Channel 5's Harvey Leonard To Speak at UUFF On Climate Change, Hurricanes

Channel 5's chief meteorologist Harvey Leonard, who has a second home in Falmouth, will talk about hurricanes, northeasters and sea level rise.COURTESY WCVB-TV - Channel 5's chief meteorologist Harvey Leonard, who has a second home in Falmouth, will talk about hurricanes, northeasters and sea level rise.

Harvey Leonard, longtime chief meteorologist on Boston’s TV Channel 5, will talk about “Climate Change and Hurricanes on Cape Cod” at a public event sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth and the Sandpointe Shores Association on Sunday, September 14, at 7 PM, at the UUFF Meetinghouse, 840 Sandwich Road in East Falmouth.

In addition to addressing questions about whether hurricanes and northeasters will be more severe in the future, or whether the sea level will keep rising, and the ramifications of these changes, Mr. Leonard will also discuss what, if anything, can be done about them. “It’s just a matter of time until the next major hurricane strikes Cape Cod,” said Mr. Leonard, who has a second home in Falmouth. “Will we be prepared?”

Other issues raised in Mr. Leonard’s presentation will be how big a concern climate change is on Cape Cod. Can relatively recent changes in climate be explained by “normal climatic variation?”  Are long-range seasonal forecasts, especially winter forecasts, reliable?      

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Harvey Leonard has worked as a meteorologist in New England for 40 years. He currently forecasts for WCVB-TV NewsCenter 5’s early evening and late newscasts, as well as the station’s website. He worked previously for WHDH-TV in Boston and WPRI-TV in Providence and began his career preparing forecasts for aviation and industry. Mr. Leonard has been honored by the Associated Press, National Academy of Arts and Sciences New England, American Meteorological Society, and has earned four New England Emmy Awards.

Mr. Leonard received a bachelor of science degree in meteorology from City College of New York and a master of science degree from New York University, where he also served as an instructor in meteorology.

Donations of $10 per person or $25 per family will benefit the two sponsoring organizations, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth and the Sandpointe Shores Association.  The UUFF meetinghouse is accessible for people with disabilities.  

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