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WCSU to host 8th Tri-State Weather Conference

This view of Hurricane Ida was taken on Aug. 28, 2021, by NASA astronaut Meghan McArthur
This view of Hurricane Ida was taken on Aug. 28, 2021, by NASA astronaut Meghan McArthur
This view of Hurricane Ida was taken on Aug. 28, 2021, by NASA astronaut Meghan McArthur.

DANBURY, CONN. — On Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, Western Connecticut State University will host the Eighth Tri-State Weather Conference in the Science Building on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White Street in Danbury. Registration is $35 and the event is open to the public. Register online at

The conference will begin at 8:15 a.m. with a continental breakfast in the Science Building Atrium, and will run to 5 p.m. with presentations from several National Weather Service offices, various weather predictors and modelers, a freelance storm chaser and more.

“The background of the attendees is as diverse as a year’s worth of New England weather extremes,” said Gary Lessor, assistant to the director of Meteorological Studies and Weather Center at WCSU.

The purpose of the conference is to improve education, professional development and communication among private and public sector meteorologists, researchers, educators, students, emergency management officials and weather enthusiasts.

“We are honored to have legendary tri-state broadcaster Craig Allen as Master of Ceremonies,” Lessor said. “Our two keynote speakers, while unintentionally scheduled for their topics, will closely relate to last week’s Hurricane Ian. Lourdes Avilés  from Plymouth State University will present ‘The 1938 Hurricane’ and Andrew Kruczkiewicz from Columbia University will discuss ‘Remote Sensing into Early Warning Systems for Extreme Events to Inform Preparedness Actions and Risk Assessment within the Humanitarian Sector.’

“After the COVID19 pandemic we felt it important to give back to the community,” Lessor said, “so this year we are joining forces with Hope for Youth Foundation Inc. as our first charitable fundraiser in conference history. The foundation has donated nearly six million dollars over the past 38 years to help children. The excitement from those already registered for the conference has been unparalleled. Without doubt, this conference is a must for anyone interested in meteorology.”

More details about the conference can be found at

Presented by the WCSU Meteorology Program, the conference is co-sponsored by the WCSU Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS); the New York City/Long Island Chapter of the AMS; NOAA/National Weather Service/Upton, New York; NOAA/National Weather Service/Albany, New York; NOAA/National Weather Service/Albany Boston/Norton, Massachusetts; and Weather Routing Inc.

For more information, contact Gary Lessor at or WCSU Public Relations at



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