July 6, 2012

Extreme Temperatures: KU Natural History Museum to offer weather-themed event

In the last two weeks of June, many cities in Kansas saw temperatures at or above 100 degrees nine times. To some people, that constitutes an extreme weather pattern – but is it? What about 115 degrees, as Hill City, Kan., saw one week?

The KU Natural History Museum invites the public to discuss extreme weather and its ramifications for agricultural, urban and natural environments at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 at the Free State Brewing Company, 636 Massachusetts St. The event is a part of the museum’s ongoing series called Science on Tap.

Nathaniel Brunsell, associate professor of geography and atmospheric science, will lead the event and share information about how scientists determine what qualifies as extreme. He will also explore global climate change and its effect on extreme weather.

Science on Tap is modeled on science cafés, which are held in restaurants, coffee shops and other venues in cities worldwide. The events offer the chance to discuss science and technology topics in an informal setting with an expert in a particular subject.