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**TESSA/Texas Storm Conference 2005**

Just booked my flight for Dallas; leaving Friday night from Denver and coming back Sunday morning. Quick trip, but well worth it as I've been to the previous 2 conferences. Last year's was incredible and well worth going for! I'm very glad that I'll be in attendence this year for this conference as well! See you all in Dallas! 8)
 
I just found out that I'm going to have to miss the workshop due to a required, mandatory, 10% of my grade geology field trip that day. I would love to have tapes of the superspotter class and Al Moller's talk. If anyone from the Norman area is going and is going to record these sessions, could I get copies from you?
Angie

I'd also be interested in a copy if TESSA or someone will be selling them.
 
I just found out that I'm going to have to miss the workshop due to a required, mandatory, 10% of my grade geology field trip that day. I would love to have tapes of the superspotter class and Al Moller's talk. If anyone from the Norman area is going and is going to record these sessions, could I get copies from you?
Angie

Angie,

Don't you get a choice in the days of the field trip? I didn't take geology, but if I remember correctly from what others told me, you get a choice of 2 or 3 dates for the field trip.
 
Melissa,
Nope, no choice apparently. That was the only date he gave us, with March 6th as a backup if the trip gets cancelled for Feb 26th. I guess he wants to get us out there before the snakes and other critters wake up :roll: .
I guess I could try explaining that previous (semi-school related :wink: ) plans are scheduled for that day. Probably won't work, but may be worth a shot.
Angie
 
Here's an update from Martin Lisius, TESSA Chairman, about what we can expect fo attendance at TESSA in less than one month - and also some tips for those who are traveling from a distance for the conference:

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I have received e-mails from folks as far away as CA, FL, AL, OH, etc. who
are planning to attend the TESSA 2005 Texas Storm Conference in Arlington on
Feb. 26. We had close to 300 attend in 2004. We think there will be more
this year, so we booked a facility for 500. If I had to guess, I think
we'll have about 400, or a bit more. Still, it's conceivable that we will
exceed 500, so persons traveling a long distance should play it safe and
arrive early, perhaps by 7:00 AM. Plan on staying in Arlington the night
before. We've listed several nearby, moderately-priced lodging options at
http://www.tessa.org/meeting_directions_lodging.html You can also find good
lodging deals at www.expedia.com.

The show starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM with the unofficial dinner to
follow.

One other note. The TSC is not at the Arlington Convention Center. It is
at the Bob Duncan Center at 2800 S. Center Street in south central
Arlington. It is actually closer to I-20 than I-30.

Martin

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..Gene..
 
Notice relayed on behalf of Martin Lisius:

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Vendor Tables Sold Out

All of the sponsor and vendor table spots at the 2005 TESSA TSC (Feb. 26)
are sold out (TESSA requires that all vendors present at the TSC be
registered and pay a fee). We have reached the capacity allowed by the
conference site facility.

The only sponsorship opportunities that remain are primary and support
sponsorships without a table.

Naturally, door prize contributions are always welcome.

If you have questions, contact [email protected]

Thanks!

Martin
 
We'll be there

Hey everyone, I have not posted here in a while, greetings to everyone new and old.

My wife, my chase partner Jacki and I will be at Tessa this year, and we are excited at the agenda and what is to come. We are excited to meet those we know, however not personally. We believe the presentation by Alan Mollar will be extraordinary.

As this is our first time at TESSA, we are thrilled to have the opportunity. Again, excited to meet everyone and participate in the many seminars.

Cheers.

Jeff Miller
J Squared Chase Team/Forums
http://jsquaredweather.com
 
Info...

We will be driving from the conference from Tyler, Texas (where my mom lives and whom we will be visiting). For those of you southern chasers familiar with Northeast Texas (our chase team primarily chases the Plains of Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Kansas). To get there by 7:20 AM, what time should we leave from Tyler to Arlington (accounting for early morning traffic in Dallas/Fort Worth). We want to ensure we get there in plenty of time as we are driving a long ways.

Any suggestions would be very helpful, thanks in advance.

Jeff Miller
J Squared Chase Team/Forums
http://jsquaredweather.com
 
Re: Info...

Originally posted by Jeffrey Miller
We will be driving from the conference from Tyler, Texas (where my mom lives and whom we will be visiting). For those of you southern chasers familiar with Northeast Texas (our chase team primarily chases the Plains of Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Kansas). To get there by 7:20 AM, what time should we leave from Tyler to Arlington (accounting for early morning traffic in Dallas/Fort Worth). We want to ensure we get there in plenty of time as we are driving a long ways.

Any suggestions would be very helpful, thanks in advance.

Jeff Miller

You should plan to leave by around 5.00am from Tyler and give yourself a generous two hours to get there (and that's assuming you know exactly where you're going - remember you can always try MapQuest and input the address of the convention for a map). I shouldn't think early morning traffic on a Saturday morning will be too bad.

Address of Convention: http://www.tessa.org/meeting_directions_lodging.html

See you there!
 
Since I just got a job and I figure I must attend one of these damn chaser get togethers at least once, I will be flying down from good ol' Lansing to attend. Problem is, I need transportation. I will be staying at the Super 8 in Arlington.
 
Originally posted by Douglas Mitchell
Since I just got a job and I figure I must attend one of these damn chaser get togethers at least once, I will be flying down from good ol' Lansing to attend. Problem is, I need transportation. I will be staying at the Super 8 in Arlington.

Douglas -

How are you getting from the airport to the Super 8? Airport Shuttle??
I guess you'll either need to call a cab or hitch a ride with a chaser to get to the convention center. You should call the Super 8 and ask if they can get you to TESSA on the Saturday morning - your Super 8 is barely 2 miles from the Bob Duncan Center. Too far to walk, but a real short drive!

Let us know if you get something worked out.
 
A note to those who are traveling into Arlington and are staying at a hotel... I don't know what deal you got on the Super 8, but I managed to pick up the Courtyard by Marriott for $66/night (Fri and Sat night). I'm splitting the cost with a couple other chasers, so it'll come out to be $22/night for each of us. And yes, I booked it for 3 people. I had a AAA discount which knocked it down from $69 in the first place. I heard the Super 8 was going for $69 as well, so if you don't mind the extra 3 mile trip, it may be worth checking into. The hotel is right off I-30 and is a straight 5-mile shot south to the convention center.

http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/...L?WT_Ref=eConfo

I think that link will work for you to take you to the Arlington Marriott website.

See you all in Dallas in a couple weeks!

-Tony
 
I think I'm paying 130 bucks for 2 nights so $65/night at the Super 8. I believe they still have a limited amount of rooms left for anyone that wishes to book there.
 
Update relayed for Martin Lisius to the forum:
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Just a few last-minute TESSA TSC notes.

The new Super Storm Spotter window decals just came in. They look very good. Glossy black and red-orange on a premium white exterior decal. They are the highest quality spotter sticker I’ve seen.

TESSA has hired a crew to tape the Super Storm Spotter session in HD. The session will be available for sell from TESSA, most likely at the www.tessa.org web site, 3-4 weeks after the event. It will first be edited and down-converted to SD and then to either DVD or VHS for distribution. Distribution on HD DVD is likely if the need presents itself.

We kindly request that TSC attendees refrain from videotaping the event. TESSA will provide a complimentary copy to each conference speaker and contributor.

More details about the Feb. 26 event can be found at www.tessa.org

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Gene said:

TESSA has hired a crew to tape the Super Storm Spotter session in HD. The session will be available for sell from TESSA, most likely at the www.tessa.org web site, 3-4 weeks after the event. It will first be edited and down-converted to SD and then to either DVD or VHS for distribution. Distribution on HD DVD is likely if the need presents itself.

We kindly request that TSC attendees refrain from videotaping the event. TESSA will provide a complimentary copy to each conference speaker and contributor

Gene, will only the Storm Spotter session be taped, or the entire event. I had planned on video taping Alan Moller's presentation, "The Art and Science of Hand Analysis for Tornado Forecasting." Certainly will want to study that talk time and again. If TESSA is not going to tape this, will there be any restrictions on attendees taping that portion of the program?
 
Originally posted by Tim Johnson

Gene, will only the Storm Spotter session be taped, or the entire event. I had planned on video taping Alan Moller's presentation, \"The Art and Science of Hand Analysis for Tornado Forecasting.\" Certainly will want to study that talk time and again. If TESSA is not going to tape this, will there be any restrictions on attendees taping that portion of the program?

Tim -

I'm afraid I couldn't honestly tell you the answer to all that. You may email TESSA here: [email protected]
and ask about it all.
 
Wonderful news Gene! I am not able to make it up there this year and really want something for quick reference. Can't have enough education or reference material on hand..... :wink:
If the hand analysis is also covered, that would be the icing on the cake.
 
A little update about the Super Storm Spotter class that is being offered at the VERY SOON upcoming TESSA Conference:
(Original Q&A posed and answered on the WX-CHASE List)
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Q. What is "Super Storm" training - and what makes it the highest level of training available in the country?


A. Super training is necessary to track and spot in Texas since we have the biggest tornadoes anywhere. :) Just kidding.

Actually, it's simply a higher level of training than the usual NWS basic
and advanced sessions. We developed the concept because we thought that the
need and interest was there for something more advanced (in addition to the
standard training). The TESSA Super Spotter session is not a "county"
Skywarn event. It is an event for any spotter regardless of geopolitical
affiliation. Since there is only one Super Spotter session, it is open to
all. Spotters and chasers from OH, MI, KS, MO, AL, and FL have said they
will be there, not to mention the usual TX and OK folks.

I've told those coming from distant locations to arrive early, just in case
the 500 seats we have are not enough. They can come as early as 7:00 AM.
The show starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM.

Martin
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KR
 
I guess Shane forgot to mention that I'll be there also... Oh well... See how he is....lol
 
I guess Shane forgot to mention that I'll be there also... Oh well... See how he is....lol

Yeah, our motley crew (Chad, Mickey, My beautiful, wonderful girlfriend Jo Radel, and myself) will be there :lol:
 
I'm excited about this weekend! :D This chaser-get-together will only be a hop, skip and a jump away (at least compared to my marathon jaunt last weekend to Denver). I look forward to meeting a lot of you (and saying "hello" to those I've met before). I'm particularly excited about Al Moller's talk, since I haven't heard him speak before and I'm certain he has some wisdom regarding tornado forecasting. See you all there!

Gabe
 
Unfortunetly, I won't be able to make it down there as I will still have school and other things.. Not to mention other problems of making it. But, i hope to make it later on in the years to come. Some of my partners will be able to make it down there from up here in IA. Hope they have fun meeting all of you! And I hope all of you other chasers enjoy it as well... :D
 
A note from Martin just wanting to make sure that everybody knows the convention location...
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Please note that this Saturday’s Texas Storm Conference is NOT at the Arlington Convention Center, like some have thought. If you go there, you will be 5 miles too far north! :shock:

The convention is at the Bob Duncan Center on S. Center Street in south Arlington, just north of I-20.

Here are the directions:

Bob Duncan Community Center
Located in Vandergriff Park, 2800 S. Center Street
Arlington, Texas 76014


From Interstate 20 in south Arlington, exit Matlock Road and proceed north about 1 mile to E. Mayfield Road. Turn right (east) on E. Mayfield Road and proceed one-half mile to S. Center Street. Turn left (north) on S. Center Street and proceed one-half mile to the Bob Duncan Center.

Mapquest map at http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?searc...=&zipcode=76014

Full conference details are at http://www.tessa.org

Thanks!

Martin
 
The countdown has started.
I am really looking forward to this conference and meeting some of the people I have come to know from ST. It sounds like there will be a good showing of people there. Drive/Fly safe getting there.
 
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