Atmospheric Science students rally for climate change action

Atmospheric Science students and faculty joined other college and high school students from around Vermont to bring attention to climate change at the 1st Annual Youth Rally for the Planet. Hundreds of students marched through the streets and convened on the Statehouse Lawn in Montpelier. They rallied to demand divestment from fossil fuels and investment in renewable energies.

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ATM students visit Montshire Museum

Students in two courses, Atmospheric Dynamics and Remote Sensing, visited the Montshire Museum of Science last week. The field trip allowed students to connect theoretical atmospheric concepts to real-world phenomena. They studied concepts such as the Coriolis force, relative vorticity, raindrop coalescence, and fog dynamics.

LSC faculty to participate in Lake Champlain climate change research

Dr. Janel Hanrahan, a faculty member in the Atmospheric Sciences Department at Lyndon State College, will participate in the recently funded five-year $20 million NSF EPSCoR project, led by University of Vermont. Dr. Hanrahan will work with a climate modeling team to dynamically downscale climate model projections over the Lake Champlain Basin. Specifically, the team will investigate the impacts of climate change on extreme weather events in the region. In addition to her own work on the project, Dr. Hanrahan will supervise several undergraduate students who will have the opportunity to conduct and present unique research.[easy-media med=”3846″]

Photo credit: Kristen Condit

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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Arctic Air Mass Weather Balloon Launch

We launched a weather balloon at 7pm EST (00Z) Saturday evening to sample the arctic airmass that was over the northeast U.S. Here’s some quick facts about the sounding:
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Same as above, zoomed in to the lowest 3km.
Same as above, zoomed in to the lowest 3km.

Students & Faculty Attend AMS Annual Meeting

Lyndon State Atmospheric Sciences was well represented at the AMS Annual Meeting in New Orleans this January. Eleven Lyndon students attended, with several giving presentations, and congratulations to our student chapter for winning the best poster award!

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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!