Weather Band Jamposium 2024

  • Feb 29, 2024
  • Events, Past Events, Weather Band Content

29 February—1 March 2024 | 12-3:30pm ET

29 February to 1 March | 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Be ready for engaging discussions, expert insights, and a deeper understanding of the fascinating world of weather. Whether you are an enthusiast, a professional, or if you’re just curious about weather and climate, Weather Band Jamposium 2024 will have something for everyone. Stay tuned for more details in upcoming newsletters, emails, and social media posts from the Weather Band. This will be an event you won’t want to miss!

Check out the discussion with our Jamposium Planning Committee Co-Chair Melissa Griffin here!


 DAY 1 - FEBRUARY 29, 2024 

12:00-1:00pm ET

Recent Extreme Events and What Is on the Horizon

2024 has picked up where 2023 left off with a series of extreme events across the country – snowstorms, the Polar Vortex, impacts from El Niño, and the approaching severe weather season. Join the discussion on recent impacts across the country and internationally, as well as what we all can expect heading into the spring and summer. Panelists will join us based on the latest extreme weather events! 

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1:15-2:15pm ET

Science Communication in Today’s Media Landscape

In this fast-paced world of continuous weather information, how do media companies choose what stories make it and what’s left out? Is there a media bias towards certain U.S. geographic locations? How do we keep the public from losing trust in their news sources if some media outlets cross the line in over-hyping weather events? We’ll talk with three experts in weather journalism about how science communicators can reach the public effectively with trustworthy information.

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2:30-3:30pm ET

Attribution Science: Helping to Understand our Changing Weather

People understand that the climate is changing, but they still have questions about how it is influencing weather. Did climate change cause this storm? Did we have a mild winter because of climate change, El Niño, or something else? Attribution science is a way to assess and quantify the role of climate change in weather, from extreme events to everyday temperatures. 

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 DAY 2 - March 1, 2024 

12:00-1:00pm ET

Eclipse 2024: Solar Science in Action

If you plan on observing April 8th’s total solar eclipse, you can make an important contribution to solar science while viewing an awesome natural phenomenon! In this Jamposium session, hear about citizen science projects—collaborations between scientists and members of the public—happening around the eclipse, and how you can get involved!

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1:15-2:15pm ET

Citizen Science: Advancing Weather and Climate Science One Observation at a Time

Citizen scientists play a vital role in weather forecasting. Volunteer programs like CoCoRaHS, NWS COOP, and Skywarn, to name a few, fill gaps in observation networks, helping meteorologists and hydrologists issue more accurate forecasts and warning products. In this webinar, meet the experts to learn how volunteer observations make a difference, how to get involved, and how you can become an even more effective observer in an ever-widening digital network.

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2:30-3:30pm ET

Global Weather Modeling: Where We Are, and What the Future Holds

This webinar will include various topics on the suite of global modeling systems, including recent performance this winter, planned supercomputing upgrades, other notable improvements, and more. Attendees will have lots of time for Q&A.  

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Jamposium Planning Committee

Melissa Griffin


Melissa Griffin currently serves as the Assistant State Climatologist at the South Carolina State Climatology Office. Melissa received a degree in meteorology from Florida State University and has worked in the weather and climate enterprise for the past two decades. Melissa is also involved in various weather-related outreach and education initiatives, including the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network.

Douglas Hilderbrand


Douglas Hilderbrand, with 20 years in the National Weather Service, leads programs promoting weather readiness and resilience. As Chair of the AMS Weather Band Committee and through various roles, he's driven collaboration, drafted AMS Statements, and worked to reduce lightning-related deaths.

Ted Best

Ted has a lifelong interest in weather, especially severe local storms and mesoscale convective systems.  He served as a Skywarn volunteer coordinator in north Texas for 6 years and as a CoCoRaHS volunteer observer for the past 14 years in 3 different states.  During his time as a Skywarn volunteer in north Texas, he worked with meteorologists from the National Weather Service office and co-authored two case studies about convective wind events that were published in online journals.  He was also a member of the AMS local chapter in north Texas and has been an associate member of the AMS since 2002. His career interests include atmospheric corrosion and the development of corrosion resistant coatings.


Marisa Ferger

Marisa Ferger has worked with the Weather Communications Group at Penn State University for two decades, where she produces and forecasts for the show Weather World and teaches courses in weather communications. Hailing from a small coastal town in NY, she credits Hurricane Gloria with fostering her interest in the weather.

Genene Fisher

Genene Fisher is a Program Scientist in the NASA Heliophysics Space Weather Program. Throughout her career, Genene has worked with government, industry, academia, and international organizations to improve space weather science and services to build the resilience of our Nation to space weather impacts. She is a former Commissioner of the AMS Scientific and Technological Activities Commission (STAC).

Steve Glazier

Steve Glazier is an AMS Certified broadcast meteorologist at WeatherNation, located in Denver, Colorado. There, he leads a team of more than a dozen meteorologists in communicating the daily national and regional weather headlines. Steve has been interested in weather since he was just seven years old, when he would collect the weather information for his father's race car to see how it affected the vehicle. Steve has been a broadcast meteorologist for 16 years, working in Colorado, Florida, and Vermont. He has his Bachelor's of Science in Meteorology from Lyndon State College in Vermont.