Successful 41st Annual Northeastern Storm Conference

The 41st Annual Northeastern Storm Conference held in Saratoga Springs, NY March 4-6 was a resounding success. The conference had nearly 340 attendees, ranging from students and faculty, to personnel from the broadcast industry, research community, military (202 Weather Flight Massachusetts Air National Guard), government (NOAA’s National Weather Service), and the private sector.

New this year, all three keynote speakers were Lyndon State College alumni! The Friday evening Ice Breaker Speaker was Cindy Fitzgibbon ’95, who is the morning and midday meteorologist for WCVB StormTeam5 in Boston, MA. Saturday night’s Banquet Speaker was Dr. Matthew Lazzara ’91, Research Meteorologist/Associate Scientist at the Antarctic Meteorological Research Center, Space Science and Engineering Center housed at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Sunday’s Keynote Speaker was Rick Curtis ’83, Chief Meteorologist for the Southwest Airlines Operations Coordination Center.

The conference featured over fifty oral presentations. Sessions included the latest research and case studies focusing on winter weather, hydrometeorology, severe weather, numerical modeling and remote sensing, tropical/extratropical cyclones, and communications and societal impacts. In addition, nineteen posters were presented.

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VT State Colleges induct new Hall of Famers, including Jim Cantore

On the evening of March 9, 2016, the Vermont State Colleges congratulated its first alumni Hall of Fame class and raised over $107,000 for student scholarships. The event drew over 300 to Montpelier’s Capital Plaza Hotel, where Jim Cantore ’86 was the first Lyndon State graduate to receive this honor. Cantore has won renown for his live coverage — including Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont — for The Weather Channel. He returns to Lyndon annually to work with Atmospheric Sciences students. He established a scholarship fund in 2006 for ATM students with a broadcasting career concentration.

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