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Meeting Location

North Charleston Convention Center
5001 Coliseum Drive
North Charleston, SC 29418

Host Hotel

Embassy Suites North Charleston
5055 International Boulevard
North Charleston, South Carolina, 29418

Conveniently located next door to the convention center!

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Baron Services was the Presenting Sponsor for the golf outing.

Contributors to the raffle:

  • Allison House / Gibson Ridge Software
  • Midland Radio
  • National Weather Association
  • National Weather Center
  • National Weather Center Flying Cow Café
  • Nick Walker – The Weather Dude
  • Oklahoma University
  • The Weather Channel


"High-Impact Weather Communications: Finding Calm in the Eye of the Storm". Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac in 2012 put further emphasis on a critical question facing the weather enterprise: How do we encourage people to take appropriate action when high-impact weather is threatening them and their property? This issue is certainly not new, but the proliferation of avenues which citizens receive such information (which can be conflicting at times) has brought this topic to an even higher level of importance. The main goal of the conference is the sharing of physical and social science in order to determine how the weather enterprise can encourage people to take appropriate action during high-impact weather events, while realizing there are still limitations of each discipline.

Schedule of Events and Meeting Overview

The 2013 NWA Annual Meeting will begin on Saturday, 12 October with onsite registration, training may be offered by corporate members, exhibits will begin setup and Betsy Kling, the NWA Golf Pro, has arranged for the 11th Annual NWA Golf Outing for the scholarship fund to be held at the Legend Oaks Golf Course in Summerville, SC, 22 miles NW of the meeting location. See Golf Outing link on row of links above.

On Sunday, 13 October, the annual Broadcast Meteorology Workshop and the Sixth Annual Student Session will be held. The general sessions will be held October 14-17. An Ice Breaker can be expected on Monday evening and the NWA 2nd Annual Women's Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, 15 October. The NWA Annual Awards Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, 16 October. The final draft Program Agenda is posted. See link above.

For more information on exhibits, advertising, sponsorships, special accommodations, registration and the overall meeting program, keep checking this web page (http://www.nwas.org/meetings/nwa2013/) and the links above or contact the NWA office at (919) 845-1546 or exdir@nwas.org.

Abstract & Presentation Submission:

The deadline for submission of abstracts was July 1, 2013. Thanks very much to the authors of almost 250 abstracts that were submitted by the due date. Abstracts will continue to be accepted as submitted via http://www.nwas.org/2013abstracts.php until 15 September

Corrections to previous abstracts are welcomed until 30 September. If you submit a corrected abstract, please indicate that fact at the beginning of the abstract text. Many abstracts are already linked from the agenda, but can be changed as necessary.

Abstracts will be published as submitted, so please make sure they have been carefully reviewed and edited before submission. If you are 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 notified by the NWA Annual Meeting Program Committee regarding the disposition of their abstracts. Authors sending in new abstract submissions will be notified as soon as possible.

Presenters: Instructions for uploading your presentation PowerPoint slides, extended abstracts and posters to the NWA Web site to be used at the meeting and eventually linked from the final agenda are shown in Presentation Instructions and Tips at: http://www.nwas.org/meetings/tips.php. Specific Upload Instructions follow at http://www.nwas.org/meetings/upload_instructions.php and the actual page to submit uploads is at: http://www.presentations.nwas.org/.

Extended Abstracts

5 October – Deadline to upload extended abstracts for online availability during annual meeting

9 December – Last day to upload extended abstracts to be added to the archived meeting agenda

If authors wish to expand their abstracts and presentation material into a more complete paper, that will be accommodated as done with last year's meeting. This will allow the extended abstract to be cited as with papers from other conferences that publish such manuscripts (i.e., preprints). The templates below in Word and PDF provide an example and instructions of what the completed extended abstracts should look like:

                        Template and instructions in Microsoft Word format (.doc)

                        Template and instructions in Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf)

Contact Info

The Annual Meeting Program Committee Chair is:
Frank Alsheimer
Science and Operations Officer
National Weather Service Forecast Office
Charleston, SC

The Broadcaster Workshop Program Chair is:
Mike Goldberg
3301 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230

Social Media

The NWA will provide updates on this Web page, on the 2013 Annual Meeting Facebook Page, 2013 Annual Meeting Twitter Page and 2013 Annual Meeting Blog. Please use the hashtag #NWAS13 for any tweets associated with the 2013 Annual Meeting.

If you have not attended an NWA annual meeting, you are missing out! To give you a glimpse, some highlights from the 2012 meeting in Madison, Wisconsin were captured on this 3-minute video. Come check out the experience for yourself at the Charleston, SC meeting.

Important Dates and Deadlines:

15 September - Last day to submit poster abstracts

30 September - Last day to submit abstract changes

1 October - Residence Inn reservation deadline

10 October - Deadline to upload oral presentation AV aids

12 October - Annual Meeting Begins

12 October - Golf Outing

13 October - Broadcaster Workshop

13 October - Student Session

14 October - General Sessions Begin

16 October - Awards Luncheon

17 October - Meeting Ends

Meeting Sponsors

Baron Services