Cyclone Workshop

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The Cyclone Workshop

A venue for discussions on current topics of research in synoptic and mesoscale meteorology.

The Cyclone Workshop is an international workshop designed to promote discussions and interactions between researchers and operational meteorologists in the fields of synoptic and mesoscale meteorology.  Over time the scope of the Workshop has expanded to include topics that range in scale from planetary dynamics and energetics, through tropical cyclones and mesoscale convective complexes, to supercell and tornado development.  In addition to discussions involving meteorological analyses, recent development in numerical modelling and investigations of atmospheric predictability are also encouraged.


Attendees at the workshop include researchers from academic institutions and government laboratories, graduate and undergraduate students, and operational meteorologists.  Every attempt is made to ensure that everyone who wants to present their work receives the opportunity to  to do so.

16th Cyclone Workshop (2013)

Our History

For 34 years, the Cyclone Workshop has been connecting synopticians from around the world

The inaugural Cyclone Workshop was held at the headquarters of the National Meteorological Center (NMC; now the National Centers for Environmental Prediction, NCEP) in May 1979.  This meeting set the tone for all of the Cyclone Workshops to come, by encouraging participatory discussions and emphasizing the importance of knowledge transfers between the research and operational communities.  The Workshop was created by - and for - researchers and forecasters:  that spirit of grass-roots organization continues today.


The Workshop was originally held every 1-2 years, in various locations along the eastern seaboard of the United States (details and online list).  In 1987, this tradition was broken as the Workshop was held for the first time in Pacific Grove, California.  Since then, the Workshop has been held on a 2-3 year schedule in locations that alternate between Pacific Grove (specifically the Asilomar Conference Grounds) and the Laurentian region of Quebec, Canada.


Throughout its 34 year history, the Cyclone Workshop has fostered interactions between the researchers and forecasters whose common research interests are well-served by discussions in this informal and engaging forum.

Our Format

A different program design:  low registration fee, no parallel sessions, longer talks, dedicated discussion time, and topical evening sessions

One of the primary functions of the Cyclone Workshop is to provide a venue for interactions and face-to-face discussions between researchers from around the world.  As such, it has always been felt that day after day packed with sets of the standard 15-minute presentation time-slots is not the optimal program design for the Workshop.  Instead, all presenters are given 20 minutes to describe their work (15 minutes of presentation and 5 minutes of discussion), and time is reserved at the end of each session for discussions of the preceding investigations.


A short after-lunch session is followed by several hours of “free” time before dinner is called. This time allows attendees to participate in informal discussions with their colleagues and to meet with fellow researchers with whom they do not ordinarily have direct contact.  Since attendees eat all of their meals together, discussions often continue through dinner, and into the evening sessions that occur nightly.  These sessions typically include invited presentations and longer discussion periods on current topics in the field.