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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

All Day - Arrivals via Harlingen - Brownsville

Exhibitor set up

Registration Hilton Garden Room 2

Registration Sign In

Conference Materials w/conference polo

Select your restaurant for Thursday Evening

Select your optional activity for Saturday


7:00pm - 9:30pm

Welcome Reception - Hilton Garden Patio

Presented by: USAA

Heavy hors d'oerves and refreshments

Visit with presenters and conference attendees

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

7:30am - 8:30am

Exhibitor’s Showcase and Breakfast

Presented by: USAA


Session 1 Hilton Garden Meeting Room

Presented by:


8:40am  Opening Remarks


8:40am - 8:55

Barry Goldsmith

Brownsville NWS


9:00am - 9:45am

Craig Fugate

Former Director - FEMA


10:00am - 10:45am

Introduction: Jim Clifford USAA

Dr. Philip Klotzbach

2019 Hurricane Seasonal Forecast


10:45am - 11:15am


Dr. Phil Klotzbach



11:15 am  - 11:50am

Introduction -  USAA

An Update from the National Hurricane Center

Ken Graham


National Hurricane Center


12:00pm -   1:15 pm

Award Luncheon

Dr. Bill Gray Award

Moderated by Rob Galbraith

Keynote: Leslie Chapman-Henderson

Presented by: USAA


Session 2

Presented by:


1:15pm - 1:45pm

Major Ryan Rickert

Maj Jeremy DeHart


Hurricane Hunters


2:00pm - 5:00pm

Hurricane Hunter Experience

Brownsville Intl. Airport

Live Shots/Interviews as scheduled

Facebook LIVE



7:00pm - 9:30pm

Dine South Padre

Presented by:








Friday, April 5, 2019

7:30am - 8:30am

Exhibitor’s Showcase and Breakfast

Sponsored by: USAA


Session 3 Hilton Garden Meeting room

Presented by:


8:30 am- 8:45am  Harmany App


8:45 am - 9:00 am FoxFury


9:00 am - 9:30am

Jamie Rhome

Storm Surge Unit

National Hurricane Center


9:30am - 10:00am

Kurt Korte

Lead Forecaster - Surfline


10:00am - 10:30am

Carola Kaiser

Center for Computation & Technology

Louisiana State University


10:30am to 10:45am



10:45am - 11:15am

Greg Carbin

Chief of Operations

Weather Prediction Center


11:15am - 11:45m

Jason Samenow

Capital Weather Gang


12:00pm - 1:20pm

Award Luncheon

Robert & Joanne Simpson Award

Moderated by Bill Read

Recipient: Craig Fugate

Keynote: Rob Marciano

Presented by: USAA


Session 4

Presented by:


1:30pm - 2:00pm

Reid Hawkins

Science Officer

Wilmington, NWS Office


2:00pm - 2:45pm

Mark Sudduth

Remote SurgeCams



2:45p - 3:00p



3:00pm - 3:30pm

Eddy Weiss


3:30pm - 4:00pm

Josh Morgerman

"Hurricane Man"




Live Shots/Interviews as scheduled

Facebook LIVE


7:00pm - 10:00pm

Evening Award Dinner Reception

John Coleman Broadcast Award

Recipient: Ed Piotrowski

Hilton Garden Inn

Presented by: USAA


Saturday, April 6, 2019


7:30am - 8:15am Continental Breakfast


8:30am - 9:00am

Florence: Impact and Recovery

Ed Piotrowski


9:05pm - 9:35am

Michael: Impact and Recovery

Allen Strum


9:35am - 10:15am


Covering Hurricane Michael and Florence

Moderator - Alex Garcia

Kimberly Wyatt - ND WEAR-TV

Victoria Spechko - ND WPDE - TV

Mandi Mendoza - ND WOAIKABB - TV


10:15am - 10:30am  BREAK


10:30am - 11:15am

Round-table - Update Saffir-Simpson Scale?

     Al Conklin - Moderator

     Ken Graham - NHC Director

     Jason Samenow - Capital Wx Gang

     Dan Kottlowski - Accuweather

     Gina Eosco - NOAA


11:15am - 11:45am

Tyler Bell

Brian Greene

Weather Drones

Center for Autonomous Sampling &

Data Collection



11:45am - Conference Wrap Up


Includes drinks, dinner & live entertainment!

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