January 2015 | NVU-Lyndon Atmospheric Sciences

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; jason.shafer@lyndonstate.edu.


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”