29th Conference on Severe Local Storms

29th Conference on Severe Local Storms


22-26 October 2018, Stowe, VT

Thank you for attending the 29th Conference on Severe Local Storms!





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


All sponsors will receive recognition on the conference website, conference program and signage at event sponsored.

SLS Student Networking Luncheon

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

A student luncheon took place on Wednesday during the conference lunch break.  This casual event was 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 could ask questions and chat about job opportunities, career paths, work-life balance and more! A limited number of tickets were available. This luncheon was 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 were invited to celebrate at the 10th anniversary Women's Dinner on Tuesday night.  It took place at the end of the poster session and before the evening session at a nearby restaurant.  Participates were responsible for paying for their own dinner.  Since women have been underrepresented in the SLS community this was a chance to get together, meet each other, share stories about your career path, and just hangout.  

Storm Video Night

As in recent years, SLS  again featured a video night to showcase videos and photographs from fellow attendees. The format of the evening was slightly different than in years past. 

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 [email protected] 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.