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September 8, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
In the 1840s and 50s it was estimated nearly one-half million emigrants traveled the Oregon, Mormon and California trails. Each pioneer had one common, constant companion: the weather. Meteorologist Chris Jones with the National Weather Service will discuss the various challenges the weather posed – spring rains, a drier climate, wind, thunderstorms and autumn snows – for these brave settlers of the West. A portion of this multimedia presentation will attempt to reconstruct the fateful snowstorm encountered by the Willie and Martin Handcart companies.