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March 3, 2009

NOAA hosts National Severe Weather Workshop this week

Speakers involved with Greensburg, Kan., tornado to appear

Emergency managers and media will exchange ideas with academia and federal government experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the ninth annual National Severe Weather Workshop Thursday through Saturday at Norman's Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center.

The three-day workshop is designed to enhance partnerships between severe weather forecasters and researchers, emergency managers, broadcast meteorologists, businesses, storm spotters and other weather enthusiasts. Participants will identify communities at risk, evaluate current and future tools for hazardous weather assessment, and discuss communication technologies and meteorological careers.

This year's theme is "Dangerous Weather Ahead: Understanding and Communicating the Threats." A Trade and Technology Expo composed of company displays and information kiosks will be held in conjunction with the workshop.

Banquet speakers Ann Dixson, District Magistrate Judge with the State of Kansas, and Bob Dixson, Greensburg, Kan. mayor, who will speak about the Greensburg EF5 tornado of May 4, 2007. The two will share their experiences and discuss the community's commitment to rebuilding.

The event is hosted by NOAA's National Weather Service and Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, the Oklahoma Emergency Management Association and the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Meteorological Society / National Weather Association.

More information is available online at www.norman.noaa.gov/nsww2009. Late workshop registration of $140 will be accepted at the door. One-day tickets are available for $55.

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