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High 80s in May? Where extreme weather, climate change intersect

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This hour, host Connor Cyrus will explore recent extreme weather events and whether climate change is leading to more of them.

Live call-in discussion: Vermonters seem surrounded by examples of extreme weather these days. In parts of the state, 89 degree days ... in May. A tornado in New Hampshire. Deadly thunderstorms leaving thousands without power in southern Quebec.

This hour, host Connor Cyrus will explore recent extreme weather events and whether climate change is leading to more of them. We'll also discuss what drought means long term for Vermonters, and whether we should expect more forest fires.

Our guests are:

  • Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, Vermont State Climatologist
  • Scott Whittier, warning coordination meteorologist, National Weather Service

Broadcast live at noon on Tuesday, May 24, 2022; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Connor Cyrus joined Vermont Public as host and senior producer in March 2021. He was a morning reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University), he started his reporting career as an intern at WPTZ, later working for WAGM in Presque Isle, Maine, and WCAX Channel 3, where he covered a broad range of stories from Vermont’s dairy industry to the nurses’ strikes at UVM Medical Center. He’s passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.
Tedra joined Vermont Public as a producer for Vermont Edition in January 2022. Before moving to Vermont, she was a journalist in New York City for 20 years. She has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.