29th Conference on Severe Local Storms

29th Conference on Severe Local Storms


22-26 October 2018, Stowe, VT

Important Dates

Abstract Deadline: 15 June, 2018
Acceptance E-mails Sent Out & Program is Posted: Early-August, 2018
Registration & Hotel Reservations Open: Available Now
Hotel Reservation Deadline: 13 September, 2018
Pre-Registration Deadline: 07 September, 2018
No Registration Refund After: 28 September, 2018
Extended Abstract Deadline: 23 November, 2018




The 29th Conference on Severe Local Storms is organized by the AMS Committee on Severe Local Storms and hosted by the American Meteorological Society.


There are several sponsorship opportunities available at the 29th Conference on Severe Local Storms. All sponsors will receive recognition on the conference website, conference program and signage at event sponsored. Interested companies and organizations should contact Meghan Summers (msummers@ametsoc.org). 


All attendees must register to attend the conference. Registration may be completed on-line, via fax-in form, or on-site. Links will be available in the left-hand panel of this page. Registration rates will be announced and opened in Late-July 2018.

Conference Excursion

A tour of the Ben & Jerry's Factory, followed by a trip to downtown Burlington, VT- Wednesday, 24 October, 3:30pm - 9:30pm

A stop at iconic Ben & Jerry’s for the Factory Tour offers the opportunity to learn about their ice cream manufacturing process, business practices, and most importantly, a sample at the end of the tour! There is also a Scoop Shop on site where you can enjoy your favorite flavor, or try a new one. Cap off your visit with a walk through the Flavor Graveyard and pay your respects to the dearly de-pinted flavors of years past. The tour takes approximately 30 minutes, and then attendees can enjoy the ice cream and factory until we board back on the buses at 5:00 PM for downtown Burlington! There is a lot to see and do for dinner and other activities! Shuttles to the factory will leave from the Stoweflake Resort promptly at 4:00pm, and leave downtown Burlington at 9:30 PM, sharply. 

Tickets for the excursion are $30 and can be purchased at the time of registration.

SLS Student Networking Luncheon

Wednesday, 24 October, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

A student luncheon will take place on Wednesday during the conference lunch break.  This casual event is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to interact and network with several invited professionals from the community representing academia, private industry, government labs, and government operational settings.  Students can ask questions and chat about job opportunities, career paths, work-life balance and more! A limited number of tickets are available. This luncheon is only available to those registering as student.

10th Anniversary of the SLS Women's Dinner

Tuesday, 23 October, 5:45pm-7:30pm - Idletyme Brewing Company

Female and non-binary SLS attendees are invited to celebrate at the 10th anniversary Women's Dinner on Tuesday night.  It will take place at the end of the poster session and before the evening session at a nearby restaurant TBD.  Participates will be responsible for paying for their own dinner.  Since women have been underrepresented in the SLS community this is a chance to get together, meet each other, share stories about your career path, and just hangout.  Please complete the following google survey to RSVP!  https://goo.gl/forms/f7PMg3eSm8c0KqDf1

Storm Video Night

As in recent years, SLS will again feature a video night to showcase videos and photographs from fellow attendees. The format of the evening will be slightly different than in years past. If you wish to submit a video or images to the formal program, please contact Victor Gensini (vgensini@niu.edu) or Mike Coniglio (michael.coniglio@noaa.gov) for further details regarding submission guidelines and expected formats.

2020 Conference Cochair Application

The AMS Committee on Severe Local Storms, a part of the Scientific and Technological Activities Commission (STAC), is soliciting proposals for a team of two individuals to organize the 30th Conference on Severe Local Storms to be held in 2020. Interested applicants should visit this link for more information. 

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 conference should check with the AMS Meetings Department (617) 226-3916, four–six weeks prior to the meeting to request special arrangements.  Special housing needs should be requested when making hotel reservations.

Professional and Respectful Conduct at 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. Be inclusive and respectful. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, transphobic, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for AMS meetings. 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 comments and actions related to age, gender and gender identity, 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, short courses, and exhibitions, as well as receptions, town hall meetings, and other informal or formal gatherings associated with AMS. Similarly, participants shall adhere to this code of conduct in online spaces related to the meeting and meeting-associated events, including Facebook, Twitter, and other online venues.

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.