RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 2, 2014) – After the devastation of last
October’s Winter Storm Atlas, students in the Weather Club at the South Dakota
School of Mines & Technology wanted to explore the science behind the
storm. Partnering with the Black Hills chapter of the American Meteorological
Society, they put together a panel discussion with representatives from the
National Weather Service, S.D. stockgrowers, local media, State Veterinarian’s
Office, Pennington County Emergency Management, and Black Hills Power.
From 6-8 p.m. Tuesday April 8, in the Classroom Building,
room 204 east and west, the panel will discuss the meteorology of the event and
then participate in a Q&A focused on the October blizzard’s impact and the
community’s response. The event is open to the public and free of charge.
Students will also hold a silent auction featuring items and
gift certificates from local businesses to benefit the Rancher Relief Fund.
“Their goal is to make this not just an informative evening, but to also help
out those that are still feeling the impacts of the blizzard several months
later,” said Adam French, Ph.D., assistant professor of the
Department of Environmental & Atmospheric Sciences.
Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines &
Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid
City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university
enrolls 2,640 students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a
student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is
$62,400 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sdsmt and on
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