Expert panel, Wednesday, 11 am MT:

Extreme weather and connections to climate change: How unusual were September’s floods?

A panel of science experts will convene at the University of Colorado Boulder Wednesday, to discuss weather and climate related to the recent devastating floods.

Panelists will discuss the unusual weather conditions that caused the floods, the historical context and the potential influence of human-caused climate change on this extreme event. CIRES’ Western Water Assessment (WWA) is convening the panel and also will release a brief preliminary assessment of the severe flooding, including information on weather, water, climate and risk.

The panel discussion begins at 11 a.m. in the CIRES auditorium, room 338 in the CIRES building, and will last about 90 minutes. The event is open to the public but space is extremely limited. The event also will be available via webinar, instructions below.

Jeff Lukas, senior research associate with WWA, will lead off the discussion with an overview of the weather and climate context of the flood. Other panelists will include:

  • Kelly Mahoney, a CIRES research scientist who works in NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory. Mahoney is an expert on Front Range thunderstorms.
  • Klaus Wolter, a CIRES research scientist who works in NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory. Wolter is an expert on extreme weather and seasonal weather patterns in the Front Range. He also is a Jamestown resident.
  • Nolan Doesken, state climatologist for Colorado at Colorado State University. Doesken has an encyclopedic knowledge of Colorado’s climate and weather history.
  • Marty Hoerling, research meteorologist with NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory. Hoerling is an expert on attribution of climate conditions to weather events.

Space is limited. Reserve your webinar seat now at: After registering with your name and email, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.