Committee on Severe Local Storms

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 the analysis, prediction, and understanding the structure and dynamics of severe thunderstorms, either as isolated cells or organized clusters, and associated hazards including 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.

We welcome comments and suggestions from our community, so don't hesitate to contact us.

Our most recent meeting was held in Madison, WI from 3-7 November 2014. Co-chairs Karen Kosiba and Curtis Alexander led a fantastic conference with a record 338 attendees. At the meeting, the SLS STAC Award was presented to Adam Houston for co-chairing with Dan Miller a special symposium at the 2014 AMS annual meeting highlighting recent activities within the SLS community.  Additionally, awards were presented to the top three student oral and poster presentations at the meeting. Congratulations to our student award winners:

Student oral presentation winners: 

  • 1st Place, Alicia Klees, PSU
  • 2nd Place, James Kurdzo, OU
  • 3rd Place, Jeffrey Duda, OU

Student poster presentation winners: 

  • 1st Place, Eli Dennis, PSU
  • 2nd Place, Bryan Burlingame, UW-Milwaukee
  • 3rd Place, Christopher MacIntosh, NCSU