National Severe Weather Workshop 2005
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A national forum for academia, emergency management, media, and NOAA to exchange information and techniques for public safety during severe weather.

2008 Speakers and Topics:

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Thursday, March 6
National Center for Employee Development

8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
You and Your Local NWS Office are Saving Lives

    Bill Proenza, Director,
    NOAA NWS Southern Region, Fort Worth, TX

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Intro to Scenario

    Dale Morris, Instructional Development Meteorologist,,
    NOAA NWS Warning Decision Training Branch, Norman, OK;

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
SPC Mesoanalysis and Forecast Tools

    Jeffry Evans, Lead Forecaster,
    NOAA NWS NCEP Storm Prediction Center, Norman, OK

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Satellite Applications for Hazard Forecasting

    Sheldon Kusselson and Jamie Kibler,
    NOAA NESDIS Office of Satellite Data Processing,
    Satellite Services Division, Satellite Analysis Branch,
    Camp Springs, MD

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. -- BREAK

This coffee break was sponsored by:
MyStateUSA - Solving Emergency Challenges in Today's Environment

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Coming to a RADAR Near You

    Douglas Forsyth,
    Radar, Research, and Development Division Chief,
    NOAA OAR National Severe Storms Laboratory,
    Norman, OK,

    Dr. Kevin Kloesel,
    Associate Dean of Public Services and Outreach,
    College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences,
    University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
WSR-88D Radar as a Flood Forecasting Tool:
How the RFC Generates Estimates of Mean Areal Precipitation

    Greg Story, Hydrometeorologist,
    NOAA NWS West Gulf River Forecast Center, Fort Worth, TX

12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Storm Data at NCDC: and Other Products and Services...

    Stuart Hinson, Meteorologist,
    NOAA NESDIS National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC

1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Hydrometeorological Products for Hazard Mitigation

    Mike Eckert, Senior Branch Forecaster,
    NOAA NWS NCEP Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, Camp Springs, MD

Friday, March 7
National Center for Employee Development

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Communicating and Accommodating People with Disabilities
and Special Needs in a Disaster

    Cindy Daniel, National Disability Coordinator,
    Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, Washington, D.C.

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Storm-based Warnings

    John T. Ferree, Severe Storms Service Leader,
    NOAA's Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services, Norman, OK

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Strategic Notification as an Emergency Tool

    Robert Goldhammer,
    Senior Emergency Management Specialist,
    Dewberry & Davis, LLC, Atlanta, GA

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Priority Telecommunications Services in Support
of Severe Weather Response

    Kathleen Blasco, Telecommunications Specialist,
    Department of Homeland Security,
    National Communications System, Arlington, VA

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Large Event Venues and Severe Weather: A Mitigation Plan

    Les Lemon,
    University of Oklahoma/Cooperative Institute of Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS), Norman, OK

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Emergency Management - Past, Present, and Future

    Albert Ashwood, Director,
    State of Oklahoma, Department of Emergency Management, Oklahoma City, OK

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Friday Evening Banquet
Evolution of Broadcast Meteorology: A Case Study

    John Toohey-Morales, CBM, CCM
    NBC Telemundo, WSCV-51 Miami FL, and ClimaData Corp.

The banquet was sponsored by:
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management

Saturday, March 8
National Weather Center, OU South Campus

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Partnerships and Innovation: Our keys to mutual success

    Lynn P. Maximuk, Director,
    NOAA NWS Central Region Headquarters, Kansas City, MO

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Southern California Fires of October 2007
and Forecast Operations at NWS San Diego

    Jim Purpura, Meteorologist-in-Charge (MIC),
    NOAA NWS Forecast Office, San Diego, CA

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Greensburg, Kansas: Storm Assessment and Recovery

    Dan McCarthy, Meteorologist-in-Charge (MIC),
    NOAA NWS Forecast Office, Indianapolis, IN,

    Robert Nester, Incident Meteorologist,
    NOAA NWS Forecast Office, Missoula, MT

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Unique Support Aspects of the 2007 Castle Rock Wildfire
in Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho

    Brian Waranauskas, General Forecaster,
    NOAA NWS Forecast Office, Pocatello, ID

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Lake Tahoe on Fire: The Angora Incident
(the fire from an IMET perspective)

    Jim Wallmann, Incident Meteorologist,
    NOAA NWS Forecast Office, Reno, NV

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Storm Chasers: The Good, the Stupid, and the Irresponsible

    Dr. Charles A. "Chuck" Doswell, Senior Research Scientist,
    University of Oklahoma/Cooperative Institute of Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS), and
    President, C. Doswell Enterprises, Inc., Norman, OK

Saturday afternoon

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- FREE Storm Observation Training

    Rick Smith, Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM),
    NOAA/NWS Forecast Office, Norman, OK,

    Chris Novy, Assistant Chief Engineer,
    KOKH-TV, Oklahoma City, OK, and
    Volunteer, Oklahoma County Emergency Management

Agenda subject to change.

Updated March 31, 2008

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