Register Now for Climate Webinar on April 26

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Flooded agricultural field

Flooded agricultural field. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center will offer a Climate Webinar on April 26, 2021, from 7–9 p.m EST.

Register online

Farmers and gardeners pay close attention to the weather and its effect on both daily activities as well as production quality and yield. They are also interested in climate and how it affects the viability and sustainability of agricultural enterprises.

Rebecca Ward, Assistant State Climatologist for the NC Climate Office, will be the webinar presenter. Rebecca will highlight tools and resources from the NC Climate Office that are useful to farmers and gardeners, and discuss weather patterns and statistics for the region. Participants will be able to ask questions in the Open Q&A session. Rebecca’s bio is included below.

Webinar Agenda:

About the North Carolina State Climate Office

  • Staff and mission
  • Climate Office tools and resources (e.g., chill models, climate data, recent weather, webinars, etc.)

Weather patterns and statistics for 2020 and 2021

  • Focus on North Carolina as a whole and the piedmont region specifically
  • Trends and records for 2020 and 2021 (so far) and how these statistics fit into the longer-term climate picture

What weather is in store for the rest of 2021?

  • Climate outlooks through the summer and fall and relation to global patterns

Climate change and what it means for the piedmont

  • Expectations for the next few decades in the piedmont (e.g., summertime heat, nighttime warming, hurricanes)

Open Q&A

This webinar is free but pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration is April 25.

Register online

Registrants will receive an email prior to the event with the Zoom link.

Speaker Bio:

Rebecca’s work at the NC Climate Office centers around delivering climate extension and education to a variety of audiences and working with various sectors in the state to provide climate data and information to support decision making. Recently, she has worked closely with NC State Extension and N.C. Cooperative Extension to deliver climate-focused workshops, and to develop decision support tools that incorporate climate data and expertise to inform planting and management decisions for agricultural crops. Previously, she was an active member of the NC Drought Management Advisory Council, helping to monitor drought conditions across the state, and also worked on several research projects to explore and analyze new drought indicators and indices and systematically develop and evaluate new informational resources to communicate current drought information. She holds BS degrees in Meteorology and Applied Mathematics, an MS in Atmospheric Science, and is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Science Education, all from NC State University.

NC State University and N.C. A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity and prohibit discrimination and harassment regardless of age, color, disability, family and marital status, genetic information, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual identity (including pregnancy), and veteran status. NC State University, N.C. A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating. Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Ginger Cunningham, County Extension Director, at 919.542.8202,, or in person at the Chatham County office at least 30 days prior to the event.