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Eighth Conference on Meteorological Applications of Lightning Data

The Eighth Conference on Meteorological Applications of Lightning Data was held on 23-25 January at the 2017 AMS Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington. Study of atmospheric electricity is traditionally observation driven, making this year's Annual Meeting theme especially appropriate. Presentations at the conference covered lightning detection, physical process studies linking lightning and meteorology from cloud to global scales, lightning safety, lightning's interaction with the built and natural environment, and risk modeling.  Operational applications of each of these topics were discussed in each session.  Highlights of the meeting included a session of invited talks discussing technological advances in charge transfer measurement and lightning mapping techniques. Two additional lightning-related talks were given in the Observations Symposium. Past successes in continental-scale ground stroke measurement are now routinely accompanied by global measurement of larger peak current strokes and, very soon, full-disc mapping of total lightning by the Geostationary Lightning Mapper on GOES-R. Regionally, detailed mapping of lightning channel structure with Lightning Mapping Arrays is now routine, with interferometric techniques further pushing the level of detail for individual flashes. These new measurements continue to deepen the possibilities for careful study of the cloud processes which give rise to lightning, and to broaden the range of applications in public safety, meteorology and space weather, as evidenced by the range of meteorological and human phenomena addressed during the conference. Student presentations were featured in sessions throughout the conference. Student award winners were:

•     1st place oral – Tyler Kranz (U. Arizona);

•     2nd place oral – Retha Matthee Mecikalski (U. Alabama - Huntsville);

•     1st place poster – Thomas Philippe Lavigne (Texas A&M – Corpus Christi);

•     2nd place poster – Brody Fuchs (Colorado State).

In summary, The Eighth Conference on Meteorological Applications of Lightning Data focused on observations leading to hypothesis, modeling, inferences, and practical applications, serving to push forward the discussion of science and technology in the area of atmospheric electricity.

Seventh Conference on the Meteorological Applications of Lightning

The Seventh Conference on the Meteorological Applications of Lightning on 4-8 January 2015 in Phoenix, AZ at the 95th AMS Annual Meeting.

We would like to congratulate our student award winners:

Retha Matthee Mecikalski (University of Alabama - Huntsville) received Best Oral Presentation for Flash Rates Versus Flash Area and Microphysical Properties for Multiple Storm Types over Northern Alabama

Stephanie Stevenson (SUNY - Albany) received Best Poster Presentation for Using Lightning Data to Unravel Tropical Cyclone Structure and Intensity Changes

The full program and links to recorded presentations and other materials can be found here: https://ams.confex.com/ams/95Annual/webprogram/7LIGHTNING.html

 

6th Conference on the Meteorological Applications of Lightning Data

The 6th Conference on the Meteorological Applications of Lightning Data is occurring as part of the 2013 AMS Annual Meeting in Austin, TX, on 7-10 January 2013.

See the current program here: https://ams.confex.com/ams/93Annual/webprogram/6LIGHTNING.html