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USM Hosts The Portland Wicked Weather Forum

Come join us at The Portland Wicked Weather Forum sponsored by the National Weather Service and the University of Southern Maine which will be held Saturday afternoon, April 7th, starting at 1 pm at the Hannaford Lecture Hall at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. The event is a first of a kind in northern New England and is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

The purpose of the forum is to give the public an opportunity to learn more about weather and weather safety, and to meet and greet some of their favorite television weather forecasters. Included in the program are talks about hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, and nor'easters, and how we can prepare for these storms. Also included are talks on Portland's weather extremes and the extreme weather atop Mt. Washington.

There also will be talks about observing, forecasting, and broadcasting the weather. Finally, there will be a presentation on how changing weather conditions could potentially affect water levels along the Maine coast and what can be done to build more resilient coastal communities. In addition to the program, the National Weather Service, Maine Emergency Management Agency, Mount Washington Observatory, and other organizations will be available in the lobby to answer questions and provide additional information about the weather and weather safety.

No tickets are necessary and seating is on a first come basis. The lecture hall seats over 500, and based on the interest in the weather in northern New England, we expect to have a good turnout. 

To view the agenda for the event, go to: forum.

Hannaford Lecture Hall is in the Abromson Center on the campus of The University of Southern Maine and is easily accessible from the Forest Avenue exit of Interstate 295. Free parking is available in the parking garage adjacent to the Center. For directions, go to: Abromson Center

For more information about the forum, please visit  National Weather Service or call the at 688-3216.