Call For Papers

         The 28th Conference on Severe Local Storms (SLS), sponsored by the AMS and organized by the AMS Committee on Severe Local Storms, will be held 7-11 November 2016 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, in downtown Portland, Oregon.  Basic hotel and travel information will appear on the AMS web site soon. The full conference program, registration, and general information will appear on the AMS web site ( by mid-August 2016.
         Oral and poster presentations are solicited on all topics related to severe local storms, which addresses hazards of tornadoes, large hail, flash floods, and damaging local winds that are associated with deep moist convection.  Presentations on results from field programs (e.g., VORTEX-SE, PECAN, MPEX, DC3, VORTEX2) and similar observational campaigns, high impact severe convective weather events, assimilation of data into numerical models for the analysis and prediction of severe convective weather, high-resolution simulations of convection and their mesoscale environments, climatologies of and climate interactions with severe local storms, and studies of the societal impacts of severe local storms are particularly encouraged.
         Students are strongly encouraged to submit oral and poster presentations. Monetary awards will be given for the best oral and poster presentations by first-time student presenters at SLS. Registrants should indicate their eligibility for student awards when submitting their abstracts.  More information on funding opportunities for student travel will be made available soon in a separate announcement. Special sessions and events are being planned with a focus on student involvement in severe storms research and operations.
        Please submit your abstract electronically online at by the deadline date of 7 July 2016.  An abstract fee of $95 (payable by credit card or purchase order) is required at the time of submission.  Please note that some abstracts may not be accepted, depending on program constraints, relevance, and merit of subject matter.  In any such cases the abstract fee will be refunded. Authors may indicate their preference for an oral or poster presentation during abstract submission; those authors presenting more than one paper should clearly indicate which they prefer for a possible oral presentation. Oral presentation slots will be very limited, thus authors may only request one oral submission, but are welcome to present multiple posters. Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via e-mail by mid-August 2016. These authors are strongly encouraged to submit an extended abstract (at no extra cost) electronically prior to the start of the conference, but manuscripts will be accepted through the electronic submission system through 7 December 2016. Instructions for formatting extended abstracts (PDF format, up to 10 MB in size) will be posted on the AMS web site. All abstracts, extended abstracts and presentations will be available on the AMS web site at no additional cost.
         A session for presenting photos and videos is planned for Wednesday evening.  Participants who are interested in contributing their images or video should contact Victor Gensini (
         For additional information please contact either of the program chairs: James Marquis,, Center for Severe Weather Research, 3394 Airport Road, Boulder, CO 80301; or Jana Houser,, Ohio University, 145 Clippinger Labratories, Athens, OH 45701.