NWA July 2020 Newsletter
Issue 20 - 7
What's in this newsletter:

President's Message
NWA President Todd Lericos


Watch the video here.

Video Transcript:

Hello, everyone, and welcome to July's President's Message. I have some important and exciting news for our membership this month. Just recently, the NWA Board of Directors has taken up the topic of what to do about our upcoming annual meeting this fall. 

I'm happy to report that the board has decided to take our meeting completely virtual. This was a hard decision, but given where we are with COVID-19 and the uncertainties heading into the fall, we feel it is the right decision for the association. 

Many of you may be wondering, "What does an annual meeting look like in a virtual setting?" I realize that also many of you may be thinking to yourself, "I'm pretty much video teleconferenced out," given how often we've been working from home these days. What I can tell you is that two teams within the NWA are hard at work on these very issues.

Well, I can't give you or provide you details at this point. What I can say is some of the preliminary work done by these teams is very exciting. I think you will find that we are going to have a virtual meeting that is entertaining, relevant and important.

In the coming weeks, you're going to hear communications come out of NWA headquarters that provide some more details on this virtual meeting. For now, just understand that we are working hard to get those details nailed down and they will be coming soon. 

This virtual annual meeting provides us many opportunities that we wouldn't normally have with an in-person meeting. I'm kind of excited at the prospect of being able to reach more membership than we would if we were to just have a physical in-person meeting. 

And so I would encourage everybody in the association to spread the word, let everybody know that this conference or annual meeting is going to be virtual, and stay tuned for more information as it's released. I hope you all are well and we'll talk to you soon at the next President's Message. Take care.

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2020 Virtual Annual Meeting FAQs
NWA Headquarters

We're sure you have a lot of questions about our virtual Annual Meeting. We address many questions in this FAQ, also found on our website.

For any questions that haven't been answered, please submit your questions and comments on this form.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to cancel my hotel reservation at the Hyatt Regency in Tulsa?

If you made a reservation at the Hyatt Regency, the hotel will automatically cancel the reservation. You do not need to call the hotel. You will receive a cancellation confirmation within the next few days. 

If you made a reservation at another hotel in Tulsa, you will need to cancel that reservation yourself.

What are the dates?

The virtual meeting will occur during the time frame of the scheduled meeting (September 12-17), but may not span the full time period.

What is the cost?

That hasn’t been decided yet. We are securing all the technology and technical support that will be needed to put on a beneficial and exciting event. Once we have all the expenses defined, we can finalize registration prices. Pricing might be similar to last year. Keep in mind you will have no travel or hotel room costs.

Can I earn CEUs toward my NWA Seal?


When will I learn if my abstract was accepted for the meeting? 

The Program Committee has been re-assessing abstracts and constructing options for the agenda. They are working to get this done soon and we will notify all abstract submitters as soon as we can.

Will exhibitors and sponsors have opportunities to participate?

Yes! That was one of our requirements and we will have options for a virtual Exhibit Hall or Rooms. We are reviewing sponsorship opportunities and will have more soon.

Where will the 2021 Annual Meeting be held?

The staff at the Hyatt Regency in Tulsa have been very helpful through this entire process and we are most appreciative of their flexibility. We are happy to announce that the 2021 Annual Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Tulsa August 21-26.

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Weather-Ready Nation: Summer Safety
by weather.gov


From www.weather.gov/safety/heat:

It is NEVER safe to leave a child, disabled person or pet locked in a car, even in the winter. If you have a toddler in your household, lock your cars, even in your own driveway.  Kids play in cars or wander outside and get into a car and can die in 10 minutesA reported 51 young children died in hot cars in 2019! And in 2020, a death was reported as early as April, with 8 deaths total this year. Cars can heat up quickly when left in the sun.
Find out more. Get resources to remind you or friends with children in both English and Spanish from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. You will find vital information about the dangers of leaving children, pets or anyone with limited mobility alone in a car even for a few minutes in what might seem like mild weather.

More information on Heat Safety Tips at www.weather.gov/safety/heat.

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COMET Quarterly Announcement, Summer 2020
by David Russi, UCAR/COMET Translation Coordinator

Greetings from Boulder, Colorado! It seems hard to believe we have been working remotely for over three months now. The effects of the pandemic and various stay-at-home policies around the world were felt on MetEd, where our usage and quiz-taking statistics showed increases of 75% in April and 50% in May compared to the same period in 2019. Congratulations on the wise use of your time!

Below you will find links to COMET’s latest additions to the library of materials we host on MetEd, designed to support a variety of training needs in the geosciences. Pandemic notwithstanding, COMET was quite productive these past three months. We added seven new English lessons (check out “How to Be Alone Together”, which demonstrates best practices for structuring online content and live sessions, useful during the pandemic and beyond), two new Spanish lessons, and two new French lessons.

All of us at COMET thank you for using our training materials and hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy in these difficult times.

New COMET Lessons in English
GOES-R/JPSS Case Exercise: Products & Capabilities for Assessing Convective Initiation 
GOES-R/JPSS Case Exercise: Detecting and Monitoring Western US Wildfires 
Instrumentation and Measurement of Atmospheric Radiation 
AerosolWatch YouTube Channel 
Navigating the National Weather Service Fire Weather Program 
Best Practices for Identifying and Communicating Tropical Cyclone Threats and Impacts 
How to Be Alone Together…Teaching Geosciences in Quarantine
New COMET Lessons in Spanish
Cómo comunicar el riesgo del viento en vigilancias y alertas tropicales 
Ejercicio y caso de estudio para GOES-16 y JPSS: inundaciones superficiales del huracán Harvey 

New COMET Lessons in French
Applications satellitaires multispectrales: description de produits RVB 
La communication du risque : les services de prévision et d’alerte axés sur les impacts
Currently, these materials are freely available to everyone, courtesy of our primary sponsors: NOAA's NWS, NESDIS and National Ocean Service programs, EUMETSAT, the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, the Meteorological Service of Canada, Bureau of Meteorology, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation.

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NWA Event Calendar

The full NWA Event Calendar is located in Member Connect.

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Webinars on Proposed Changes to the NWS Watch, Warning, and Advisory System - Make Your Voice Heard!
Everyone is encouraged to participate. NWA Seal Holders earn 1 CEU for attending by writing a short paragraph or two explaining what you learned and including that with your recertification package.

Partners are welcome to sign up for any one of the following sessions:

12 PM EDT Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 [Click to Register Now]

For more information on the webinars, visit our website.

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NWA Distant Socials
by Trevor Boucher, NWA Social Media Committee

Join our next session, Thursday, 7/15 at 5:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET!

NWA Jobs Corner

Stay up to date on our latest job postings on the NWA Jobs Corner! Submit jobs here


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New Article in the Journal of Operational Meteorology


A new NWA JOM article was published in July.

Delayed Tornadogenesis Within New York State Severe Storms by Matthew Wunsch and Michael French


Past observational research into tornadoes in the northeast United States (NEUS) has focused on integrated case studies of storm evolution or common supportive environmental conditions. A repeated theme in the former studies is the influence that the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys in New York State (NYS) may have on conditions supportive of tornado formation. Recent work regarding the latter has provided evidence that environments in these locations may indeed be more supportive of tornadoes than elsewhere in the NEUS.

In this study, Weather Surveillance Radar–1988 Doppler data from 2008 to 2017 are used to investigate severe storm life cycles in NYS. Observed tornadic and non-tornadic severe cases were analyzed and compared to determine spatial and temporal differences in convective initiation (CI) points and severe event occurrence objectively within the storm paths.

We find additional observational evidence supporting the hypothesis the Mohawk and Hudson Valley regions in NYS favor the occurrence of tornadogenesis: the substantially longer time it takes for storms that initiate in western NYS and Pennsylvania to become tornadic compared to storms that initiate in either central or eastern NYS. An analysis of approximate near-storm environments using the 13-km Rapid Refresh (RAP) is used to confirm that the long-lived storms encounter more tornado-favorable conditions leading up to tornadogenesis in the NYS valley regions.


The JOM publishes submissions in three categories: Article, Short Contribution and Commentary. The JOM is a peer-reviewed, all-electronic journal with an international scope, providing authors with the benefits of economical publication costs and rapid publication following acceptance.

If you are interested in submitting a paper to the JOM, please go to the Call for Papers webpage.

Thank you to the JOM authors, reviewers and editors for continuing to make JOM a success!

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