National Weather Association

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National Weather Association
National Weather Association logo.jpg
NWA logo
Abbreviation NWA
Motto Connecting Operational Meteorologists in Pursuit of Excellence in Weather Forecasting, Communication and Service
Formation December 15, 1975; 38 years ago (1975-12-15)
Founder Jerry LaRue
Type Professional association
Legal status 501(c)(6) non-profit
Headquarters Raleigh, North Carolina
Coordinates 35°51′22.9″N 78°38′37.1″W / 35.856361°N 78.643639°W / 35.856361; -78.643639
Region served United States (primarily)
Membership c. 3000
President Jeffrey P. Craven
Subsidiaries Local and student chapters
Slogan Promoting excellence in operational meteorology to benefit society
Website nwas.org

The National Weather Association (NWA), founded in 1975, is an American professional association with a mission to support and promote excellence in operational meteorology and related activities.

Background[edit]

NWA is, along with the American Meteorological Society (AMS), one of the two principal meteorological organizations in the USA.[1][2] 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:[3]

  1. 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;
  2. 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.[4] 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.[5]

The NWA awards scholarships[6] and grants[7] 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.[8]

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[edit]

NWA 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).[9]

Publications[edit]

The National Weather Association publishes the following scientific journals:[10]

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