Weather Experiments

Part of living in a valley, is dealing with temperature inversions. Simply stated, a temperature inversion is when temperature increases with altitude in the troposphere. Temperature inversions can occur in any layer of the atmosphere, but when they occur in the troposphere, the lowest layer of the atmosphere, they greatly impact air quality.

Well, a slider is different from the normal orographic storm we usually see in Reno. An orographic storm is a storm created by the mountains, where moisture from the Pacific Ocean condenses as is is pushed up the Sierra, producing rain or snow. A slider does not have a huge orographic component. It slides in from the North, and can be relatively short lived, but can create heavy precipitation.

Clouds form when the relative humidity is high enough that water vapor condense into small liquid droplets. And a glass of beer is actually just the inverse of that. In a beer, gas bubbles are surrounded by liquid beer, and in a cloud, gas surrounds a group of water droplets.

Triple-digit heat has brought record temperatures to northern Nevada. As you know, items sitting in the sun can get much hotter than the surrounding air temperature, and on so how about a sizzling weather experiment to highlight that, by cooking in the car.

Nothing is worse then waking up to go to work on a Monday morning… especially if you get up at 2 a.m. like I do, when the temperatures are at their lowest and the chill of winter is in full force. SO — how can science lend a helping hand, because let’s be real, science has a solution for everything!

From a record winter right into a record summer. In only one week, a whopping 16 heat records were broken between South Lake Tahoe, to Reno, and across the state to Elko. So to show just how hot it had been, I decided to try to melt some crayons!