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Session #1: Tornadoes

Washington, Illinois Tornado

The Future of Tornado Warnings

12:05 - 12:45 pm

12:45 - 1:30 pm

On Nov. 17, 2013 a violent EF-4 tornado ripped through the town of Washington, Illinois devastating the community and killing one person. Learn more about the event and see the incredible tornado video. Presented by National Weather Service Lincoln meteorologist Edward Shimon.

In the next few years new tornado warnings will be utilized by the National Weather Service which could increase the tornado warning lead time from minutes to potentially hours. Learn about the experimental warnings and new changes coming to the SPC in 2019. Presented by Patrick Marsh from the SPC.


Session #2: 2008, A Year of Historic Destruction

2008 Floods

Parkersburg EF-5 Tornado

1:45 - 2:30 pm

11:30 am – 12 pm

The National Weather Service out of the Quad CitiesLearn more about the historic 2008 flood disaster in eastern Iowa. National Weather Service meteorologists also explain preps that go into active weather days.

On May 25, 2008, Parkersburg, Iowa was devastated by an EF-5 tornado that claimed nine lives. For storm chasers, meteorologists and resident it was a life-changing event. Hear about the meteorological setup, see more video and watch the uncut Emmy-awarded 10-year anniversary documentary produced by Terry Swails and Nick Stewart.



Session #3: Keynote Speaker

Jeff Piotrowski
Joplin Tornado

3:30 - 5:00 pm


Jeff Piotrowski has witnessed more than 900 tornadoes. One of the most memorable was the May 22, 2011 Joplin tornado that killed 160 people. Jeff covered the storm as it went through the city and immediately offered aid to victims. Hear his incredible story and watch the unforgettable video.

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