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October 1, 2021

Hurricane forecast author Phil Klotzbach to speak at FORTCAST event Oct. 12

Phil Klotzbach, research scientist and lead author of CSU’s annual hurricane forecast, will speak at FORTCAST’s first “What’s Brewing in Weather and Climate” event this semester. Klotzbach will discuss hurricanes, how we predict them and the impacts of climate change.

Discussion followed by Q-and-A will begin 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, upstairs at Tap & Handle.

“What’s Brewing in Weather and Climate” is a series of informal talks where you can meet fellow members of the Northern Colorado weather and climate community and learn about their research.

FORTCAST is a local chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Contact with questions.

“The 2021 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season and the Relationship between Hurricanes and Climate Change”

This presentation will discuss the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season in detail including the atmospheric and oceanic causes of this very active season. Landfalling hurricane activity in 2021 will also be examined, with a focus on Hurricane Ida – a $50+ billion natural disaster. The skill of seasonal forecasts issued by CSU, NOAA and other groups will also be considered.
The remainder of the presentation will examine the relationship between hurricanes and climate change. Topics will include observed trends in hurricane frequency, intensity and damage. Lastly, climate model forecasts of future changes in hurricane activity associated with continued global climate change will be discussed.