13th Annual Southern New England Weather Conference


13th Annual Southern New England Weather Conference

The13th Annual Southern New England Weather Conference will be held on Saturday, October 27th at Meditech Corp. in Canton, MA.

We have a fantastic program lined up for this year where we will explore, in-depth, three major events that all happened in 2011: 
(1) Springfield/Monson/Brimfield Tornado;
(2) Tropical Storm Irene; and
(3) "Snowtober" -- the late October snowstorm. 

For example, the tornado, we will discuss meteorological factors; have TV meteorologists show media storm coverage;  a talk on the disaster surveying process and its challenges; and we will hear personal accounts from survivors and a Reverend who will discuss how he handled the spiritual healing for the bereaved and local townsfolk. 
Looking at Irene, we will have presentations from the CT Dept. of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the East Haven Fire Chief on the Cosey Beach coastal flooding,  the U.S. Geological Survey, NWS-Burlington and the Executive Director of the Blue Hill Observatory, a Vermont resident.
And for Snowtober, we will address some issues that may not first come to mind, such as air quality issues that resulted from use of wood-burning stoves and Jet Blue Airlines will discuss operational impacts of the storm. National Grid will give a presentation on the wild weather of 2011 and its impact on the delivery of electricity.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Greg Forbes, the “Severe Weather Expert” from The Weather Channel in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Forbes will be discussing the extremes in weather that struck the entire nation in 2011.  Also, during registration, we will be having "Breakfast with Matt" with some tidbits about various weather websites.

The cost of the Earlybird registration is $89; after Sept. 10, it increases to $99...and registration onsite will be $109.  This includes a continental breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee breaks and a delicious hot lunch buffet provided by Rita's Catering of Boston.  Online registration is convenient at our conference website: http://www.sneweatherconf.org  The conference is open to the entire general public and is presented at a very understandable level --
The conference is sponsored by the not-for-profit Blue Hill Observatory Science Center