NWA March 2020 Newsletter
Issue 20 - 3
What's in this newsletter:

Greetings everyone! This month’s President’s Message is coming to you in video format. Many of you might be aware that I participated in a Facebook Live session hosted by the NWA Social Media Committee on Tuesday, February 25. During this session, host Trevor Boucher and I discussed both this year’s theme and the upcoming Annual Meeting. We answered some questions from the audience as well. The recording presented here is for those that could not watch the live session. Without further ado, I present the President’s Message for March. Enjoy!




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Abstract Submissions Form Now Open

The 2020 Abstract Submissions form is now open! The deadline for abstract submissions will be March 19. 

Submit here.

The NWA's 45th Annual Meeting will be held at Hyatt Regency in Tulsa, Oklahoma from September 12-17, 2020.

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What’s Up with the New Abstract Categories?

Some have asked if we are still accepting more traditional abstracts for the Annual Meeting such as case studies, research results, and development of forecast tools, etc. Others have noted that the typical categories such as severe weather, hydrology, aviation weather, and more aren’t listed this year. Comments from previous presenters indicated they had topics that didn’t quite match the traditional topics.

It is true that we are taking a different approach to abstract submissions. However, we want to be clear that that abstracts of all types and subjects will be considered for review. Our primary intention with a new approach is for authors to think more broadly about their work and its relationship to the theme.

The theme is “Forward Together: Meeting the challenges in operational meteorology in the age of artificial intelligence, analytics, and digital communications.”

The broader categories will give the committee chairs more flexibility in building a program that fits the theme and provides a diverse knowledge experience for all. This doesn’t mean that we won’t have presentations or sessions on traditional topics like severe weather or messaging.

When selecting a category, please consider:

  1. How the information fits into the theme and is relevant for the future.
  2. How this could be applied to the entire weather community?


  • If you are submitting a case study, consider selecting the Future of Forecasting Category and focus on the importance of the forecaster knowledge gained from highlighting this event.
  • An abstract explaining how you designed a new graphic or format based on feedback from the public and other sectors could be a perfect fit for the Wisdom of the Crowds Category.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Annual Meeting Program Co-Chairs at [email protected]. Others likely have them too, and we will share answers through the NWA website and Twitter account. Follow #NWAS20. Also, monitor our social media feeds using the NWA App.

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2020 Awards Nominations Deadline: May 14

The 2020 Awards Nominations deadline is fast-approaching! Submit your nominations here. 

Submit Nominations Here.

The 2020 Awards will be presented at the 45th NWA Annual Meeting on Wednesday September 16.

For additional information on the Annual Awards Program and to provide suggestions for consideration, contact an Awards Committee at [email protected], or the NWA office at 405-701-5167 or [email protected].

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 In Memoriam: NWA Charter Member Dr. James Kimpel (April 18, 1942 - February 22, 2020)

The NWA is saddened to learn of Dr. James (Jeff) Kimpel’s passing. Our sympathies go out to his family and many friends. Jeff was a charter member of the NWA and an enthusiastic member. His accomplishments in the meteorology world and beyond are many. He will be missed. 

More articles:

Severe Weather Luminary, Former NOAA NSSL Director Passes Away via NOAA.gov. 

Tribute for Dr. James F. 'Jeff' Kimpel via Havenbrook Funeral Home.


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Participate in #SafePlaceSelfie Day on April 8
by Morgan Barry, NWA Social Media Committee Chair

If there was one extreme weather preparedness action you want your loved ones to take, what would it be? The NWA Social Media Committee, alongside a team from the National Weather Service and Federal Emergency Management Agency, asserts that finding your safe place from extreme weather is one of the most important preparedness actions you can take. Practicing what to do and where to go for any natural hazard makes the action second nature, which is crucial when time is of the essence. This is why we encourage all NWA members to promote and participate in #SafePlaceSelfie Day on April 8 and truly practice what we preach about preparedness. So, what can you do to help?

  • Post a selfie in your safe place location at 11:11 a.m. local time on April 8
  • Promote the campaign and encourage others to participate by challenging them on social media
  • Create a friendly competition in your TV market, organization, or even on #wxtwitter
  • Get creative! Think beyond the traditional safe locations for tornadoes and focus on other hazards (lightning, rip currents, tsunami, flood, extreme heat or cold, wildfire, earthquake, etc.)

Together, we can reach millions across the country and lead them to take one simple preparedness action and do their part to help build a Weather-Ready Nation.

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COMET Module on Weather, Water and Climate Enterprise

The Weather, Water, & Climate Enterprise is rapidly evolving to provide highly tailored forecasts, connect to decision-makers at all levels, & collaborate across private, public, & academic sectors. Learn more in a new online COMET module #WeatherReady http://bit.ly/COMETWRN

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NWA Event Calendar

The full NWA Event Calendar is located in Member Connect.

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NWA Jobs Corner

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

New Seal Holder

Congratulations to Yasser Kishk on earning his TV Weathercaster Seal of Approval!

Follow Yasser on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

See all the other members who have earned a TV, Radio, or Digital Seal here, and more information on becoming a Seal Holder here.

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Get to Know Our Seal Holders

 Carlos Robles is the Chief Meteorologist for Telemundo Houston where he has worked since February of 2016 and he is one of our newest NWA TV Seal holders. Prior to accepting his current position, he worked for KXLN in Houston and at Univision Puerto Rico.

Carlos earned his bachelor's degree in mass communication from the University of Puerto Rico, and then went on to complete a certification in broadcast meteorology at Mississippi State University. Through his 15 years in television, his goal has been to "convey information effectively and efficiently". He states that what he likes most about his job is the ability to "communicate effectively the danger and vulnerabilities that the Hispanic community faces by living in the Houston area, where hurricanes and major flooding events occur frequently."

Congratulations, Carlos, on a job well done! 

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New Article in the Journal of Operational Meteorology


New NWA JOM articles were published in February.

JOM 2020-02: An Observational Analysis Quantifying the Distance of Supercell-Boundary Interactions in the Great Plains by Magee, K. M., and C. E. Davenport.

JOM 2020-03: A Verification Approach Used in Developing the Rapid Refresh and Other Numerical Weather Prediction Models by D.D. Turner, J. Hamilton, W. Moninger, M. Smith, B. Smith, R. Pierce, V. Hagerty, K. Holub and S.G. Benjamin.

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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