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Thank you to everyone who attended the 11th Annual Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium! This free two-day conference encourages a comprehensive review of the current state of our watershed while creating learning opportunities for a diverse array of stakeholders. Sessions covered a broad range of topics on water quality and watershed issues with local, regional, and national relevance. Hosted by Salt Lake County Watershed Planning & Restoration.

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Wednesday, November 15 • 10:40am - 11:10am
Utah's Warming Climate and it's Increasing Flash Flood Threat

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Utah's Warming Climate and it's Increasing Flash Flood Threat

Summary:
As Utah's climate continues to warm the threat of flash flooding looms large across much of southern Utah. A warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture, and as such, spawn more intense thunderstorms and heavy rainfall events. While rainfall rates and flash flood events are increasing, so is the amount of people exploring the desert southwest.

Full Abstract:
As Utah's climate continues to warm the threat of flash flooding looms large across much of southern Utah. A warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture, and as such, spawn more intense thunderstorms and heavy rainfall events. While rainfall rates and flash flood events are increasing, so is the amount of people exploring the desert southwest. The combination of these two events bring an increased risk to the area. Brian will look at forecasted temperature increases to 2100 AD, and research showing how increased rainfall rates are increasing throughout the US and in particular, southern Utah. He will go over the physics of storm formation and how flash flood events are spawned.

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Brian McInerney

Senior Hydrologist, National Weather Service
Brian is the Senior Hydrologist at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has worked at the National Weather Service for the past 28 years and holds a Masters Degree from the University of Montana. He is from Chicago, Illinois, and currently resides... Read More →



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