29th Conference on Severe Local Storms Call for Papers

The 29th Conference on Severe Local Storms (SLS29), sponsored by the AMS and organized by the AMS Committee on Severe Local Storms, will be held 22-26 October 2018 at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, in Stowe, Vermont. 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 (http://www.ametsoc.org) by July 2018.


Bridging the Gap Between Models and Observations at the Frontier of Severe Storms Science

Oral and poster presentations are solicited on all topics related to severe local storms and associated hazards of tornadoes, large hail, damaging winds, lightning, and flash floods.  Presentations pushing the boundaries of our fundamental physical understanding of severe convective storms through synergies of cutting-edge observations, analysis tools, and numerical modeling are particularly encouraged.

Presentations on the following scientific themes are solicited:

  1. Supercells: theoretical, modeling, and/or observational studies of supercell storms; studies relating to supercell structure, dynamics, microphysics, and hazard production.
  2. Mesoscale Convective Systems: theoretical, modeling, or observational studies of mesoscale convective systems (MCCs, MCSs, QLCSs, squall lines, bow echoes, etc.); studies relating to their structure, dynamics, microphysics, and hazard production.
  3. Tornadoes: theoretical, modeling, or observational studies of processes associated with genesis and dissipation of tornadoes; tornado dynamics; tornadogenesis failure; discrimination of tornadic and nontornadic storms; tornado detection; damage assessment.
  4. Hail: theoretical, modeling, and/or observational studies of hail formation, growth, and melting; severe hail detection and sizing; physical properties of hailstones.
  5. Severe Local Wind: theoretical, modeling, and/or observational studies of severe convective winds; processes associated with severe wind production; detection.
  6. Lightning: Theoretical, modeling, and/or observational studies of lightning; processes associated with the production of lightning; lightning properties; detection techniques.
  7. Flash Flooding: theoretical, modeling, and/or observational studies of flash flooding events; including hydrometeorological impacts of severe local storms.
  8. Advanced Data Assimilation and Forecasting of Severe Convective Weather: advanced data assimilation or other numerical techniques for the analysis and prediction of convective storms and their hazards; operational forecasting products and prediction systems; severe storms forecasting.
  9. Societal Impacts of and Responses to Severe Local Storms: understanding the social impacts of high-impact severe storm events; societal resiliency and response to severe local storms; warning communication; the role of social media in severe storms research and communication.
  10. Climatologies and Climate Impacts of Severe Local Storms: Novel techniques to assess regional or global climatologies of severe convective storms and their associated hazards; the impact of changing climate on severe storm environments; severe storm hazard databases; orographic/regional/local influences on severe storm environments.  

            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 SLS29. 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 http://ams.confex.com/ams/ by the deadline date of 15 June 2018.  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 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-July 2018. 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 23 November 2018. 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.

        For additional information please contact either of the program chairs: Terra Ladwig, Terra.Ladwig@noaa.gov, Earth Systems Research Laboratory Global System Division, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305; or Matt Kumjian, Kumjian@psu.edu, The Pennsylvania State University Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, 502 Walker Building, University Park, PA 16802.