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Next Generation Weather Radar or NEXRADDecember 10, 2001 — The nation's premier severe weather experts will discuss their latest research findings and forecasting techniques during the second annual National Severe Weather Workshop March 1 and 2, 2002, at the National Center for Employee Development Marriott Conference Center in Norman, Okla. (Click NOAA image for larger view of Next Generation Weather Radar or NEXRAD.)

The workshop is designed for emergency managers, broadcast meteorologists, storm spotters and other weather enthusiasts. The event is sponsored by NOAA's National Weather Service, Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Meteorological Society/National Weather Association and the Oklahoma Emergency Managers Association.

In its first year, the workshop was an overwhelming success, attracting more than 200 attendees from 20 different states. During the 2002 workshop, severe weather experts from across the nation will present the latest techniques for severe weather preparedness and response. Speakers will include National Weather Service leadership, broadcast meteorologists and emergency managers, as well as forecasters and researchers from NWS offices and the NOAA Weather Partners in Norman, including the Storm Prediction Center, National Weather Service Norman Forecast Office, National Severe Storms Laboratory, Radar Operations Center and Warning Decision Training Branch.

"This is a unique national event where emergency managers, broadcast meteorologists, researchers and forecasters from around the country will get together to discuss how they can better protect the lives of American citizens," said Joseph Schaefer, director of NOAA's Storm Prediction Center.

Sponsor and vendor opportunities are available for businesses to promote their products or services during the event. More information about the workshop is available online or by calling (405) 579-0771.

Relevant Web Sites
National Severe Weather Workshop

Tornado Statistics from NOAA's Storm Prediction Center

StormReady Program

NOAA's National Severe Storms Lab

All About Tornadoes, including the Fujita Scale

Tornadoes...Nature's Most Violent Storms

Vortex: Unraveling the Secrets

NOAA Weather Radio

Tornado Photos Online

NOAA's Weather Page

NOAA's Storm Watch

Media Contact:
Keli Tarp, NOAA's Storm Prediction Center, Norman, Okla., (405) 366-0451