Successful 41st Annual Northeastern Storm Conference

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The 41st Annual Northeastern Storm Conference held in Saratoga Springs, NY March 4-6 was a resounding success. The conference had nearly 340 attendees, ranging from students and faculty, to personnel from the broadcast industry, research community, military (202 Weather Flight Massachusetts Air National Guard), government (NOAA’s National Weather Service), and the private sector.

New this year, all three keynote speakers were Lyndon State College alumni! The Friday evening Ice Breaker Speaker was Cindy Fitzgibbon ’95, who is the morning and midday meteorologist for WCVB StormTeam5 in Boston, MA. Saturday night’s Banquet Speaker was Dr. Matthew Lazzara ’91, Research Meteorologist/Associate Scientist at the Antarctic Meteorological Research Center, Space Science and Engineering Center housed at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Sunday’s Keynote Speaker was Rick Curtis ’83, Chief Meteorologist for the Southwest Airlines Operations Coordination Center.

The conference featured over fifty oral presentations. Sessions included the latest research and case studies focusing on winter weather, hydrometeorology, severe weather, numerical modeling and remote sensing, tropical/extratropical cyclones, and communications and societal impacts. In addition, nineteen posters were presented.