Get Soaked! The Science & History Behind The 1916 Hatfield Flood

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Get Soaked! The Science & History Behind The 1916 Hatfield Flood
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San Diego History Center says
Join San Diego History Center and Reuben H. Fleet Science Center to explore the legendary Hatfield Flood.

In January of 1916, Charles Hatfield, a purported “rainmaker,” was hired by the San Diego city council for his “moisture accelerator” services. Shortly thereafter San Diego received a month of rain which led to a devastating flood. The event was the inspiration for the 1956 movie, The Rainmaker, with Burt Lancaster.

Event guests can enjoy the Rainmaker film, our Hatfield Flood Pop-up exhibit, and Weather Whoas! Curiosity cart to learn more about weird weather in SD's past. At 630pm we dive into the core of the Flood issues( was Hatfield responsible? ) explained by local historian and Chairman of the Presidentially- appointed Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, M. Wayne Donaldson; as well as a look at the science behind cloud seeding and the larger role of aerosols in our climate with Joel Norris, Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Tasty bites and two beers included.
Cost:
$15 SDHC & Reuben H. Fleet Members; $20 General
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By: San Diego History Center

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