Monday, October 08, 2012

Weather Geeks Unite!

Greetings from Madison, Wisconsin and the capital of the Badger State.  Since Saturday, meteorologists from across the country - broadcaster, operational and educational alike - have descended on the city in order to collaborate and promote their ideas in this yearly gathering.  This year marks the 37th annual meeting of the National Weather Association, with a theme this year of "Synthesizing Weather Information for Society: From Observations to Action across our Communities".

The major responsibility of groups like this, and others like the American Meteorological Society, is to connect meteorologists with both other meteorologists and partners in meteorology.  The main goal is to excel the ideals of weather forecasting and communication.  Beyond the conference, the NWA is run with 4 officers and 12 councilors.  There are also 14 committees that deal with the many different views in meteorology, one of which is a very extensive Broadcast Meteorology committee where many broadcasters apply and take a test to gain the coveted "NWA Seal".  

This conference unofficially started on Saturday, with many early arrivals breaking out the clubs and hitting the links.  And yes, they were even out there on a 48-degree day.  Most everyone else arrives Sunday for a dual-speciality session.  Students from various colleges and universities go to a "student session", where industry professionals teach and guide attendees on matter like building a resume, the possibilities in meteorology and even a social media boot camp from The Weather Channel.  On the opposite side, broadcasters also have a special session for them.  Today, we have talks from the legendary Tom Skilling, from WGN-TV in Chicago as well as other presenters from around the world of meteorology.

Once things get going, I'll post more about the different sessions and topics discussed.  If you're on twitter, follow the hashtag #nwas12 for updates from the conference.  You can visit the NWA Webpage for information or for specific information to the conference, including an agenda, you can click here.