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Theodore von Karman Lecture

Friday, June 17, 2016
7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado, the Vosloh Forum (south of Colorado on Bonnie)
2015-2016 El Niño Winter and California Water: What did we see from space?
Tom Painter,
Tom Farr,
Jay Famiglietti,
Duane Waliser,

El Niño and La Niña refer to changes in the patterns of sea surface temperatures across the Equatorial Pacific Ocean west of Peru. These changes can significantly influence ocean conditions and weather patterns the world over, creating extreme events from floods along the Pacific Coast of the United States to droughts in Southeast Asia and Australia. And although every El Niño event is different, in general the effects of El Niño in California are most noticeable as winter floods. The 2015-2016 winter, with such large temperature anomalies over broad areas of the eastern Pacific, was predicted to be, if not hoped to be, in a word, "wet" in California.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) observes many aspects of water on the Earth using cutting edge sensors on satellites and airplanes that include new insights into the Sierra snowpack and groundwater. Can these observations help to improve our understanding of the impacts of El Niño and La Niña on water resources critical to California? A panel of experts will be on hand to describe measurements over the past season in California focused on groundwater and mountain snowpack results and to discuss what these measurements might tell us of the future.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, please contact JPL Public Service Office by phone at 818-354-1234 or visit