El Niño, Drought, Mudslides, Hurricanes: Schools Keynote Offers Insights

JPL Scientist Bill Patzert

What will the winter bring? A “Godzilla” El Niño sits in the Pacific, and some have wondered if the recent mudslides that shut down the Grapevine are a preview of what the winter will bring. Even if record rainfall does arrive, what will that mean? What are the prospects for Sierra Nevada snowpack?

The “final answer” to such questions will only be known once the rain season has ended, but the keynote speaker at the upcoming Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit, JPL’s Bill Patzert, is well qualified to address them. A research scientist and oceanographer who has been called “the prophet of California climate,” Dr. Patzert is both a scientific expert and an engaging speaker.

The keynote session begins at 8:30 am on October 29, at the Pasadena Convention Center. Registration for the keynote and Expo is free. To register, click here.

The Summit also includes three days of education sessions on topics ranging from low-water landscapes and environmental literacy to sources for funding school building projects and best practices for Prop 39 energy efficiency projects. Details here.

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