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Panel explores the aftermath of Atlas
Release Date Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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.


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