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Max Mayfield Receives Robert and Joanne Simpson Medal

Mayfield began his forecasting career with the United States Air Force in 1970, after graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in mathematics, serving as a first lieutenant until 1972. In 1972, Mayfield joined the National Weather Service as a satellite meteorologist. Mayfield earned his master’s degree in meteorology at Florida State University in 1987, becoming a hurricane specialist. Max became the director of the National Hurricane Center in January 2000 after the retirement of Jerry Jarrell. Mayfield received Gold medals for his work during Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and Hurricane Isabel in 2003. He received a silver medal for work done during Hurricane Gilbert in 1988. In 1996, the American Meteorological Society presented Mayfield the Francis W. Reichelderfer Award for his service in coordinating the National Hurricane Center’s hurricane preparedness training for emergency preparedness officials and the general public. In 2004, he received an Emmy Award for extraordinary contributions to television by someone not normally eligible for Emmy awards. In 2005, Mayfield became ABC News person of the week after Hurricane Katrina.


Preparing for Hurricane Season

The National Tropical Weather Conference is the nation’s forum for professional training in hurricane preparedness for broadcast meteorologists. The  two day conference covers all major aspects of hurricane preparedness, forecasting and research, providing a unique opportunity to learn from top experts in tropical meteorology.


The setting for the conference is along the beach of South Padre Island, Texas the site of several hurricane landfalls including Beulah and Dolly.


Attendees come from around the country to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.  Dr. Philip Klotzbach launches the conference with the current hurricane seasonal forecast.

2016 NTWC


Getting #HurricaneStrong

HurricaneStrong is a national hurricane resilience initiative developed by Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President and CEO of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes.  The initiative, which kicked off for the 2016 hurricane season is designed to save lives and homes through collaboration with leading organizations in the disaster safety movement.


The effort comes at a critical time as public awareness about hurricane readiness is declining due to fewer land-falling storms in the Atlantic.  The collaboration offers empowering hurricane safety and mitigation information through business summits, digital channels, events, home improvement store workshops, media outreach, school lesson plans, and a social media campaign featuring a #HurricaneStrong “Pose”.

Professional Credit Available

The National Tropical Weather Conference offers 2 professional development credits to NWA and AMS broadcast members  and certificates to document participation in the conference.


I'm Ready to Sail!


Join Mark Sudduth on a journey into a new chapter in the "Tracking the Hurricanes" series.

Follow along as Mark develops new technologies, including the weather balloon project: HURRB and an unmanned camera system that would ultimately be put in to to use during hurricanes Hermine and Matthew in 2016.

Who Should Attend?

Newsroom Personnel who cover extreme weather

• Reporters

• Videographers

• Producers

• News Directors


Broadcast Meteorologists


First Responders

Emergency Managers

Meteorology Students


Need help justifying attending?  Download our Attendance Justification Packet.  All the information you need to explain the importance of this conference.


Download here


Includes drinks, dinner & live entertainment!


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