Is there anywhere on Earth high enough in elevation that you can see through the thin air into the blackness of space?

Question answered by Dr. Brian Tonks, Astronomy Professor, BYU-Idaho The highest point on Earth is the peak of Mt. Everest, 29,029 feet (8850 meters) above sea level. At this elevation, the atmosphere is thin compared to at sea level. Pictures taken from the top of Everest on a clear day distinctly show that the sky…

What does an strong El Niño winter mean for Idaho?

Answered by Mike Huston, Meteorologist, National Weather Service Unusually warm sea surface temperatures across the tropical Pacific continue to support El Niño conditions and forecasters at the Climate Prediction Center unanimously favor the development of a “strong” El Niño which is expected to persist through the winter and gradually weaken during the spring of 2016. Across the United States, temperature and precipitation impacts…

Where do we get power from? Don’t our windmills on the hills by Idaho Falls generate power for California?

Question Asked by Megan, 4th Grade, Rimrock Elementary Answered by Vaughn Rasmussen, Senior Customer and Community Manager, Rocky Mountain Power in Idaho Rocky Mountain Power generates electricity for its customers in Ammon, together with the other areas we serve, from a number of different sources. Our power plants generate electricity in similar ways. They use a natural resource, such as…

Is using soap an important step in handwashing?

Answered by Tamara Cox, RN, HPPS Division Director, Eastern Idaho Public Health District “Twinkle, Twinkle, little star….” You sing to yourself, as you are washing your hands like Mom has taught you to do, since you were tiny. Your favorite dinner is on the table and you are starving, but Mom won’t let you sit down to eat…

Do trees grow new leaves through the growing season or are all the leaves budded out in the spring?

Answered by Amy Forman, Botanist, GSS ESER Program, www.gsseser.com Both! In temperate climates like ours, there are two common growth patterns. Some species exhibit a fixed-growth pattern where stem and leaf structures are formed in the bud during one growing season and after overwintering, the resulting shoot elongates into fully formed stems and leaves during a few weeks the…