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Discover the Science Behind weather with Joel Gratz, from OpenSnow

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Joel Gratz, founder of OpenSnow.
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If you go …

What: Science Behind weather, with meteorologist Joel Gratz.

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Where: Walking Mountains Science Center, 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon.

Cost: Free; $5 donation suggested.

More information: Visit www.walkingmountains.org/sp and click on “Science Behind Series.” Reservations are required.

In the High Rockies, we don’t say, “Don’t like the weather? Wait five minutes” for nothing. Understanding and predicting weather in the Eagle Valley can be tricky, possibly resulting in perilous situations. We learn quickly to dress in layers and be prepared to experience all four seasons in one day, but there is often more we can do to interpret our changing environment. The state of our atmosphere, be it wet or dry, calm or stormy, clear or cloudy, is a phenomena all humans constantly experience.

On Wednesday, join Walking Mountains Science Center and meteorologist Joel Gratz to learn about the forecast for this upcoming winter, how the mountains around the Eagle Valley affect our weather patterns, what parts of our climate have and have not changed over the past few decades and the best websites and apps to help you track the weather.

Gratz will present this information in bite-sized chunks, starting with easy-to-understand basic concepts and then moving into more in-depth topics. This flow will ensure that all attendees will benefit from the presentation, from weather novices to devoted weather weenies.

Gratz studied meteorology at Penn State University and began skiing on the East Coast starting at the age of 4. During the winter months, Gratz and his team forecast snow for more than 1 million people via http://www.opensnow.com and its smartphone applications. In the summer months, the same team launched a service for hikers and bikers called http://www.trailforecast.com.




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