Severe weather subject of free presentation


Steven Businger, the chairman of the University of Hawaii Department of Atmospheric Sciences, is offering a free presentation called “Severe Weather in a Warming World” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Sphere at Maui Ocean Center.

“My talk will cover the evolution of recent hurricanes and other severe weather events that have threatened Hawaii, including how and why they form, how their structure affects the hazards they produce, and the role that a warming climate may play in these events,” said Businger. “I will also cover the similarities and differences between hurricanes and Kona lows.”

Businger has devoted the past 30 years to researching the evolution and structure of destructive atmospheric storms.

Robin Newbold, co-founder and chairwoman of Maui Nui Marine Resource Council, said that the council is offering this presentation “because hurricanes have an impact on Maui’s coastal areas, causing erosion, storm surges and damage to homes and property — and possibly to coral reefs.

“The weather and the future of our reefs are inextricably linked,” Newbold said.

This event will be open to the public and hosted by the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council. Seating is limited so advance reservations are recommended.

For reservations, visit bit.ly/hurricanetalk.