Find Out What Shapes Colorado Climate and Weather Patterns at Colorado State University Climate Workshop May 14

Ever wonder why climatologists issue seasonal forecasts and how accurate they are? Curious about how elevation and topography affect storms and precipitation or what the climate change debate is all about?

Find out more about Colorado climate and weather, causes of climate variability and change and how to track down information at “Making Sense of Colorado’s Climate,” a public workshop on May 14 at Colorado State University.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Atmospheric Sciences Building on the Foothills Campus, about three miles west of the main Colorado State campus. Register by contacting Noah Newman at or (970) 491-3690. Lunch will be provided but seating is limited, so RSVPs are due by Tuesday, May 11.

Nolan Doesken, State Climatologist at Colorado State University, will lead the workshop with assistance from the University of Oklahoma and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which funded the program.

The workshop will cover several topics and include some hands-on activities:

• Introduction to weather and climate – what shapes Colorado’s climate and weather patterns?
• Climate change and climate variability – what might the future hold for us?
• Finding climate information – what products are out there and how do you use them?
• Climate hazards – what are the major weather-related threats in your town?
• Drought – what do we know about drought and how can we stay ahead of the next event?