Call for Abstracts

NWA 46th Annual Meeting

August 21 - 26, 2021

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The Call for Abstracts is open!

Please review the information below on guidelines, categories, important dates and this year's theme.

The NWA Annual Meeting will be held on August 21 - 26 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We hope to see you there! #NWAS21

THEME: Connecting Communities through Discovery and Service

Nate Johnson, NWA 2021 President

One reason I like this as our theme for the year and for our annual meeting is that there is a lot to unpack.

When I think about the NWA and the role that it has played in my life and career as well as
in the weather enterprise, those four key words come to mind. Each of us comes representing multiple communities — government, broadcast, private sector, emergency management, hobbyists, forecasters, communicators, researchers, educators, modelers, Black, white, Latino/Latina, and more. We come to the NWA to connect with one another professionally and personally. The science of weather is the common bond, and we use our talent and treasure to serve others through forecasts, decision support, education, preparation, and more.

While our annual meeting isn’t the only manifestation of this, it certainly is the most
visible. And that’s another level of the theme. With vaccines and better treatment protocols pointing toward a time when this pandemic is behind us, we are cautiously optimistic about being able to meet in person this year. How this would nurture and reinvigorate the personal and professional connections made weary through ten months of video conferences and emails! But we also found new connections by opening our meeting to remote participants who had never been able to attend before, and we want to keep that going. So, our goal this year is to connect those who can attend in person and those who cannot and to leverage the richness of an in-person meeting and the breadth a virtual component can bring.

There are more layers to this that we will explore in the coming year, and I hope you will
help by choosing to share your work with the community through an oral or
poster presentation, session, or workshop at our annual meeting. I look forward to how your work is Connecting Communities through Science and Service.

Important Dates

        • Abstract Deadline: March 2, 2021
        • Authors notified of abstract dispositions: April 2021
        • Preliminary Agenda: June 2021
        • 2021 NWA Annual Meeting: August 21 - 26, 2021

Statement on Categories:

We are excited to officially launch the call-for-abstracts for the 46th Annual NWA Meeting planned in Tulsa OK from August 21 - 26, 2021. The NWA President, Nate Johnson, has chosen the theme for the meeting to be: Connecting Communities through Discovery and Service. The categories focus on these three key ideas from President Nate Johnson's theme: connecting communities, discovery, and service. This helps us categorize abstracts and design the agenda, ensuring that the 2021 meeting experience aligns with this important theme. If you find it difficult to connect your abstract to these chosen key words and associated sub-categories, feel free to contact us at

We look forward to beginning the process of planning an exceptional NWA Annual Meeting for 2021!

Best -
Wendy Sellers and Shawn Cable - 2021 Annual Meeting Co-Chairs


Connecting Communities: Building relationships, enhancing collaboration, communicating what we know

      • Collaboration within the weather enterprise: Opportunities for collaboration, outcomes from Integrated Working Teams (IWTs), decision support
      • Communication with the public: Social media, broadcast media, & new/emerging platforms utilized by the weather community
      • Diversity/equity/inclusion initiatives

Discovery: Advances in meteorology, developing new tools, learning new techniques

      • Computational advancements: Artificial intelligence, machine learning, numerical weather prediction, new technology, tools and applications
      • Core Science: Advancing our understanding of the atmosphere, operational case studies

Service: Meeting the needs of our users & our enterprise

      • Service-based initiatives: Cooperative extension, community outreach
      • Personal development: Mental health, mentoring, leadership, education
      • Institutional evolution: Impacts from the pandemic, changes in organizational infrastructure, assessing priorities

We are currently planning a hybrid 2021 Annual Meeting, wherein both virtual and in-person components will be utilized. However, the safety of an in-person event in August is still uncertain. We are monitoring the options closely.

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R.A.C.E. (Racism and Current Events) Event Sponsor:

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