Chapter News
January 2013


Meeting Date: January 15, 2013

Attendance: Greg Cornwell, Faith Fredrickson, Shaye Lenz, Matthew Convis, Adam Solarczyk, Blake Hansen, Jade Johnson, Ahmad Bajjey, Bryan Burlingame, Katie Flynn, Kimberly Hartmus, Dean Eisenmann, Nicholas Rothfuss, Tim Thielke, Claire Smith, Mike Gasiechi, Dan Zbozien, Eric Coombs, Maura Casey, Mike Wagner, Erica Smith, Peter Woolcox, Ryan Purdy, Matthew Cervence, Lauren Vanden Bossche, Don Wight, Emily Wahls, Kim Andre, Lauren Duggan, Stephanie Bonney

Starting Time: 9:05pm

President:     Introduction: What SCAMS is about. Connections, experience, networking, and having a great time with people who love weather as much as you.
            Valparaiso March 23
            Iowa April 4-6
    Current Weather Tuesdays at 5pm in Brooks 307
    Research Opportunity at The University of Nebraska
            10 week program June 3 to August 7

Vice President:    Amendments (copy will be sent via email)
        Change in the Attendance Policy
        Change in the Committees
            Frequency, Outreach Committee, Growth and Development Committee

Secretary:    Attendance sheet passed around.
        Crucial to be at the next two meetings for discussion and voting of amendments.

Treasurer:     Dues are due ASAP
            $10 for one semester $15 for two semesters.
        Conference Sign up
            Iowa $75
            Valparaiso $50

SGA:        Martin Luther King Service    
            January 21, Noon - 3 @ the Bovee University Center

Webmaster:    Survey for the new website will be emailed to members.
            2-3 weeks until the new website is available.

End Time: 9:20 pm


Meeting Date: January 22, 2013

Attendance: Kim Andre, Ahmad Bajjey, Stephanie Bonney, Bryan Burlinyame, Maura Casey, Eric Coombs, Matthew Convis, Greg Cornwell, Lauren Duggan, Dean Eisenmann, Katie Flynn, Faith Fredrickson, Mike Gasiecki, Steven Hall Blake Hansen, Kimberly Hartmus, Jade Johnson, Ryan Purdy, Adam Solarczyk, Claire Smith, Erica Smith Tim Thielke, Lauren VandenBossche, Mike Wagner, Emily Wahls, Don Wight, Peter Woolcox, Ian McCaffrey, L.B. LaForce

Start: 9:03pm

President: Skiing February 8 at Caberfae Peaks. Leaving at 2pm. but individuals can leave earlier. $11 with student ID for all day ski lift. For more information ask Peter or Kevin.
          Internship in Boulder Colorado. Technical Intern position available, paid full time in a 10 week working period. Applicants must be going into their senior year, seniors can apply also.
          High School Presentations 2/4 - 15 Need volunteers about 6 - 8 people. Available time positions: 10:55am-12:05pm & 12:12pm-1:23pm

Secretary: Attendance sheet passed around.

Treasurer: Dues for this semester $10 for new members and members who only paid $10 last semester.
            B-Dubs fundraiser, flyers will be passed out at the next meeting, bring your friends!
            Conference Sign-up! Valparaiso March 23 & Iowa April 4-6

SGA: No meeting, nothing to report.

Webmaster: Meeting minutes available online.

Vice President: Proposal to Re-adjust the Constitution
         Proposal of Committee amendments
            Outreach and Growth & Development

Open Floor: Amendment proposal on the voting process

End Time: 10:10 pm

Meeting Date: January 29, 2013

Attendance: Kim Andre, Ahmad Bajjey, Stephanie Bonney, Bryan Burlinyame, Maura Casey, Eric Coombs, Matthew Convis, Greg Cornwell, Lauren Duggan, Dean Eisenmann, Katie Flynn, Faith Fredrickson, Mike Gasiecki, Steven Hall, Blake Hansen, Kimberly Hartmus, L.B. LaForce, Shaye Lenze, Ryan Purdy, Adam Solarczyk, Claire Smith, Erica Smith, Tim Thielke, Lauren VandenBossche, Mike Wagner, Emily Wahls, Don Wight, Perter Woolcox, Dan Zbozien

Start Time: 9:00pm

President: There will be a meeting next Tuesday February 5th!
Conferences, sign up for Iowa by March 23 $75. No new information for Valpo.
High School Presentations, please let us know as soon as possible which dates you are available to help out. Presenters will be emailed the presentations. Help is needed to plan for future visits.
Skiing, date has been moved to February 22nd, more details will be available as the date gets closer.
Guest Speakers, Dan Brown WCM at NHC March 14th and Jeff Masters Weather Underground March 21st

Vice President: Committee sign-ups at the end of the meeting. Let us know if you would like to hold a committee chair position. Committees will begin next week.
Kaya Coffee House, Dr. Baxter will be speaking and would like some support from the meteorology department. It will take place February 7th at 7:00pm.
Amendment Proposals and Voting:
    Proposed Amendments : Bill S13-04 (Meeting Frequency), Bill S13-05 (Attendance Policy), Bill S13-06 (Committee frequency correlates with meeting frequency)
    Voted Amendments: Bill S13-01 (closed ballot voting), Bill S13-02 (Outreach Committee), Bill S13-03 (Growth & Development Committee)

Secretary: Sign attendance sheet. If you can’t make it to a meeting please let me know before the meeting through Facebook, SCAMS email, or my email If you believe you cannot make a meeting please attempted to make it to part of the meeting.

Treasurer: Dues are needed from the inactive members, please get them in as soon as possible. Dues are $10 for one semester.
Conference Funding, we would like a head count for each conference by February 1st.
B-dubs Fundraiser is on February 6th please come out and support SCAMS. The Fundraiser will be all day and fliers are available throughout Brooks and in the MET lab.

SGA: Academic Calendar discussion, more information next week.

Webmaster: Meeting Minutes are available to view online. Link is available on the SCAMS Facebook page.

Amendment Results: Bill S13-01 For: 15 Against: 16 Abstentions: 1
Bill S13-02 (Outreach Committee) For: 28 Against: 0 Abstentions: 2
Bill S13-03 (Growth & Development Committee) For: 27 Against: 0 Abstentions: 4

End Time: 9:50pm---Rebecca Rogers.



January Meeting Minutes.---Sean Stelten.



On January 23rd, we held our January GBM. The meeting lasted about 50 minutes and had around 35 attendees.  President Jeb Postle spoke about how the Talent show was a success and thanked everyone who volunteered.  Jeb also talked about his experience at the National AMS conference and told club members to consider being a national member. 

Vice President James Sinko told the members that registration was open and he went through the registration process on the website.

Secretary Matt Davey echoed Jeb's comments on the national conference and urged as many members to try to go the following year. He also spoke of the event tracker and if anyone had any concerns to email him.

Treasurer Torrence Gauncher spoke about the payment methods for the storm conference. He also added that if money was an issue, a payment plan could be set up.

Public Relations Amanda Curran spoke about changing the format of ECM's to better accommodate members. She also spoke about the potential events associated with the preparation of the conference.

Historian Sarah Murphy spoke about her preparation of the conference booklet.

Outreach Officer Kayla Flynn spoke about a potential education outreach trip with Dr. Harahan. Students would travel to a math teachers conference in New Hampshire and present on how to encourage students to apply their math skills in the field of meteorology. She also spoke of the Science Fair coming up in the spring.

Faculty Liason Claudine Pierz spoke about how the weather center is being misused and how some of the conversation and actions of students has been unprofessional. She encouraged members to help each other make it a better place to work, study and interact. She also explained how accelerated chemistry will be dropped and general chem will replace it.---Matthew Davey.




Start: 6:36pm

End: 7:00pm

Total Minutes: 24 minutes

Attendance: 10

Open Officer Meeting




Public Weather Awareness Day:

Speaker Series:


Integrated Academic Forum (IAF):

Wednesday 1/30 General Meeting:



AMS Meeting Minutes (1/15/13) 



January 15th, 2013

35 attendees


Opening Remarks:


Officer Information:


President – Max Tsparis:

                   - National Weather Service

                  - Python Programming

                  - Weather Ready Nation

                  - Weatherfest

                  - Environmental Clean-ups

                  - Relay for Life

                  - 1st week of April!

                  -Surprise Speaker!

Vice President – Nikki Perrini:

- Committee Meeting Thursday, January 16th, 6:45 pm in Love353 Lounge (Facebook will update on any upcoming meetings)

-  At meeting we will discuss locations, food, and other ideas (attend if encouraged to run for officer position)


Treasurer  -  Lauren Visin:

                   - Credit Card transaction will be a $1 Convenience Fee

                - For Financial Hardship, email

                   - If have not paid dues, we will not allow in any events!

               - At Lake Ella on Monday (MLK Day) at 1:30 pm, Food at      2 pm

                    - If want provided lunch, Bring $2, proceeds goes to Relay  for Life!!!

                   - Sign up with the sheets going around!

                  -  March 1st proceeds will be going towards Relay for Life!

                   - Many events this semester but we want to hear from   you!


Secretary  -   Matthew Brady:


Science and Outreach -  Connor Dacey:

Events that are currently possible but not set!


Past President  -  Jonathan Belles:


Special Presentation – Attendees of AMS National Meeting in Austin, Texas         

SpeakerDr. Nicholson

Professor and Climatologist

                   Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL


Specialty in African Research

Major Areas of Research

-climate and climatic variability in Africa 

-Historical Climatology 

 -Arid Lands and Desertification


Serendpity – important in science, it’s the making of fortunate discoveries by accident or while searching for things


-African Climates and climate variability:  lake deposits overturned prior ideas about the tropics during Ice Age

-Historical Climatology: found explorers journals with never utilized weather diaries, found descripitions of water bodies much different than today, such as Lakes Ngami, Chad; Head meteorologist on African climate was in Wisconsin when Dr. Nicholson was there


-Arid Lands: Developed love for deserts, landed opportunity to speak at UN on Desertification

                  Creation of a precipitation Data Base 

- Found that a study provided conflicting reports on this due to being in places like India and winter wet regimes

Dr. Nicholson - Utilized a new precipitation data base that she created, that the data set in Africa that had many stations (200 in 1910 to over 1000 in 1950)

Dr. Nicholson - the data base is very important in Meteorology in most books on rainfall precipitation and/or desertification, actually many people have tried to take data set or even try to take credit on it when Dr. Nicholson updated the data base

On a trip, Dr. Nicholson visited dunes, Linear dunes, that oriented with the wind regime, also had photo showing the wind swirls/vortices that occur on dunes, showing how they weather the dunes.


Next  Meeting


Find us on the Social Media sites (continuously updated):

    - Facebook: northflams

    - Twitter: @northflamsnwa

    - Website:

    - Gmail:


Schedule of Events:

  *All dates are not completely finalized and are subjected to change


Meeting Ends: 8:50 PM---Matthew Brady.



-To start out the semester OUCAMS officers encouraged all eligible members to apply for upcoming internships and scholarships from the AMS and AccuWeather. In addition to applying for internships and scholarships we also encouraged members to become national members of the AMS.  Students who went to the AMS student conference and main conference shared their experience and further encourages students to become national members so they can partake in the opportunities offered by AMS. Students were also made aware of an opportunity to work with the Pittsburgh NWS over the summer.
-The Ohio University Geography Department  is looking to create a Geography Learning Community/ Peer Mentoring program and asked if the members of OUCAMS would be interested in assisting in this endeavor.  This program is currently in the works.
-To help students with resumes and work/ leadership related topics and documents OUCAMS officers have arranged a full chapter meeting with the Career and Leadership Center on campus.  
-OUCAMS collected items for troops stationed at Camp Eggers in Afghanistan.  The troops received the packages shortly before Christmas and we have recently received a thank you note! In the note the officer stated that it was quite a surprise and treat for them all.
-Members will be helping in mid February with StormFest which is hosted and produced by California University of Pennsylvania.
-OUCMAS is gearing up for their 4th annual spring symposium!  Here is a list of the speakers we have lined up! MDCL, NCEP, NWS Wilmington, WEWS Cleveland: Trent Magill, USAF, Kent State University Professor, and AccuWeather.---Elise Dolinar.



January 2013 Meeting

Jazz Louisiana Kitchen, Omaha, Nebraska

The fifth meeting of the 2012-2013 year for the Omaha Offutt chapter of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association was held on Monday, January 14th, at the Jazz Louisiana Kitchen in Omaha, Nebraska.  Approximately 30 people were in attendance.  The guest speaker for the evening was Tom Hultquist, the Science and Operations Officer at the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Chanhassen, MN.  Mr. Hultquist presented information about the tragic wildfire of 1871 that affected northeastern Wisconsin, particularly impacting the town of Peshtigo. 

President Jay Martinelli called the meeting to order at 7:34 PM. 

The next meeting was announced to be held at Harden Hall on the East Campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in February.  Some confusion of the date was noted, with a confirmation of the date to be sent to the group via email.  Dinner choice and speaker were also announced, with George Huffman speaking about global precipitation in the 21st century.  The March and April meetings were also confirmed.   Scott Nicholson will be speaking about his storm chasing and storm chasing tours experiences in March at the IceHouse restaurant in west Omaha, and Jon Gagan from the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Springfield, Missouri will be speaking about the devastating Joplin tornado of 22 May 2011 in April. 

Treasurer John Roth next read the Treasurer’s report.  The starting balance was noted of $1541.48 with $1328.03 of income and $1147.91 of expenses for a current balance of $1721.60.  The bank account holds $1517.70 and petty cash accounts for $203.90.   We have reached 50 paid members for the current year as well. 

Minutes for the December meeting, sent to the group via email, were approved. 

Old business was brought to the floor.  The first announcement was the 2013 Metropolitan Science and Engineering Fair at the Henry Doorly Zoo on March 9th.  The chapter continues to search for volunteers to be involved with science fairs as well as the possibility for an individual to coordinate science fair efforts. 

No new business was brought to the floor. 

A motion to adjourn the meeting was approved at 7:39 PM.---James McCormick.



The largest trip that the Rutgers University Club plans for every year is the AMS Conference which this year was held a little earlier in January.  Our club flew out to Austin on Friday January 4th so that our members could attend the student conference over the weekend.  We had over 20 undergraduates that were able to travel with us on the trip but also had a good number of Rutgers graduate students, alumni and faculty attending the conference.  For many of the Rutgers attendees, the AMS Conference is the big highlight of the year and is loved so much because of all the talks, networking and events that are going on the whole week.  We also were able to hold another Rutgers University dinner while in Austin which was open to all who were affiliated with Rutgers.  It was a great opportunity for current students to meet and eat with alumni and professors in a less formal and more friendly environment.  It was a nice change of pace from the typical networking event.  Our club also had two representatives from the E-board attend the Chapter Officer Breakfast which is always a great place to learn and share ideas about running an AMS Local Chapter.  Once the conference was over the club flew back home to New Jersey on Friday the 11th.

Our group photo with undergraduate and graduate students, alumni and faculty after the banquet dinner.

Later in the month on Saturday the19th, there was a group of Rutgers University Club members that organized together to drive to the shore to volunteer for a Sandy relief cleanup.  This was the second Sandy volunteer effort that members of the club were able to organize to go to.  The spring semester began shortly thereafter on Tuesday the 22nd but the E-board met the evening before to catch up and discuss what was in the works for the rest of the school year.  The items that were discussed included registration for Rutgers Day, Northeast Storms Conference reservations and planning, AMS 2013 deposit refunds for attendees, student presentations from the AMS conference, tax exemptions issues from the trip, upcoming volunteer opportunities and outreach programs for members, and ideas and speakers for the semesters general club meetings.  Our first club meeting would be in early February after everyone was more settled into their new class schedules.



The January meeting of the Smoky Mountain AMS Chapter was held on the 14th in Morristown, TN. A few people met first for dinner at O'Charleys in Morristown, and then around twelve people convened at the National Weather Service office to hear David Hotz (Science and Operations Officer) speak about the heavy mountain snowfall on October 29-31, 2012 associated with Hurricane Sandy. David explored the synoptic setup and everything that went into this historic storm, as well as the effects felt far from its center.

Bio for David Hotz: David Hotz has been the Science and Operations Officer with the National Weather Service at Morristown, Tennessee since June 2005. He began his NWS career at WSO Bristol, Tennessee in August 1986, and then transferred to Agricultural Weather Service Center (AWSC) Stoneville, Mississippi as an Agricultural Forecaster in January 1988. In December 1990, he transferred to the NWSO Amarillo, Texas as a Journeyman Forecaster, and then to NWSO Morristown, Tennessee as a Senior Forecaster in September 1994. His interests include developing local computer applications, northwest flow snowfall, severe storms, and local climatological studies. He has a B.S. degree (1986) in Agricultural Meteorology from Purdue University.---David Gaffin.



President Mike Griesinger called to order the January 2013 meeting of the Twin Cities Meteorological Society at 7:00 p.m.  Vice President Jim Marusak, Secretary Chris Bovitz, Treasurer Bryan Howell, and six others were present.

Bovitz recapped the November meeting. Griesinger recapped the December meeting, at which there was no business conducted.  Both reports were approved.

Howell gave the treasurer’s report: We have $907 in the bank, $75 in cash, $62 in PayPal for a total of $1,045.  The report was approved. Some ideas for raised for its use, including support of the Northern Plains Convective Storm Symposium.

In new business, up to $300 was authorized for the purchase of weather radios as science fair prizes.

Bovitz mentioned the science fairs this year:

Griesinger mentioned the recent retirement of Byron Paulson from the National Weather Service.  He was with the NWS for 35 years, all of them at the Twin Cities office.

The details of the next meeting are being worked out by Bovitz, but he said it will likely be on February 19 with Bruce Watson of Emmons & Olivier Resources (EOR).  The location and details will be figured out and announced soon.

After the business meeting was concluded, our speaker, Dr. William Roberts began his presentation.  He is the medical director for Twin Cities in Motion, which, among other events, puts on the Twin Cities Marathon and associated shorter-distance runs.  He also is a family doctor and professor at the University of Minnesota.  He trained at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in New York with a physics and chemistry background, and he received his medical degree at the University of Minnesota.  His expertise is in sports medicine.

Dr. Roberts and his group have three prevention strategies.

The goal is to take primary and secondary actions to prevent the need for tertiary actions.

Stress (stimulus) and strain (response) were discussed.  In this context, stress is the environmental conditions: heat, evaporation, and radiant load.  The strain is the athlete’s response.  Strain reduces the time to exhaustion and peak performance.

Stress can be determined by temperature, relative humidity, dewpoint, wet-bulb temperature, heat index.  Dr. Roberts’ favorite measures are dewpoint and wet bulb temperature.

The wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) was developed by the United States Marine Corps to determine the approximate exposure to levels of high temperatures as a combination of temperature, humidity, and solar exposure.   The WBGT can be directly measured by measuring the temperature inside a 4- to 6-inch diameter metal sphere about 4 feet off the ground (average chest height).

A few groups have devised guidelines for their respective groups regarding stress of hazardous weather.  The U.S. military developed a work/rest/water consumption table.  Generally, harder work in warmer or more humid conditions (measured by the WBGT) requires more rest and water.    Also, when a military strike force is needed in a tropical region, the military uses a group which is stationed in warmer climates to reduce time needed for acclimation.

The American College of Sports medicine has devised a system of colored flags, each of which corresponds with a set of observations, and risks, and recommended actions, but they are also considering using a work/rest table.  Different activities, such as football or soccer, fit better into the work/rest scheme than a continuous-activity sport such as running.

One’s heat tolerance is a critical factor in one’s being able to perform under adverse conditions.  There are signs that it might be genetic.  Heat tolerance can be gained and lost, and it takes much longer to gain a tolerance to heat than it does to lose it.

The main objective measurement of stress is rectal body temperature.  Subjective measures such as the answer to “How do you feel?” are useful, but there have been studies which indicate that body core temperature is a better, objective, measure of body stress.  Roberts said that temperatures measured in the mouth or in the ear measure the body’s shell temperature, not its core temperature.  The temperatures are pretty close around 36 °C, but the shell temperatures deviate from the core temperature more as temperatures increase.  But an objective temperature measurement does not take into account tolerance.

In a race, an objective measurement of group heat stress is the number of unsuccessful participants, which includes starters who don’t finish and finishers who need medical aid.

Roberts spoke of races where there have been some high strain situations, most notably the 2007 Chicago marathon.  The race started with the WBGT at 22 °C and was halted when it reached 29 °C.   Of the 45,000 entrants, about 36,000 started.  The race was stopped after 4 hours (and 3,600 finishers), but nearly 22,000 more runners finished the race.  More than 185 runners were transported to hospitals; twelve runners went to intensive care units.  The Twin Cities Marathon and Milwaukee Marathon were also run on that day, but due to much different weather conditions (Twin Cities: cold frontal passage; Milwaukee: cool and cloudy from Lake Michigan), they had much different outcomes.  For comparison, Roberts said the Twin Cities Marathon would be canceled if the WBGT exceeds 20 °C.

Knowledge about the causes and effects of excessive heat has been spreading, and sports organizations are adopting safety standards with this in mind.  The Minnesota State High School League has adopted rules which take into account heat stress and acclimation period for fall sports such as football.  At least one professional tennis organization is looking at implementing recommendations.

Newer studies are looking at community risk versus individual risk.  Race organizers are beginning to ask if  their starting a race would not only cause individual runners to have problems but also overwhelm the race’s medical teams.  How about local hospitals and other community health-care facilities?  A race organizer should not inflict a race upon the community – health care and otherwise – that it might not be able to handle.

Dr. Roberts took questions after his presentation.  He stressed that his analyses were for the Twin Cities and the Twin Cities Marathon.  Criteria in other parts of the country will differ.

To summarize, Dr. Roberts repeated that heat can kill, slows people, wreaks havoc on a medical plan and must be something runners and race organizers need to consider and adjust.---Chris Bovitz.



Monthly Meeting: Friday, January 25th 2013

The fourth meeting of the 2012-2013 school year for the Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society met on Friday, January 25th 2013 at 5:00pm in the NSSTC, room 4065. The first item on the agenda for this meeting was to present our administrative assistant Michele Kennedy with flowers, cookie cake and a gift card to a nice restaurant in Huntsville. Both undergraduates and graduates appreciate everything she does for us and she plays a huge role in

the success of UAHuntsville’s Atmospheric and Earth Systems Science department.

The second item on the agenda was the Treasurer report from Ryan Rogers on the chapter's budget. The current balance is $812.29. President Matt Saari immediately began talking about the many events the club will be participating in throughout the spring semester. This includes the Panoply Arts Festival in downtown Huntsville, Severe Weather Safety Awareness Week, Tennessee Valley Poster Contest for Panoply, Habitat for Humanity, Science Olympiad, North Alabama regional science fair judging and more! Thanks to Veronica Franklin for coming up with our Poster Contest: “Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall in 2013 Be Prepared For Them All.”

Matt and Danielle found two potential candidates for co-chairs for Rocket City Weather Fest in 2013, Tony Lyza and Elise Schultz. They will be working with Tony and Elise over the next year for planning and new ideas. Rocket City Weather Fest will most likely happen in the spring of 2014. Co-Chairs of the 3rd Annual Rocket City Weather Fest, Danielle Kozlowski and Matt Saari, presented a $500.00 check to representatives from the American Red Cross of North Central Alabama. This donation was the result of proceeds from the event. Thank you to all of our event sponsors, supporters, and to all of you who came out to the event, and made this gift possible!!

A new pre-college AMS Chapter was formed right here in northern Alabama at Buckhorn High School. We plan on reaching out to this new Chapter in the near future and include them in our activities and events. Some activities we have talked about doing this semester include ice skating, hiking at Walls of Jericho and a possible field trip to a local TV station. We also are working out a visit to their school to talk about some of the things we do as graduate students and what opportunities are out there for meteorology.

Lastly, we had approximately 30 members attend the January AMS/NWA meeting, a few of them being new students. We hope to gain more undergraduate members as the semester goes on!---Danielle M. Kozlowski.



Meeting Minutes for Thursday, January 17, 2013 Meeting

Geography Building Room 153

Jared Rackley, President

Matt Daniel, Vice President

Minh Phan, Secretary

Lauren Lindsey, Treasurer 

5:05 –President, Jared Rackley, calls the meeting to order.

President, Jared Rackley, and Vice President, Matt Daniel, share with members their experiences at the 93rd Annual AMS Meeting in Austin, TX. They emphasize the importance of registering as a member of the National AMS. Being a member provides many incentives, including discounts on AMS books and merchandise. A student membership, costing only $20.00 a year, will also help students later on in life with finding a job and making important connections in the meteorology world.

New Business 


About our Guest Speaker, Jeff Masters

While Jeff Masters is best known for co-founding Weather Underground in 1995, his accomplishments and different levels of meteorological work are not only limited to the successful meteorology company. While obtaining his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Michigan, Masters studied effects of air pollution and acid rain. He later joined the Hurricane Hunters team, flying into various hurricanes and tropical systems and analyzing wind speeds and other major components of the storms. After an exciting four years, which included flying into Hurricanes Gilbert and Hugo, Masters returned to the University of Michigan to obtain his Ph.D. Five years later, he founded Weather Underground and remains with the company as the Director of Meteorology and serves on the board of directors.

About the Presentation from Guest Speaker, Jeff Masters

Using Skype, Jeff Masters talked to UGA AMS members. He told us of his experiences flying into Hurricane Hugo as a Hurricane Hunter. His near-death experience flying through the eyewall of the storm was quite riveting. He recalls the incredible turbulence he and his fellow pilots and meteorologists felt as updrafts and downdrafts pushed the plane up and down. The storm’s 200mph winds at an altitude of 1500 feet tossed the plane in all directions. One engine of their plane even caught on fire and failed, leaving the pilots with a difficult struggle to maintain the plane’s altitude and direction. Objects inside of the cabin were flying around like projectiles. Eventually, the plane made it out of the storm safely, but it was an experience Masters won’t soon forget.

Jeff Masters then talked to us briefly about the future of weather and climate on earth. He unveiled to us his “Top 12” list of billion-dollar disasters that could possibly occur in the next thirty years. Some of the potential events highlighted included a major drought in the United States, major flooding in China, and the possibility of a major hurricane striking New York City or New Orleans again.

6:30 – Meeting adjourned---Minh Phan.



Minutes for General Meeting

January 22, 2013

This meeting was held at the National Weather Center in Room 1313.  The meeting opened with Vice-President Bethany Hardzinski welcoming everyone back to beginning of a new semester.  Bethany introduced Dr. Parsons.  Dr. Parsons welcomed Dr. Al Rodi from the University of Wyoming.  He introduced Dr. Rodi and gave the membership a look at Rodi’s past.

Next, Bethany discussed some business before our presenter began.  Everyone needs to pay dues so we can continue to have food and have presentations.  T-shirts have also come in and they are $10 at the meetings, $15 outside of meetings.

Our incentive winners for the 2012 calendar year were First place receiving $500 towards the AMS 2013 conference was Sterling Stember, second place was Katie Western, and our top freshman was Brett Borchardt.  These winners need to email Lauren for information on their prizes.

Groundhogs Day is coming up, February 7th at Sooner Legends.  We have a food menu and a DJ.  If you are underage, price will be $5, if you are drinking price will be $7.  Watch for emails for more information.

Big Event is April 13th.  This is our biggest outreach event of the year.  You get a free shirt, it is lots of fun, and we need your help.  Email Bethany or Emily Thompson for more information and watch for emails from them as well.

Relay for Life is April 20th.  Relay for life supports the American Cancer Society and is a 24 hour relay mimicking a day in the life of a cancer patient’s treatment process.  You can sign up online by looking for OUSCAMS team. It is $10 to register.  Relay for Life changed their policy on shirts, now you must raise $100 to get a shirt.  OUSCAMS is going to be raising money by doing penny wars between the classes.  If you put a paper bill in a jar, that subtracts points.  There will also be another fundraising event, “Whose Forecast is it Anyway”.  This will be based off the show “Whose Line…”  There will be multiple games with 4 people each game.  All of this money will also go to Relay for Life.

Our chapter would like to become more involved in outreach.  Make sure to sign up for any outreach event you are available for.  We would like to do more school visits, judge science fairs, become more involved in our community.  Keep an eye out for emails.

Our field trip to Colorado has been canceled.  Secretary Megan McClellan asked if people would be interested in visiting the FEMA District VI in Denton.  There seemed to be a large interest.  Megan will look further into this.

For our upcoming meetings, we asked for opinions on our speakers, the undergrad panel about success stories was turned down; the idea for first responders was taken well.

A new junior rep was elected.  Andy Wade was elected.  Efren asked people to go to the men’s basketball games to support the sooners.

Dr. Al Rodi then took the floor.  He is the head of Department at Atmospheric Science within the College of Engineering.  He is also the facility manager for the University of Wyoming Kin Air Research Aircraft.  They are located in Laramie, WY.  The new supercomputing center is near Cheyenne only about 30 minutes from them. 

They have 9 faculty, largely graduate students; they are a large observational university while switching to computing due to the new supercomputing center.  They work on cloud seeding, stratospheric research, Ontario Winter Lake-Effect Systems, Air Chemistry and Air quality.

The new supercomputing center has 144.76 TB of memory,  72,300 processing cores, 20% of the computing power goes to the Wyoming investigators and students,

Dr. Rodi proceeded to talk about the different air craft that are used to take observations.  If you want to apply, go to

You will need your GPA, GRE score, and your interest.  If you are interested, contact Dr. Terry Deshlery –

Next, our grad student panel was introduced to answer questions and concerns of graduate school.  Jessica Erlings is a first year PhD candidate.  She was an undergraduate from OU in 2010; her Masters was done at Duke University in environment engineering.  She is focusing on Hydrometeorology and flash flooding. Her email is

Elizabeth Digangi is a 1st year masters, she did her undergraduate at Florida Institute of Technology.  She did not do Hollings or REU; she is interested in lightning and severe storms.  Her email is

Tim Humphrey is a 1st year Masters student that did his undergraduate at SUNY Albany and also did Hollings.  He is interested in Data simulation and processing.  His email is

Our last graduate student is Sam Lillo who did his undergraduate at Plymouth in 3 years.  He did both Hollings and REU.  His email is

Our meeting was called to a close and Bethany reminded people to buy shirts.  Our next meeting with be February 12 at 6:30 in room 1313 of the National Weather Center.---Megan McClellan.



January  2013

93rd Annual AMS Meeting

Our Chapter started the year by attending the 93rd Annual AMS Meeting in Austin Texas from January 6th to January 10th. While there, the sixteen eager students representing UPRM had the chance to present their research projects, meet many professionals, learn and interact with personalities from around the world, and enjoy Austin in general. We celebrated the naming of Ada Monzón, premier meteorologist and TV personality from Puerto Rico, as an AMS Fellow. We also had the honor of being named part of the AMS Local Student Chapter Honor Roll! The Meeting was a great success for all involved and gave the Chapter a great start to the new year!

Participation in the ARRL Puerto Rico State Convention

On January 26th, the Chapter had the chance to participate in the ARRL (American Radio Relay League) Puerto Rico State Convention. This convention brought amateur radio “aficionados” from all over the Americas together to share their passion and learn about the latest developments in the field. The President of our Chapter, Suheily López; the historian, Ana Torres and Danishka Beníquez had the opportunity to introduce the attendees to weather concepts and to the general mission of our Chapter. It was a very rewarding and educational activity, we made many friends and hope to keep in contact with the League in the future.

Special Meeting

The Chapter officers called for a Special Meeting on January 31st, starting at 10:30am. Approximately 22 members were in attendance. This meeting was held to discuss activities that had been held during the month, as well as upcoming events, such as a Beach Cleaning effort during the Rip Curl Pro Surf Contest in February, upcoming fundraising ideas, among many others. The main topic of discussion, however, was the planning of our upcoming Weather Festival. The planning committee, headed by Vice-President Zuleimary Vélez brought the members up to speed with the efforts so far.

On our way to: the Weather Fest!

January was a month of many sub-meetings, many of them from the different committees within the Chapter which are planning our eagerly awaited Weather Festival. Meeting for the Planning Committee and the Demonstrations Committee were held every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30am in order to motivate, coordinate and plan the event so that it is a huge success. These meetings have been very helpful because many members have come forth wanting to help and giving many useful ideas.




Dr. Gladwin presenting during the January 2013 AMS meeting.


January 23, 2013


FAH 101


Dr. Hugh Gladwin, Florida International University


              This presentation was offered in part with the interdisciplinary research colloquium at USF. The meeting began at 4:10pm with an introduction to the WCFLAMS chapter by Dr. Jennifer Collins, president of the chapter. She discussed basic chapter information and upcoming events. The speaker was then introduced by Justin Hartnett.

              Dr. Hugh Gladwin is an associate professor of Global and Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University. He began by highlighting his research as it pertained to Hurricane Andrew and Hurricane Sandy. For Hurricane Andrew, his focus was evacuation research. It was important to understand for future storms the spatial variation of where people are more or less likely to evacuate. His research also looks at the relationships between evacuation and social aspects such as poverty. In the case of Hurricane Sandy, Dr. Gladwin stated that it was an not an optimal situation in terms of feasibility of evacuations; this was due to the timing in which Sandy struck the New Jersey/New York coastline.  After multiple natural disasters, Dr. Gladwin began to research hurricane vulnerability regions, primarily those in the line of fire for severe storm surge. He sought to understand peoples’ opinions on surge and most importantly what knowledge they had concerning their own surge risks.

              Dr. Gladwin’s presentation then introduced the ‘probability problem’. This problem has nothing to do with weather forecasting but the way that different scientists from multiple backgrounds communicate risks and how this translates to the public. He works with other specialists to calculate expected costs using probability of damage and recent evacuation statistics. Even on a low probability event, Dr. Gladwin believes it is still important to act quickly in terms of evacuation as the situation can always take a turn for the worse. A perfect example is Hurricane Sandy. Evacuation should have concluded Sunday night as the storm was forecasted to come ashore on Monday night; however people were still attempting to evacuate up until Monday afternoon. Even though Sandy was only categorized as a Category 1, which implies low storm surge, areas such as Staten Island were almost completely inundated. Dr. Gladwin suggests that based on preliminary statistics, not many people evacuated for Hurricane Sandy although research is still ongoing for this particular storm.  

              Prior to Dr. Gladwin’s presentation, the Chapter also held a second event to socially gather chapter members.  On January 12th, the Chapter held a bowling and laser tag social, in which members gathered for festivities and social interactions.---Justin Hartnett.




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