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Final Agenda is posted with links to abstracts, and preprints/extended abstracts as they become available.
Links to presentation slides, posters and other media will be available after the meeting.


Monona Terrace Convention Center
One John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53703

The meeting sessions occurred in the beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright designed Monona Terrace Convention Center in downtown Madison on October 6-11, 2012.

The 2012 NWA Annual Meeting included the annual Broadcaster Workshop and DVD swap, and the Fifth Annual Student Session, both on Sunday, October 7.

The general sessions were held October 8–11. The NWA annual awards luncheon was held on Wednesday, October 10.

Exhibits from NWA Corporate Members and others were available Sunday through Tuesday.


"Synthesizing Weather Information for Society: From Observations to Action across our Communities". Today's meteorologists understand that the best forecast means collaborating with weather partners in education, emergency management, government, research, broadcast media and more. At this year's meeting, the breadth of the professional community was invited to explore the emerging technologies, ideas, and science that not only allow us to improve weather forecasts but also to fine tune the message to customers and the general public.

Abstract Submission:

The deadline for submission of new abstracts has passed. Thanks very much to the authors of over 245 abstracts that were submitted. Thanks also to the many students submitting and to those indicating they wish to be considered for the best poster and oral presentation competitions.

Abstracts are linked from the online Agenda, so please make sure they have been carefully reviewed and edited. If you were unable to submit your abstract via the online form, please contact the NWA office at (919) 845-1546 or email: exdir@nwas.org.

Presenters were kept updated by the NWA Annual Meeting Program Committee regarding the disposition of abstracts and agenda changes. An FTP site was established at http://www.nwas.org/meetings/ftp_instructions.php with instructions for presenters to upload their presentations, preprints/extended abstracts and poster summary slides. Presentation tips are also available at: http://www.nwas.org/meetings/tips.php.

Questions? See Contacts.

Preprints/Extended Abstracts – New Opportunity for Presenters and their Coauthors:

Authors wishing to expand their abstracts and presentation material into a completed paper, were able to upload to the NWA Web site for linking to the presentation entry in the Annual Meeting agenda. This allowed the online preprint to be cited as with papers from other conferences that publish preprints. These templates, below in Word and pdf, provided examples of what the completed preprints/extended abstracts (for the sample agenda item 3.1) should have looked like:


More information is posted on the FTP site at http://www.nwas.org/meetings/ftp_instructions.php.

Poster Summary Slides – another New Opportunity:

This year, to better highlight the content of the posters to all, poster presenters had an option to provide a 'one-slide' poster summary "advertisement". This slide should have just included a few main points and used the provided template. In general, this meant one image and 2-3 bullets on the slide. This should have not included the entire contents of your poster. The summaries were presented by session chairs before the given poster session. These slide summaries should have been uploaded on the FTP site by 1 October and were also posted online.

More Information on Madison, the Meeting, the Program Planning, and Social Media:

The Madison Blog has been relocated to http://nwa2012.wordpress.com/ (direct link above), which was maintained by the NWA Annual Meeting Program Committee for information on events, presentations, keynote speakers, hotels, local area attractions as well as breaking news. A meeting Facebook page and Twitter page were updated periodically.

Meeting information was updated on this Web page, on the NWA Facebook Page, Twitter and other social media.

Please use the hashtag #NWAS12 for any tweets associated with the 2012 Annual Meeting.

Meeting Sponsors

Weather Central


Midland Radio Corporation
Weather Channel


Allison House