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EAC Discovery Park Campus to host Dr. Mike Crimmins to discuss El Niño

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EAC Discovery Park Campus to host Dr. Mike Crimmins to discuss El Niño

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus will host Dr. Mike Crimmins, faculty member of the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona, and Climate Science Extension Specialist for Arizona Cooperative Extension, for a lecture about climate science and El Niño on Thursday, January 21, 2016, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., at the Circle D Ranch Barn. Admission is free.

“Dr. Crimmins is a great person and does a great job of explaining very complex weather and climate issues,” says EAC gardening and landscaping instructor, Bill Brandau. “The whole idea is to be informed about how the weather and climate may affect us so we can prepare or adjust our agriculture operations no matter the size including ranching, farming, and gardening.”

North America is currently experiencing one of the strongest El Niño events in the last 100 years and it’s impacting weather patterns across the globe. This presentation will review how this event evolved through 2015 and early 2016 including its impact on the weather and climate of southeast Arizona. Typically, strong El Niño events bring above-average precipitation to the region. Climate forecasts continue to indicate wet conditions are on the horizon for southern Arizona through the rest of winter 2016. Short term drought conditions continue to improve, but longer-term drought conditions, years in the making, will continue to linger.

“This lecture will explain El Niño and the drought and will also cover the unique weather patterns in the Gila Valley due to the mountains around us.” said Brandau.

In his position at the U of A, Crimmins provides climate science support to resource managers across Arizona by accessing information needs, synthesizing and transferring relevant research results, and conducting applied research projects. His extension and research work supports resource management across multiple sectors including rangelands, forests/wildfire, and water resources as well as policy and decision making. This work aims to support managers by increasing climate science literacy as well as developing strategies to adapt to a changing climate. He also serves as a drought monitoring expert on the Arizona Governor’s Drought Task Force and has worked with counties across Arizona to implement drought preparedness and impact monitoring plans.

The lecture is free to the public and everyone is welcome.

For more information contact Bill Brandau, class instructor, at (928) 428-2432 or at Bill Brandau.