The Committee on severe local storms promotes AMS activities and represents the segment of the AMS research community engaged in understanding the structure and predicting the behavior of hazardous deep convective weather phenomena. This primarily includes analyzing, predicting, and understanding the structure and dynamics of severe thunderstorms, either as isolated cells or organized clusters, and associated hazards including tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail, lightning, and flash floods. This also includes the hazard information communication process, climatology of hazards and storm environments, and classification of hazard severity (e.g. enhanced Fujita scale for tornado intensity). We oversee a specialty conference every two years, promote outreach and community engagement activities, and review additions and changes to the Glossary of Meteorology along with updating AMS statements related to severe storms.
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Update for 10 Nov. 2022: Summary of 30th SLS Conference
The 30th Conference on Severe Local Storms was organized by the AMS Committee on Severe Local Storms and hosted by the American Meteorological Society. The conference was hybrid in design and held between 24-28 Oct. 2022, with the in-person location in Santa Fe, NM. Much appreciation for their tireless efforts in hosting and facilitating the event are extended to the program chairpersons, Michael French and Kristin Calhoun! Also, we appreciate the participation from the severe weather community at the 30th SLS conference, whether online or in-person!
Here are the final results from judging of the student presentations!
In the attached PDF, please find additional summary highlights from the conference.
The agenda can be found here: https://ams.confex.com/ams/30SLS/meetingapp.cgi and here: https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/assets/SLS%20Final%20Program.pdf