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University of Oklahoma National Weather Center to host national meteorological meeting

University of Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma National Weather Center will host a professional society meeting for the first time when the 2009 American Meteorological Society Summer Community Meeting convenes from Aug. 10 to 13 in Norman, Okla.

"The commission tries to ensure that all sectors work together to deliver the best weather and climate services for the needs of the nation," said Elbert "Joe" Friday, commissioner of the AMS Commission on the Weather and Climate Enterprise and OU alumnus. "The fact that all three of these sectors are represented in the Norman area makes the National Weather Center an ideal location for our meeting."

The meeting will begin with a keynote address from U.S. Congressman Tom Cole (OK-4) at 1 p.m. Monday. Kylah McNabb, wind development specialist for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, will speak at 10 a.m. Thursday on "Wind Power in Oklahoma--Development to Date and Future Prospects."

"Attendees also will have a chance to take guided tours of the Stephenson Research and Technology Center, the Center for Spatial Analysis and several of the private-sector companies housed on the Research Campus," said Kevin Kloesel, associate dean of OU's College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences. "The opportunity to host a national meeting such as this is a great honor and provides an opportunity to showcase the world-class weather facilities located here in Norman."

Throughout this four-day conference, representatives from federal, state, university and private-sector organizations will discuss the meeting's two central themes - steps toward implementing a network of networks approach to improve environmental observations nationwide and meeting the weather forecasting needs of the renewable energy industry.

"The first theme addresses methods for guaranteeing that all of the many and varied weather-observing systems across the nation can be used easily and effectively to provide weather and climate information for all those who need it," said Friday. "The second theme addresses how the public, private and academic sectors can work together to best provide the weather information needed by the rapidly expanding renewable energy industries."

The AMS Commission on the Weather and Climate Enterprise organizes the Summer Community Meeting to bring together members of the diverse weather, water and climate community, representing the academic, government and private sectors, to discuss timely topics of broad national interest. This year's meeting is expected to draw more than 100 people.

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For the complete 2009 AMS Summer Community Meeting agenda, visit http://www.ametsoc.org/MEET/fainst/2009summercommunity.html.

The National Weather Center is located on the corner of Highway 9 and Jenkins Avenue. It houses a unique confederation of OU, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and state organizations that work together in partnership to improve understanding of events occurring in Earth's atmosphere over a wide range of time and space scales.

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