TESSA 2006 TS Conference & David Hoadley Tribute

I wanted to pull this out of the forgotten Archive Vault. Mods - is it still too early to sticky this??



This is a notice regarding the TESSA 2006 Texas Storm Conference.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2006 at the Colleyville Center in Colleyville, Texas from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Preliminary Agenda as it stands ATTM:

The current presenters are:

Gary Woodall - Super Storm Spotter Training Session

Chuck Doswell - Chasing Ethics and Concerns

Tim Marshall - Katrina

David Hoadley - Career Summary


Second Super Storm Spotter Training Session, Gary Woodall, NWS


Presentation on Chaser Responsibility, Dr. Charles Doswell

Presentation by Featured Speaker, David Hoadley


Dinner to Honor David Hoadley

There will be one additional speaker in the afternoon to be announced at a later date.


The 2006 event will pay tribute to veteran storm chaser David Hoadley. Mr. Hoadley will give a presentation on his 50 years of storm chasing. A special dinner honoring Mr. Hoadley will take place after the conference.

The second TESSA Super Storm Spotter Session, will provide the highest level of training available to storm spotters anywhere in the country. The session will be presented by Ft. Worth NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Gary Woodall.

After the morning session, emphasis will be on addressing the current concern about unsafe and irresponsible storm chasing and the discussion of possible solutions, and on the celebration of David Hoadley’s career and contribution to storm chasing.

As always, the event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited to 500 persons for the conference.

There will be a fee for those attending the Hoadley celebration dinner.

Since the conference is free and open to the public, TESSA relies on contributions from sponsors and vendors. If you are interested in either sponsoring or being a vendor, please contact Ariana Cibley, the conference coordinator, at [email protected]

More details will be posted at http://www.tessa.org as the year progresses.

I'm going to mark my calander, and hope I’m free that weekend. How can anybody pass-up Doswell, Marshall, Hoadley, and a player yet to be named all in the same day!
Can someone please sticky this? As this event is getting ever-closer and it's a pretty big one for us Southern Plains dwellers.....





Invitation to Attend

What: TESSA 2006 Texas Storm Conference

Where: Colleyville Center, 5301 Riverwalk Drive, Colleyville, TX 76034

When: Saturday, March 11, 2006, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Texas Severe Storms Association (TESSA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) will collaborate for the 2006 Texas Storm Conference on March 11 in Colleyville, Texas. Speakers from TESSA, NWS, and the North Texas Council of Governments will deliver presentations on storm spotter training, Hurricane Katrina, the DFW Metroplex tornado risk, and storm chasing.

The conference will begin with the second annual TESSA Super Storm Spotter session, the highest level of training available to storm spotters anywhere in the country. The session will be presented by Ft. Worth NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Gary Woodall. Mr. Woodall’s all-new presentation is titled, “Tools for the Spotter's Situational Awareness.†This program will provide spotters with tools for maintaining situational awareness before and during a storm event.

Veteran storm chaser and engineer Tim Marshall, one of the nation’s top experts on storm damage, will discuss the physical impact of Hurricane Katrina on coastal communities. Scott Rae of the North Texas Council of Governments, Alan Moller of the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Ft. Worth, and Martin Lisius, Chairman and founder of the Texas Severe Storms Association, will discuss the risk residents of the Dallas Ft. Worth Metroplex face from the impact of a major tornado event. This scenario, previously presented by TESSA, has recently become known as “DFW’s Katrina.â€

Former National Severe Storms Laboratory researcher, and distinguished tornado scientist, Dr. Charles Doswell, will deliver a presentation on storm chasing ethics. His talk will be followed by the conference’s featured speaker David Hoadley, recognized as the country’s first storm chaser. During his 50 year career, Mr. Hoadley has logged more than 750,000 miles tracking storms in 27 states and has witnessed 169 tornadoes firsthand. His presentation will summarize his storm chasing career and will be followed by a post-conference dinner tribute.

"It's appropriate for the Texas Storm Conference to take place in Dallas-Ft. Worth, the largest metropolitan area in Tornado Alley, an area that experiences the effects of dangerous storms on a frequent basis,†said TESSA’s Martin Lisius. “Over the years, DFW has become the nation’s center of severe weather education, and the positive outcome from an event like this benefits the entire country."

The 2006 conference is expected to attract 500 attendees, including storm spotters, storm chasers, emergency management officials, forecasters, educators, students and others from across the US. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Detailed information about the conference can be viewed on-line at www.tessa.org.

TESSA 2006 Texas Storm Conference Agenda is now on-line at http://www.tessa.org/meeting_agenda.html

The basics are:

TESSA 2006 Texas Storm Conference
Saturday, March 11, 2006, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Colleyville Center
Colleyville, Texas

2006 Presenters:
David Finfrock, NBC Weather Team
Gary Woodall, 2nd Annual Super Storm Spotter Training Session
Tim Marshall, Hurricane Katrina - Target Slidell
Scott Rae, DFW Tornado Scenario - Loss Analysis
Alan Moller, DFW Tornado Scenario - Human Impact
Martin Lisius, DFW Tornado Scenario - Mitigation
Dr. Charles Doswell, Chase Safety and the Consequences of Irresponsible Chasing
David Hoadley, 50 Years: Highlights of a Pioneer Storm Chaser and Tribute Dinner
Well, I am certainly glad I perused this seeing as how my parents reside all of 30 seconds from the conference location in Colleyville and I will be there from the 9th-15th.