Climate Change & the Wood River Valley
May 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
This winter incredible snows overwhelmed the west while withering heat shattered historic February records in the east. But is this dramatic weather really a result of climate change? Join the Sawtooth Botanical Garden for a talk by National Weather Service climate expert Alex deSmet. DeSmet will explain climate basics before drilling down to changes scientists observe now. He’ll discuss potential implications on temperatures, growing season, precipitation, soils and stream flow. After discussing why climate change matters to our diverse, resource-dependent economies, deSmet will conclude with ways our community can become more climate resilient.
Day/Time: 6:00-7:30 pm; Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Location: The Community Library; 415 Spruce Street; Ketchum, Idaho 83340
Instructor: Alex deSmet is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He is a native of Southeast Michigan and studied meteorology at Central Michigan University. A lifelong passion for meteorology led him to the National Weather Service regional office in Pocatello, where he serves as a forecaster, with emphasis on climate analysis and cooperative observer program management. When not forecasting, you can find Alex on one of Southeast Idaho’s many disc golf courses, hiking, or singing Karaoke. Ear plugs are encouraged.
[Image: Departure of surface temperature from average as predicted by the Monday, February 27, 2017 run of the GFS model for 7 pm EST Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Image credit: Climate Reanalyzer™ (http://cci-reanalyzer.org), Climate Change Institute, University of Maine, Orono, Maine.]