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Eastern Snow Conference held June 4-5 at Appalachian

BOONE—Snow scientists, climatologists, National Weather Service meteorologists and others from across the U.S. and Canada will talk about snow and ice during the 71st annual meeting of the Eastern Snow Conference June 4-5 at Appalachian State University.

The conference’s general theme is “Snow and Ice in Mountain Environments.”

The conference will feature oral and poster presentations on topics related to snow and ice in mountain regions and precipitation, climatology, and measurement of snow in the United States and impacts of snow.

Snow scientist Nolan Doesken, author of “The snow booklet: A guide to the science, climatology, and measurement of snow in the United States climatology,” will be the featured speaker. His talk is titled “For the Love of Snow.” Doesken is the state climatologist for Colorado at the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University. Doesken also founded CoCoRaHS, the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network of citizen scientists.

Baker Perry, an assistant professor in Appalachian’s Department of Geography and Planning, is program chair and vice president of the organization. “While the conference will focus on scientific talks, those interested in climate, snow and related topics are welcome to register to attend,” Perry said.

“There are some really fascinating talks that are scheduled to be presented,” Perry said. Topics include predicting road surface temperature for coastal areas with snowy winters, snow in the Appalachian Mountains, best practices in snow and ice removal and talks related to using remote sensing of snow and ice.

“Doesken’s talk traces his passion and fascination for snow and how that led to his career as a snow scientist, the founding of CoCoRaHs and how weather measurements made by citizens are critically important,” Perry said.

Registration ranges from $100 for students and one-day participants to $200 to attend the entire conference. Registration fees include a buffet breakfast, lunches and refreshment breaks, and the banquet for those registering for the June 4 event. The early registration deadline is May 23. On-site registration will be $250.

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The Eastern Snow Conference is an international organization in Canada and the United States concerned with snow and ice, in particular the origin, precipitation, accumulation, character, melt and runoff of snow. The scientific program is open to sessions on theoretical, experimental and operational studies of snow, ice and winter hydrology.