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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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2021 NWA Extreme Weather Virtual Symposium

Presented by the Central Iowa NWA Chapter
Friday, March 26, 2021

2021 Registration Fees

Regular Registration: $20
Student Registration: $10

Registration Opening soon!


*** Virtual Conference Update - Confirmed Speakers (01/18/2021) ***

The following speakers have been confirmed for the Friday, March 26, 2021 virtual conference:

  • Dr. Jeff Trapp, University of Illinois, will discuss QLCS tornadoes.
  • James Spann, KBMA-TV in Birmingham, AL, will look back on the 10th anniversary of the 2011 Super Outbreak of tornadoes and discuss what has changed should a similar event happen today.
  • Greg Hanson, NWS-Boulder, will discuss the rapid spread of the East Troublesome Fire in Colorado during October 2020.
  • Nick Stewart, KGAN-TV, Cedar Rapids, IA, will cover the broadcaster response to the August 10, 2020 Midwest Derecho.
  • Nick AbouAssaly, mayor, Marion, IA, will review derecho impacts in the urban Cedar Rapids metropolitan area.
  • Mindy Benson, Tama County Emergency Management, will speak on the derecho impacts in rural Iowa.
  • Dr. Patrick Skinner, CIMMS/NSSL, will speak on predictability challenges of the derecho.
  • Craig Sash, farm owner and cattleman from Tama County, will discuss the impact of the derecho on agricultural producers.
  • A National Weather Service perspective will be provided in a talk by personnel from the Des Moines, Quad Cities, and Chicago NWS offices.

In addition, other talks will look at Hurricane Laura and look back on how Joplin, MO has recovered in the 10 years since the Joplin EF5 tornado.



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Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, January 20th
Meeting starts at 7 PM
Virtual via Google Meet

2021 Virtual Symposium Date
Friday, March 26th


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