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Is a monster el niño coming?

Broadcast date: 10/29/15

Predicting the weather can be a challenging business. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, asserts the El Niño that developed last spring is among the strongest recorded events since the 1950s. Forecasters believe El Niño will dramatically impact the weather and climate over the United States, especially in the coming winter months.

What does this mean for the Central Coast? What is the strength and evidence for these predictions? How can communities use these predictions to prepare and minimize the possible impact?

Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with experts, John Lindsey, the Marine Meteorologist for Pacific Gas and Electric Company at Diablo Canyon Power Plant, and from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Benjamin Ruttenberg, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Biological Sciences Department and Ryan Walter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Physics Department, as they discuss the potential for an El Niño, what that means in terms of physical and biological effects this coming winter, as well as the possible social and economic impacts to the Central Coast.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.