Eric Wilhelm, the self-proclaimed “Weather Geek” of the Mahoning Valley and chief meteorologist for WFMJ (Channel 21) in Youngstown, can be seen on weeknight newscasts at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.
On Saturday, March 11 at 2 p.m., Wilhelm will appear at Rodman Public Library to present “The Children’s Blizzard and Modern Weather Prediction,” a One Book One Community program.
Wilhelm will discuss the evolution of weather prediction since the freak January 12, 1888 storm that is the backdrop of The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin. When the storm hit the Great Plains on a day that started out very mild, there was little warning of the approaching storm. The National Weather Bureau was born in the aftermath of the tragedy.
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