Past, present, and future perspectives on extratropical cyclone prediction

Meeting or Conference
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); National Weather Service (NWS)
19 Feb 2014
United States of America (College Park, Maryland)
NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction

4-8 inches of snow was forecast for the nation’s capital when the snow ended 18.7” was recorded at DCA with a large area of 20” or more blanketing the eastern suburbs of Washington, DC and eastern Maryland. The impact was paralysis. The rapid intensification, excessive snow rates, and snowfall totals of the 1979 President’s Day Snowstorm exposed the limitations of the predictive capabilities of the time for extratropical cyclones. This coming February will mark the thirty-fifth anniversary of that momentous storm.


  • Reflect on the challenges of that time

  • Discuss the advances in understanding and prediction of extratropical cyclones

  • Recognize those that contributed to those advancements

  • Discuss today’s challenges predicting varying aspects of extratropical cyclones

  • Contemplate future challenges of extratropcial cyclones

Featured Speakers

  • Dr. Louis Uccellini: Director, National Weather Service

  • Dr. Lance Bosart: Professor, SUNY Albany

  • Dr. John Gyakum: Professor, McGill University

  • Dr. Clifford Mass: Professor, University of Washington

  • Dr. Melvin Shapiro: UCAR

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Climate Change, Risk Identification & Assessment
Cold Wave, Cyclone
United States of America
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