LIVINGSTON, NJ – On an evening that was freakishly warm for early February, members of four area Chambers of Commerce listened to a meteorologist talk about hurricanes and snow.

Members of the Chambers of Commerce from Millburn/Short Hills, West Orange, Livingston and North Essex gathered for a Multi-Chamber Networking Event on Wednesday night at the Eisenhower Corporate Campus in Livingston to mix, mingle and hear a presentation by Emmy-award winning meteorologist Bill Evans.

Lou LaSalle, vice president of external affairs for Saint Barnabas Medical Center, gave the opening comments and introduced Louis Urban, incoming president of the Livingston Chamber. Urban then introduced the representatives of each of the Chambers represented. Some 200 people covering 13 towns attended the event.

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Evans, long-time meteorologist with WABC in New York City, said that networking is a vital part of being successful in business, and that he learned years ago from a colleague and mentor  the benefits of networking.

“He told me if you want people to watch you, get out and meet them in person,” Evans said. “Press the flesh. We can run promos during Jeopardy all we want but there’s no better way to garner an audience than going out and meeting people.”

Evans talked about the strange and extreme weather the New York metro area has had over the past two years, including hurricanes, earthquakes, and record amounts of snow.

“We had 70 inches of snow last year,” he said. “It was the second all-time highest year for precipitation.”

Evans also said the biggest weather threat in the next 20 years is a hurricane. He said major hurricanes occur about once every 80 years, and the last major one was in 1938 so in the next few years, the eastern seaboard can expect a hurricane of category 3 or larger.

He showed the audience pictures of himself and other experts flying into a hurricane to test its severity.

“It’s the worst ride of your life,” he said, pointing out things like the eye of the storm and the weather phenomenon known as St Elmo’s Fire. He said the energy in one hurricane could power the United States for one day, and the amount of energy in one week’s worth of hurricanes is more than all the nuclear weapons on the planet.

Evans also talked about his books, three of which were for sale at the event. His newest book, aimed at a middle school audience, is called “It’s Raining Fish and Spiders.”

For more information about the Millburn/Short Hills Chamber, visit www.millburnshorthillschamber.com.

For more information about the West Orange Chamber, visit www.westorangechamber.com.

For more information about the Livingston Chamber, visit www.livingstonchambernj.com.

For more information about the North Essex Chamber, visit www.northessexchamber.com