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’m a wildlife photographer interested in learning the best time of spring to have an opportunity to find badger cubs?

Answered by Jamie Utz – Wildlife Diversity Biologist – Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game Southwest Region Thanks to a special feature of reproductive biology, seasonal patterns of torpor, and certain behavioral tendencies of American badgers (Taxidea taxus), this is tricky question to answer. Badgers mate in the late summer or early fall. But once…

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…

What makes a monsoon?

Question Answered by Kurt Buffalo, Meteorologist, National Weather Service-Pocatello We often hear about monsoon moisture or monsoon storms during the summer months. So what exactly is the monsoon, and what causes it? The term “monsoon” refers to a seasonal wind shift, which brings a change in moisture and precipitation patterns. There are several different monsoon…

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…

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.…