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SCCF to hold weather program Aug. 14

By Staff | Aug 9, 2017

During Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s newest program, “Stormy Weather: Hurricanes, Waterspouts and Lightning,” which takes place at the Nature Center Monday, Aug. 14, from 10 to 11 a.m., SCCF Education Director Kristie Anders will explain how weather impacts Southwest Florida.

The program was originally designed for Realtors to help them with hurricane preparation. Eventual-ly, the program evolved more into the science behind hurricanes.

“A lot of people think you can watch what’s going on off the coast of Africa and know what’s going to happen hurricane-wise here. But the worst hurricanes for Southwest Florida are the ones that start in the Caribbean. Particularly the ones that come out of the slots south of Cuba and the Yucatan,” Anders said. “They come at the end of the season.”

Anders said that when summer is over, it doesn’t mean hurricane season is. Hurricane season officially ends Nov. 30.

“Some of the worst hurricanes that ever hit Sanibel were in October,” Anders said.

During her 22 years of commuting by boat from North Captiva to work, weather has played a large role in Anders’ life. With that said, another topic she will touch upon is waterspouts.

“Waterspouts are one of those things people are curious about and are certainly very common in this part of Florida and south of here,” Anders said.

During her presentation, she will discuss the differences between a waterspout and a tornado. Lightning is another topic Anders will highlight. Particularly, positive lightning.

“Positive lightning can be 20 miles in front of the storm. When you hear about these fatalities we’ve had, they haven’t been in the rain, they’ve been in front of the rain. For me, I want to do programs that have to do with our mission and I also want to keep people safe,” Anders said. “We have more fatalities in the state of Florida than any other place in the country when it comes to lightning.”

After her hour-long presentation, Anders will hold a Q&A. If the group is small enough, she will hold an open discussion.

“What’s nice about teaching is that people’s questions always send you in a direction to learn more,” Anders said.

The program is free for members and children. For non-members, it is $5 per person. For more information about SCCF’s other programs, go to sccf.org/events.