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The Central Iowa Chapter of the National Weather Association's goal is to improve the weather knowledge of the general public. The chapter works on projects with the goal of benefiting the local community. We also provide grants for various weather-related projects. For more information about our chapter, please browse the rest of our website.

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Don't miss the Interactive Doppler Radar and Warning Workshop!
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Severe Storms and Doppler Radar Conference

March 27th - March 29th, 2014
Courtyard by Marriott
Ankeny, IA


Click Here for the 2014 Conference Agenda (pdf)


Invited Speakers

  • Jeff Snyder, NRC Post-Doctoral Research Associate with NSSL, will be the banquet speaker focusing on high resolution radar data of the El Reno tornado collected while working with Howard Bluestein's group.
  • Damon Lane from KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City will speak on the media's role in the Moore, Ok, and El Reno, OK tornadoes.
  • Bruce Lee, Cathy Finley, and Chris Karstens, all members of TWISTEX, will give inivited talks in a special session in memory of Tim Samaras.
  • Nolan Doesken will present on the Colordao floods.
  • Gary Manier, Mayor of Washington, IL, will speak on the devastating EF4 tornado that stuck his city on 17 November 2013.
  • Another popular, hands-on, interactive radar workshop.
  • Additional invited speakers will be annouced later.

We would also like to announce the creation of the Tim Samaras Award for Best Student Presentation, which will be given at the end of the conference. A cash prize of $200 will be given to the best oral presentation by a student, with a prize of $150 for the best student poster presentation. All current undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.



News & Announcements


Next Meeting

Sometime in April (in Ames)
See you at the Conference!!


2014 Conference Dates
March 27th - March 29th, 2014
Ankeny, IA