Let’s say you leave home on an overcast day, get a few miles down the road, and all of a sudden it’s pouring rain! Or you hike up one side of a hill and down the other, and feel the temperature change, and you notice a difference in the vegetation. On a hot summer day, you simply walk down to the lake and immediately feel relief from the heat. How are such distinct, rapid changes possible?

Join renowned radio and TV meteorologist Kevin Williams of Weather-Track Inc. as he explores how the Finger Lakes, the topography of the region, and human influences interact with weather patterns to create a series of microclimates.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Williams will share a presentation entitled “Finger Lakes Microclimates” that will answer these questions and more at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, located at 3369 Guyanoga Road in Branchport. He’ll also discuss how these microclimates create the ideal conditions that make the Finger Lakes region one of the leading grape-growing and winemaking areas in the country.

There is a nominal $5 admission charge for this event and pre-registration is recommended. Visit www.FingerLakesMuseum.org and click on “Programs” to sign up.

The mission of the FLM&A is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of the cultural heritage and ecological evolution of the vast Finger Lakes Region. Located in the hamlet of Branchport, on the northwest fork of Keuka Lake, the FLM&A’s 29-acre site encompasses a 16-acre wetland/preserve—known as the Townsend-Grady Wildlife Preserve—and a 13-acre Campus that includes a 17,000 square foot building currently under phased renovation. Since its inception in 2008, the FLM&A has fulfilled its mission through outreach and new experiential program offerings each year, while working to establish an indoor space for even more experiences and exhibits. Each summer the FLM&A offers a full calendar of public programs that include community and evening paddles, yoga, wildlife photography classes, timber-frame workshops, woods walks, bird identification walks, and more!