…

How do you stop a desert wildfire?

Answered by Kelsey Griffee, Fire Information & Prevention, BLM-Idaho Falls District Office Wildfire is a mesmerizing natural occurrence created by the chemical reaction of oxygen, heat and fuels. Oxygen is supplied from the air all-around us and spurred by wind. Heat is sparked by lightning or human folly. Fuels come in the form of grass,…

How do boats float?

Answered by Randy Haws, Environmental Scientist, Pro2Serve Whether an object floats or not depends on several things. Solid objects, like wood or apples, float because they have lots of air in them and are lighter than the water around them. Objects like pennies or paper clips sink because the atoms in them are close together…

What makes a heat wave?

Question Answered by Nicole Desmet, Meteorologist, National Weather Service-Pocatello, Idaho A heat wave is simply a period of prolonged period of very hot, uncomfortable temperatures. Typically a heat wave lasts two or more days. Several factors can influence how hot temperatures can get, where temperatures will be warmest and how long it will be that…

What are your favorite experiments?

Answered by Alana Jensen, Environmental Educator, INL ESER Program I have so many favorite experiments, but here are a couple of fun ones to do in the summertime. Blow Bubbles!You will need: Dishwashing soap, glycerin, water, large jar, liquid measuring cup, pipe cleaners, pliers Measure the volume of your jar by filling the jar with…

Does water reflect or refract light?

Answered by Alana Jensen, INL ESER Program Water is both a reflector and refractor of light. Let’s examine these properties of light separately. Reflection: Reflection is when light hits the surface of an object and then that light travels to our eyes so we can see. All materials reflect light to some extent, but a…