How unusual were September’s floods?

Flood photo courtesy City of Boulder

A panel of science experts will convene at the University of Colorado Boulder on Wednesday, Sept. 25, to discuss weather and climate related to the recent devastating floods.

Panelists from several institutions will discuss the unusual weather conditions that caused the floods, the historical context and the potential influence of human-caused climate change on this extreme event. Western Water Assessment (WWA) is convening the panel and also will release a brief preliminary assessment of the severe flooding, including information on weather, water, climate and risk.

WWA is a program of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU-Boulder. CIRES is a joint institute of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and CU-Boulder.

The panel discussion begins at 11 a.m. in the CIRES auditorium, room 338 in the CIRES building, on the CU-Boulder campus and will last about 90 minutes. The event is open to the public but space is extremely limited. The event also will be available via webinar at http://cirescolorado.adobeconnect.com/flood/. Audience members should log in as a “guest” with their name or initials and can ask questions via their computers.

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