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Norfolk, Virginia

  • 41st NWA Annual Meeting Venue and Hotel: Norfolk Waterside Marriott, 235 East Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510


Better Science, Better Communication, Better Results

Operational meteorologists constantly strive to improve the science behind the forecast. We also want to make sure the people we serve receive, understand and then act on the information that we provide. If we utilize the best possible science and are effective communicators, lives will be saved and impacts to the economy minimized. Join the National Weather Association in Norfolk and help the weather enterprise advance on this path of service.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 March 2016
  • Oral and Poster Presenters Notified: 18 April 2016
  • Preliminary Agenda Posted On-line: 1 July 2016
  • 2016 NWA Annual Meeting: 10-15 September 2016

Schedule of Events

  • Broadcast Meteorology Workshop: Sunday, 11 September
  • Ninth Annual Student Session including Speed Mentoring: Sunday, 11 September
  • NWA Weather Workshops for K-12 Teachers: Tuesday, 13 September
  • General Sessions: Monday-Thursday, 12-15 September
  • NWA Annual Awards Luncheon: Wednesday, 14 September

Abstract Submission

Abstract submissions have been closed. We've received over 300 abstracts. Thanks for your support of the NWA.

The Annual Meeting Program Committee Co-Chairs are:

Ken Carey
ERT, Inc
Laurel, MD 20707
Mike Vescio
NOAA National Weather Service
Pendleton, OR 97801

The Broadcaster Workshop Program Co-Chair is:

Mike Goldberg
Richmond, VA 23230

Additional Information

For more information on exhibits, special accommodations, registration and the overall meeting program, keep checking the 2016 Annual Meeting Page and its links, or contact the NWA office at 405-701-5167 or

NWA will provide updates on this Web page, on the NWA Facebook Page, Twitter and other social media. Please use the hashtag #NWAS16 for any tweets associated with the 2016 Annual Meeting.


Registration is now open. You can start your registration process by clicking on the following:

NWA Annual Meeting Registration

Paid registration includes:

  • Admission to all oral presentations, poster sessions, the exhibit hall, a color program, and coffee/refreshment breaks for the dates purchased.
  • The All Sessions Package (Sun–Thu), General Session Package (Mon-Thu), and Wednesday attendee registrations include a ticket to the Wednesday NWA Awards Luncheon.

Registration Details:

  • Early Bird Registration occurs through 26 July 2016. Prices increase on 27 July 2016. Online registration will close on 25 August 2016. Attendees will be able to register on-site beginning 10 September. There is an option to register now then pay at the meeting. Select "Invoice/Pay at Meeting".
  • Colleges or universities bringing six or more students to the meeting can enjoy a 20% discount on meeting registration fees. Please identify a coordinator and have them contact the NWA Office (405-701-5167 or to obtain the discount code prior to registering.
  • Registration refunds will not be approved after 10 August 2016, except for cancellations due to illness, injury, or family emergencies. The cancellation policy does not apply if you check "pay at meeting." Contact the NWA Office (405-701-5167 or regarding cancellations.

The breakdown in this year's pricing is illustrated in the following tables, or can be viewed and downloaded as an image by clicking here.

2016 Registration Prices - Early Bird Rates

Registration Completed by July 26, 2016

Type All Events
General Sessions
Single Day Rate
NWA Member or
$449 $359 $159
*NWA Member Full-time Student,Retired,
Active Military, EM or First Responder
$219 $179 $79
Non-Member $539 $459 $209
*Non-Member Full-time Student, Retired,
Active Military, EM or First Responder
$289 $259 $119

2016 Registration Prices

Registration Completed after July 26, 2016

Type All Events
General Sessions
Single Day Rate
NWA Member or
$499 $409 $189
*NWA Member Full-time Student,Retired,
Active Military, EM or First Responder
$259 $219 $109
Non-Member $589 $509 $239
*Non-Member Full-time Student, Retired,
Active Military, EM or First Responder
$329 $299 $139

Click here to view a downloadable copy of this year's pricing structure!

Exhibitor Information

Showcase your Business or Organization at the 2016 NWA Annual Meeting in Norfolk, VA. This year's meeting is taking place at the Waterside Marriot. This year's Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall will be open from Sunday 11 September through Tuesday 13 September 2016.

Exhibitor rates are as follows:

Options Register by 26 July Register after 26 July
NWA Corporate Member: Regular Booth $900 $1000
Non-NWA Corporate Member: Regular Booth $1200 $1300

Exhibitor & Attendee Registration

Become an NWA Corporate Member prior to purchasing a booth to take advantage of the lower Corporate Member booth rates.
Click here for the NWA Corporate Membership Form.

Exhibit Hall Booth Information

  • Regular Booth

    • 10ft x 10ft area that includes a skirted 6-foot table and two chairs
    • NWA Corporate Members receive a discount
    • Two corporate associates receive a complimentary full meeting registration that includes a ticket to the Awards Luncheon Wednesday 13 September 2016
    • Additional corporate associates may assist at the booth for $115 each. (Does not include Awards Luncheon ticket.)
  • Setup & Exhibit Hall Hours

    • Saturday, 10 September 2016: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM setup time (Setup time also available early Sunday morning)
    • Sunday, 11 September 2016: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open
    • Monday, 12 September 2016: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open
    • Tuesday, 13 September 2016: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open (Exhibits tear down after 4PM)
  • Other Exhibitor Benefits

    • Exhibitor logo will be included in the meeting program
    • Exhibitors do not have to be at their booth during the entire exhibit time
    • Attendees will be encouraged to visit the booths during breaks
    • The NWA will promote the Exhibit Hall through our website and social media sites

  • Exhibitors are also invited to consider exciting meeting sponsorship opportunities for increased corporate exposure, both at the meeting, online, and on the meeting app.

Exhibitor & Attendee Registration

Annual Meeting Events

Register Here

Broadcast Met Excellence: Severe Weather, Changing Climate

The Forecast: Extreme Weather+Rising Seas+Changing Climate=More Demands on Forecasters

This Saturday September 10 workshop is specifically aimed at meeting the needs of NWA broadcast meteorology members. Funded by a National Science Foundation grant to George Mason University, in partnership with Climate Central, Yale University, NOAA, NASA and AMS, the program builds on the partnership's highly successful 2015 climate/weather workshop in Oklahoma City.

There is no registration fee for this event, and stipends of up to $215 per registrant are available to the first 45 NWA broadcast meteorology members to help them defray expenses related lodging expenses. NWA member participants will qualify for one CEU.

The workshop, running from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will include an update on new peer-reviewed science about extreme weather and climate change "attribution" research and analysis; on climate and weather models; and on broadcasting, social media, and live-presentation "best practices" developed by broadcast mets nationwide to improve communications on climate change and weather.

Conducted along with the NWA annual meeting in one of the U.S.'s most threatened sea-level rise "hot spots," the workshop will also provide expert analysis of sea-level rise challenges facing coastal communities and also the world's largest naval base, located in Norfolk, VA. Expert faculty presenters, including leading academic and scientific researchers, are being confirmed as program speakers.

The afternoon "best practices" portion of the workshop will feature a panel of several weathercasters whose climate reporting has drawn praise from their audiences, management, and peers. It will also familiarize participants with NOAA and NASA weather/climate visualization resources, and with Climate Matters - a comprehensive set of Climate Central national and regionally-targeted science-based resources on climate change available free of charge to broadcast meteorologists. Participants will have a chance to practice using those resources in on-air simulations.

For additional information, contact workshop project manager Bud Ward at

Student Speed Mentoring

An Opportunity for Professional Engagement-Speed Mentoring is Back in Norfolk!

This fall while at the 41st NWA Annual Meeting in Norfolk, YOU have the chance to meet and talk with 30+ professionals in meteorology and the related sciences. Meteorologists from across the public, private and academic sectors, to include forecasters, broadcasters, teachers and private sector practitioners, will be represented in a SPEED MENTORING session. Each of these people want to share their unique but amazing career story to "connect" with and help people like you have a professionally satisfying and personally fulfilling career through sharing and discussion of helpful resources, tips and opportunities to consider, such as jobs, upcoming meetings and professional development events. Come prepared with your questions - topic will range from grad school, to career options, to work/life balance, and everything in between!

Save this date! This event will happen on Sunday September 11, 2016 as part of the 8th Annual Student Session, with food and beverages following the event so that you can continue the conversations!

Follow @NWAS and #NWAS16 for more information on this event and more!

Contact for more information.

Weather Analysis and Forecasting Master Class

The 3rd Annual Weather Analysis and Forecasting Master Class, sponsored by the Weather Analysis and Forecasting Committee, will provide students with an opportunity to interact with National Weather Service meteorologists while gaining a better understanding in forecasting high-impact weather. (Seating is limited)

Research Operations Nexus (RON) Meetup - Honoring the Legacy of Ronald W. Przybylinski

One of the many legacies that Ron Przybylinski left us was his unending motivation to interconnect weather operations and research in strong and enduring ways. Ron was a master in the transition zone, or nexus, of operations and research and the research interactions with Ron actually led to large field projects that provided great benefit both to operations and the general knowledge.

This year, the NWA Meeting will provide the opportunity for an interactive Meetup between research and operational meteorologists. The goal is simple: To plant and water the seeds of collaboration between folks from the two groups, which we hope will germinate during the meeting week and blossom beyond the conference itself.

The homework is simple: Please come to the RON Meetup with ideas in which you would like to see the research community involved, and/or what applied scientific research you'd like to see the operational community use to improve their forecast decision making.


The Swap is an opportunity for broadcasters of all experience levels to show off their stuff to an audience of their peers. From recent graduates to first job weathercasters to seasoned professionals, a broadcaster presents one weathercast for all to watch and critique. Young meteorologists will get sage advice, mid-career meteorologists will be seen for their advancement value, and old-timers will show how it's done.

This is also a good opportunity for all to see new and compelling ways to present the weather from broadcasters across the country.

To participate, simply provide the moderator with an Internet link to your weathercast video file. Thumb drives may also be submitted. This will be the final year that DVDs may be presented. No other media types are acceptable.

Student DVD Critique

This interactive session offers students an opportunity to receive feedback and advice from established professionals. A panel of broadcasters will work with students in small groups, reviewing their on-camera work and discussing the television business. Student meteorologists will have the chance to ask questions about all angles of broadcasting.

Students wanting to participate should either bring a DVD or thumb drive with sample weathercasts, OR provide an Internet link to their work. You do not have to bring a sample of your work to participate in the discussions.

Broadcaster Dinner

An evening of food, fun, and networking with fellow broadcast meteorologists and weather casters from across the country! (This event requires additional payment and seating is limited)

Local Chapter's Breakfast

Local Chapter's Breakfast: Camaraderie, Sharing Ideas and Best Practices

An opportunity to support Local Chapters and their officers, recognize the value and impact of Local Chapter activities, and sharing of ideas, issues and best practices

Supporting Women in Atmospheric Science Luncheon

Come join us for a lively discussion on topics that impact both women and men in the workplace as well as in the home. Past topics have included: handling stereotypes, balancing family with work, breastfeeding while working, and how men and women communicate differently (just to name a few). This is more than a mentoring lunch and open to both men and women. An open mind and supportive attitude is all that is required. (This event requires additional payment and seating is limited)

Allies in Meteorology Without Regard to Orientation Mixer

Please join us for the first NWA Diversity Committee AMWRO (Allies in Meteorology Without Regard to Orientation) mixer. This event will occur Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. starting at Gershwin's on Granby (332 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23510).

Come mix, mingle, and network with other LGBT NWA members. The more the merrier as this event is completely inclusive and all in support of the LGBT community are welcome to attend!

Hotel Information

Hotel and Meeting Space:

The conference hotel is the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. Reservations may be made online through this site, or by calling 1-800-874-0264 and telling them you are attending the National Weather Association meeting.

The NWA blocks at the Marriott, and one block at the Sheraton are full or nearly full. If there are cancellations, you may be able to find a reservation at these hotels. The 2nd Sheraton block still has some rooms available as of July 11. Reservations in that block can be made using this link.

Phone information for both hotels is listed below, as are links to the Marriott and 1st Sheraton block.

If you are unable to reserve a room in either of these blocks, please complete this form.

The room block is open until August 17, 2016, or until the NWA block is full.

Hotel rates are as follows:

Number of Guests Nightly Rate Before Tax
1–4 $87.00

  • Prices listed are per night and do not include tax or fees. The current tax rate is 14% and/or $2.00 per room night occupied. Rates are subject to change.
  • When requesting the room, they will ask how many will occupy the room. This will enable them to provide the correct type of room for the number of guests. (i.e., one bed vs. two beds). Rooms with 2 double beds cannot be guaranteed in advance unless this request appears as confirmed on your reservation.
  • All reservation requests will require a credit card, or a one (1) room night deposit, to guarantee the room. Any deposits will be refunded for rooms cancelled more than 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival. If you do not check into the hotel on your scheduled arrival date and do not cancel more than 72 hours in advance, one (1) room night cost will be charged to the credit card used to guarantee the room.
  • Name changes to room reservations may be made up to 1 day prior to arrival.
  • Check-in is available after 4 p.m. on arrival day, and check-out is at 11 a.m.
  • Complimentary Internet in all NWA attendee guest rooms.
  • The hotel has a smoke-free policy.

Additional Information

  • Reduced overnight Self-Parking of $14 (Main Street Garage Only). A 6% tax will apply.
  • Valet parking is available for $26/day for hotel guests.
  • Taxi rides between the airport and hotel average around $30. The hotel does not provide shuttle service.
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
235 E Main St
Norfolk, VA 23510

P: +1-757-627-4200

The meeting sessions will be held at the hotel.

Overflow Hotel Information — Sheraton Norfolk Waterside

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside
777 Waterside Dr
Norfolk, VA 23510

Reservations may be made online through this site, or by calling 1-800-325-3535 and telling them you are attending the National Weather Association meeting.

The room block is open until August 25, 2016, at 5 p.m. EDT, or until the NWA block is full.

Hotel rates are as follows:

Number of Guests Nightly Rate Before Tax
1–4 $87.00

  • Prices listed are per night and do not include tax or fees. The current tax rate is 14% + a $2.00 flat bed tax per room nigh. Rates are subject to change.
  • Individuals must guarantee their reservation with a credit card or deposit at the time of check-in.
  • Check-in is available after 3 p.m. on arrival day, and check-out is at 12 p.m.
  • Complimentary Internet in all NWA attendee guest rooms.
  • The hotel is a non-smoking hotel.

Additional Information


  • Convenient, covered and secured automobile self-parking is located at the Dominion Tower Parking Garage, adjacent to the hotel and other nearby facilities. Parking is subject to availability. Prices for parking are subject to change.
  • Self-parking for overnight guests at Dominion Tower Parking is $12 per car/day. Taxes may apply.
  • Overnight Valet parking is available upon request for $22/day for hotel guests. Taxes may apply.
  • Valet parking during an event is $12/day. Taxes may apply.

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