Department of Geography and the Environment

Troy Kimmel Co-chairs Sessions at National Weather Association Meeting

Mon, November 4, 2013
Troy Kimmel Co-chairs Sessions at National Weather Association Meeting

Senior Lecturer Troy Kimmel has recently returned from the 38th Annual Meeting of the National Weather Association (NWA) in Charleston, SC. The NWA is dedicated to the mission of Connecting Operational Meteorologists in Pursuit of Excellence in Weather Forecasting, Communication and Service. The theme of the conference was High Impact Weather Communications: Finding Calm in the Eye of the Storm, and explored how Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac (2012) brought this critical question to the forefront: how do we encourage people to take appropriate action when high-impact weather is threatening them and their property?

This issue is certainly not new, but the proliferation of avenues which citizens receive such information (which can be conflicting at times) has brought this topic to an even higher level of importance. The main goal of the conference is the sharing of physical and social science in order to determine how the weather enterprise can encourage people to take appropriate action during high-impact weather events, while realizing there are still limitations of each discipline.


Troy Kimmel served as a VLB Session Co-chair, providing guidance to presenters for the Sessions on Winter Weather/Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Troy Kimmel has been a NWA Councilor since 2008, as well as being Senior Lecturer in Studies in Weather and Climate at UT, Manager of the Weather and Climate Resource Center, Incident Meteorologist for UT Campus Safety and Security Committee, Chief Meteorologist at Legendary KOKE-FM (99.3/98.5FM), and Owner/Meteorologist of KimCo Meteorological Services.            

Plans have been announced for the 39th Annual Meeting to take place October 18-23rd 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, visit the National Weather Association website. To find out more about Troy Kimmel, visit his faculty profile or the news archives on the department website. 

Photo Courtesy of Moore Visuals

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