Climate change has already caused huge changes to weather patterns in the Great Lakes and worldwide, strongly impacting ecosystems and challenging human infrastructure that was built for the less extreme climate of the 20th century. Climate change impacts will accelerate in the coming years, and the weather will grow hotter and more extreme until all emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases end. In this presentation, Jeff Masters will review how the climate of Michigan has changed in recent years, and make predictions on what the future of climate change will bring to the Great Lakes and to the world.
Jeff Masters worked as a hurricane scientist with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990. After a near-fatal flight into category 5 Hurricane Hugo, he left the Hurricane Hunters to pursue a safer passion--a 1997 Ph.D. in air pollution meteorology from the University of Michigan. In 1995, he co-founded the Weather Underground, and served as its chief meteorologist until 2019, writing one of the Internet's most widely read blogs on extreme weather and climate change beginning in 2005. After a 1-year stint blogging for Scientific American, he now writes on extreme weather and climate change for Yale Climate Connections, and is based in Highland, Michigan.