Texas and Oklahoma Climate Extremes Workshop – Learning from the Recent Four-year Drought and Spring Flooding Events

Texas and Oklahoma Climate Extremes Workshop – Learning from the Recent Four-year Drought and Spring Flooding Events
When: October 13 (starts at 1:00 p.m.) - October 14 (ends at 3:00 p.m.)
13 October, 2015 to 14 October, 2015
Southern Regional NWS Headquarters, 819 Taylor St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
Fort Worth, TX

There is no fee to register.  Registration is closed.

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Drought Status & Climate Outlook - Hoeth

Dipole events – Historical Shifts From Dry to Wet - Shafer

Southern Plains Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) - Black

Southern Plains Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) Activities 2011-2015 - Shafer

The Drought Risk Atlas - Svoboda

Challenges of Seasonal Forecasting - Murphy

Teleconnections: How Patterns Far Away Can Influence Our Weather - Shafer

The Workshop will start at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, 13 October 2015, at the Southern Regional NWS Headquarters in downtown Fort Worth.  Please arrive by 12:30 p.m. to register:

Southern Regional NWS Headquarters
Federal Building
819 Taylor St.
Fort Worth, TX  76102

The workshop will conclude at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesay afternoon, 14 October.  We will be meeting in Room 4A14H ("Texas Room") on the 4th floor.

The meeting venue is approximately six blocks from the Embassy Suites.  It is possible to walk, take a cab, or take Molly the Trolley to travel between the hotel and meeting venue.

Please Note:  Upon entering the Federal Building, you will pass through a metal detector and all belongings will be put through an x-ray machine.


Please note that our block of guest rooms at the Embassy Suites Fort Worth Downtown Hotel is sold out.  Here are a few suggestions of alternate hotels in downtown Fort Worth.  All are within walking distance of the Federal Building:

  1. Marriott Worthington Renaissance: The huge and upscale anchor hotel at the north end of Sundance Square and a short block from the conference center.
  2. Hilton Embassy Suites: A good option in the Hilton portfolio that provides free breakfast and a free evening reception (limited bar and light snacks).
  3. Marriott Blackstone Courtyard: Right next to the Embassy Suites.
  4. Hilton Fort Worth: The former Hotel Texas that JFK stayed in the night of November 21 1963.  An older, but still quite satisfactory property.
  5. Omni Fort Worth: The newest and swankiest of the downtown chain properties.
  6. Sheraton Fort Worth: On the opposite (eastern) side of the Fort Worth Water Gardens from the Omni. A bit isolated from other downtown activity.
  7. Holiday Inn Express Fort Worth: On the western edge of downtown. They do run a free shuttle on request.


There are several pay-to-park lots nearby.

The Federal Building is approximately six blocks from the Embassy Suites.  It is possible to walk, take a cab, or take Molly the Trolley to travel between the Embassy Suites and the Federal Building.  There is a stop on Commerce Street close to the Embassy Suites.  On Houston Street, the stop near the Park Central Hotel is a two-block walk to the Federal Building at 819 Taylor Street.


A light continental breakfast and a working lunch will be provided on Wednesday, 14 October.

NOTE:  Federal attendees and those on federal travel orders - Please note that NOAA regulations prohibit UCAR from providing meals to federal employees. Therefore, it is requested that federal employees contribute $15.00 for the lunch;  this amount is the lunch portion of the FY2016 GSA CONUS M&IE for Fort Worth. 

Please note that UCAR accepts Visa and MasterCard only; see PAYMENT INFORMATION below.
Also, please note that some US government credit cards and travel credit cards have restrictions placed on them by your agency regarding which merchant ID number categories they may be used for.  Such restrictions may prohibit you from paying online, due to UCAR's merchant ID number category, which is "educational establishment."


It is now possible to pay UCAR via the Internet!  Please note that UCAR accepts only Visa and MasterCard:

1. Proceed to https://www.fin.ucar.edu/epayment/startEpayments.do

2. Under "Payment Select", click on "Other Items" and then from the drop-down menu, choose "NIDIS Climate Extremes Workshop - 13-14 October 2015 - Meal Fee," and then click on the "Next" button.

3. On the following screen, enter the amount (15) and fill in your billing information. When you are ready, click on the "Start Process" button.

4. You will receive an e-mail confirming your payment and the amount paid.

It is also possible to pay by check on the day of the event.  Please make your check payable to "UCAR," and bring it with you to the Workshop.  If you prefer to pay by check in advance, please mail your check to Brian Jackson UCAR-JOSS, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307.


If you have questions on the Workshop agenda or whether you would like to invite more than one representative from your agency, please contact:


If you have questions on the Workshop logistics, please contact: