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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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Severe Storms and Doppler Radar Conference

March 31st - April 2nd, 2016
Courtyard by Marriott
Ankeny, IA

Early registration ends March 17th!


*** Conference Update - Invited Speakers (02/05/2016) ***

To help celebrate our 20th anniversary, we are bringing in some very special invited speakers this year:

  • Dr. Louis Uccellini, Director of NOAA's National Weather Service, will give the banquet keynote.
  • Dr. Howie Bluestein, University of Oklahoma, History of tornado research.
  • Dr. Chuck Doswell, retired, NSSL, History of storm chasing.
  • Dr. Paul Markowski, The Penn State University, The latest ideas on tornadogenesis.
  • Tim Marshall, Haag Engineering, Amazing things seen during tornado damage surveys.
  • Efran Afante, WTLX-TV, Columbia, SC, on the catastropic October flood in South Carolina.
  • Dr. Walker Ashley, Northern Illinois University, The Rochelle EF-4 of 2015.
  • Brian Van Vickle, Sheriff, Ogle County, IL, personal experiences with the Rochelle tornado.
  • Mollie Rivas, Emergency Manager, Garland, Texas, on the December EF-4 tornado.
  • Karl Jungbluth, retired, NWS, A 40th anniversay look back at the Jordan, IA F5 tornado.
  • Another popular, hands-on, interactive radar workshop.



News & Announcements


Upcoming Meetings

March 31st - April 2nd, 2016
Severe Storms and Doppler Radar Conference
Courtyard by Marriott, Ankeny

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Agronomy Hall, Ames
Advanced Spotter Training - 7pm
Meeting proceeding spotter training

2016 Conference Dates
March 31st - April 2nd, 2016
Ankeny, IA