Chapter News
August 2003


HIGH PLAINS

The High Plains AMS chapter met on August 5, 2003, for a lunch gathering at Gwen's Hometown Café in Hill City, KS. There were 19 in attendance, a very good turn out for our chapter. There were 5 guests, including our featured speaker, Dr. Matt Parker from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. WFO Goodland brought two student-trainees, Hastings brought one, and the other guest was visiting from the AFWA near Omaha. Following a nice lunch, our business meeting was held. Then our invited speaker, Dr. Matt Parker, gave a presentation on "Adiabatic Layers and Tornado Genesis", an interesting perspective on the relationship of layer lapse rates and tornado genesis. The talk was well received, and generated plenty of discussion. Dr. Parker is looking for verification of his theory from the field, and anyone with further interest can contact him at UNL.

After the usual review of the past meeting minutes, the treasury report, and general introductions, the meeting centered around plans for the next High Plains conference. This conference will be hosted by WFO Hastings, to be held in Hastings, NE, Oct 8-10th. Our chapter website www.highplains-amsnwa.org is being updated regularly with new information, and now has hotel reservation information available. Conference registration will be forthcoming. The agenda of speakers is filling up, but there is room for more. The abstract deadline has been extended until Sept 1st. Our key speakers include: Tim Marshall, Damage engineer/storm chaser; Steve Weiss, SPC; and Al Dutcher, Nebraska State Climatologist. Quite a few other interesting presentations are lined up, including 2 student entrees. An updated agenda, including speaker outlines, should be on the chapter website by Sep 10th. There is an evening outing planned for Thursday night at a local establishment, which will cost around $15. Conference t-shirts will be for sale, with attendees placing their orders and the chapter then ordering and delivering them via the cafepress.com web site.

HSI MIC Mike Lewis announced a meeting which will dovetail a day before our conference on Wed, Oct 7th. This Wednesday meeting will be a meeting-of-the-minds, to discuss operational issues of IFPS. This meeting will not be reserved just for NWS employees, but for anyone interested, and Mike Lewis will get the word out on the meeting details.

A submission for Chapter of the Year was sent to the AMS. Basically, Tim Burke assembled the AMS form and the chapter officers submitted the application. We are currently looking for any chapter member planning to attend the national meeting in January at Seattle; Dan Nietfeld, OAX is going. We would like to send a poster, which can be a static display or manned.

Our chapter was contacted recently by the South Central Kansas AMS chapter in Wichita. Their chapter is investigating hosting a conference, and inquired about hosting a conference in general. Also, perhaps our two chapters could collaborate on a joint conference, sometime in the future.

The next meeting will be held during the High Plains conference in Hastings, NE.---Tim Burke. MEETING MINUTES

High Plains Chapter of the AMS/NWA
Minutes of the Regular Meeting
August 5, 2003

The High Plains AMS/NWA chapter met for lunch at Gwen's Hometown Café in Hill City, KS. There were 19 in attendance, a very good turn out for our chapter. There were 5 guests, including our featured speaker, Dr. Matt Parker from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. WFO Goodland brought two student-trainees, Hastings brought one, and the other guest was visiting from the AFWA near Omaha.

Following a nice lunch, our business meeting was held, outlined in the minutes below. Our invited speaker, Dr. Matt Parker, gave a presentation of "Adiabatic Layers and Tornado Genesis", an interesting perspective on the relationship of layer lapse rates and tornado genesis. The talk was well received, and generated plenty of discussion. Dr. Parker is looking for verification of his theory from the field, and anyone with further interest can contact him at UNL.

OPENING

President Mike Moritz called the meeting to order at 12:30 PM. Secretary Tim Burke reviewed the minutes from the 4/2/03 meeting; the minutes were accepted as read.

REPORT OF THE TREASURY

In the absence of Treasurer Aaron Johnson, President Moritz gave the treasury report. As of Aug 5, 2003, our checkbook balance was $2,150.47. Since our April meeting, $111.86 had come in: $90 from collections for meals at the Hays meeting; $20 for membership dues; and $1.86 interest. Expenses totaled $134.98: $99.98 for the meal and speaker costs on 4/2/03 and $35 for our Website maintenance fee. This balance leaves us in fairly good standing, going into the upcoming High Plains conference. The treasury report was accepted as read.

Warm congratulations were extended to our Treasurer Aaron Johnson and his wife on the birth of their son, just days before this meeting. Good luck and best wishes to the Johnson family!

President Mike Moritz then introduced some our visiting guests.

OLD BUSINESS

Mike Moritz brought us up to date on the 7th High Plains Conference plans, in Hastings, NE, October 8-10th. Our chapter website is being updated regularly with new information, www.highplain-amsnwa.org. The agenda of speakers is filling up, but there is room for more. The abstract deadline has been extended until Sept 1st. One of our featured speakers, Don Burgess, has had to back out due to a scheduling conflict. Our key speakers do include: Tim Marshall, Damage engineer/storm chaser; Steve Weiss, SPC; Al Dutcher, Nebraska State Climatologist. Quite a few other interesting presentations are lined up, including 2 student entrees. An updated agenda, including speaker outlines, should be on the chapter website by Sep 10th. There is an evening out planned for Thursday night at a local establishment, and it will cost approximately $15.

Vice President Jared Guyer (conference co-chair) has put the hotel reservation information on our chapter web site, and will be posting registration details shortly. Please register and make your reservations soon. Many Hastings staff members have stepped forward to assist with the logistics of putting this conference together - Thanks!

HSI MIC Mike Lewis announced a meeting which will dovetail off our conference on Wed, Oct 7th, a day before the conference starts. Initial plans are to meet for lunch, followed by a Wed afternoon session. Hastings college (conf site) will most likely be the location. This meeting will be a meeting-of-the-minds, to discuss operational issues of IFPS. Since many area WFO's will be represented at the conference, it was thought this might be a good opportunity to meet and discuss IFPS. This gathering is meant to be a means to exchange ideas, review Smart Tools, share knowledge/experiences, and discuss ways to put more "meteorology" vs "knobology" into the forecast process. Hopefully we can all learn from each other. This meeting will not be reserved just for NWS employees but for anyone interested, and Mike Lewis will get the word out on the meeting details.

Submissions for Chapter of the Year were sent to both the AMS and NWA. Basically, Tim Burke did the AMS form, and Jared Guyer completed the NWA application. We are currently looking for any chapter member planning to attend the national meetings. Dan Nietfeld, OAX is going the AMS conference in Seattle in January. Is anyone going to the NWA national conference in Jacksonville, FL in October? We would like to send a poster, which can be a static display or manned.

Matt Gerard, DDC, will arrange to have conference t-shirts for sale at the conference. Attendees will place orders, and we will then order and ship them using the cafepress.com web site.

NEW BUSINESS

President Mike Moritz was contacted recently by Pete Wolf, ICT SOO, on behalf of the South Central Kansas AMS chapter. Their chapter is considering the possibility of hosting a conference, and Pete inquired about hosting a conference, in general. Also, it was mentioned that perhaps at some time in the future, our two chapters could collaborate on a joint conference.

ADJOURNMENT

This meeting adjourned at 1:15 PM, followed by Dr. Matt Parker's presentation. The next meeting will be held during the High Plains conference in Hastings, NE.---Mike Moritz and Tim Burke.


NORTH FLORIDA

North Florida Chapter of the AMS
General Meeting Report - August 21, 2003

President Clark Evans called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. The following executive members were present: President: Clark Evans, Vice -President: Joe Marzen, Secretary: Robert Banks, and Officer-At-Large Rich Schwerdt. Treasurer Ariel Rodriguez was unable to attend due to being out of town this week. Twenty-seven members were present including the executive board. The meeting began with everyone in the membership introducing themselves to the other members.

Ratification of Chapter Constitution
President Evans outlined the Constitution to the chapter and then it was unanimously ratified by the chapter with a yay-nay vote.

Chapter Finances
In place of the absent Treasurer, President Clark Evans noted that after refreshments for the meeting, the chapter had $202.00 in funds on-hand. We also noted that dues - $5/students, $10/non-students - should be paid at any point before the October monthly meeting and can be paid directly to any of the chapter officers at or after the meeting.

AMS Annual Conference
Later, we called upon the membership to get a consensus of who would have an interest of attending the AMS Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington on January 11th - 15th of 2004. About nine members raised their hands showing a good interest in attending the meeting. We discussed with the membership about applying for student travel grants through the National AMS and about possibly securing some funding through the Florida State University (FSU) Department of Meteorology for non-student chapter members to attend the conference.

National AMS Membership
Additionally, we discussed the benefits of joining the national AMS to the local chapter membership. The cost is $15 for students and $75 for non-students and included with membership is a subscription to BAMS (Bulletin of the AMS) for one year. A half-year student membership is only $7.50 and a good consensus appeared that they would join if they were not members already. We also noted that in order to be a local chapter President you must be a national member of the AMS.

Social Events
The local chapter announced three social events that we plan on holding this fall. They are a bowling social in the winter, a Thanksgiving dinner social, and a barbecue at the Seminole Reservation in early fall. Further social events will be organized upon the wishes of the membership.

Forecast Contest
Also, we discussed the Department of Meteorology's local forecast contest held for 14 weeks each semester and announced that our chapter will award plaques to the top three finishers in the contest in the spring and fall semesters. Information on joining will be available from Mr. Bill Cottrill after the start of classes August 25th.

Football Block Seating
The chapter announced the idea of chapter block seating for FSU home football games and there was a good consensus to do so. It only takes eleven people to start a block and blocks have much better chances in getting tickets to popular games, such as the forthcoming contest versus the University of Miami. Also, this will promote more social activities amongst members. However, no one in the general membership has volunteered to be the block chair at this time.

Outreach Projects
We also discussed the chapter's potential involvement in school science fairs and outreach to the community in general. The chapter is going to try to promote meteorology and foster an interest in sciences among younger people in the area this year. President Evans later called upon chapter member and Science & Education subcommittee head Chris Bennett to speak. Chris is a senior in the Department of Meteorology and is a volunteer at the Challenger Learning Center in downtown Tallahassee. He spoke about the various activities at the Center and how we could get involved in helping out in developing programs at the Center, as well as other potential outreach opportunities in the community involving the American Red Cross and local television stations, among other groups.

Subcommittees
Finally, we briefly discussed the four subcommittees we have as a local chapter - Program, Membership, Publicity, and Science & Education - and asked the membership to begin thinking about which subcommittee they would like to help with this fall.

Next Meeting
Thursday, September 18 at 7:00 PM in Room 353 of the Love Building, on the campus of the Florida State University.

Adjournment
The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 PM.---minutes by Robert Banks...submitted by Clark Evans.


SOUTHEAST ARIZONA

Summary of 23 August 2003 SEACAMS Meeting

The first meeting for the new season of the Southeast Arizona Chapter of the AMS (SEACAMS) was held on 23 August 2003. The meeting was attended by about 25 members and guests near the National Weather Service Forecast Office on the University of Arizona campus. Speaker for the meeting was Lt. Raymond Page, a Wing Weather Officer with the U.S. Air Force. He has recently returned from Iraq. Lt. Page described that he was first notified in February of his deployment, and left 10 days later with three laptop computers and a tactical weather kit for an undisclosed location. Upon arrival, he and four meteorological staff set up a forecast office for flights in the area. Observations were first taken with handheld equipment until automatic systems were put in place. After the war began, Lt Page moved his team to Tallil Air Base in Southern Iraq. The area where he was deployed had very large dust devils, as well as shamal winds that covered large regions with dust in the lower atmosphere for days. The haboob thunderstorm outflow that is quite common in the Arizona deserts was less common in Iraq. Lt. Page also described some of the conditions under which meteorologists worked during his time in the area.---Tom Evans.


UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

The University of Utah Student AMS is off to a great start for the 2003-2004 schoolyear! At our first meeting on Aug. 27, we had the best attendance of any meeting we've ever had with about 35 people. About a dozen other people who couldn't make the first meeting also signed up for Student AMS.

One of our major undertakings every year is the campus weather forecast, and this fall we have more enthusiasm than ever in producing the campus forecast. Thirty-one people have signed up to help update the campus forecast, and thus we will be able to update the forecast nine times per week this fall. The campus forecast receives about 150-200 unique visitors each day (and growing), and is put on campus radio by Student AMS members and in the campus newspaper. The campus forecast can be found online at http://www.met.utah.edu/campusforecast.

We also update a recreation forecast three times per week. This is a highly detailed forecast for the Utah mountains, in which we attempt to predict temperatures, wind velocity, precipitation chances, and visibility for many different mountain locations. When the ski season begins, we will produce a ski forecast. The recreation forecast can be found online at http://www.met.utah.edu/jimsteen/campus_wx/forecast/summerwx.html.

Educational outreach will resume this fall by November. Last year we attended more than 20 schools for educational outreach. At most schools, we will perform fun weather experiments and basically talk about the weather, but we will also judge science fairs and attend school career days. This summer, we developed a booklet describing and illustrating 14 fun weather experiments, which we plan to distribute to area science teachers this fall and spring. More information on educational outreach, including our booklet of weather experiments, is available online at http://www.met.utah.edu/jimsteen/ams/ICEhome.html.

We plan to conduct the second annual photo contest this year. We will accept any entries having to do with nature photography. Like last year, prizes will be donated by area businesses, and proceeds will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. More information on the photo contest is available online at http://www.met.utah.edu/jimsteen/ams/photocontesthome.html.

Our first social event was frisbee golf at Solitude Ski Resort on Aug. 30. We had 16 people--our best attendance ever for a social event. We combined the frisbee golf with a several mile hike to and from the frisbee golf course. We also learned a great deal about local meteorology during frisbee golf by observing afternoon upslope breezes and cooler temperatures high in the Wasatch Mountains. Pictures of frisbee golf can be found at http://www.met.utah.edu/jimsteen/ams/photos/frisbeegolfpics.html.

We are also running a snowfall contest this fall as a fundraiser, and developing a design for Student AMS t-shirts.

Our website has been revamped over the summer, and contains much information about what we do, including some other fun things like unique weather quizzes and student weather photos. Our website url is http://www.met.utah.edu/jimsteen/ams.---Todd Foisy.


AMS Meeting Minutes Aug. 27, 2003

University of Utah American Meteorological Society Student Chapter Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, August 27, 2003
3:30 P.M. WBB 802

*First meeting of the 2003/2004 school year.

*Introductions of officers
-Todd Foisy - President
-Maura Hahnenberger - Vice President
-Dave Myrick - Treasurer
-Dan Zumpfe - Secretary

*Dues will remain $5/member for the 2003/2004 school year (with incentive of a free t-shirt).

*ASUU budget set and club monies discussed.

*Those in attendence were asked to participitate in the campus forecast, K-UTE forecast, and educational outreach. A sheet was passed around for those interested to sign up...the schedules will be completed by the beginning of next week.

*Volunteers were solicited for this year's weather photo contest with the proceeds going to the American Red Cross.

*The local forecast contest was announced and those interested were told to contact Bryan White at bgwhite@met.utah.edu by Friday 8/29.

*T-shirts for the 2003/2004 school year were discussed. A call was made for club members to come up with designs for a shirt that will be voted on in the next AMS meeting. The t-shirts are expected to be red.

*The department picnic was announced. The picnic will be held on Friday, September 5, 2003 at East Canyon Rim Park.

*The first social activity of the year was voted on by members with Frisbee Golf at Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon being chosen. The Frisbee Golf is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 30, 1:00pm.

*The meeting was adjourned with a group photo outside of WBB.

 



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