2015 Summer Community Meeting

2015 Summer Community Meeting

4 – 6 August 2015 Raleigh, NC

Presentation Recordings now available!

2015 Theme

“For The Greater Good: Strengthening Collaboration, Consistency, and Trust to Support Informed Decision Making”

The value of weather, water, and climate information is reflected in the decisions that are made, actions that are taken, and outcomes that result. The 2015 AMS Summer Community Meeting will bring government, academia, and industry together to identify opportunities to collaborate, increase consistency, and build greater trust within the Enterprise and outward to the public. Join us as we take a giant leap toward....

  • Improving how weather, water, and climate threats are predicted and communicated.
  • Enhancing information for risk management decisions through better expression of urgency, confidence, and variability.
  • Supporting appropriate actions by the public.

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Gary Lackmann, NC State University professor
  • Dr. Louis Uccellini, NWS Director

Dinner Speaker

  • Dr. Sandy MacDonald, AMS President


All session will be held at the Hunt Library Auditorium, located at North Carolina State University Centennial Campus, 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh, NC 27606

Session Topics

  • Innovative Methods to Forecast Environmental Threats
  • Storm-scale Observations
  • Storm-scale Guidance
  • Future Role of Forecaster (Interactive Exercise)
  • Forecast Tools
  • Risk Communication I (language, format, consistency in short-term)
  • Risk Communication II (language, format, consistency in
    longer-fused events)
  • Transportation Pathfinder: Improving Collaboration between State Departments of Transportation and the Weather Enterprise
  • Risk Perception and User Response
  • Outcome-based Verification
  • Special Session: Big Data/Open Data: Environmental Information Services


Monday 3 August

4-7 p.m. - Registration will be open, at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Raleigh SW Nc State
3741 Thistledown Drive Raleigh, North Carolina, for pre-registered attendees that registered prior to July 31.  BADGE PICK-UP ONLY

6-8 p.m. - Sponsor Recognition and Student Networking Event - Location: Sammy’s Tap & Grill 2235 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh 27606

Tuesday- Thursday

Registration will open at 7 a.m. in the Hunt Library Lobby and will continue throughout the week. 

A light breakfast will be served each morning 7-10:30 a.m.  at the Hunt Library in the Duke Energy hall

Session will be held in the Hunt Library Auditorium. 

Thursday Evening: Raleigh Community Outreach Event:“It’s Tough to Make Predictions…Especially about the Future”


Summer Community Meeting participants welcome to attend!

Panel Discussion on Forecast Skill moderated by Nate Johnson (WRAL-TV) with Joel Cline (DOE), Gary Lackmann (NC State University), Jonathan Blaes (Raleigh Weather Forecast Office) and Matt Parker (CCM and Savannah River National Laboratory)

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Thursday August 6th ~ 7 p.m.


Conference Registration Rates

  Full Week One Day
FULL-WEEK PACKAGE includes: FULL MEETING PACKAGE includes: Your badge (must be worn at all times in the meeting room), a program, and for each of three days: admission to the meeting, a light breakfast, a lunch, two refreshment breaks and 1 ticket to the Wednesday night banquet.
ONE-DAY PACKAGE includes: ONE-DAY PACKAGE includes: Your badge (must be worn at all times in the meeting room), a program, and for any one day: admission to the meeting, a light breakfast, a lunch, and two refreshment breaks. [Tickets to the banquet dinner on Wednesday evening must be purchased separately]
Member Type Early Registration Registration On Site Early Registration Registration On Site
AMS Full/Affiliate Members $310 $390 TBD $155 $225 TBD
Non-Members $370 $440 TBD $205 $275 TBD
Student Member $75 $75 TBD $75 $75 TBD

How to Register

  1. On-line Registration: This option is available to those who are paying by credit card or purchase order. You can register on-line through the conference. Be sure to register by 03 August 15 for the lowest rates.
  2. Paper Registration: Return the completed registration form by fax: 617-249-0272 or mail to: AMS, 2015 Summer Community Meeting. Reg, 45 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108. REGISTRATION FORMS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED BY MAIL OR FAX THROUGH . AFTER THIS DATE YOU MUST REGISTER ON-LINE OR ON- SITE.
  3. On-site registration: The AMS registration desk will be located at  Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

We urge you to pre-register. If you do not have Web access, please contact the AMS Meetings Department 617-226-3970 for a registration form. Completed forms must be faxed or mailed to AMS. We do not accept registrations over the phone.

Special Needs

It is the Society's sincere desire to comply fully with both the letter and the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Attendees with special needs at the convention center should check with the AMS Meetings Department (617) 227-2426, (option 4) four–six weeks prior to the meeting so that necessary services can be put into place such as CART, special print services, or wheelchair accessible service for the hotel shuttle. If issues arise on-site, please visit the AMS Registration Desk

Special housing needs should also be requested when hotel reservations are made. AMS wants to ensure that each attendee's stay at the conference is a pleasant and productive one.

Professional and Respectful Conduct at AMS Meetings

AMS is committed to safe and productive meetings for all attendees.  Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated at any meeting or event associated with the meeting.  All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Those who violate the standards of professional and respectful conduct may be asked to leave the meeting immediately and without refund, may not be considered for service on AMS boards and committees, and may be subject to additional legal action.

Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.

This statement is meant to cover all meeting-associated events, including those sponsored by organizations other than AMS but held in relation to AMS events.  This includes the scientific program and exhibitions, as well as receptions, town hall meetings, and other informal or formal gatherings associated with AMS.

If you believe you have witnessed or have been subjected to behavior that violates professional and respectful behavior, please contact a senior member of the AMS staff. You may do this by talking with any AMS staff person (who are identified with a staff badge) or by sending an e-mail to reportconcern@ametsoc.org or leaving a message at 617-226-3965 with your contact information. You will be contacted by a senior staff member in a timely manner. (If you are not contacted within 12 hours of sending an e-mail or leaving a voicemail, please talk to an AMS staff member at the meeting to ensure that the message is received.)  If you witness or experience behavior that constitutes an immediate and serious threat, please call 911 or the local police first.

The AMS takes any breach of professional conduct at an AMS meeting or related function very seriously.  You are encouraged to report any unprofessional conduct in the knowledge that AMS staff members will do their best to maintain the confidentiality of all parties to the extent possible while taking appropriate actions.  In situations for which additional action is warranted, the AMS will cooperate fully with the appropriate authorities.