Agenda with Topic Descriptions

Updated: Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Program Chairs: Greg Carbin and Jared Guyer

All presentations to be conducted in University Ballroom (6a,b,c) unless otherwise indicated.

Alternate Agenda without Topic Descriptions

Thursday, March 3, 2011

7:00a-8:30a Registration & Check-in, Conference Entrance Area/Foyer

8:00a Presentation of the Colors and National Anthem

8:15a Introductions, Dr. Russell Schneider, NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center, Norman, Oklahoma

8:20a-9:00a Keynote Address, Mr. Chris Strager, NOAA/NWS Eastern Region Headquarters, Bohemia, New York


Session I – Recent Significant Weather Events

Moderators: Kevin Scharfenberg and Liz Stoppkotte

9:00a-9:25a 2010: A Year in Review, Greg Carbin and Jared Guyer, NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center, Norman, Oklahoma

9:25a-9:50a Mississippi Long-track Tornado of April 24, 2010, Walt Zaleski, NOAA/NWS Southern Region HQ, Fort Worth, Texas and Stephen Wilkinson, NOAA/NWS Jackson, Mississippi

9:50a- 10:15a Morning break sponsored by Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management / Weather Briefing

10:15a-10:40a An EF4 Direct Hit: A Tornado Survivor’s Story From Inside the Closet, Bob Duncomb, Ultra Electronics – ProLogic

Our tornado was labeled as I1 (Moore to Draper Lake to Harrah) in the tables and photo essays below:

10:40a-11:05a Flash Flood at Albert Pike Campground, John Robinson, NOAA/NWS Little Rock, Arkansas

Early on the morning of June 11, 2010, a devastating flash flood swept through the Albert Pike Recreation Area, located in a remote section of the Ouachita National Forest in western Arkansas. The flash flood took the lives of 20 people who were camping close to the Little Missouri River. This presentation examines the meteorology and the timeline of the flood. Emergency managers faced a number of obstacles due to the remoteness of the area, as well as flooding of all the creeks in the area plus several landslides. Yet, there were remarkable successes during the rescue and recovery. A United States Department of Agriculture report dealing with the preparedness and actions of the Forest Service will be discussed.

11:05a-11:30a October Record Hail in Arizona, Gary Woodall, NOAA/NWS Phoenix, Arizona

During the afternoon of October 5, 2010, a series of significant hailstorms affected the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area.  Several of the storms exhibited supercell characteristics, and produced hail up to 3 inches (7.6 cm) in diameter.  This was the largest hail ever reported in the Phoenix area.  The hail damaged thousands of roofs and vehicles, with damage estimates well in excess of $150 million.  This presentation will review key parameters of the convective environment, and the evolution of storms through the event.  We will discuss operations at the Phoenix NWS Weather Forecast Office and the decision support activities which took place before and during the event.

1130a-11:55a October Tornado Outbreak in Arizona, Brian Klimowski, NOAA/NWS Flagstaff, Arizona

On the morning of October 6, 2010, a significant tornado outbreak occurred over Northern Arizona.  This outbreak was significant not only for the number of tornadoes recorded (8+), but also the intensity and duration of the tornadoes which repeatedly developed over the same area (5 tornadoes EF-2 or greater, 2 paths greater than 35 miles in length).  The presentation will focus on the nature of this historic tornadic event, and the unique decision support services provided as multiple tornadic storms redeveloped over and impacted the same area for several hours.

11:55a Announcements – Morning Speaker Recognition

12:00p-1:00p Lunch (Oklahoma Ballroom F) sponsored by Verizon Wireless


Session II – Response and Recovery

Moderators: Greg Carbin and Joe Schaefer

1:00p-1:20p Session Opening Remarks: Tony Robinson, Director, Recovery Branch, FEMA Region VI, Denton, Texas

1:20p-1:40p Psychological Response to Mass Casualty Disasters, Dr. John Tassey, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Across the past 20 years there have unfortunately been many events where the psychological response to mass casualty incidents has been studied.  The distinction between natural and man-made disasters will be reviewed.  The phases of recovery for the impacted community will be contrasted with the phases of response of the rescue and relief personnel.  Risk factors for long-term psychological problems will also be identified.

1:40p-2:00p Incorporating Social Science into the Weather Warning Communications Process, Andy Bailey, NOAA/NWS Pleasant Hill, Missouri

2:00p-2:20p New Opportunities for Public Alerting, John Ferree, NOAA/NWS/OCWWS, Norman, Oklahoma and Mike Gerber, NOAA/NWS Silver Spring, Maryland

2:20p-2:40p Central Oklahoma Emergency Management Association Regional Outdoor Warning System Guidelines, Frank Barnes, Oklahoma City Emergency Management

In a metropolitan area comprised of multiple counties and municipalities, Central Oklahoma local governments and non-government organizations are discovering the need to develop regional solutions to problems that spill over political boundaries.   Emergency Managers from Central Oklahoma joined forces in May 2010 to tackle the standardization of outdoor warning system guidelines.  Their experiences and lessons learned can be valuable to other jurisdictions considering the development of their own regional outdoor warning system guidelines.

2:40p-2:45p Announcements – Afternoon Speaker Recognition – Breakout Session Instructions

2:45p-3:00p Afternoon break sponsored by Clifford Power

Note: Vendor drawings will be held at various times Thursday/Friday.  Must be present to win.


Breakout Sessions are 1-hour each and then repeated once.

Poster Session will run from 4-6pm

3:00p-5:00p Breakout Session A: Media Relations Workshop, Keli Tarp, NOAA Public Affairs, Norman, Oklahoma (repeated from 4-5pm), University Ballroom

In crisis situations, most people rely on local or national media outlets for the most up to date information. Reporters depend on knowledgeable sources who know how to communicate. This session will provide tips for successful interviews and news conferences to help you be prepared. We will discuss the Top 10 interview pitfalls and how to avoid them. In addition, we will conduct live interviews and allow the audience to provide constructive feedback.

3:00p-5:00p Breakout Session B: Atlanta Floods of September 2009, Steven Nelson, NOAA/NWS Peachtree City, Georgia and Tony Gotvald, USGS Georgia Water Science Center, Atlanta, Georgia (repeated from 4-5pm), Oklahoma Ballroom I

3:00p-5:00p Breakout Session C: StormReady Community Recognition and Renewal Process, Walt Zaleski, NOAA/NWS Southern Region HQ, Fort Worth, Texas and Chris Maier, NOAA/NWS Silver Spring, Maryland (repeated from 4-5pm), Oklahoma Ballroom J

With over 1700 communities recognized, the StormReady program has been a very successful partnership between emergency management and the National Weather Service.  StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness.  No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help!  This session will provide an overview of StormReady, highlighting the recognition and renewal processes.  Some challenges and future goals for the program will shared.  Please join us for this discussion on the partnership that is StormReady!

4:00p-6:00p Poster Session, Foyer/Conference Entrance Area

Poster Session Moderators: Jared Guyer and Patrick Marsh

  • Synoptic Analysis of 2010 Mid-South Flood, Lee Campbell et al., Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Impact Analysis of the May 2010 Mid-South Flood, Kyle Berry et al., Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Potential increase of flooding hazards over Korea due to global warming, Eun-Soon Im et al., National Institute of Meteorological Research, Korea Meteorological Administration
  • Flash Flood or Backwater? Both are Devastating!, Glenda Longan, City of Miami Emergency Management Director, Miami, Oklahoma
  • NDVI Analysis of Hail Swaths Associated With the May 5, 1995 Parker County and Tarrant County, Texas Hailstorm, Kevin Barrett, Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas
  • GIS-based Tornado Damage Survey, John Wetter, Minnesota Skywarn Workshop, and Lisa Schmit, NOAA/NWS Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Ponca City’s Project Warn, Paula Cain, Ponca City Emergency Management, Ponca City, Oklahoma
  • Moore, Oklahoma – Struck AGAIN!, Gayland Kitch, City of Moore Emergency Management, Moore, Oklahoma
  • The Tornado-Community Vulnerability-Impact Index: Developing an Index to Better Understand the Impact of Tornadoes on Communities, Mitch Stimers, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
  • How Individuals Receive Synchronous and Asynchronous Messages Delivered to their Mobile Phone: Implications for Delivering Severe Weather Messages, Joe Downing and Mark Casteel, Penn State York, York, Pennsylvania
  • Investigations into Amusement Park Hazardous Weather Preparedness, William G. Blumberg, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
  • WebEOC Weather Board, Natalie Davis and Devan Tucking-Strickler, Kansas Emergency Management, Topeka, Kansas
  • Characteristics and Estimated Warning Success Rates of QLCS and Supercell-Produced Significant Tornadoes in the Southeast United States, Steven Nelson, NOAA/NWS Peachtree City, Georgia
  • The Development of a Storm Damage Estimate Calculator, Brent MacAloney, NOAA/NWS Silver Spring, Maryland
  • First-time Mobile Doppler Radar Observations of Have Rain-Producing Thunderstorms in Northwest New Mexico, Jennifer Palucki and Kerry Jones, NOAA/NWS Albuquerque, New Mexico and Steven Vasiloff, National Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman, Oklahoma

Thursday Evening, March 3, 2011

7:00p-9:00p Banquet with Guest Speaker, Ken Graham, Meteorologist-in-Charge, NOAA/NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Deepwater Horizon Decision Support, Oklahoma Ballroom F

Friday, March 4, 2011


7:00a-8:30a Registration & Check-in, Conference Entrance Area/Foyer

8:00a-8:20a Keynote Address, Mr. Bill Proenza, NOAA/NWS Southern Region Headquarters, Fort Worth, Texas

Session III – Weather Analysis, Climatology and Forecasting

Moderators: Rick Smith and Bob Goldhammer

8:20a-8:40a Session Opening Remarks: Dr. Joe Friday, Former Director, NWS

8:40a-9:00a NWS Fire Weather and Societal Response, Dr. Peter Roohr, NOAA/NWS Silver Spring, Maryland

9:00a-9:20a Tropical Cyclone Tornado Climatology, Rich Thompson and Roger Edwards, NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center, Norman, Oklahoma

Most landfalling tropical cyclones (TCs) produce tornadoes in the U.S.—but not all.  This presentation will cover basic characteristics of where, why and in what situations they occur, along with some examples.  From 1995-2009, 1139 TC tornadoes have been found in SPC national tornado records and organized into their own unique database.  Results from analyses of that “TCTOR” data will be shown, along with illustrative radar and satellite imagery and map analyses from some cases.

9:20a-9:30a Announcements – Speaker Recognition

9:30a- 10:00a Morning break sponsored by ESi WebEOC / Weather Briefing

10:00a-10:20a A Cooperative Pilot Project on Emergency Management Decision Support for Winter Weather, Jessica (Proud) Losego, RENCI-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ken Galluppi (RENCI-UNC), Burrell Montz (East Carolina University), Catherine Smith (East Carolina University), Steve Schotz (NWS Office of Science & Technology)

Currently, emergency managers often do not know where to find the right weather information; if they do find it, they can struggle to understand it and translate it to their network of decision makers; and if they do understand it, they may not be certain how to take proper actions based upon it.  To better understand the emergency management decision processes and incorporate this understanding into prototype development for the emergency management community, the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and East Carolina University (ECU) have teamed with National Weather Service (NWS) and NOAA’s Earth System Research Lab Global Systems Division in a cooperative pilot project.  The foundation of this project is the incorporation of social science methods to learn about and understand the entire emergency management decision process across numerous support functions, not just from a county emergency manager’s perspective.  This understanding, along with constant feedback from the North Carolina emergency management community, will be integrated into the development of several innovative technology prototypes. This presentation will focus on the first phase of the project that concentrates on winter weather and school decision makers.

10:20a-10:40a Hydrometeorological Prediction Center Web-Based Precipitation/Flash Flood Services, Mike Eckert, NOAA/NWS Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, Camp Springs, Maryland

The Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC) produces several Precipitation related products that are used to support federal, state, local and private agencies to help mitigate flood, flash flood and winter related disasters before, during, and after an event. A detailed overview of the web based precipitation and flash flood products/services will be presented, including the latest probabilistic rainfall, snowfall and excessive rainfall forecast products.

10:40a-11:00a Real-time Estimation of Population Exposure to Weather Hazards, Kevin Scharfenberg, NOAA/NWS/OCWWS, Norman, Oklahoma

Kevin Scharfenberg (NOAA/NWS, presenting), Kevin Manross (CIMMS/NSSL), Kiel Ortega (CIMMS/NSSL), and Brian Walawender (NOAA/NWS)

Severe weather hazards are forecast by the US National Weather Service on a daily basis, but until recently it has been difficult to quantify the human exposure to every hazard.  At the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed, severe weather forecast information is being combined in real-time with a high-resolution population grid to estimate human exposure to a variety of hazards.  Examples may include population exposure to a landfalling tropical cyclone, a severe convective outbreak, and a swath of destructive hail.  Implications for situation awareness and NWS impact-based decision support services are discussed, along with potential future expansion of this effort to include other hazards and other GIS data sets.

11:00a-11:20a The Latest in Automobile Remote Sensing, Dr. Sheldon Drobot, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado

In a typical year, there are 1.5 million weather-related vehicle crashes in the U.S., leading to 673,000 injuries and over 7,100 fatalities. Adverse weather and the associated poor roadway conditions are also responsible for 554 million vehicle-hours of delay per year in the U.S., with associated economic costs reaching into the billions of dollars. This presentation will outline current efforts assessing the quality of automobile data for meteorological applications and discuss the potential for provision of road weather data to U.S. drivers.

11:20a – 11:45a Announcements – Speaker Recognition

12:00p-1:00p Lunch (Oklahoma Ballroom F) sponsored by National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA)


Session IV – Remote Sensing and General Session

Moderators: John Utech and Jared Guyer

1:00p-1:20p Session Opening Remarks: Ross Dixon, Former OETA-TV Meteorologist

Beginning in the late 60′s the availability of Severe Weather was hampered by primarily  communication deficiency.  This talk will look at the improvements in communication, expertise of  severe weather forecasting and how it related to the viability of the information disseminated to the public.

1:20p-1:40p CASA Alert! Supporting Emergency Management Decision-making During the May 10, 2010 Oklahoma Tornado Outbreak, Cedar League, CASA/UCCS, Colorado Springs, CO and Jon Tankersley, Emergency Management, Newcastle, OK

The Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) is developing networks of low-power x-band radars that adaptively collect, process and visualize high resolution data in the lowest portion of the atmosphere. In 2010, CASA researchers worked with off-duty forecasters in the Experimental Warning Program of the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed and with emergency managers inside the CASA radar network in southwest Oklahoma. The goal was to determine how to best optimize forecaster and emergency management communications as severe weather (hail, high winds, tornados, heavy rain) passed through the CASA test bed using Twitter, NWS CASAChat, Email, WDSS-II, and AWIPS. This session will discuss the May 10, 2010 tornado outbreak in Oklahoma and demonstrate how CASA data and the experimental communication interface supported emergency manager decision-making during this event.

1:40p-2:00p Can You See What I’m Saying?  Some Thoughts on a Modified Basic SKYWARN Training Program for the Visually Impaired, Dr. Tom Behler, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan

The presentation will discuss the development of an enhanced basic SKYWARN spotter training program to better meet the needs of  the visually-impaired.  Examples of enhanced verbal descriptions of super-cell thunderstorm features will be presented, along with a sample physical model of the typical super-cell thunderstorm.  The benefits of these  enhanced verbal descriptions and physical models  for the visually-impaired population, visually-impaired amateur radio SKYWARN net participants, and the general public, will also be outlined.

2:00p-2:20p NOAA/NESDIS Satellite Operations Update and Applications towards Severe Weather, Chris Siewert, OU-CIMMS / SPC,  Norman,  Oklahoma and Tom Renkevens, NOAA/NESDIS,  Silver Spring,  Maryland

Thomas Renkevens, Deputy Division Chief, NOAA/NESDIS/OSPO/SPSD

Matthew Seybold, User Services Coordinator, NOAA/NESDIS/OSPO/SPSD

Natalia Donoho, User Services Coordinator, NOAA/NESDIS/OSPO/SPSD

Jamie Kibler, Meteorologist, NOAA/NESDIS/OSPO/SPSD/SAB

The mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Environmental Data Information Service (NESDIS) is to provide timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources to promote, protect, and enhance the Nation’s economy, security, environment, and quality of life.  To fulfill its responsibilities, NESDIS

• acquires and manages the Nation’s operational environmental satellites,

• operates the NOAA National Data Centers,

• provides data and information services including Earth system monitoring,

• performs official assessments of the environment, and

• conducts related research

This presentation will provide an overview of NESDIS real time satellite operations, data processing and product generation, data and product distribution, unique satellite services, and customer services.  Products are made using data from geostationary satellites which are situated above a fixed location on the equator and image the earth on a continuous basis, as well as from polar orbiting satellites which provide two views of the same location of the earth every day at fixed local times.  These remote sensing products provide information on land, ocean and atmospheric parameters.  Product information and details as well as near-real time imagery can be found on the NESDIS Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution web site at:

The monitoring of natural hazards from satellites, including volcanoes, tropical storms, heavy precipitation, and wild fires will be discussed with a focus on hazard and disaster detection, product generation and product distribution within NESDIS.

2:20p-2:30p Announcements – Afternoon Speaker Recognition

2:30p-3:00p Break

Note: Vendor drawings will be held at various times Thursday/Friday.  Must be present to win.


Breakout Sessions are 1-hour each and then repeated once (choose 2 of 3 to attend).

3:00p-5:00p Breakout Session A: Dual-pol Radar Information (repeated from 4-5pm), University Ballroom

  • An Introduction to Dual-Polarization Radar for National Weather Service Stakeholders, Paul Schlatter, NOAA/NWS Warning Decision Training Branch, Norman, OK; Dale Morris and Andrew Wood, OU-CIMMS and NOAA/NWS Warning Decision Training Branch, Norman, OK

The network of Weather Service Radar – 1988 Doppler (WSR-88D) will be upgraded starting in 2011 to dual-polarization (dual-pol) capability.  The upgrade to dual-pol will benefit the National Weather Service (NWS) and their stakeholders in a variety of ways, including improvements in:  precipitation type identification (convective and winter weather), hail detection, rainfall estimation, tornadic debris detection, and identification and removal of non-weather echoes.  However, meteorologists will encounter a steep learning curve when incorporating these new data into their operational decision process.  This interactive breakout session will introduce how NWS stakeholders might utilize dual-pol radar products in their decision making process.  Specifically, this session will start with an introduction on the direct and indirect benefits of dual-pol for WSR-88D users outside of the NWS.  A short demonstration will show how trained NWS forecasters will incorporate the new datasets into their severe weather warning operations.  Lastly, the session concludes with a look at how stakeholders familiar with WSR-88D interpretation might best incorporate some of these new products.  Throughout the session the presenters will use responder technology to gather opinions and thoughts from the audience.

3:00p-5:00p Breakout Session B: Updates on Satellite/Remote Sensing (repeated from 4-5pm), Oklahoma Ballroom I

  • The Reemergence of Satellite Imagery and Products in Weather Forecasting and Warnings, Jordan Gerth and A. Scott Bachmeier, CIMSS, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

In 1960, images of the atmosphere captured from our nation’s first weather satellite changed our understanding of large-scale weather systems.  Since then, scientists developed satellite data for use in a variety of meteorological studies, and operational forecasters have assessed satellite imagery and products in confronting a myriad of analysis and prediction problems, from determining the speed of the jet stream, temperature of the surface, and concentration of ozone, to finding areas of dust, smoke, and volcanic ash.  Fifty years later, new satellite missions are expected to bring an increased number of observations of our quick-evolving atmosphere.

The new technology that accompanies the NASA National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP) and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series (GOES-R) will provide satellite imagery and products on a spatial scale down to 400 meters and a temporal scale of down to 30 seconds.  Observations of this resolution will allow meteorologists to study unique meteorological phenomena in great detail, likely leading to breakthroughs which will increasingly bring data collected from satellites back into the warning process, as well as improve forecast decisions.

This talk will discuss ways in which satellite imagery and products can be used within the operational environment today and in the future.  Examples telling of the utility of these scientific and technological advancements, courtesy of the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies’ (CIMSS) Satellite Blog (updated frequently at, will be shown pertaining to recent current weather events.

  • GOES-R Proving Ground: Demonstrating New Products to Ensure User Readiness, James Gurka et al., NOAA/NESDIS,  Silver Spring,  Maryland

James Gurka – NOAA NESDIS
Chris Siewert – NOAA NWS
Steve Goodman – NOAA NESDIS
Timothy Schmit – NOAA NESDIS
Anthony Mostek – NOAA NWS
Steve Miller – CIRA
Scott Bachmeier – CIMSS
Mark DeMaria – NOAA NESDIS
Bonnie Reed – General Dynamics Information Technology

GOES-R, while providing a great leap forward in observing capabilities, will also offer a significant challenge to ensure that the users are ready to exploit the vast improvements in spatial, spectral, and temporal resolutions.  In order to ensure user readiness, forecasters and other users must have access to prototype advanced products well before launch, and have the opportunity to provide feedback to product developers to ensure that the end products truly meet their needs.

The GOES-R Proving Ground (PG) engages the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast and warning community as well as other agency users in pre-operational demonstrations of select products with GOES-R attributes (enhanced spectral, spatial, radiometric, and temporal resolution). In the PG, developers and forecasters  test and apply algorithms for new GOES-R satellite data and products using proxy and simulated data sets, including observations from current and future satellite instruments (MODIS, AIRS, IASI, SEVIRI, NAST-I, NPP/VIIRS/CrIS, LIS), lightning networks, and computer simulated products.  The products to be evaluated in 2011 will include: cloud and moisture imagery, cloud phase, cloud/snow discrimination, low cloud and fog product, convective initiation, volcanic ash detection and height, sulfur dioxide detection, aircraft icing threat, enhanced “V”/overshooting top detection, hurricane intensity estimates, red-green-blue (RGB) air mass product, Saharan air layer (SAL) product, super rapid scan imagery, tropical cyclone rapid intensity index, lightning detection, hail probability, a “nearcasting product”, and some additional products to be selected in consultation with the NWS and their partners.

In 2011 and beyond, the PG will test and validate data processing and distribution systems and the applications of these products in operational settings.  Additionally developers and forecasters will test and apply display techniques and decision aid tools in operational environments.  To better familiarize forecasters with the data from GOES-R, weather event simulator cases are being developed in coordination with the NWS Training Division. The PG is both a recipient and a source of training. Training material is developed to prepare the participants of PG activities such as the Hazardous Weather Testbed’s Spring Experiment, and on the other hand, the PG is a rich source of training material to help prepare the GOES-R user communities. A key component of the proving ground is two-way interaction, where researchers introduce new products to forecasters and forecasters provide feedback and ideas for improved or new products. This presentation will provide examples of GOES-R proxy products and forecaster evaluations from experiments at the Storm Prediction Center (SPC), the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the Aviation Weather Center (AWC), and the Alaska Region.

  • A Web Map Service for Display of Real-time Satellite Products, Dave Santek and Russ Dengel et al., CIMSS, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Russell Dengel, David Santek, David Parker, Sam Batzli and Nick Bearson, Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Recent advances in web-enabled handheld mobile devices have revolutionized the availability of real-time geophysical data to a global spectrum of government agencies and public institutions. So called ‘Smart Phone’ technology can now provide a link between sources of advanced satellite derived environmental products and end users independent of location. We have implemented an Open Geospatial Consortium Web Map Service (WMS) to provide overlays of varied data types (such as, satellite imagery, weather text, warning polygons). By using a WMS, the visualization of these data is independent of clients (GIS, web browsers, Google Earth, Bing, mobile devices, etc.). Also, we have integrated notifications of weather events based on location through the use of GPS on mobile devices.

3:00p-5:00p Breakout Session C: Social Media and Messaging (repeated from 4-5pm), Oklahoma Ballroom J

  • Are you Kidding?  Another Social Media Workshop?, Rick Smith, NOAA/NWS Norman, Oklahoma; Jeff Phillips, Emergency Management Coordinator, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico and Kerry Jones, NOAA/NWS Albuquerque, New Mexico

Saturday, March 5, 2011


Free Storm Observation Training in Oklahoma Ballroom E

This year’s training is being organized by Rick Smith, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the NWS Norman Forecast Office. The training is great for anyone who is a spotter, wants to become a spotter, or just wants to learn more about severe weather.  The session will focus on the challenges and dangers associated with being a storm spotter, and will provide tips and suggestions for dealing with those challenges. We’ll discuss some of the NWS products and information services that spotters should use, and some of the emerging technologies that are changing the way severe weather information is shared.

Please note: This year, pre-registration is required for the Saturday morning storm observation training session.

Preliminary agenda (check back for updates):

8:00a Welcome and introductions

8:15a Where Does My Report Go? Behind the Scenes of NWS Warning Operations, Rick Smith – Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS Norman, OK

9:00a The ARRL and Skywarn, Mike Corey W5MPC – Emergency Preparedness Manager, The American Radio Relay League

9:15a BREAK

9:30a The Future of Severe Weather Information Collection, Patrick Marsh – PhD Student and NSSL Liaison to the Hazardous Weather Testbed

10:15a Safe and Accurate Reporting, Chris Novy – Weather Spotter Coordinator and Analyst for Canadian County (OK) EMA

11:30a Workshop Ends!