“I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain. I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end.” — James Taylor

Taylor could have written that line of his Grammy-winning song about Tucson.

Get a deeper understanding of the area’s fire, rain and sunny days during “A look at Tucson weather: What’s happened, what to expect,” a Star panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in the ballroom of the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road.

Panelists will discuss some of the questions on many Tucsonans’ minds: What does this heat trend bode for the late spring and summer? What impact might it have for the fire season? What impact might be seen for the monsoon?

Panelists include:

  • Tom Beal, Arizona Daily Star science reporter, moderator.
  • Mike Crimmins, an associate professor with the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona and a climate science extension specialist for Arizona Cooperative Extension. He compiles and interprets water and weather data for CLIMAS, the Climate Assessment of the Southwest.
  • John Glueck, National Weather Service Tucson senior forecaster and climate program leader.
  • KOLD-TV chief meteorologist Kevin Jeanes, who’s on the First Alert weather team and gives daily forecasts and updates for television and the Star’s weather page.
  • Heidi Schewel, public affairs specialist with the Coronado National Forest

The discussion is free, but seating is limited. Reserve your seat at tucson.com/weatherpanel.