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The Anatomy of an Oregon Heat Wave

March 7 | 7pm - 9pm

Science Pub Portland: The Anatomy of an Oregon Heat Wave


The Anatomy of an Oregon Heat Wave

with Paul Loikith, PhD, Associate Professor of weather and climate science in the Department of Geography at Portland State.

MAR 7, 7-9PM | Doors @ 6PM | Advance tickets recommended; $5 suggested donation

Heat waves are driven by a complex set of meteorological drivers in Oregon. We will uncover what atmospheric configurations give us extreme heat in the summer and why this configuration makes it so hot. We will also take a closer look at the June 2021 mega heatwave and what made it so much more severe than any in recorded history. Finally we will look at what the state of the science says about the future of heat waves in Oregon.

Dr. Paul Loikith is an Associate Professor of weather and climate science in the Department of Geography at Portland State. He is the director of the Portland State Climate Science Lab, a research and teaching lab focused on a range of topics related to the physical drivers of weather and climate variability and climate change. Dr. Loikith has a B.S. in Meteorology and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science at Rutgers University.

Zoom Option
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Is a Zoom option available?

If you are unable to join us in person, you can watch on zoom. You must register in advance via the link above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Are there any COVID-19 guidelines or recommendations?

Masks are optional but highly recommended for all guests.

Limited capacity – the theater is limited to 50% capacity or 150 guests.

There is an air filtration system in the theater.

Are tickets required?

To guarantee a seat at this event, we recommend you purchase your ticket in advance. Please show your ticket at the check-in table in front of the theater upon arrival.

We will always have tickets available at the door. They are first-come, first-served and admission will remain a suggested donation.

Will food be available for purchase?

Yes, OMSI’s restaurant, Theory will be open with pizza and salads. The bar will be open to guests that are 21+.

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