Severe Storm Front

5:55 pm in Did You Know?, The Ozarks, Weather Education by Ted Keller

Me and the Rapid Scan DOW Radar

The Severe Local Storms (SLS) Conference is held once every two years.  It’s sponsored by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and its purpose is to bring together scientists, researchers, forecasters and anyone else involved in severe local storms. 

This meeting, held in Denver this time around, comes on the heels of a huge tornado research project.  Vortex 2 was a multimillion dollar data collection extravaganza covering two storm seasons (2009/2010) and involving hundreds of people. 

I traveled here in hopes of learning some preliminary findings from Vortex 2 and also to get a sense for how the project went and whether the goal of a better understanding of tornadoes was realized, at least at this early stage.   There are other topics of research going on as well and I wanted to learn more about these too.

The conference is made up of of sessions in which presenters are given 12 minutes to talk about their subject using Power Point and sometimes video. There are also poster sessions where the information is printed and hung up along with all the other posters.  Attendees can then just walk up to the poster that interests them and at certain times have access to the author(s) of the poster to ask questions.  Finally, there are invited speakers and special sessions to round out the conference.

As is typical when I attend these conferences, there are papers presented which are FAR beyond my understanding.  But what does make it through helps me to understand severe storms just a bit more. It’s also just fascinating!  Researchers are doing some really exciting things in the areas of remote sensing and instrumentation, computer modeling and forecasting techniques.

I’ll blog in more detail here over the next few days as I collect my thoughts and notes and as time permits.