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The AMS 20th Middle Atmosphere Conference took place in Phoenix, Arizona from January 6-10 2019 as part of the AMS annual meeting. There were 7 Middle Atmosphere Sessions, discussing transport and mixing in the upper troposphere/lower stratosphere, impacts of convection/aerosols in the middle atmosphere, stratospheric ozone, waves and circulation, atmospheric reanalyses and long-term observational datasets, the Quasi-biennial Oscillation, and Future observations of the middle atmosphere. Additionally, we had four poster sessions.

We also had two themed joint sessions, one on the Role of the Stratosphere in Climate Variability, Change, and Prediction; and the other on Stratospheric Ozone, Chemistry, and Climate. Additionally, we had two joint sessions, on Connections between Tropical Convection and the Stratosphere and Whole Atmosphere Coupling during Extreme Events. These sessions were highly beneficial for our community, and allowed us to interact and develop connections with other research communities.

While the government shutdown did affect a number of talks, for the most part we were able to find co-authors to give the talks or others to give extended talks to fill the spaces. Overall, the meeting was successful, and our student presentations were outstanding (six students won an award for AMS Best Presentation).

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