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Flash Flood Webinar Series: Sign up for our 2nd offering
Posted on: 2014-04-10

Matt Kelsch

Matt Kelsch, COMET staff meteorologist, emptying a rain gauge during September 2013's epic flooding event in Boulder, CO.

Join the COMET Program of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) for our next round of "pay-as-you-go" webinar series. The topic is flash flooding and the webinars will be offered on May 21-22, 2014. Led by flood expert Matt Kelsch, this series is designed to increase your knowledge and interest about these dangerous and fascinating natural phenomena. The two webinars will look at different aspects of flash floods:
  1. Flash Flood I: Meteorology
    10:00 - 11:00 AM Mountain Daylight Time, Wednesday, 21 May 2014 This webinar will examine the physical processes leading to intense rainfall and how meteorologists recognize these patterns via atmospheric indicators, observation platforms, and numerical models. You will learn about tools used to analyze rainfall accumulation in real time.
  2. Flash Flood II: Hydrology
    10:00 -11:00 AM Mountain Daylight Time, Thursday, 22 May 2014 This webinar will explore where the water goes once it hits the ground. We will explore the influences of intense rainfall on runoff and stream response, including soil types, land use, watershed characteristics, and soil saturation.

Intended audience: These webinars are designed for those with some background in basic meteorology. The content is presented at the beginning undergraduate level. You do not have to be a college student to attend as the content is of interest to a wide audience. Although the content has global application, the case examples with be focused on flash flood events within the contiguous United States.

Duration: Each webinar is one hour long, which includes time for questions.

Registration and fees: Online registration will run from 21 April 2014 until one hour before the webinar. The webinars cost $79 each, or register for both for $129. Select a title to register:

We will use Citrix GotoWebinar to broadcast these events. You will be prompted to register on the Citrix site after paying your registration fee.

Instructor: Matt Kelsch is a hydrometeorologist who has worked with development of meteorological and hydrologic training materials for more than 20 years. Over the years he has worked with many other experts and will synthesize their experiences and work into these presentations.

A Certificate of Participation will be provided to each registered participant.

Hardware and software requirements: You will need a computer capable of running the Citrix GoToWebinar software with speakers and a broadband internet connection. Please ensure that you have the latest version of GoToWebinar. To download and test the GoTo software, follow the instructions here: We strongly advise against using cell phones and other mobile devices to attend the webinar. If you have multiple people attending from your location, we advise projecting the webinar onto a large screen for better viewing.

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