Chances of worse floods and droughts in California to be discussed by climate scientist David Swain in Davis on April 5

D.J. Eaton
Swain’s research looks at the changing climate system.Photo byJéan BélleronUnsplash

The increasingly severe impact of climate change on California's environment will be discussed by climate scientist David Swain at the University of California, Davis Student Community Center on April 5 at 4:00 p.m. The event is open to the general public. Admission is free. Seats can be reserved via Eventbrite.

Swain is a researcher at the Capacity Center for Climate and Weather Extremes at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He is also the California Climate Fellow at the Nature Conservancy and a climate scientist at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Swain graduated from University of California, Davis before getting his Ph.D. from Stanford University.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat called Swain an "internet famous climate scientist" with a "knack for making science widely accessible, translating arcane concepts into language easily understood by the layperson." The paper noted that the researcher still maintained a blog, Weather West, which he had started as a high school student in San Rafael.

California was "intrinsically susceptible to extremely large flood events periodically. And climate change is raising the odds," said Swain, on the September 6, 2022 broadcast of PBS NewsHour.

On March 12, he posted a series of tweets about the snowpack in the Southern Sierra. "All that snow is going to melt eventually, most likely starting later in March and into April/May. And California has never experienced such a large snowpack in the context of a several-degree F warmer climate that we now have regionally," he said.

Swain also streams "virtual weather and climate office hours" on his YouTube channel.

The University of California, Davis Student Community Center is located on campus at 397 Hutchison Drive.

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