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World of Science: Weird Weather

Fri, Nov 06, 2015 starting at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

State climatologist to discuss recent weather occurrences, current winter outlook for area 

The state’s chief climate-services agent will talk about “Weird Weather” as part of the Staerkel Planetarium’s World of Science lecture series.

Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel will give his presentation Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. Admission is $1 at the door.

Illinois has experienced a number of severe and costly climate/weather events in recent years. During his talk, Angel will focus on the record rainfall of April 2013, the cold, snowy winter of 2013-14, and more rains in 2015—what happened and why. The talk will finish by looking at the ongoing El Niño episode and what it means for this winter in Illinois.

Angel has been the state’s climatologist since 1997. He has worked at the Illinois State Water Survey since 1981. His research has covered drought, rainfall, and other weather phenomena, and he is often found working with community groups, farmers, and the media. He has a doctorate in climatology from the University of Illinois.

Following Angel’s presentation, the Staerkel Planetarium will present the fulldome movie, Secrets of the Sun. Tickets for regular planetarium programs are $4 to $5, all sold at the door. Visit the planetarium website or call 217/351-2446 for show information.

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