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Tech Tuesday explores how government planners, farmers, energy companies and a range of other businesses use climate and weather data for short and long-range planning.

Technology has changed the way we track weather. Apps and websites now give localized information in real time. Farmers and businesses rely on sophisticated modeling to predict conditions weeks and even months in advance. But as the swift and destructive path of this summer's derecho has proven, our understanding of weather patterns is far from perfect. Tech Tuesday explores how government planners, farmers, energy companies and a range of other businesses use climate and weather data for short and long-range planning.

Guests

Christophe Tulou

Director, District of Columbia Department of the Environment

Thomas Karl

Director of the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)

John Henz

Senior Meteorologist and Water Resource Technical Leader, Dewberry

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