31st Conference on Severe Local Storms

21-25 October 2024, Virginia Beach, VA & Online

Important Dates

Session Topic Proposals Open: 7 November 2023
Session Topic Proposals Close: 7 December 2023

Abstract Submissions Open: 11 January 2024
Abstract Submission Deadline:  23 May 2024
Program to be Posted & Acceptance E-mails Sent: 11 July 2024
Registration and Hotel Reservations Open: 11 July 2024
Hotel Reservation Deadline: 11 September 2024
Pre-Registration Deadline: 11 September 2024
No Registration Refund After: 26 September 2024
Extended Abstract Deadline: 26 November 2024


Mission Statement

The Conference on Severe Local Storms is the premiere gathering for scientists, forecasters, educators, and communicators engaged in all aspects of work related to hazardous deep convective weather phenomena. Our goal is to provide a platform to present and facilitate discussion of cutting-edge research regarding the analysis, prediction, communication, and theoretical understanding of the structure and dynamics of severe thunderstorms, including their associated hazards of tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail, lightning, and flash floods.

The theme for the 31st Conference on Severe Local Storms is Supporting the Next Generation of Observations, Theory, and Practice. We invite presentations on studies ranging from physical understanding of severe convective storms and their processes and hazards, to forecasting and nowcasting severe storm events, to how we educate, train, and communicate information about severe local storms to the next generation of scientists and the public. We especially encourage presentations focusing on convective storms in the Eastern United States, communication of severe weather concepts in the classroom and beyond, and how we can leverage increasingly large sets of observations and model data to produce novel insights into the processes of severe storms now and in the future.

Please join us and advance the science of severe local storms!


The 31st Conference on Severe Local Storms is organized by the AMS Committee on Severe Local Storms and hosted by the American Meteorological Society. For additional information, please contact the program chairpersons: Casey Davenport ([email protected]) and John T. Allen ([email protected]).


Sponsorship opportunities will be available soon. Interested companies and organizations should contact Adam Kelly.


All attendees must register to attend the conference. Registration must be completed online. Everyone presenting (both oral and poster) and/or attending must be registered. No on-site registration will be available for in-person attendance. In-person attendance must be completed in advance. More details to come.

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Professional and Respectful Conduct at AMS Meetings

Need to report unprofessional or disrespectful conduct? Email [email protected] or call 617-226-3965.

  •  AMS is committed to safe and inclusive meetings for all attendees.
  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated at any meeting or event associated with the meeting.
  • All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Be inclusive and respectful.
  • The recording or transmissions of any education sessions, presentations, demos, videos, or content in any format is strictly prohibited.
  • Participants should not copy or take screenshots of Q&A or any chat room activity that takes place in the virtual space.
  • This statement is meant to cover all meeting-associated events, including those sponsored by organizations other than AMS but held in relation to AMS events. This includes the scientific program, short courses, and exhibitions, as well as receptions, town hall meetings, and other informal or formal gatherings associated with AMS. Similarly, participants shall adhere to this code of conduct in online spaces related to the meeting and meeting-associated events, including Facebook, Twitter, and other online venues.
  • Those who violate the standards of professional and respectful conduct may be asked to leave the meeting immediately and without refund, may not be considered for service on AMS boards and committees, and may be subject to additional legal action.
  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination includes offensive comments and actions related to age, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.
  • If you are the subject of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed any such behavior, please immediately either:
    • Notify an AMS Staff Member (wearing a blue ribbon at an in person meeting)
    • Email [email protected] or call 617-226-3965
    • Email AMS Executive Director, Stella Kafka, [email protected]
  • If you witness or experience behavior that constitutes an immediate and serious threat, please call 911.

Members of the response team:

  • Stella Kafka, Executive Director
  • Stephanie Armstrong, Associate Executive Director
  • Brian Papa, Associate Executive Director
  • Jen Ives, Director of Meetings
  • Jenn Rosen, Senior Meetings and Exhibits Manager
  • Katy Putsavage, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Inclusivity at AMS

 AMS is committed to creating an environment for meetings that “embraces diversity through the inclusion of individuals across age, gender, race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, physical ability, marital status, sexual orientation, body shape or size, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, and other facets of social diversity” (see: https://www.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/ams/about-ams/diversity-and-inclusion-at-ams/).  

Special Needs

It is the Society's sincere desire to comply fully with both the letter and the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.  Attendees with special needs at the conference should check with the AMS Meetings Department (617) 226-3971, four–six weeks prior to the meeting to request special arrangements.  Special housing needs should be requested when making hotel reservations.