Tug Hill Commission to host climate webinar

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WATERTOWN — The Tug Hill Commission is hosting a free webinar called “A New Climate on Both Large and Small Scales” on Thursday, March 25 at 7 p.m.

Meteorologist David Eichorn will provide an updated meteorological perspective on Tug Hill’s changing climate and changing local weather. Eichorn’s talk was well-received at the commission’s 2018 Black River Watershed Conference.

Commission officials said they are excited to now make his updated presentation available to a broader audience, and serve as an alternative to the typical keynote address given at the annual Tug Hill Local Government Conference which was not held again in 2021 due to the pandemic.

Eichorn will discuss data related to climate change through a meteorological perspective and review how a warmer Arctic can impact northeastern weather. He will also look at one of the region’s big climate drivers, the El Nino/La Nina cycle in the Pacific, and investigate its role in the changing climate. And lastly, Eichorn will explain the “Polar Vortex” and whether it’s a new catchphrase or there’s something more.

His message to local governments is generally to plan for more unpredictability in weather patterns.

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