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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE NEWS
NOAA05-011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 4, 2005
Contact: Keli Tarp, NOAA, (405) 366-0451
Keli.Tarp@noaa.gov

FOSTERING EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS FOCUS OF NATIONAL SEVERE WEATHER WORKSHOP

Emergency managers and media will have an opportunity to exchange information and techniques for public safety during severe weather with federal government experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the fifth annual National Severe Weather Workshop to be held March 3-5 at the Reed Center in Midwest City, Okla. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Registration is underway for the three-day workshop, which is designed to enhance partnerships between severe weather forecasters and researchers, emergency managers, broadcast meteorologists, businesses, storm spotters and other weather enthusiasts. In addition, free storm spotter and radar training will be offered. The event is sponsored by NOAA’s National Weather Service, NWS Southern and Central Regions, NWS National Centers for Environmental Prediction, NWS Norman Forecast Office, NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory, Oklahoma Emergency Managers Association and the Central Oklahoma Chapters of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association.

“The National Severe Weather Workshop has become one of the premier venues for sharing hazardous weather information,” said Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “It is a terrific event that brings together emergency managers and media with the forecasters who issue valuable watches and warnings.”

The theme for this year’s workshop is “Fostering Effective Severe Weather Partnerships.” Robert Hager, national science reporter with NBC News, will be the featured speaker during a banquet on Friday night of March 4.

“This is a unique national event where people from a variety of disciplines gather to discuss how we can better protect the lives of American citizens,” said Joseph Schaefer, director of NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center, and one of the workshop organizers.

On Saturday, March 5, Schaefer will present an overview of the record breaking tornadoes in 2004. Also that day, radar interpretation will be presented by Jim LaDue, meteorologist with the NOAA Warning Decision Training Branch and Kevin Kloesel, director of outreach for the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, and an advanced storm spotting session will be provided by Ed Calianese, warning coordination meteorologist with the NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office in Tulsa, Okla.

Workshop registration is online at: http://www.norman.noaa.gov/nsww2005. Early registration is $70 until February 4. Standard registration is $90 and ends February 18. Late registration of $100 will be accepted online until February 25 or at the door. One-day packages are available for $50. Payments may be made online via credit card.

Payment by check or purchase order can be mailed, but must be postmarked by the registration deadlines of February 4 for early registration, and February 18 for standard registration to avoid late fees. Late registrations paid by check or purchase order should be paid at the door.

Tickets for the Friday night banquet are $17 and must be received by February 18. Radar interpretation and advanced storm spotting sessions from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday are free. Sponsor and vendor opportunities are still available for businesses to promote their products or services during the event. More information about the workshop is available online or by calling (405) 579-0771.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of the nation’s coastal and marine resources.

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On the Web:

NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov

Workshop information and registration: http://www.norman.noaa.gov/nsww2005

Storm Prediction Center: http://www.spc.noaa.gov

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