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July 17, 2008: Made it to Washington…

  I have arrived in Washington D.C.   David met us at the hotel.  It was a 12 hour drive.  We stopped in West Virginia last night.  Beautiful country.  Lot of hills and "mountains". 

  The weather here is hot!  It stormed right after we arrived.  Lightning and thunder…heavy rain…gusty winds!  Just my kind of weather.  🙂  I met with the "gang" from EasternUSwx around 5:30 PM.  It was pretty weird meeting people that I have talked to online for the last three years!  Everyone was nice though and it is definitely cool to put a face with a screen name. 

  The conference starts tomorrow.  Several speakers. 

Workshops: Friday, July 18, 2008
Washington A, Ballroom Level
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Wes Junker, Former Forecaster, Hydrometeorological Prediction Center

"Uncertainty and Using Ensemble Forecast Systems" — An overview of forecasting storms using ensemble forecast systems, and how the idea of uncertainty plays a role

11:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. Joe DelliCarpini, Senior Forecaster, NWS Taunton

“National Weather Service Forecast Operations” — An overview of how the National Weather Service prepares forecasts (including the use of AWIPS, and especially GFE — the Graphical Forecast Editor)

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Michael Ekster and Will Schwartz, Meteorologists and EasternUSWx.com Staff Members

“Winter Weather Forecasting Techniques including a BUFKIT Tutorial” — The difference between precip-type soundings, where they are most likely to be found in winter storms, and using BUFKIT to help

7:30 p.m. – Last standing

Friday Night Exhibits (learn more)