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Storms and Drought: Climate Change Impacts on the West

This Web Seminar took place on November 14, 2011 from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Eric Boldt, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service (NWS) Los Angeles/Oxnard. In this program, Mr. Boldt talked about some of the weather events that have occurred recently in the Western United States and what can be expected in the future based on the effect of climate change on weather patterns.

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This program took participants through the many weather events associated with the diverse climate and micro-climates of the Western United States. The presenter addressed events such as tornadoes, water spouts, hurricanes, and floods. Mr. Boldt showed patterns of increased precipitation and increasing events of large precipitation in short time periods. He further linked some of these events to changes that are occurring in the world’s climate as the planet warms.

Forty-five (45) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “Would have been great to tie climate info into weather in a class I offered last summer.”
  • “I teach an Environmental Science class and was looking for updated information regarding climate change. The seminar gave me some ideas on where to find graphics showing trends/changes.”
  • “In my climate course, I don't just teach about local climate in the NE, but climates in all the U.S. and around the world. It was good for me to become more knowledgeable about the climate in the western U.S. I appreciated the more recent data which I will use in class as illustrations of impacts of climate change.”
  • “I teach weather and climate, and found the content covered tonight to be information I can use in my lessons with the students.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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