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Posted on September 24, 2014

Dr. P. Grady Dixon poses for a picture with a tornado in the background. The science of tornadoes will be the topic when Cal U’s Meteorology Club welcomes Dr. P. Grady Dixon to campus at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, as part of the Fall Colloquia Series.

The title of his talk will be “Hail and Deer ... And Several Other Answers to Your Questions about Storm Chasing.”

An expert in physical geography and meteorology, Dixon is chair of the Department of Geosciences at Fort Hays State University, Kansas. He will speak in Eberly Hall, Room 120.

Dixon, who has appeared on CNN and The Weather Channel, has focused his recent research on the effects of weather on suicide rates, weather and climate effects on wildlife behavior, and tornado climatology.

His presentation is free and open to the public.

About the speaker

Dr. P. Grady Dixon earned a Bachelor of Science in Geosciences from Mississippi State University, a Master of Science in Geography from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University.

In addition to his recent research topics, he has studied how people affect climate and how weather variations affect health and mortality. Other research has focused on the transportation of moisture into Arizona throughout the annual monsoon season and thunderstorms initiated by the urban “heat island” of Atlanta, Ga. 

Dixon’s professional affiliations include the International Society of Biometeorology, the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Association, the Association of American Geographers and the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers (Mississippi State University). 

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For more information, contact John Troutman, Colloquia Series chair, at TRO7075@calu.edu.