ATM Seminar with John Murphy

You are invited to attend an ATM seminar offered on Thursday, 19 March at 12:30 pm in ASAC 319 with John Murphy.

Mr. Murphy will speak about his 30-year weather career in the United States Air Force, and his new role as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Weather Service (NWS). His presentation will discuss ways in which you can break into a military career with a weather background.

Mr. Murphy is a 1982 Lyndon State graduate, and he was just announced as the Chief Operating Officer of the NWS, which includes the management of the day-to-day mission execution units responsible for delivering NWS weather, water, climate, and space weather products, services, and information, as well as the budgetary planning for 11 National Service Programs.


ATM Seminar with Dr. Corey Potvin

You are invited to attend an ATM seminar offered on:
Thursday, March, 12 2015 at 12:30pm in ASAC 319 with Dr. Corey Potvin.

Dr. Corey Potvin is a research scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) and NOAA National Severe Storms Lab (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma, as well as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology. Dr. Potvin is an expert in convective-scale processes, analysis, data assimilation, and prediction. He is a member of NSSL’s Warn-On-Forecast team, whose objective is to develop and implement a real-time convection-allowing ensemble modeling system that will provide valuable forecast guidance to severe thunderstorm and tornado warning operations.

The NOAA Warn-On-Forecast (WoF) project envisions an increasingly critical role for convection-allowing ensemble modeling systems in NWS operations. This paradigm is expected to increase warning lead times for tornadoes, flash flooding, and other convective storm hazards. Dr. Potvin will be discussing recent WoF research efforts at the NSSL, as well as advice for students considering careers as professors or research scientists.


LSC Climate Change Assemblies

Under the supervision of Dr. Hanrahan, Lyndon State College students are visiting local schools to educate students about the scientific understanding of climate change. The LSC Climate Change Committee has been meeting regularly to discuss the science and to learn about ways to effectively communicate scientific ideas to the general public. The first assembly was presented by Kayla St. Germain and Arianna Varuolo-Clarke at Burke Town School on February 9th. The group will be visiting several other local schools in the upcoming months, including Lyndon Institute, Thaddeus Stevens School, and Newark Street School.
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LSC Faculty Gives Research Seminar at McGill University

Dr. Hanrahan was recently invited to give a seminar for the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at McGill University in Montréal, Québec. She spoke about her research work on the configuration of a regional climate model in complex terrain, and discussed methods for the validation of simulated rainfall in central Alberta. This work will inform the design of future hydrologic infrastructures that will account for changes in extreme rainfall under climate change.McGill

ATM Seminar with Dr. Christine Wiedinmyer

Please attend the ATM seminar offered on Thursday, 19 February, 2015 at 12:30 pm in ASAC 319 with Dr. Christine Wiedinmyer.

Dr. Wiedinmyer will speak about emissions of pollutants from fire to the atmosphere and how they impact us with a focus on wildfires and cooking fires.

Dr. Christine Wiedinmyer is a Scientist III in the Atmospheric Chemistry Division of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Dr. Wiedinmyer’s research emphasizes the identification and quantification of various emission sources and modeling the transport and fate of pollutants in the atmosphere. Her research interests include evaluating ways in which climate, technology, and policy impact air quality. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

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DOW visits LSC

The Center for Severe Weather Research Doppler on Wheels (DOW) mobile weather radar will be visiting Lyndon State College for the third time from 29 January to 19 February. Atmospheric Science students in the Remote Sensing course will receive hands-on training in the theory, interpretation, and data collection of Doppler radar data. Students will be responsible for deploying the radar during significant winter events and analyzing its data.

Staff from the DOW will make several presentations for local schools, teachers, and the general public. The general public talk will be held Tuesday February 3 from 7:00-8:00PM in ASAC 100 at Lyndon State College. Contact Dr. Jason Shafer for additional information 802-626-6225;


New Radiosonde System Implemented

Sarah Murphy, Stephen Decatur, and Brian Papa successfully upgraded and tested a new Vaisala MW41 sounding system for the LSC Department of Atmospheric Sciences. The new system is much easier to use and provides additional sounding information and functionality.

ATM students Stephen Decatur and Christian Plaud help launch a new RS41 sonde.
ATM students Stephen Decatur and Christian Plaud help launch a new RS41 sonde.

Students Present at National AGU and AMS Meetings

Six Lyndon Atmospheric Science students recently gave presentations on their research projects at the national American Geophysical Union (AGU) and American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meetings.  Their research was conducted last summer as part of their respective internships.  Their research topics are quite diverse and include space weather, volcanoes and climate, wall cloud structure, lake-effect snows, and radar analysis of thunderstorms.

The AGU meeting was held December 15 – 19, 2014 in San Francisco, CA.  The AMS Annual Meeting was held January 3-8, 2015 in Phoenix, AZ.

Will Wilson
Will Wilson presenting at AGU: “Coupling and Correlation Analysis Between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres’ Solar Cycle Features Based on Sunspot Area Data”
Arianna Varuolo-Clarke
Arianna Varuolo-Clarke presenting at the AMS Annual Meeting: “Investigating Climate Response to Large Volcanic Eruptions in an Ensemble of Climate Model Simulations”
Ben Adkins and Kayla St. Germain
Ben Adkins and Kayla St. Germain presenting at the AMS Annual Meeting: “Observations of Wall Cloud Structure and Evolution in Supercell Thunderstorms During VORTEX II”
Sarah Murphy
Sarah Murphy presenting at the AMS Annual Meeting: “Observational Capabilities of the FRONT Network: 21 May 2014 Case”
Lauriana Gaudet
Lauriana Gaudet presenting at the AMS Annual Meeting: “Climatology of Lake Ontario Lake-Effect Shoreline Bands: Lake-to-Lake Connection versus None”