NWA Advocacy

NATIONAL WEATHER ASSOCIATION

Advocacy Program and Guidelines

The mission of the National Weather Association is to "connect operational meteorologists in pursuit of excellence in weather forecasting, communication, and service". This includes, but is not limited to an objective of providing a forum for the "publishing of letters, pamphlets, periodicals, papers, and Web pages" in meteorology and associated fields. The NWA also acts on behalf of its membership to raise awareness of important issues relevant to the mission of the organization. The 2006 NWA Council formalized a set of advocacy guidelines directing an organizational response to unsolicited comments, positions, or opinions on a wide variety of issues, including but not limited to the mission of the NWA. Requests for advocacy may originate from outside the meteorological community or within the membership of the NWA. More...

Advocacy Positions Approved by the NWA Council

DateApproved Positions
March 2, 2016 Letters sent to Senators Booker, Imhofe, Lankford, Mikulski, Nelson, Rubio, Shelby and Thune regarding NWA's concern sharing the 1675-1680 megahertz band. More...
March 1, 2016 Joint letter with AMS regarding concerns of sharing the 1675-1680 MHz spectrum that GOES utilizes. More...
July 17, 2015 Joint letter with AMS concerning possible sharing of satellite spectrum. More...
December 13, 2012 "Use of Storm Shelters" The NWA advocates the use of storm shelters to save lives during severe weather outbreaks.More...
June 17, 2011 NWA "Weather and Climate Statement" The NWA Council, in response to member input, voted on 11 June 2011 to rename this statement to more accurately reflect its content. More...
June 28, 2010 NWA Position Statement and Response to FCC ET Docket No. 10-23 Opposing the proposed FCC reallocation of 1675–1710 MHz band. More...
January 2, 2008 NWA Position Statement in Letters of Support to all concerned showing advocacy for a replacement for the QuikSCAT satellite capability. More...
October 5, 2007 NWA Position Statement in Letters of Support to all concerned requesting the inclusion of a high spectral resolution atmospheric infrared Sounder on GOES-R. More...
May 1, 2007 NWA Position Statement in Letters of Support to all concerned showing advocacy for the rapid transition of the GPS Meteorological (GPS-Met) network from development to operational status sooner than planned. More...
May 19, 2006 NWA Position Statement in Letters of Support to all concerned for the inclusion of a Microwave Sensor on one of the satellites in the GOES-R series or an earlier demonstration on a stand-alone geostationary platform. More...
April 2, 2004 NWA Position Statement in Letters of Support to all concerned advocating the inclusion of a Lightning Mapper Sensor on GOES-R. More...
May 2003 The May 2003 National Weather Association Policy Statement on Lightning Safety Education has been rescinded. An updated statement will be released in 2016.

NWA members and nonmembers are most welcome to submit suggested advocacy statements to be considered.
For more information on this subject, please contact the Executive Director.