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CLOSED: The Call for Abstracts for the 44th Annual Meeting has closed after 382 submissions! Thank you to everyone who has submitted an abstract -- we're excited to see the presentations. Presenters will be notified in mid-April. Read more about the meeting here. 

Important Dates

    • Abstract Submission Deadline: 7 March 2019
    • Oral and Poster Presenters Notified: mid-April 2019
    • Preliminary Agenda Posted On-line: early Summer 2019
    • 2019 NWA Annual Meeting: 7-12 September 2019

We are happy to announce that we have listened to your feedback and will be making some exciting changes to the structure of the Annual Meeting this year!

One of the main points of emphasis for this year is setting up more opportunities for collaboration between sectors of the weather enterprise - government, broadcast, academia, private sector, military, etc.  In order to facilitate these changes, we will kick off the meeting on Sunday, a day traditionally reserved for broadcasters and students.  While the concentration of broadcast and student presentations will still occur on Sunday, they will also spill into the early part of the week, allowing for a wider audience to learn and participate.  We will also have an Integrated Warning Team Workshop on Sunday, which will involve NWS, broadcasters, EMA, and more.  In addition, special consideration will be given to abstract submissions that have presenters and topics from multiple sectors of the weather enterprise. (See President Paul Schlatter's January President's Message for details about cross-sector presentations and other new things planned for the 2019 meeting.)

Finally, we will end the Meeting at noon on Thursday, September 12th, in order to allow specific user groups and attendee sectors to have a set time (Thursday afternoon) for meetings, workshops, and other events.  If your group would like to propose an event or workshop, submit your request using the link below.

Together with the meeting theme of Pay It Forward, we are confident that attendees will not only get the more value out of this meeting but set a foundation for a brighter future!

Mentor/Mentee Special Session at the NWA Annual Meeting - Submit an Application

At the NWA Annual Meeting in Huntsville there will be a special panel discussion with several mentor/mentee pairs. NWA President Paul Schlatter will moderate the session. Panelists will discuss how they met each other, what they've gotten out of the relationship, what activities they've undertaken, and similar questions. There will be Q and A from the audience as well. If you have any questions about this special session, please email Paul Schlatter at

Event and Workshop Proposals

The event proposal deadline has passed. Questions may directed to the NWA office at or 405.701.5167.


Abstract Submission

Best Practices - What the Committee is Looking For

A paper for consideration as a session presentation or poster must be submitted via an abstract. This outline document should be short, but contain enough information to allow the conference organizers and attendees sufficient understanding of what the author intends to express. It must contain an introduction, body and conclusion. Points to be addressed are: your motivation (why are you writing the paper), your issue (what the subject is), your approach (how you resolve the issue), your result, and finally your conclusion. Abstracts will be vetted by the conference program committee. Successful submissions will be evaluated on Quality, Uniqueness and Public Interest. Be sure proper grammar and punctuation are observed. Abstracts should be under 300 words. The abstract is limited to 4000 characters.

Presentation Relevance to Conference Theme

Pay It Forward

Each year the Annual Meeting has a specific theme chosen by the NWA President. We will provide a generalized list of theme components for this year's meeting. If your submission fits one or more of the following, please select all that apply (limit 4 additional categories after primary).

  • Agriculture
  • Aviation
  • Career Planning and Professional Development
  • Case Study
  • Climate
  • Conveying the Message
  • Cross-Sector Collaboration
  • Decision Support Services
  • Education
  • Fire Weather
  • Health and Wellness
  • Hydrology
  • Marine Weather
  • Media and Communication
  • Mentorship
  • NWP
  • Remote Sensing
  • Renewable Energy
  • Severe Weather
  • Social Media
  • Social Science
  • Tropical Weather
  • Weather Analysis and Forecasting
  • Winter Weather
  • Other

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Platinum, gold, silver, and other sponsorship opportunities are available. More information can be found here.
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