Media Contacts:
Steve Harned
National Weather Association
919-845-1546, exdir@nwas.org

Erin Filarecki, Media Relations Manager
Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau
757-664-6620, efilarecki@norfolkcvb.com


34th Annual Meeting of the National Weather Association

Begins Sunday, Oct., 18, 2009

Norfolk, Va. (Oct. 8, 2009) - Hundreds of meteorologists from across the country will be gathering at Norfolk's Sheraton Waterside Hotel for the 34th Annual Meeting of the National Weather Association. For five days, America’s weather experts will be sharing and discussing the latest information on scientific research and operational techniques to better forecast the weather in the nation’s wide variety of climates.

The theme of this year's meeting is "The Future is Now: New Technologies and Techniques to Support the Weather Enterprise and Society: 2010 and Beyond." In addition to a focus on new technologies such as advances in radar and severe weather analysis, there will also be an emphasis placed on marine and tropical meteorology, military weather forecasting, decision support for high impact events, and societal impacts of weather.

The conference begins on Sunday, Oct.18, with a daylong Broadcaster Workshop for the continuing education of radio and television meteorologists from cities of all sizes, as well as a student session. General Sessions begin on Monday, Oct. 19 and continue through the afternoon hours of Thursday, Oct. 22. Exhibits of the newest weather products and services for media, observing and research will be on display from Sunday, Oct.18, through Tuesday, Oct. 20. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, Norfolk area teachers will participate in a free hands-on workshop to help them better teach weather in the classroom.

The National Weather Association is an all inclusive, member-led, non-profit professional organization of nearly 3,000 meteorologists and students in the operational, broadcast, and research fields. Incorporated in 1975, the NWA’s mission is to support and promote excellence in operational meteorology and all related activities. Currently, more than 800 radio and television weather broadcasters carry the NWA Seal of Approval.

For more information on the NWA, visit www.nwas.org