Frequently Asked Questions

Q: For whom is this conference intended?

A: The goal of the conference is to bring together scientists, professionals, and students alike to share new ideas and knowledge in the atmospheric sciences. Each year, meteorology personnel from the National Weather Service, the private sector, the broadcast industry, the research community, and the military assemble for a weekend of presentations ranging from numerical modeling to global warming.

Q: Is it possible to attend the conference and not pay for lodging?

A: Yes, there are rates available for just registration. For more details see the registration form.

Q: Can I get a refund if I do not attend?

A: You may only receive a refund by contacting the conference chairperson, Chris McCray, two weeks prior to the start of the conference.

Q: What if I register after the deadline?

A: You will still be able to get into the conference but you are not guaranteed lodging, a name tag, your name in the booklet, and/or your choice of food. You will also be charged a late fee of $10.00. Please consult with the conference chairperson Chris McCray for more information.

Q: Are rooms reserved for attendees?

A: Rooms are only reserved for active members of Lyndon State College AMS & NWA. Information regarding lodging for all other attendees can be found on the registration form.

Q: Will name tags, agenda, and other materials be provided?

A: As long as you are registered by the deadline you will receive tags, the agenda, and other materials upon registration at the start of the conference.

Q: Who are the keynote speakers?

A: Our speakers for the 2013 Conference are Stephen Bennett, Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux & Kevin Skarupa. The 2012 Key Speakers were Michael Mogil, Eleanor Vallier-Talbot, Kerrin Jeromin, and Steven Glazier.

Q: What is the panel discussion?

A: The panel discussion gives students the chance to interact with professionals in each sector to help them decide which sector is the best fit for them. This is rare chance to ask professionals in all aspects of meteorology about what they do, how they got there, and why they chose that sector. Typically, we have someone representing the (1) private sector, (2) National Weather Service, (3) broadcast sector, (4) research industry/graduate school, (5) military, and (6) space weather/climate policy.

Q: How much is parking?

A: Parking is FREE!

Q: Are there any additional charges I should be aware of?

A: The typical incidentals of internet, movies, room service, etc. of any hotel apply. Also this year, a late registration fee of $10.00 will be added to the cost of attending if registration is past the deadline.

Q: Why is the banquet so late in the evening?

A: The second day of the conference is the longest day of the weekend. In addition to talks, we have our annual LSC Alumni Reception, the Panel Discussion, and several breaks for coffee and lunch. In order to incorporate all of this into one day, we must put the banquet around 7:00 PM. Otherwise, not as many individuals would be able to present at the conference.

Q: Who chooses the conference location?

A: The AMS Executive Board decides and books the location of the conference nearly a year in advance. The 2013 Conference will be held in Rutland Vermont at the Holiday Inn just like 2012 if you attended, please make recommendations on the conference evaluations so that next year's executive board can consider it.

Q: What information do I need to reserve my room with the hotel?

A: Lodging information is available on the registration form.

Q: What is provided for food?

A: There will be a coffee station with food on Friday night, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning. Breakfast will be served both Saturday and Sunday morning. Lunch will be served on Saturday. Finally, dinner will be provided Saturday night at the Banquet. Details regarding what specifically is available for food will be made known at a later date.

Q: Are talks grouped together?

A: Yes talks are grouped together. The reason for this is that we like to use the AMS Annual Meeting as a guide, to help students get introduced to a professional style meteorological conference. We try to group the talks based on common topics, so that if you are interested in snowstorms, for example, you can hear a few talks about them in a row, all in the same room. If you wish to you may switch from one breakout session room to another.

Q: Who do I send paper and/or poster abstracts to?

A: If you would like to present a paper or poster, please send a one page abstract or summary to

Q: How can I pay for the Conference?

A: Credit Card Payments are done over the Phone for Security Reasons.
    Contact the Treasurer Torrance Gaucher at (401) 636-0931

        Business Hours
        Monday-Thursday: 9am-9pm
        Friday: 9am-2pm

Please have the following credit card information ready when you call:

        Name of person on the card exactly as it appears
        Credit Card Number
        Expiration date on card
        Last 3 digits of the code on the back of the card

Please state the amount to be charged to your card. If any issues arise you will be contacted by a member of the Lyndon State College Executive Board.

    Cash or Check Payments
    Make check payable to LYNDON STATE COLLEGE
    Send payments to:
        Josh Searles
        LSC-AMS & NWA Treasurer
        LSC Box 7349
        c/o Lyndon State College
        1001 College Road, Lyndonville, VT 05851

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