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Eichorn to speak in Skaneatelesabout climate changes

Meteorologist Dave Eichorn will present a lecture on Monday, April 23, at 7:30 pm, at St. James' Episcopal Church, Skaneateles. "Climate Change in Our Back Yard" takes a look at global warming and how global climate change is likely affecting our weather here in Central New York.

The event is sponsored by EarthWorks, St. James' EcoMinistry, and is the first in a series of environmental lectures to be presented by the group.

Globally, the climate is changing, and it's doing so faster than many had expected. The lecture will cover how this is happening both on a global scale, and on a local level and why the evidence is so strong that human influence is accelerating the rate of climate change.

Participants will be surprised as they look at how the weather thousands of miles away may already be creating extremes in our weather in Central New York. For example, they'll see how the warmth in Alaska and in Greenland is so tightly related to severe lake effect storms here and how record heat over the western United States helps to create flooding in the East.

If you are new to this subject, this presentation will confirm a lot of your suspicions about how our weather in Central New York is changing. If you're fairly informed about climate change, you'll be surprised as to how much CNY may already be feeling the affects of the warming in the Arctic. Globally, not everyone is warming quickly. But no one is unaffected by places that are.

Dave Eichorn is chief meteorologist at WSYR NewsChannel 9 Syracuse and is an Upstate New York native. He studied meteorology at SUNY Oswego, the University of Oklahoma, and North Carolina State University. Eichorn is the recipient of several awards for the coverage of special weather events including Hurricane Gloria, and the Blizzard of 1993. He is recognized with the American Meteorological Society's Seal of Approval and has held office in the Central New York Chapter of the American Meteorological Society many times in the last decade. Dave heads-up the NewsChannel 9 Storm Team Academy, visiting countless schools each year, teaching children about weather and the environment. In addition to visiting schools, Dave is an adjunct professor at SUNY Oswego.

EarthWorks will also be offering compact florescent light bulbs for sale at this event. This lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact EarthWorks at 685-5877.

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