About the Chapter

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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Apply for a Central Iowa NWA Scholarship - See Links to right!!

*** Abstract submission deadline Thursday, February 29, 2024 ***

Abstracts are encouraged on all aspects of severe weather. Send abstracts to Dr. William Gallus at wgallus@iastate.edu
Please indicate if you would prefer an oral or poster presentation


2024 Severe Storms and Doppler Radar Conference

Presented by the Central Iowa NWA Chapter

March 27th - March 29th, 2024
(Wednesday - Friday)
Courtyard by Marriott


Regular Registration: $190
Student Registration: $90

(Last day for Early Registration is Wednesday, March 20th)

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*** Conference Update - Confirmed Speakers (02/07/2024) ***

The following speakers are confirmed for this years conference:

  • Dr. Russell Schneider, Director of NOAA-NWS SPC, will give two invited presentations, one on the future of SPC, and the other on the convective season of 2023.
  • Dr. Greg Forbes, retired severe weather expert from The Weather Channel, will look back on the 50th anniversary of the 1974 Super Outbreak of tornadoes, and compare and contrast with the 2011 SuperOutbreak.
  • Gayland Kitch, emergency manager for the city of Moore, OK, will look back on the 25th anniversary of the May 3, 1999 F5 tornado strike in Moore, and discuss how that event shaped response for the 2013 EF5 tornado and current policy.
  • Jason York, Kentucky Emergency Management, will discuss how the Weather-Ready Nation program is reaching vulnerable populations like the Amish through innovative new weather radios.
  • Dr. Aaron Hill, University of Oklahoma, will discuss the increasing use of Machine Learning for severe weather prediction.
  • Dr. Jana Houser, The Ohio State University, will discuss the latest ideas on tornadogenesis.
  • Zach Hiris, NWS-Boulder, will speak about the Red Rocks Ampitheater hailstorm and challenges of keeping people safe at large venue events.
  • Eldridge Walker, mayor of Rolling Fork, MS, will talk about the high-end EF4 tornado that struck his city on March 24, 2023.
  • In addition, we will have several speakers discussing the March 31, 2023 tornado outbreak.

News & Announcements


Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, February 21
Pizza Ranch Restaurant in Ankeny
Meeting starts at 7 pm
Back room is reserved at 6:15 pm for social time and dinner

2024 Conference Date

March 27 - March 29, 2024


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