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Climatologist Jay Grymes to Speak at LSUA

Released: 10/02/2008

Climatologist Jay Grymes of WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge will deliver a guest lecture “Hurricanes and the Bayou State” at LSU at Alexandria on Oct. 15. The presentation, sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, is at noon on Oct. 15 in the Coughlin Hall auditorium on campus. It is free and open to the public.

Grymes, a former president of the American Association of State Climatologists, will discuss the history of tropical cyclone activity, Louisiana’s susceptibility to hurricanes, the relationship between climate change and hurricanes, and the impact hurricanes have on Louisiana’s unique coastal marshland.

Grymes, a retired professor of climatology at LSU, has worked for WAFB-TV for 12 years. He has been the station’s chief meteorologist since 2003, and he was Louisiana state climatologist from 1991-2003. Grymes also was editor/publisher of “Louisiana Monthly Climate Review” for 15 years, and he has written several articles on Gulf Coast weather for professional and academic publications. He still serves as a weather consultant for three state law enforcement agencies.