The 2022 AMS Weather Band Community and Citizen Science Symposium was a huge success thanks to its amazing speakers and enthusiastic attendees.
Over 350 people registered for the event, which showcased nearly 30 speakers over two days of presentations. This was the first time that the AMS Weather Band has held this event, and it was a true testament to the high quality of citizen and community scientists, as well as to the programs that train and support these weather enthusiasts.
Friday was dedicated to exploring existing citizen science programs in the atmospheric sciences, and the important impacts that those programs have. Speakers discussed how to get involved with everything from historic weather analysis to cloud observations. Other presenters also detailed the important impact of citizen observations on understanding weather impacts and increasing community safety and decision making capability.
Saturday brought citizen scientists to the floor, and weather enthusiasts of all stripes shared detailed and sophisticated analyses of local weather and climate; showcased contributions to forecasting models; and detailed how they have started and maintained spotter and storm chasing networks of their own.
We learned a lot from the process of organizing this, and hope to make future Weather Band events more accessible and easy to access. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to share them in the Weather Band Community or get in touch with the Weather Band staff.
The presentation videos are collected on this page for your viewing pleasure, and we look forward to seeing you at future Weather Band gatherings, and in the community.
A huge thank you to all who made this symposium such an immense success! We are incredibly proud and grateful to champion such a thoughtful, committed, and enthusiastic community of weather enthusiasts.