North American Hail Workshop

Hailstorm mountains,Hail damage, hail detection and forecasting,Convection & hail in a changing climate

August 14 - 16, 2018
, Boulder, Colorado
NCAR Center Green Campus


Abstract submissions for Oral Presentations has now Closed. We will continue accepting abstracts for poster presentations through May 13. Please email them to

Across North America, hailstorms are responsible for over $10 billion dollars in annual property damage. The increase in the impact of hailstorms has outpaced advances in detection, forecasting, and mitigation. The National Science Foundation, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety are organizing the first North American Workshop on Hail and Hailstorms. The workshop will bring together public and private stakeholders to discuss the current state of the science regarding all facets of this peril and provide a look to the future. The workshop will be held at the NCAR Center Green 1 (CG1) campus, 3080 Center Green Drive, Boulder, Colorado. Download Agenda.
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The workshop will focus on the following topics:

  • Convection & hail in a changing climate
  • Hail climatology & risk
  • Hail damage, losses, and mitigation
  • Hail detection & forecasting
  • Microphysics and dynamics of hailstorms

The workshop will contain a blend of invited speakers, expert panel discussions, traditional symposia and poster sessions related to the topics listed above over the course of three full days.

Call for Abstracts:

The workshop steering committee welcomes abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations related to the topics listed above. Preference will be given to abstracts submitted by current students. Registration is waived and travel grants may be available for current students with accepted abstracts. Grants will be available to cover lodging and per diem for students with accepted abstracts. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the steering committee for acceptance. The deadline for abstract submissions is May 1, 2018. You may request the link to submit your abstract here or send an email to Please specify oral or poster presentation. PDF files of presentations will be made publicly available, for authors who agree, through the workshop website.


The workshop registration fee is $150, due before July 1, 2018. Late registration is $250. Registration can be made at 2018 North American Workshop Registration and space is limited.

National Weather Association Seal Holders can receive Continuing Education Credit, one CEU credit per full day of attendance.
AMS continuing education credit for Certified Consulting Meteorologists (CCM), Certified Broadcast Meteorologists (CBM), and Sealholders equals one professional development point per day of attendance.

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities:

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available. For interested sponsors, and more information please contact the steering committee at

Steering Committee:

Andrew Heymsfield, PhD – NCAR: Co-Chair
Ian Giammanco, PhD – Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety: Co-Chair

Jason Butke – Travelers Insurance
Matthew Kumjian, PhD – Penn State University
Hugh Morrison, PhD – NCAR
Robert Wright – Robert L. Wright and Associates Inc.
Bryan Wood – Assurant Inc.

Sponsor Logos NSF, NCAR, IBHS, BEC for the 2018 North American Hail Workshop. Microphysics and dynamics of hailstorms



Top photo courtesy of Dr. Howie Bluestein.
Other photos courtesy of Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety and Wikimedia.