WCIA-TV Chief Meteorologist Derick Fabert will discuss "Drought in Illinois: The New Normal?" the next "World of Science" talk in the William M. Staerkel Planetarium lecture series at Parkland College.
His presentation will take place Friday, Nov.1 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $1 at the door with Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium admitted free of charge.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 54 percent of the nation's corn is produced in drought conditions, which includes a large section of north central Illinois. Despite a wet spring, precipitation over the summer months was below normal ranges, with parts of the state experiencing between 25 and 75 percent of average rainfall. Fabert will examine the trends and discuss what this means for the state.
Originally from the Indianapolis area, Fabert graduated with a degree in Earth and Atmospheric Science from Purdue University. Before coming to WCIA in Champaign, he worked at KSFY in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He has covered weather events from blizzards and tornadoes to flooding.
's talk, the planetarium will present a live concert featuring the music of Suono Mobile. The concert begins at 8:30 p.m. and the $5 tickets may be acquired at the door.
For more on planetarium shows, events, and lectures, please visit www.parkland.edu/planetarium
or call the show hotline at 217/351-2446. Upcoming WOS lectures
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