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Teen Science Cafe: Rising Waters! Forecasting Rising Rivers, Exploring Flood Emergency Tech

Monday, October 22, 2018 @ 6:30 PM-8:30 PM


St. Charles County Library – Spencer Road Branch
427 Spencer Road, St. Peters, MO 63376 United States  + Google Map

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and all middle and high school students in grades 6-12 from throughout the region. Registration required.

PRE-REGISTRATION for Junior Academy members ONLY, on Thursday, October 18. General registration opens on Friday, October 19. Space is limited! Register Below Today!

Hear from National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs on measuring and forecasting rising rivers and meet with STEM and EMT (emergency management technology) professionals and first responders in this interactive Teen Science Cafe on the technology used to predict, respond to, and manage flooding emergencies.  Tour EMT Stations featuring representatives from the American Red Cross, Missouri Department of Transportation, St. Charles County Division of Emergency Management, St. Louis County Department of Public Health, and the National Weather Service.

Fuchs CropFeatured Café Presenter:  Mark Fuchs, Senior Service Hydrologist, National Weather Service, Weather Forecast Office St. Louis, Missouri

National Weather Service Senior Hydrologist, Mark Fuchs discusses how we measure stream heights and rainfall using a variety of automated and manual gauges, and shows how to input these observations and rainfall forecasts into a river model to generate river forecasts. He provides a physical model of a stream to show how rainfall on a parking lot can have a much different impact on a downstream area than rain that falls on greenspace such as a park, or a storm retention pond.

Cafe Presenter Bio

My name is Mark Fuchs.  Ever since I was a kid growing up in south St. Louis County, I’ve been interested in severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and streams, big and small. As a pre-teen, I remember the flood of 1973 and sandbagging in Lemay along the banks of River des Peres. And as a teenager, my favorite trips were float trips along the Current River. So I went to Mizzou and majored in Atmospheric Science and Broadcast Journalism, becoming a broadcast meteorologist throughout the 1980s. In 1990, I joined the National Weather Service; and in 1997, I became a hydrologic forecaster for the Southeast River Forecast Center, an office of the National Weather Service, in Peachtree City, Georgia.

Since 2007, I’ve been working as the Service Hydrologist for the Weather Forecast Office here in St. Louis, actually in St. Charles County. My work here is to be sure we are serving the people of eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois with the best river forecasts and flood warnings possible.  The past 11 years have been exceptionally busy, with record flooding in 2008, 2013, 2015, and 2017.


A Note to Parents from Our Teens: Parents, our teen leaders respectfully request that you plan on dropping off your student, or waiting in the library during the cafe.

Rising Rivers! Teen Science Cafe is presented in partnership with the St. Charles City-County Library District.

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Monday, October 22, 2018
6:30 PM-8:30 PM
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St. Charles County Library – Spencer Road Branch
427 Spencer Road
St. Peters, MO 63376 United States
+ Google Map