11th Annual Northern Plains Convective Workshop

AGENDA  and  Directions

*Call the C'Mon Inn or Holiday Inn Express (701) 772-7700 for hotel rooms*

23 E Gebert Image

Image of Fargo tornado on June 20, 1957 looking southwest towards Hector International Airport.  Photograph #23E taken by Gebert (Fujita 1960).

The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Grand Forks, ND, in cooperation with the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of North Dakota (UND), is proud to announce the 11th annual Northern Plains Convective Workshop.  The workshop will be held April 24-25, 2007 in Room 210 of Clifford Hall on the UND campus.  There is no registration fee for the workshop.  

If you are a NOAA employee, you can sign up for the workshop through this LINK.  If you are not a NOAA employee, please email Bradley.Bramer@noaa.gov with your registration information, including your name, organization, address, email, telephone number, and if you want your name posted on the list of attendees link.  Here is the list of attendees to the conference.

A tentative AGENDA link is now available, and Directions to and from the conference has been added.  Workshop participants who will be giving presentations are asked to prepare their talks in PowerPoint format.

The workshop will begin at 8 AM on Tuesday, April 24th and continue until approximately 530 PM that afternoon.  A workshop dinner is planned for the evening of April 24th at Speedway Restaurant at 630 pm.  On Wednesday, April 25th, the workshop will run from 8 AM to approximately noon.  Monday, April 23rd and the afternoon of April 25th will be designated for travel.

Workshop presentations will be 20 minutes in length with 5 minutes for questions and answers.  A workshop case study and exercise using the Weather Event Simulator will be conducted by staff members from the NWS office in Duluth, MN.  In addition, Dr. Paul Markowski, Assistant Professor of Meteorology at Penn State, will present some of the most recent research into tornado formation.

A special section of the workshop this year will deal with modern reanalysis of historic severe weather events. 

Click here to visit a website dedicated to Fargo 1957 F5 tornado. One event to be examined will be the Fargo, ND F5 tornado event of June 20, 1957.  This tornado was intensely studied by Dr. Ted Fujita and was a crucial factor in the later development of the Fujita tornado intensity scale (F-scale).  

Lodging for the workshop will be at the C'mon Inn in Grand Forks.  A block of rooms has been reserved for two nights (April 23 and 24) at the government rate ($60/night + tax).  The deadline for booking rooms has passed, but individual reservations can still be made if the hotel is not booked. The hotel has a large pool, 5 hot tubs, exercise room, video arcade and wireless internet.  Rooms come furnished with a microwave and refrigerator.  The hotel is close to many restaurants, Columbia Mall and it is within 3 miles of the UND campus.  Workshop materials will be distributed at the hotel between 5 PM and 7 PM on Monday, April 23rd during an informal ice breaker session in one of their conference rooms.  No formal dinner plans are scheduled for the evening of April 23rd.  There are dinner plans for Tuesday night, April 24 at the Speedway restaurant in Grand Forks at 630 pm.

The address and contact information for the hotel is as follows:

C'Mon Inn

3051 32nd Ave. South
Grand Forks, ND 58201
(701) 775-3320 or (800) 255-2323

If you have any questions or problems, please contact Brad Bramer.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in April.

Brad Bramer
Science and Operations Officer
National Weather Service
4797 Technology Circle
Grand Forks, ND 58203-0600
(701) 772-0720 ext. 766


Fujita, T., 1960:  A Detailed Analysis of the Fargo Tornadoes of June 20, 1957.  Research Paper No.42, U.S. Weather Bureau, Washington, D.C., 1-67.

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