SR SSD 2002-11
4/2002

Technical Attachment

Call for Abstracts
27th Annual Meeting of the National Weather Association
October 19-25, 2002
Fort Worth, Texas

The National Weather Association's 27th Annual Meeting will be held at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, 815 Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102. The theme for the meeting is Building Partnerships to Meet the Challenges of 21st Century Weather. The Annual Meeting will include:

October 19-20: WEATHER BROADCASTER WORKSHOPS beginning Saturday afternoon and continuing all-day Sunday will include special presentations, exhibits and hands-on workshops appropriate to continuing education for weathercasters, but open to all interested. The annual TAPE SWAP will be on Sunday evening. A separate TAPE SWAP for mentoring students is being considered for Saturday evening.

October 21-25: ANNUAL MEETING GENERAL SESSIONS will include a mix of formal presentations, poster sessions, training workshops, and exhibits on a wide variety of topics relating to OPERATIONAL meteorology, hydrology, weather broadcasting, new research applications, and related activities.

The Annual Meeting program chairman is Michael Vescio, National Weather Service Forecast Office, Fort Worth, Texas. E-mail Mike at Michael.Vescio@noaa.gov. The broadcaster workshop program chairman is Dan Threlkeld of KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: The deadline for submission of abstracts is June 1, 2002. Abstracts can be sent via e-mail to Michael.Vescio@noaa.gov. Please write "NWA Abstract" in the subject box. The abstract may be included within the body of the e-mail or as a WordPerfect or Microsoft Word attachment. Please include the following information in the e-mail message: full abstract title, author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s)/address(es) [designate which author(s) will be giving the presentation and whether poster or oral presentation is preferred], audio/visual requirements including software (e.g., PowerPoint, Corel, Internet access) and equipment (e.g., laptop PC, overhead projector), and list the primary contact with their phone number and e-mail address.

ABSTRACTS may also be sent via an Internet online form which can be found on the NWA Web site: www.nwas.org/2002abstracts.html. Simply fill out the form in its entirety (you may cut-and-paste your abstract from your word processor into the form), and click on the “Submit Query” button at the bottom of the form.

If you are unable to submit your abstract via e-mail or the online form, please contact Mike Vescio or the NWA office. Presenters will be notified regarding the disposition of their abstracts by August 15, 2002.

For information on exhibits, accommodations, registration and the overall meeting program, please contact the NWA office at Tel/FAX: (434) 296-9966.

NWA ANNUAL MEETING HOTEL INFORMATION: The Radisson Plaza Hotel is in downtown Fort Worth. The NWA discount rates are $94 for a single room and $114 for a double room. Please call Radisson Central Reservations 1-800-333-3333 or the Reservations Department of the Radisson Plaza Fort Worth at 817-870-2100 and request the National Weather Association 27th Annual Meeting group rate.

The downtown area of Fort Worth offers many amenities in a clean and safe environment. Numerous excellent restaurants and other attractions are within walking distance of the hotel. Travel to and from Fort Worth is convenient, with The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport offering nonstop service to 130 cities nationwide. The Program and Local Arrangements Committees welcome you to Fort Worth.