Chapter News
July 2010


The Ark-La-Tex Chapter of the American Meteorological Society held its 3rd meeting of 2010 on July 5th, at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Shreveport, Louisiana. The meeting began at 6:30 pm, with eleven members present.

Kelly Spencer, President of the amateur radio group in Shreveport, as well as a member of the Marshall amateur radio group, presented on the usefulness of ham radio in today’s technological society. One of his key points stressed the importance of ham radio over modern forms of communication, due to its lack of dependence on a complex infrastructure. Other points included licensing requirements as well as examples of events in the field, such as Hurricane Katrina.


Before the presentation, President, Jason Hansford held a short business meeting.


The following members were present:


Jason Hansford, President

Marty Mayeaux, Vice President
Keith Stellman (National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist)

Ernie Ethridge (MidWest Weather)

John Mussey (Amateur Radio Operator)

Jana Spencer

Kelly G. Spencer (President of Shreveport amateur radio group)

Bryan Walter

Doug Butts (Lead Forecaster NWS Shreveport)

Ashley Butts (General Forecaster NWS Shreveport)

Ken Falk (Science and Operations Officer NWS Shreveport)


The meeting adjourned at 7:05 PM.---Marty Mayeaux (Vice President) for Marcy Novak, Secretary.



The July meeting of the Smoky Mountain Chapter was held on the 19th in Oak Ridge at the NOAA Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division (ATDD). After dinner at Ed's Pizza, around fifteen people met to hear Grant Goodge speak about "Downburst, macroburst, microburst, derecho, bow echo, or straight-line wind: is there any difference?". As always, Grant gave us a very informative and educational talk. He explained the differences between each type of wind event with a series of charts and graphs. He then provided pictures from various areas of the country, which showed the aftermath of each of these wind events.

After Grant's presentation, the group voted to make a few policy changes with the local chapter. As of 1 January 2011, a visitor will only be allowed two free visits before they'll be expected to become a member and pay the annual dues. Also, a couple will no longer have to pay $20 each for annual membership. Instead, a couple will pay one fee of $30 for the year. This was done in the hopes of bringing more people to hear the very interesting speakers that we've enjoyed in the past. We also found out that we're entitled to FREE stationary from the national AMS for our group. We thought it would be nice for each speaker to have a letter to put in their portfolio or resume from our chapter thanking them for giving their time and speaking with our group. We felt this would be a nice courtesy to provide our guest speakers, and will start doing this in the near future.---David Gaffin.



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