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Lynch to speak at library

Mike Lynch, meteorologist for WCCO Radio, will speak about stargazing and astronomy at the Douglas County Library on Monday, January 28 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Mike Lynch, meteorologist for WCCO Radio, will speak about stargazing and astronomy at the Douglas County Library on Monday, January 28 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Lynch grew up in Richfield in the 1960s. After two years at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities he transferred to the University of Wisconsin in Madison and earned his bachelor of science degree in meteorology in 1979.

He was hired as a broadcast meteorologist at WCCO Radio in Minneapolis, where he has been for the past 27 years.

Lynch has covered all kinds of weather from deadly tornados to record cold snaps. On February 2, 1996, he broadcasted from the northern Minnesota town of Tower, when the temperature dropped down to 60 degrees below zero - an all time record low for the state of Minnesota.

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Lynch's other passion is astronomy. He built his first telescope when he was 15 years old and has built three scopes since then. For more than 37 years, he has been teaching classes and putting on star parties through community education, nature centers and other entities throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.

Lynch has also written two books through Voyageur Press - Minnesota and Wisconsin Starwatch in 2004 and Minnesota Weather Watch in 2007.

He and his wife, Kathy, and their two children live in Eagan.

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