Chapter News
December 2013


December 10th, 2013 Meeting Minutes

The Ark-La-Tex Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) held its 6th meeting and final meeting of 2013 on Tuesday, December 10th at Copeland’s New Orleans restaurant in Shreveport, LA.  This meeting began at 6:30 pm, with sixteen members present.

This meeting was to celebrate the end of the final year with food, cheers and, as always, talks about weather. More importantly, though, was the discussion about our future AMS meeting topics. We talked about doing similar meetings as we did last year as well as possibly trying something new.

One topic in particular was to involve more case studies of weather phenomena. The goal is to bring weather enthusiasts, as well as, Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) forecasters from the 26 Operational Weather Squadron (OWS) with the AMS meetings. With operational weather being their key focus, airmen who forecast for the Ark-La-Tex area would find it interesting to discuss how the local terrain affects the areas. These case studies would assist them with their reasoning for their forecasts and keep them meteorologically savvy.

As for events that we would like to repeat, visiting Barksdale AFB 26OWS and 2OSS weather flight would be on the top to do. This will enable our community members to see how the Air Force works with weather on a day to day basis. A fun meeting that not only includes weather education, but sometimes a tour of the B-52 bombers at the base.

We also collected food items for local charities to be donated Providence House and the Shreveport Bossier Rescue Mission. Even with the talk of work at the final event, everyone stayed merry with holiday cheer, had a great evening, and at some cheesecake as we closed the 2013 year.


The following members were present:

Jason Hansford                              Bryan Walter                                  Alex Sigler

Leslie Sexton                                  Lee Sexton                                     Ken Falk

Matt Hemmingway                         Jessica Hemmingway                    Mario Valverde

Linda Valverde                                Rhonda Lee                                   Patrick Omundson

John Mussey                                  Ann Mussey                                    Billy Andrews    

Cathy Andrews

The meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.---Alex Sigler.  



December 5th 2013 General Business Meeting

Call to order at 7:01


Evaluation of board members

-Halfway through the year instead of just at the end of the year.

                                           On the website now!!  

Skype presentations after meeting tonight

-Half an event for staying

Speaker Dr. Manda Adams next Thursday

-There will be Pizza Man Pizza

-Dinner at valley view with Dr. Adams. Any club members interested in joining?

Storm conference registration

            -Opening in January



Event Tracker has been updated through Novembers GBM

Any issues please email Haley

9th Person Award- Jeremy Sousa



Great acts including a few of our own club members

Sign-up for the night of the show!

We need Backstage people Ticket sale people Baked goods and Bounces


Service trip

-To Illinois/Indiana

-5 people travel down there and help out with storm damage


Posters been ordered

Internship night photos on the website


Join the Aviation club and green club

Study room option

Research room computer- silence-no talking allowed

M-f 8-6

Meeting Adjourned 7:40

After the meeting we had a Skype presentation with 2 Alumni about there respective fields.---Haley Bouley.



Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Attendance: 83

Start Time: 8:32 p.m.

End Time: 9:02 p.m.

Total Minutes: 30 minutes 

VII.        Events/Fundraising Committee in the Spring

VIII.       Community Outreach Committee

a.     Members taught at two schools in the fall.

IX.         Community Outreach Committee in the Spring

i.        McCaskey High School on February 20th

X.           AMS Website


XI.           Spring Plans



November Meeting Minutes

   -We began discussing StormFest at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh

   -We discussed scholarships that were available and their deadlines

   -We also discussed internships that were going to be available for this summer

   -We have an outreach event coming up in March where members of our chapter will volunteer their time and go to the Athens Middle School to teach students about the weather with different experiments---Morgan Wentling



December Meeting 2013

Gorat's Steakhouse - Omaha

The fourth meeting of the year for the Omaha-Offutt Chapter of the AMS/NWA was held at Gorat's Steakhouse in Midtown Omaha on Tuesday, December 10th.  Approximately 50 members and guests attended the meeting.  Our speaker for the evening was Mr. Greg Carbin from the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.  His talk discussed his top 10 weather memories for the 2013 year.

The meeting was called to order by President Tom Shih at 6:43 PM.

Vice President Barb Mayes Boustead announced that the January meeting will be held at Grisanti's and feature speaker Victor Gensini from the College of DuPage.  The February meeting will feature a talk discussing the October blizzard in the northern high plains and its devastating effects upon livestock and ranching. 

Corresponding Secretary Jeff Hamilton announced an internship for graduate students was available at NCAR and encouraged interested parties to apply.

Recording Secretary James McCormick requested approval for the November meeting minutes Treasurer John Roth gave the treasurer's report and announced that we have 37 paid members so far for the year. 

No old business was brought to the floor. 

Fritz VanWijngaarden asked if any officers would be present for the chapter breakfast at the national AMS meeting in Atlanta.  Recording Secretary James McCormick noted that he would be in Atlanta and could possibly attend. 

Vice President Barb Mayes Boustead made a motion to allocate 50 dollars for travel expenses for the January speaker.  The motion was approved. 

The meeting was recessed for dinner and the presentation at 6:47.  No business was brought following the presentation, and the meeting was adjourned.---James McCormick. 



December 9, 2013 7pm - 8:30pm

Lansing Community College

Emergency Operations Center

Lansing, Michigan

December 9 meeting was called by Chapter President Brandon Hoving (National Weather Service Grand Rapids) at 7pm. President Hoving thanked the LCCEMC for there space and refreshments. Approximately 12 people in total were in attendance at the meeting. President Hoving, Chapter Treasurer William Marino (NWSGR), Chapter Secretary Steve Derry were in attendance. Chapter Vice President Nathen Jeruzal (NWSGR) and Chapter Webmaster Linda Paige were unable to attend.

President Hoving had a quick discussion on the driving, to the meeting. Due to the snow north and west. Also had discussion on the Severe Weather Event, that generated a few tornadoes last month. One in Leslie area.

Treasurer Marino gave Treasurers report for the Chapter. Chapter has $527.31 in bank accounts.

President Hoving also talked about elections and Winter Contest.

Andy Provenzano (WILX Channel 10 Lansing) was our guest speaker for the meeting. He is going on 30 years as a meteorologist. He gave a look back at TV Weather Production from the 1980's and how things have changed with technology. He brought in some materials he used in the past, to include some old instruments, wind gauge, tele-types, hard wraps and (old charts) to name a few. We had group discussion and questions.

The meeting was adjourned by President Hoving at approximately 8:30pm.---Steve Derry.



December 2013

Eberly Science and Technology, California University of Pennsylvania  




December 15th, 2013


Columbia Restaurant, Tampa FL

The December meeting of the West Central Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society was held on Sunday, December 15th at 6 p.m at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, FL and was our annual Holiday Social.  Fourteen members were present including the following chapter officers: Dr. Jennifer Collins (President), Lindsay Rice (Corresponding Secretary) and David Feller (Webmaster).  Outreach Chair Matt Bolton and family were also in attendance.

Chapter members participated in a “white elephant” gift exchange that was enjoyed by all.  Dr. Collins announced that the WCFLAMS was awarded the Bay-Mini Grant from the Tampa Bay Estuary Program for the amount of $5,000 for the “Environmental Weather Workshop for Teachers” project.  This grant will help our chapter purchase more materials and improve upon our great educational outreach program.

Treasurers Report: The chapter has a balance of $712.28.---Lindsay Rice.



December Meeting Summary.---Ryan Difani.




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