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U.S.-Canadian Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop

The 19th U.S.-Canadian Great Lakes Operational Meteorology (GLOM) Workshop will be held March 21-23, 2011 in Ithaca, New York. This year's hosts include:

  • Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University (EAS)
  • National Weather Service Forecast Office at Binghamton, New York (NWS BGM)
  • National Weather Service Forecast Office at Buffalo, New York (NWS BUF)


03/24/2011   :   Presentation files are now available for download.
03/18/2011   :   THE WORKSHOP IS OFFICIALLY ON!!! (contingency budget has passed)
03/18/2011   :   The final workshop agenda is now posted in the 'Workshop Agenda' section.
03/15/2011   :   An updated workshop agenda is now posted in the 'Workshop Agenda' section.
03/11/2011   :   Message sent to all presenters and attendees.
03/11/2011   :   Presenters can upload presentation files. See 03/11/2011 message for instructions.

Forecasting in the Great Lakes area poses interesting and unique challenges. This workshop is designed to bring forecasters of all experience levels together to address these challenges and to share knowledge, experience and techniques. Meteorologists, hydrologists, students, and others interested in operational weather forecasting and meteorology, in and near the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada, are encouraged to give presentations and attend the conference. Topics will include lake effect snow forecasting, winter storms, severe convection, flooding and flash flooding, marine forecasting, aviation forecasting, and climatology. Presentations on case studies, research findings, technological advances, meteorological decision support, and customer service are all welcome.


Full Workshop Agenda:   March 21-23, 2011

Individual Daily Agendas:   March 21 , March 22 , March 23

Presentation files are available for download.

Ithaca is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. The Cornell University campus sits atop a hill overlooking downtown Ithaca to the west and the southern end of Cayuga Lake to the northwest.

Bradfield Hall, on the Cornell University campus, is the site of this workshop. Full computer facilities are available in the meeting rooms, including wireless internet access. The maximum capacity of the primary meeting room is 186 people.

Maps of Cornell and driving directions
 - Click here for directions to the main campus of Cornell University.
 - Click here to access full maps of Cornell University.
 - Click here for a highlighted map of Bradfield Hall and nearby dining facilities.
 - Click here for airport locations surrounding Ithaca.

Local Attractions and Weather
 - Things to do during your stay in Ithaca.
 - Latest forecast for the Ithaca area.
 - Hourly weather summaries at Cornell's Game Farm Road weather station and the Ithaca airport.
 - Climate of the Ithaca region.

By air to Ithaca & Cornell University:
Ithaca and Cornell University are served by the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. The Cornell campus is a ten-minute drive from the Ithaca airport. Free shuttle service is available between the Ithaca airport and hotels providing GLOM workshop discounts (listed below). Flying directly into Ithaca is likely the most convenient option for many workshop attendees.

If you choose not fly directly into Ithaca, three other airports are located within a 60-mile radius of Ithaca. Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, New York, offers more airline options than the Ithaca airport. Ground transportation to and from Hancock Airport can be arranged through a local service, Ithaca Airline Limousine ($110/round-trip). Other airports within reasonable driving distances to Ithaca include the Greater Binghamton Airport and the Elmira Corning Regional Airport.

By road to Ithaca & Cornell University:
Directions to the main campus of Cornell University are available here.

Local Transporation Options:
For those who wish to rent a car while in Ithaca, some of the companies that have local service outlets include:
  • Avis (phone 1-607-257-0441 or 1-800-831-2847)
  • Enterprise (phone 1-607-275-9000 or 1-800-736-8222)
  • Hertz (phone 1-607-257-8677 or 1-800-654-3131)
  • National (phone 1-607-272-2575 or 1-888-868-6207)

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) provides public transportation for Tompkins County.

Cornell University Parking:
Workshop attendees who are driving onto campus can purchase daily parking passes for $10. These passes allow you to park in parking garages on campus during the workshop.

Hotel Info
Blocks of rooms at nearby hotels have been reserved for workshop attendees. Please contact the hotel directly to reserve your room, and mention the 'GLOM Workshop' to receive special workshop rates.

The Statler Hotel at Cornell University
rate for GLOMW: $117/night
web site:
phone: 607-257-2500
notes: The Statler Hotel is located in the heart of the Cornell University campus, and also provides free transportation to/from the Tompkins County Regional Airport in Ithaca. This hotel's convenient on-campus location leaves you with a 5-10 minute walk (or very short bus ride) across campus to reach the workshop location.

Best Western University Inn, Ithaca New York
rate for GLOMW: $102/night
web site:
phone: 607-272-6100
notes: Located adjacent to the East Hill Shopping Plaza, the Best Western University Inn provides free transportation to/from both the Cornell University campus and the Tompkins County Regional Airport in Ithaca. Shuttle drop-off and pick-up points at the Cornell University campus are conveniently located within a short walking distance (just a couple of minutes!) of the workshop location.

The deadline for abstract submission has passed.

Workshop Registration
Registration is closed for this workshop.

Mark Wysocki, Cornell University,, Conference Information
Michael Evans, NWS Binghamton,, Conference Info, Abstracts
Michael Jurewicz, NWS Binghamton,, Conference Info, Abstracts
Pam Vitale, Cornell University,, General Information
Brian Belcher, Cornell University,, Technical Information