AIR-MASS 2005 Severe Storms Conference

Mike Smith

The Wichita Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association is sponsoring the Air Capital's Mid-America Storm Symposium, also known at AIR-MASS 2005. The dates are April 14 and 15, 2005. This hands on conference will be held at Wichita's Radisson Broadview Hotel.

Our goal is to present a hands on application-oriented conference.


An evening at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center: Transportation, banquet dinner, keynote speaker, museum access, and possibly a weather-related IMAX film. Many believe the Cosmosphere is the second best space museum in the world, second only to the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Hugh Christian, Global Hydrology and Climate Center (part of the National Space Science and Technology Center). Topic: Lightning Research from Space

50th Anniversary of the Deadly Udall, Kansas Tornado: Special presentations on this memorable Kansas event, and its impact on the development of spotter programs across Kansas and elsewhere.

Invited Guest Speakers:

Don Burgess, retired assistant director of NSSL; Chief of the Warning Research and Development Division; and renowned radar expert.

Dr. Hugh Christian, head of lightning research team at the Global Hydrology and Climate Center.

Mike Looney, Chief of Meteorological Services Division, National Weather Service Central Region Headquarters.

Mike Smith, CEO, WeatherData Inc.

Dave Freeman, Chief Meteorologist at KSNW-TV; former head of the NWA Broadcasters Committee.

Please mark your calendars. We look forward to seeing you in April.
I was asked if one has to fly into Kansas City to get to the Conference. Actually, Wichita has good air service. To assist in making plans, I will review the hub cities from which Wichita has non-stop service starting from the north and moving clockwise:

Minneapolis (Northwest)
Chicago (United and American)
Detroit (Northwest)
Cincinnati (Delta)
St. Louis (American)
Memphis (Northwest)
Atlanta (AirTran and Delta)
Orlando (AirTran)
Houston (Continental)
Dallas (American)
Phoenix (America West)
Las Vegas (Allegiant)
Salt Lake City (Delta)
Denver (United)

For the most part, the air service is reasonably priced. Of course, you can get connections from about anywhere.

Look forward to seeing you at the Conference!