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Discover More About Our Climate at A-B Tech

ASHEVILLE NC – A-B Tech’s Institute for Climate Education is offering a series of winter non-credit Continuing Education classes on subjects ranging from weather lore to the history of meteorology.

“Weather Lore MythBusters” will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 3 on the College’s Asheville campus and will investigate popular sayings that have been used for centuries to help forecast coming weather events.

“There is a vast collection of proverbs and rhymes that have been passed from generation to generation to guide farmers, sailors, herdsman and others on how to predict the weather,” said Pamela McCown, Coordinator of the Institute for Climate Education. “We’ll put weather lore to the test, covering how some of the popular sayings started, and if they are a real indication of what to expect in the near future.”

“Mountain Weather and Climate” will focus on Western North Carolina’s microclimates. Students will learn about the major weather patterns that influence the region, as well as how the mountains impact the weather in specific locations causing microclimates. The class will also recap historic and extreme weather events including the 1993 blizzard and winters of 2009 and 2010. The course is offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16, 23 and March 1.

Other courses offered this winter include Aviation Weather Safety and History of Meteorology, Weather Lore and How the Weather Has Affected Historical Events. Visit the Institute’s webpage for more information.

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