NWA August 2018 Newsletter
Issue 18-8

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A Bylaws Watch Has Been Issued
Alan Sealls, NWA President

We are in the forecast cone. New Bylaws for the National Weather Association are not far offshore, and they are approaching fast. Conditions are favorable for the further development of a robust NWA. Stay alert. Like a long-anticipated Drake album, our new Bylaws will "drop” soon for your review.

Look for the Special Bylaws Statement when it is posted online. Don’t panic. You'll have 30 days to comment and ask questions, then members will vote on the new bylaws. Have a plan to be an active participant in our future. If caught in a flood of work, turn around, don’t frown, sit down. Seek a higher plane to clear your mind.

When Bylaws strike, go to an interior room away from outside walls and windows and distractions. Get comfortable and read them. The first thing you will notice: the National Weather Association is moving.

NWA is moving—from Washington, D.C., to Oklahoma. “What?” you ask, “I thought we already were in Norman.” Yes, our headquarters is in Norman, but our location of Incorporation remains as it was set in 1975, in Washington, D.C. Operating headquarters do not have to be geographically the same as corporate headquarters, but ours soon will be. That’s just one simple change your NWA Council approved to make us more efficient.

NWA is moving—forward. In the new Bylaws, the overall structure of our organization will be very similar to what it has been with slight changes in position titles and how elections take place. Term limits are slightly adjusted. You’ll see a summary of changes when the Bylaws are posted.

NWA is moving—to strengthen our financial base, to put us on stronger footing, to grow and diversify membership, and to reduce legal exposure.

Like a symphony, your Council and Staff has performed several movements (no snickering). Of note, and not to toot our own horn, we’ve been instrumental in moving to a strong crescendo at our annual meeting with a meeting app for the very first time.

NWA is moving—because a body at rest stays at rest. We are a body in motion, charting a strategic course to keep us aligned with the stars, with calm seas and a light tailwind. Come see what this is all about in St. Louis for our annual meeting.

 NWA Communications Coordinator Honored by Oklahoma Society of Association Executives

Hulda Johannsdottir, our Communications Coordinator, received the OSAE Excellence Award for Communication and Publication last week from the Oklahoma Society of Association Executives (OSAE) during the awards luncheon at their annual meeting.

Hulda became the NWA Communications Coordinator in 2014. She understands the members and their passion for the Association, and her passion for the NWA reflects in her work. She has improved our financial procedures, office processes, and communications methods—especially our Newsletter. Because of her leadership and innovation, readership of our Newsletter has increased. It is one of our most complimented services, and she is always working to improve it. She implemented an email delivery platform that is now easier to read on mobile devices, and it has reduced our production costs. Hulda works with the Social Media Committee to ensure our news is distributed through all outlets. She has implemented a greater use of graphics that make our social media posts, emails, and Newsletters more attractive and engaging. Hulda has a can-do attitude and is always looking for ways to improve the NWA.


Hulda with her OSAE Excellence Award for Communication and Publication.


Weather-Ready Nation Partnership with the National Park Service
Douglas Hilderbrand, NWS Office of Communications

America’s greatest assets include an endless array of natural treasures. The "great outdoors" provides visitors with vast recreational, photographic, and stress-management opportunities. However, the natural landscape also comes with natural hazards. Over the past year, the NWA and NWA Foundation have teamed with the NWS and National Park Service (NPS) to help visitors prepare for weather hazards as well as build a Weather-Ready Nation (WRN). Currently, weather safety banners stand at the visitor centers in Carlsbad Caverns and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks. The banners highlight the hazards of heat, flash flooding, and lightning right where the information is most needed. Funding for the banners was provided by the NWA and NWA Foundation.

As of May 2018, there are over 40 national park sites recognized as WRN Ambassadors. These parks have participated in the #SafePlaceSelfie campaign, including connecting the safe place call-to-action to keeping a safe distance from wildlife and other hazards (e.g., swift water, straying off trails).


NPS rangers pose with the Weather-Ready Nation safety banner that greets upwards of 400,000 visitors annually at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Baseball at the Annual Meeting

We have a FANTASTIC deal for Cardinals tickets for Tuesday night (August 28) at the Annual Meeting.

These are great seats too, right at the left foul pole in the lower level (section 169, rows 11-19).

Tickets can be bought at Registration anytime before noon Tuesday.

The ball park is only half a mile from the hotel.

Gates open at 5:45 and folks can watch batting practice. Game starts at 7:15.








Research Operations Nexus (RON) Meetup – Honoring the Legacy of Ronald W. Przybylinski
Greg Stumpf

Ron Przybylinski, the former Science and Operations Officer (SOO) of the National Weather Service Forecast Office in St. Louis, Missouri, left us the legacy of his unending motivation to interconnect weather operations and research in strong and enduring ways. Ron was a master in the transition zone, or nexus, of operations and research.

To honor Ron, the NWA Annual Meeting has hosted a Research Operations Nexus (RON) Meetup since 2015, and we’re continuing the tradition this year in St. Louis. This will be our fifth meetup, which included a special meetup at the AMS Annual Meeting last winter. What makes the fifth RON Meetup even more special is that St. Louis was Ron’s home area for the better part of his career, making this an exciting opportunity for Ron’s colleagues and protégés to reconnect. Ron would be very proud to see his vision live on.

The RON provides the opportunity for an interactive meetup between research and operational meteorologists. The groups will rotate through a number of stations in speed-mentoring fashion and discuss a variety of ideas and themes that could benefit forecast and warning operations. Again this year, the popular webcast WeatherBrains will broadcast live from the RON Meetup so that more people who love weather will learn about the exciting new partnerships being forged to help improve the lives of those affected by weather. As we’ve stated before, we are in the relationship-building game, so let’s play in the nexus!

The RON Meetup, a free event, will take place during the Annual Meeting on Monday evening, August 27, 2018, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. CDT, immediately following the evening icebreaker, in the Crystal Ballroom of the Marriott St. Louis Grand hotel. The icebreaker’s cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be available for the first part of the RON. You can sign up for the Meetup when you register for the Annual Meeting. For more information, please contact coordinator Greg Stumpf ([email protected]).

Ron Przybylinski conducting a storm damage survey, one of his many professional passions.

2018 NWA Annual Meeting Info

The hotel block is open until August 3 or sell-out. If you need to make changes in your reservation, especially to remove nights, do so well before August 3. This opens up nights for others. If a lot of people drop nights from their reservation after August 3, it could bring the room block below minimum requirements that result in financial penalties to the NWA.

Attendee/Exhibitor Registration

Hotel Reservations

Preliminary Agenda

We look forward to seeing you in August! Find more Annual Meeting information here.

Watch out for the Annual Meeting app which will come out soon!

Annual Meeting Keynotes

Monday: Alan Sealls
Tuesday: Michelle Hawkins
Wednesday: Bill Parker

Diversity panel: Alan Sealls is moderator.
Panelists are Bill Parker, Michelle Hawkins, and Jennifer Hogan.