MODESTO — An expert on atmospheric rivers, relatively narrow bands of moisture that can cause intense rainfall in California and elsewhere, will speak at Modesto Junior College on Friday night.
The free lecture by S. Jeffery Underwood, chairman of the Department of Geology and Geography at Georgia Southern University, is part of the Modesto Partners in Science series. It will be at 7:30 p.m. in Sierra Hall 132 on the west campus.
Underwood is the former state climatologist for Nevada and has worked for many years as an applied climatologist and meteorologist in the San Joaquin Valley, Sierra Nevada, coastal California and Italy. Researchers at MJC and Georgia Southern are looking at how the phenomenon affects the Valley.