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Extended Manuscript Deadline: 10 February

An abstract fee of $95 (payable by credit card or purchase order) is charged at the time of submission (refundable only if abstract is not accepted).

All abstracts, manuscripts and presentations will be available on the AMS Web site at no cost.

Sixth Conference on the Meteorological Applications of Lightning Data

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The 2013 AMS Annual Meeting is being organized around the broad theme of “Taking Predictions to the Next Level: Expanding Beyond Today's Weather, Water, and Climate Forecasting and Projections.”

            Papers for the 6th Conference on the Meteorological Applications of Lightning Data are solicited for topics that address the Annual Meeting theme of advancing predictive skill and expanding predictive capabilities. These include: 1) the utility of lightning data in operational warning and decision-making processes, 2) lightning warning and prediction using observations and models, and 3) benefits of assimilating lightning data into numerical models.

            Other solicited session topics include: 4) lightning in tropical cyclones,  5) recent advances in lightning technology and transfer of that technology from research to operations, 6) lightning safety and protection, 7) lightning climatology and the global electric circuit, and 8) general applications of atmospheric electricity and lightning data.

            A new solicited session for this conference will be 9) scientific applications of lightning photography and videography. Another session will cover 10) understanding lightning’s role in atmospheric chemistry, including initial results from the Deep Convective Clouds and Chemistry (DC3) project. DC3 will occur in early summer 2012, and will study the impacts of convection and thunderstorms on the chemistry of the upper troposphere.

            Awards will be given for the best talk and the best poster presented by student first authors at the lightning conference. Registrants should indicate their eligibility for student paper awards when submitting their abstracts.

            For additional information please contact the program chairperson: Timothy J. Lang,

Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 80523, 970-

430-5264, tlang@atmos.colostate.edu. You may also contact the program co-chairs: Kristin Kuhlman (kristin.kuhlman@gmail.com) and Ted Mansell (ted.mansell@noaa.gov).