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.

March 2-4, 2006

Reed Center

5800 Will Rogers
Midwest City, Oklahoma

Speakers and topics:

You may access available presentations by clicking
on the LINK by the agenda listing.


8:00 a.m - 10:00 a.m.

  • John Jones, Deputy Director NWS, NOAA LINK
  • Bill Proenza, Director, NWS Southern Region
  • Dr. Jim McDonald, Retired Professor, Wind Engineering Department of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX: Enhanced Fujita Scale LINK

10:30 a.m - 3:00 p.m.

3:30 p.m - 6:00 p.m.

  • Scenario: Day One
    The scenario role-playing session will continue on Friday afternoon

7:00 p.m - 9:30 pm

Optional: Thursday Evening Banquet ~ separate registration required
Speaker--Dr. Eve Gruntfest, University of Colorado



8:00 a.m - 10:00 a.m.

  • Dr. Kenneth Dewey, University of Nebraska, Lincoln (NE): The University of Nebraska's Emergency Management Training Program LINK
  • Allison Wreath, Technical Operations Officer, USAF
    Larry McCoy, Weather Forecast Trainer, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and retired Air Force Weather technician:
    Bringing Diverse Missions into a Common Focus -- Air Force Operational Weather Squadrons and the National Weather Service LINK
  • Jason Jackson, Director of Business Continuity, Wal-mart: Wal-mart's Severe Weather Plan for Continuity of Operations LINK
  • Kent Buckley, Emergency Manager, Bolivar County (MS): Emergency Operations during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita LINK
  • John McLaughlin, Chief Meteorologist KCCI-TV, Des Moines(IA):
    Cyclone Saturday ~ an Evaluation of the Teamwork and Technology used during the 12 November 2005 Iowa Tornadoes LINK

10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

3:30 p.m - 6:00 p.m.

  • Scenario: Day Two
    Day Two of the Scenario Role-playing Session is a continuation from Thursday afternoon.


Saturday morning

8:00 a.m - 10:00 a.m.

  • David Runyan, WCM, NWS Phoenix (AZ) Forecast Office
    Dr. Larry Kalkstein, Senior Research Fellow, University of Delaware:
    NWS Heat Wave Program LINK
  • Peter Felsch, WCM, NWS Missoula (MT) Forecast Office:
    Flash Flooding After Wildfires LINK
  • Rusty Kapela, WCM, NWS Milwaukee (WI) Forecast Office: Review of Record- Setting August 18, 2005 Tornado Outbreak in Wisconsin LINK
  • Rick Shanklin, WCM, NWS Paducah (KY) Forecast Office: The 2 a.m. Tornado--November 6, 2005 LINK

10:30 a.m - 11:30 a.m.

  • Michael Utley, lightning survivor and founder of
    Lightning Safety
  • John Gordon, MIC, NWS Louisville (KY) Forecast Office and Hurricane Hunter:
    Into the Storm -- Hurricane Hunting LINK


Saturday afternoon

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (free training session)

  • Storm Observation Training


Agenda subject to change.



Updated February 6, 2006

 Conference organizers