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The Dairy Center’s Science on Screen might be the most interesting flood benefit ever

We’ve just had an in-your-face severe weather event of epic proportions, and frankly the whole debacle begs a million questions.

Here’s your chance at a few answers. Two severe weather experts will be at the Dairy next Wednesday, Oct 2 for a benefit that pairs a science talk with big screen entertainment (more on that part later).

The science talk is called Inside the Colorado Deluge and will be presented by two UCAR weather specialists: journalist and meteorologist Bob Henson, and hydrometeorologist Matt Kelsch.

“We’re going to try and touch on every facet of this event that we can,” Henson says. “There’s no single answer as to why it happened or what we can expect in the future.”

Henson is a severe weather expert, the chief writer for AtmosNews, and the author of  umpteen weather articles and three well regarded books: The Rough Guide to Weather, The Rough Guide to Climate Change, and Weather on Air: A History of Broadcast Meteorology.

Kelsch is also a severe weather expert. He’s the guy who took the official observation of Boulder’s record 9.08 inches of rainfall on the 12th. Most days he’s working to educate people and groups about the weather, from National Weather Service forecasters to the military, private clients, scientists and other professionals near and far.

Bring your big questions. Both of these scientists are great at translating complicated climatology into understandable science. As residents themselves, they offer a unique perspective on one of the biggest natural disasters in Colorado history.

“In addition to presenting information about the weather itself, we’d like to help people understand more precisely what they are talking about when they talk about the flood – how to ask the right questions and thinking critically,” Henson says.

After Henson and Kelsch stir the weather pot, the presentation turns to pure entertainment with the screening of 2000’s blockbuster film, The Perfect Storm. The movie is based on a 1991 weather event when three massive storms collided over the Atlantic, producing monster waves and catching the crew of the Andrea Gail fishing vessel in its path. George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg star.

The event is perfect for teens and anyone interested in the science of what we’ve just been through. All proceeds from ticket sales directly benefit the Flood Response Fund.

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All proceeds from ticket sales go directly to the Flood Response Fund
Dairy Center for the Arts – Performance Space
Wednesday, October 2 | 7 p.m. Tickets and Info