GMP's Energy Innovation Center Presents: What Happened to Winter in Vermont: Climate Change or a Cyclic Anomaly?

29 March 2016

RUTLAND, Vt. – Called the “winter of discontent” for Vermont’s ski season, was this past winter a sign of things to come? Join us at the GMP Energy Innovation Center on April 5 as Professor Craig Popkess, of the Community College of Vermont, offers insight into this remarkable weather.
The free public event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will last approximately an hour. Light refreshments will be available. 
Popkess examines the substantial difference between the Vermont winter of 2015-2016 and previous winters.  Is this a consequence of climate change, or just a cyclic anomaly? Why would ocean water near Hawaii change the temperature in New England? Does it signal something we need to consider as a matter of policy, or was it just a swing in the weather?
Popkess, a career services specialist and instructor at the Community College of Vermont (CCV) will look at the various answers from Vermont’s National Weather Service climatologists. He teaches a survey course in meteorology and various other subjects at the Rutland CCV, where he assists students and businesses in connecting for jobs and internships statewide. 
Popkess received his bachelor’s in education and speech from Northeastern Oklahoma State University, and his master’s in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  He is also a retired airline captain.
The GMP College Connections is a monthly lecture series created as part of an agreement between GMP and all four Rutland County colleges to work together to bolster economic, educational and community development. Talks authored and presented by faculty at each of the institutions. The presentations explore a variety of energy issues, including the science of energy, renewable power, financial concerns and the psychology of energy use. All talks held at GMP’s Energy Innovation Center in Rutland the first Tuesday of the month (Oct-May).
In addition to Community College of Vermont (CCV), the other participating schools are Green Mountain College, College of St. Joseph and Castleton University. 
For more information on the series contact:  Gerri.Harrison@greenmountainpower.com
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