ATM Program Receives 2016 NEBHE Vermont State Merit Award

The Atmospheric Sciences program at Lyndon State College will be awarded the 2016 New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) Vermont State Merit Award at an award ceremony March 4 in Boston.

“We are very proud of this award,” said Lyndon President Joe Bertolino. “LSC’s atmospheric sciences program has evolved to be one of the top programs in the nation. This award speaks to the caliber of the program’s students, faculty, and alumni as well as the excellence of the program itself.”

Students choose among concentrations in broadcasting, national weather service/military, private industry, and climate change. The rigorous and modern curriculum makes Lyndon State a leader in New England and around the country in undergraduate meteorology/atmospheric sciences education.

Experiential learning is a tenant of a Lyndon education, and atmospheric sciences students exemplify that, with more than 90% completing an internship or some form of work experience prior to graduation. Student meteorologists forecast from the on-campus TV studio for Lyndon’s award-winning journalism program. Others perform research at NASA on land surface characteristics or forecast at many of the National Weather Service (NWS) Offices.

The Atmospheric Sciences program has consistently produced some of the most sought-after meteorologists in the country, with Lyndon graduates working in more than 25% of all United States TV markets. Today, the majority of Lyndon graduates are hired as TV Meteorologists or as meteorologists/scientists in the private industry. It is estimated that on any given day of the year, nearly 30% of the US public may receive a weather forecast from a Lyndon alum.

Lyndon Atmospheric Sciences students have pursued advanced degrees at over twenty different graduate schools, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Colorado State University. They have been employed at over twenty different private companies, from Applied Weather Technology to Weather Services International.

Each year, NEBHE presents Regional Excellence Awards to individuals and organizations that have shown exceptional leadership on behalf of higher education and the advancement of educational opportunity, and State Merit Awards to honor the innovative work of organizations, institutions or individuals in each New England state.

Since 1955, the New England Board of Higher Education has promoted greater educational opportunities for the residents of New England. Their core functions include programs and services focused on cost savings and affordability and college access and success. They also provide policy leadership on key issues related to education and promote dialogue, research and analysis, and best practices related to education and the New England economy.

Registration open for the 41st Annual Northeastern Storm Conference

Registration for the 41st Annual Northeastern Storm Conference (NESC) is now open! Registration is available online at A walk-through of the process can be found on our website as well. Paper and poster abstracts are still being accepted for the conference, which will be held Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 6, 2016 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, New York. Abstracts can be submitted at Paper and poster abstract submission, as well as registration, will continue until Friday, February 5th. We have been working hard to organize this meeting, and hope you’ll join us in March!

ATM Students and Faculty Present at AGU

Students and faculty presented at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting which took place December 14 – 18, 2015 in San Francisco, CA. The AGU (American Geophysical Union) conference is the largest earth and space science meeting in the world and regularly draws nearly 24,000 attendees. Dr. Hanrahan gave a talk about the department’s recent climate change outreach efforts, and was a co-author on a poster about the climatology of solar energy potential in Vermont, which was presented by current ATM senior, Colton Zercher. Another ATM student, Melissa Segall, presented on research which was completed during an internship last summer.

ATM senior Colton Zercher
ATM senior Colton Zercher