September 2020 President’s Message

EDITOR'S NOTE: Read more from our September 2020 Newsletter.

Register for the 45th Annual Meeting.

Transcript: Here we are, folks. September. Can you believe we're two weeks away from our virtual annual meeting? Absolutely amazing. Yet here we are. So much planning and effort has gone into making this meeting a success. I can't wait for you all to see the results. Remember last month I was talking about our three keynote addresses? Just an outstanding lineup with outstanding individuals.

Dr. Avi Goldfarb who is an economist from the University of Toronto and an expert in artificial intelligence is going to be talking to us about the future of AI and how it may affect the weather career fields. Dr. Florence Rabier from ECMWF, incredibly lucky to have her. She's going to be talking a little bit about modeling efforts that are going on in Europe. And of course, Dr. Desiree Hill, an amazing expert in crisis communication, who's going to be talking to us specifically about how weather communications may end up changing in the future.

Just those three talks alone are worth the price of admission, but I've got more for you. We also have three invited talks that are also slated to occur that week. Dr. Neil Jacobs, head of NOAA will be joining us. So will Dr. Lou Uccellini from the National Weather Service. And special guests Dr. Aaron Hill and Dr. Russ Schumacher, who will be talking to us about some machine learning projects that they're working on for forecasting severe weather. Just outstanding additions to the keynotes.

Then you start adding in all of the oral presentations and our panel discussions where our members can actually participate, and we're in for one action-packed week. It is going to be outstanding. Can't wait for you all to be there.

Remember registration is open now. Please go and register. The fee this year is slightly lower than you would normally see for an in-person meeting, but you get so much more. Everything that's going to occur that week is actually going to be recorded, which means you can go back and view it at any time. It'll be in your library forever. So go register if you haven't. Make sure you get your spot.

I need to make sure I mention our corporate sponsors. Without them, the virtual meeting might not have been possible. Baron Services is a platinum sponsor this year. And, of course, Midland Radio is always great with their sponsorships as well. We're also working on a few others which aren't yet complete, but we'll certainly announce those when they happen.

If you're interested in becoming a corporate sponsor, go ahead and contact NWA Headquarters. We'd be more than happy to help you out. It's a terrific opportunity to interact with our membership.

Okay, that's it. Two more weeks. I have a lot of work to do, so does is the rest of the NWA. But we're going to make this meeting a terrific success, and we want to see you there. If you have not registered, go do that now. Make sure you get your spot. And can't wait for an outstanding meeting. Take care and talk to you next month on the flip side.


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