National Weather Association Annual Conference and Events
in Birmingham, Alabama
October 15th-20th, 2011

For the first time, the National Weather Association's Annual Conference is coming to Birmingham and there are many opportunities for the public to get involved, including a Central Alabama Teacher Seminar and an Interactive Town Hall Meeting concerning the tornado outbreak of April 27th.  Read on! 


Saturday, October 15th

WeatherFest at McWane Science Center - 10 am to 2 pm
Weather enthusiasts of all ages are invited for a rare chance to meet meteorologists from all over the country. Learn about the science of meteorology and meet weather personalities from The Weather Channel, Fox6, ABC33/40, NBC13, CBS42 and many others. Check out weather equipment on the plaza including a Doppler on Wheels, a mobile wind profiler and the Tornado Intercept Vehicle or TIV from The Discovery Channel`s Storm Chasers show.

You`ll also have an opportunity to get your NOAA Weather Radio programmed. Outdoor activities will be free and open to the public. Guests also receive $5 off museum admission on October 15. Museum admission will include special appearances by Sean Casey of The Discovery Channel`s Storm Chasers show, weather programs, and a chance to see the environmental exhibits at McWane. “Tornado Alley” will also be showing in McWane`s IMAX dome theater - the largest movie screen in Birmingham.


FREE Local Pilot Seminar at the Southern Museum of Flight - 10 am to 1 pm
The NWA with the Birmingham National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office and the FAA's Aviation Safety Program will present the seminar. It is free and designed to help General Aviation pilots better understand and apply weather to their flying activities.  The address for the Southern Museum of Flight is 4342 73rd St. N. Birmingham, Alabama.  To register online, click HERE.


Monday, October 17th

Weather Seminar for Central Alabama Teachers - 9 am to 3 pm
The National Weather Association education committee will host a session for science teachers on Monday, October 17, 2011 from 9 am until 3 pm at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover. The event will deliver a knowledge packed agenda of information for teachers and great takeaways that they can implement in the classroom.

Participants will learn about lightning safety, online tools, flood plain modeling and local atmospheric science resources that they can take straight to their students. Local broadcast meteorologists like J.P. Dice, Mark Prater, Ashley Brand and James Spann will share their programs. Nick walker of the weather channel will share his educational songs for kids as well. High school teachers will learn how an innovative national program is turning classrooms into weather forecasting laboratories that engage students about meteorology.

Teachers may review the full agenda and register online HERE. The event is limited to 150 teachers and will be broken down into three grade ranges; K-3, 4-8 and 9-12.

Registration will close when the seats are filled, or on October 1st at the latest. There will be two general sessions and a series of breakouts by grade. A working box lunch is being provided by the Wynfrey Hotel. There will be prizes, goody bags, games and at least three excellent gifts for each teacher that attends.


Tuesday, October 18th

Severe Weather Town Hall at The Wynfrey Hotel - 7 pm to 9 pm
The National Weather Association will host a town hall meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 from 7-9 pm at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover. The event will bring together professionals involved in the severe weather enterprise to listen to the thoughts and opinions of a scientifically chosen sample of everyday people who experienced that fateful day here in central Alabama.

The National Weather Association is seeking two hundred people to participate in the audience and give input for scientific research into the severe weather warning process. Social scientists and a professional moderator will lead a focus group of ten audience members on the stage while the remainder of the group answers multiple choice questions utilizing hand held audience response devices.

Potential audience members can register for a chance to be selected for the audience group by answering a twenty three question online questionnaire about their demographics and severe weather experience. The information will not be shared outside the research team.

The research team is seeking the widest possible pool to choose from for the audience, so please pass this information to anyone who is interested that was in central Alabama on April 27th.

Those who are selected for further consideration may be asked to take part in a short telephone interview in mid-September. Finalists will be notified in late September. The ten focus group members will receive the questions by October 8th.

Those interested in participating in the town hall may fill out the questionnaire HERE.
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