National Weather Association
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|Motto||Connecting Operational Meteorologists in Pursuit of Excellence in Weather Forecasting, Communication and Service|
|Formation||December 15, 1975|
|Legal status||501(c)(6) non-profit|
|Headquarters||Raleigh, North Carolina|
|Region served||United States (primarily)|
|President||Jeffrey P. Craven|
|Subsidiaries||Local and student chapters|
|Slogan||Promoting excellence in operational meteorology to benefit society|
NWA is, along with the American Meteorological Society (AMS), one of the two principal meteorological organizations in the USA. The NWA focuses on operational meteorology, i.e. weather forecasting and the application of forecasts to human affairs. To accomplish this, the Association's objectives are:
- to provide a medium for all persons interested in weather, including climate, forecasting, observations, observational systems and related research and development for the publishing of letters, pamphlets, periodicals, papers, and Web pages concerning activities in said fields;
- to provide information, publications, materials, and seminars that will promote forecasting, analysis, observations, training, and education in the meteorological disciplines.
There are dozens of local and student chapters of the National Weather Association. The national as well as some local chapters conduct conferences on various aspects of operational meteorology (i.e. weather forecasting and presentation). NWA's primary assembly is the NWA Annual Meeting.
The NWA awards scholarships and grants to mostly undergraduate students but do award some scholarships and grants to graduate students majoring in meteorology or a related field of study. The NWA also annually bestows awards to outstanding practicing meteorologists.
NWA engages in advocacy activities, such as releasing policy statements on topics including use of storm shelters, climate change, FCC broadcasting issues, and positions on weather observation systems.
Broadcaster Seal of Approval
Like the AMS' Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal, the NWA also has a Seal of Approval for broadcasters. Sealholders must pass a multiple choice test on meteorological principles and submit tapes to a panel of fellow weathercasters for review. Unlike the AMS seal, a college degree in meteorology or the physical sciences is not required, although there is a minimum experience requirement (a broadcaster must have three full years of on-air experience, or two full years of five-day-a-week forecasting, to qualify for the seal); the AMS seal only requires a nominal amount of experience (3 days, enough to produce a demo tape). Thus, the NWA seal is the only option for those who have transferred from some other on-air role to weather forecasting without pursuing a full degree in meteorology. Many working meteorologists have both seals.
It is worthy to note that many meteorologists with degrees and/or certifications from accredited meteorological university programs will work to gain a Seal of Approval from the NWA and/or AMS to add to their credentials because it shows that they can competently relay weather information to the public in a sound and understandable manner. Seals are sought as a mark of distinction in the broadcast meteorology community. A person who has a bachelor's degree in meteorology and/or certification from an accredited university program and contains a seal from the NWA or AMS along with sufficient work in the field is generally considered to be a meteorologist in the broadcast community.
The National Weather Association publishes the following scientific journals:
- Electronic Journal of Operational Meteorology
- Journal of Operational Meteorology
- National Weather Digest
- Wyatt Everhart, "National Weather Association Meets", ABC2 website, 10/20/2011, http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/weather/weather_blogs/blog%3A-national-weather-association-meets
- "Glossary", Weather.com, http://www.weather.com/glossary/n.html
- About the National Weather Association
- NWA Local Chapters
- NWA Events
- NWA Scholarships
- NWA Grants
- NWA Annual Awards Program
- NWA Publications