Nature Matters: PNW Heat Dome – What Cause It, and What’s In Store For The Future?


March 23, 2023    
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane Street, Astoria, OR, 97103

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In late June 2021, the Pacific Northwest experienced a heat wave of historical proportions. Several locations broke their all-time high-temperature record, often by several degrees. Canada set a new national high-temperature record of 121 degrees, Washington set a new state record of 120 and Oregon tied its previous all-time high of 119 degrees. The impacts of the heat were profound and tragic on humans and the natural environment, with hundreds of people losing their lives across the region. In this talk, we will break down the progression of meteorological factors that caused this extraordinary heat wave.

Presented by Dr. Paul Loikith

Dr. Paul Loikith is an Associate Professor of weather and climate science in the Department of Geography at Portland State University, where he directs the Portland State Climate Science Lab. Dr. Loikith has a BS in Meteorology and a PhD in Atmospheric Science from Rutgers University. Prior to joining the PSU faculty in 2015, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab. Dr. Loikith’s research focuses broadly on the atmospheric drivers of extreme weather and climate events at regional to global scales and how these drivers are influenced by a warming climate.

Doors to the Lovell Showroom open at 6pm with food and beverages available via the Taproom window. All ages welcome and never a cover!