Produced by the

Urban Science Initiative Inc.

501 c3 Non-Profit




Wednesday, April 5, 2017

All Day - Arrivals via Harlingen - Brownsville

Exhibitor set up



Registration Hilton Garden Room 2


12:00pm - 5:30pm


Conference Materials w/conference polo

Select your restaurant for Thursday Evening

Select your optional activity for Saturday


Confirm your Live-Shot Schedule

Confirm your Facebook LIVE schedule

Confirm you departure time and airport


 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Welcome Reception - Hilton Garden Patio

Presented by

Heavy hors d'oerves and refreshments

Visit with presenters and conference attendees




Thursday, April 6, 2017

7:30am - 8:15am

Exhibitor’s Showcase and Breakfast

Presented by: USAA


Session 1 Hilton Garden Meeting Room


8:20am - 8:25am

Opening Ceremony

Welcome from South Padre Island

Convention and Visitors Bureau


8:25am- 8:40am

Barry Goldsmith

NWS Brownsville, Texas


8:40am - 8:55am

John Metz

NWS Corpus Christi, Texas




9:00am - 10:00am

2016 Hurricane Seasonal Outlook

Press Conference

Dr. Philip Klotzbach



10:00am - 10:15am

Morning Break


10:15am - 10:45

Introduction - 

An Update from the National Hurricane Center

Jamie Rhome

National Hurricane Center


10:45am - 11:15am

Roundtable with former Directors of NHC  Q&A

Max Mayfield

Dr. Neil Frank

Bill Read - Moderator

Jamie Rhome (filling in for Dr. Rick Knabb)


11:15am - 11:45am

Dr. Sharan Majumdar


12:00pm -   1:15pm

LUNCH - William Gray Award Presentation

Recipient: TBA - Moderated by Bill Read

Keynote: Alan Sealls - President NWA

Presented by: South Padre Island


1:30pm -  2:00pm

Tim Marshall


2:00pm -   2:30pm

Bryan Norcross


2:30 - 2:45pm

Dan Kottlowski


“Challenges of Forecasting the Development and Movement of Hermine”


2:45p - 3:15pm

Steve Bray

Baron Services


3:15 - 3:25

Afternoon Break



3:25pm - 4:00pm

Introduction - USAA

John Spillane

"The Perfect Storm"


4:00pm - 6:30pm

Live-Shots / Interviews as scheduled

Facebook LIVE

Tours of USAA Eagle One


7:00pm - 10:00pm

Dine South Padre

Presented by:

An Island Dining Experience

Friday, April 7, 2017

7:30am - 8:30am

Exhibitor’s Showcase and Breakfast

Sponsored by: USAA


Session 2 Hilton Garden Resort - Meeting room



8:00am - 8:30am - Louisiana Flood Event

Rob Perillo - Chief Meteorologist KTAC


8:30am -  9:30am

Panel: Hurricane Matthew - South Carolina Impacts
Rob Fowler - Chief Meteorologist - WCBD Charleston, S.C.

Al Conklin - Meteorologist - WBTV, Charlotte, S. C.

Bryan Luhn - News Director - WCBD, Charlotte  (new Asst. ND KRIV Houston)



9:30a - 10:30am

Panel: Hurricane Matthew - Bahamas/Florida Impacts

Jeffery Simmons - Bahamas Weather Ministry

Bill Johnson - Emergency Manager - Palm Beach County

Robert Molleda - Warning Coordination Meteorologist - WFO - Miami


10:30am - 10:45am

Morning Break


10:45am - 11:15am

An Update on National Hurricane Center Storm Surge Unit
Jaime Rhome - NHC - Storm Surge


11:15am - 11:45am

Mike Wolfinbarger



11:50am - 1:15pm

LUNCH - Robert and Joanne Simpson Award Presentation

Recipient: - Max Mayfield -  Moderated by Bill Read

Keynote - John Zarella

Presented by: USAA


1:30pm - 1:40pm

Scott Messer

United Launch Alliance


1:40pm - 2:10pm

GOES R Launch Vehicle

Bill Line

GOES-R Products


2:10pm -  2:40pm

Field Projects Update: HURRB & Storm Surge Cams

Mark Sudduth



2:40pm - 3:10pm

Joe Witte - ADNET/NASA-Goddard


3:10pm - 3:20pm Afternoon Break


3:20pm - 4:00pm

Josh Morgerman, iCyclone


4:00pm - 6:30pm

Live-Shots / Interviews as scheduled

Facebook LIVE

Tours of USAA Eagle One


7:00pm - 10:00pm

Havana Nights on the Beach!

Presented by:

A fun filled evening with a Cuban flair!


Includes drinks, dinner & live entertainment!


I'm Ready to Sail!


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