2021 Symposium Agenda


Thursday, March 25

1:00-1:15 Radar Workshop Intro (Rod Donavon - NWS DMX)

1:15-1:45 Jason Schaumann and Kyle Perez (NWS Springfield, MO) "The NWS Central Region Tornado Warning Improvement Project Mesovortex Warning System"

1:45-2:15 John Stopkotte (SOO, NWS North Platte, NE) "The Relevance of a Low-level Storm Relative Velocity Enhancement (SRVE) Airstream in Tornado Producing Supercells Prior to Tornadogenesis"

2:15-2:35 Kevin Skow (NWS Topeka, KS) "Applications and Examples of a Behavior-Based Tornadic Debris Signature Identification Technique"

2:35-3:00 Near Storm Environment for the Radar Workshop and Setup (Rod Donavon - NWS DMX)

3:00-3:15 Practice Warnings

3:15-4:30 Radar Workshop Warning Period (two levels of participation available)

4:30-5:00 Radar Event Review and Individual Scoring Reveal - (Rod Donavon - NWS DMX and Daryl Herzmann - Iowa State University)

Midland Radio - Symposium Silver Sponsor


Friday, March 26

Session Chair: Kenny Podrazik (NOAA/NWS -DMX)

8:55-9:00 Opening Remarks, Kenny Podrazik (NOAA/NWS -DMX)

9:00-9:35 Jeff Trapp (University of Illinois) "QLCS tornadoes"

9:35-10:10 Greg Hanson (WCM, NOAA/NWS-BOU) “Troublesome in more than name only: NWS Boulder support for East Troublesome and other wildfires in 2020”

10:10-10:45 James Spann (Birmingham ABC33/40) “April 27, 2011… Ten Years Later. What We Have Learned”

10:45-11:10 Chad Crilley (Broadcast Forecaster KRCG 13, Jefferson City, MO) “The meteorology behind the Joplin tornado”

11:10-11:45 Keith Stammer (Emergency Management Director, City of Joplin) "A look back at the Joplin tornado - its impact and recovery"

11:45-12:00 Awarding of Pam Daale and Tim Samaras Scholarships

12:00-1:00 Lunch

Session Chair: Alex Krull (NOAA/NWS – DMX)

1:00-1:35 Roger Erickson (NOAA/NWS-LCH) “NWS Lake Charles decision support services before, during, and after Hurricane Laura”

1:35-2:10 Lee Carlaw (NOAA/NWS-ORD) and Kenny Podrazik (NOAA/NWS-DMX) “An NWS Perspective of the August 10, 2020 Derecho”

2:10-2:45 Patrick Skinner (NOAA/NSSL/CIMMS) "Predictability of the 10 August 2020 Derecho in Convection Allowing Models"

2:45-3:20 Nick Stewart (Cedar Rapids KGAN) "Communicating the unthinkable - TV meteorologists’ role during the Iowa Derecho"

3:20-3:55 Nick AbouAssaly (Mayor, Marion, IA) "The Power of CommUNITY - Marion's Response to the Derecho"

3:55-4:30 Mindy Benson (Emergency Manager, Tama County - now with Black Hawk County) and Craig Sash (Agriculturist) "The derecho's impact on rural areas"

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2022 Conference Date

March 31 - April 2, 2022

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