Chapter News
March 2008


CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Meeting Date: March 11, 2008

Meeting in Session: President Morris Langworthy calls meeting to order at 9:04 pm.

President’s Report: Adopt a Highway is going to be going on Saturday, April 26th. To keep our sign we have to keep up with keeping it clean. The end of year banquet is coming up and it will be recognizing the graduating seniors. There will be a dance and the cost will be approximately $5. Next week in Pearce hall room 128 the free movie is I Am Legend and free pop and popcorn will be provided.

Vice President’s Report: Dr. Baxter is still looking for 2 people that fulfill the requirements for scholarships that he has to offer. The deadline is March 20, 2008. Talk to Dr. Baxter for more details and a form to fill out. There are GPA requirements.

Committee Reports:

1. Activities- There is a euchre night this Thursday at Dave’s apartment, and next week we will be bowling.

2. Fundraising- The Papa Johns fundraiser will be going on soon. Kayla brought an example of what we are selling. It is a coupon book that includes one free small pizza including many very rewarding coupons including free breadsticks, free two liter of pop, etc. with purchase.

3. Public Relations- We are looking into different elementary schools to present to seeing that Fancher Elementary will not respond to our calls.

4. Jobs and Internships: No update

Treasurer’s Report: There is currently $19.97 in the checking account and $3649.02 in the savings account. The checking account went down due to AMS reimbursements, and our savings account went up due to Iowa deposits which will ultimately go to the Iowa trip. Cort deposited approximately $15 in pop bottles. We got our Visa business debit card in the mail this week that we will use for booking hotels.

Secretary’s Report:

SGA Report: It is election season for student government and voting will be online again. They have recently added an emergency notification system. You can submit your phone number online at https://myaccount.cmich.edu. There will be a test of the system within the next couple of weeks. This notification system will also notify us of school closings.

Webmaster: The website is running fine, but the weather station is down again. The batteries may be dead, so we are looking into solar panels. We must vote to renew our contract with the website, and it was approved, so our contract with our website will be renewed for another year.

Conferences:  We got a total of $1,020 from the College of Science and Technology for the Iowa conference. The $300 we allocated last week will be reimbursed to cover the registration fee for everyone.

Meeting Adjourned: Meeting is adjourned by President Morris Langworthy at 9:30pm.

 

Meeting Date: March 25, 2008

Meeting in Session: President Morris Langworthy calls meeting to order at 9:02 pm.

President’s Report: We were invited by the university to participate in Gentle Friday. This is the Friday before exams and it is a carnival on Warriner Mall. There are tickets available for the Tiger’s game April 4th. $10 includes your ticket and bus ride to the game. This is also provided through the university. There are a few t-shirts and a hoodie available from this year. If you want one, please talk to Morris. Road cleanup is April 26th followed by a picnic and the President v. Vice President kickball game.

Vice President’s Report:

Committee Reports:

1. Activities- Last week was bowling night, and we are starting to plan the banquet and picnic. Both of our first choice dates were booked at the UC Rotunda, so we are looking into changing to another day besides a Tuesday. April 8th we will be going to La Senorita to eat!

2. Fundraising- We are starting our Papa Johns fundraiser tonight, so please take as many coupon books as you can!

3. Public Relations-We contacted 2 elementary schools and are waiting for responses about doing a weather lesson.

4. Jobs and Internships-The board was updated last Wednesday, so look for new jobs and internships available.

Treasurer’s Report: We got a big check in the mail, $246.60, from taking surveys for the last 6 months. This has been an ongoing survey that we have been doing, and it is a decent outcome. We also took back $12.50 in bottles, but spent $57.24 on pizza from last week’s bowling meeting. Currently we have $1429.33 in our checking account and $2141.52 in our savings account.

SGA Report: You will have 3 days to vote for SGA president, vice president, and senate. The Human Race machine is traveling to different cafeterias. The machine takes a picture of you and shows what you would look like as 6 different races. This is being put on by Minority Student Services. There is a clothing swap at the UC Rotunda this week 11am -6 pm.

Webmaster: The website crashed last week and we had a lapse in the renewal, but it was taken care of. Dan payed in full and it is $16.75 per year for a hosting fee. 

Conferences: The people going to Iowa are leaving tomorrow! They will be meeting after. Valparaiso will also be meeting after. They will be leaving April 4th.

Open Floor: A hurricane weather speaker will be coming Monday April 7th at 4pm.

Meeting Adjourned: Meeting is adjourned by President Morris Langworthy at 9:22pm.---Katie Dupree.

 

CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA

Monthly Meeting Minutes

March 20, 2008

Our March speaker was Dr. Viney P. Aneja, Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University.  The talk is entitled “Agricultural Air Quality-Characterization of Ammonia and Hydrogen Sulfide Emissions.”  The research was done jointly with Dr. S. Pal Arya of the same department.  US agricultural revenues in 2006 were about equal for livestock and crops, with revenues of $121.2 billion and $121.6 billion respectively.  Although agriculture is thought of as a “green industry”, animal agriculture does present adverse consequences to the environment.  We are learning to deal with it and think toward future air quality.  In the last five years press on the hog issue has increased dramatically.  The stakes in this issue are large. 

More and more livestock are raised for at least part of their lives in Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs) in response to economic factors that encourage further consideration.  In the southeast, in 1992 there were 58.2 million hogs and 29% of those were housed in facilities with greater than 2000 head.  In 2005, there are 61.3 million hogs and 79% are housed in facilities with greater than 2000 head. As of 2005, North Carolina was second only to Iowa in the nation for swine production.  Minnesota and Illinois took 3rd and 4th respectively.

1980 was a crucial year for the development of the swine industry in North Carolina.  With 2.5 million hogs came the development of “vertical integration” as a method for raising swine.  Farmers provide the land and buildings, while companies provide the animals and feed.  In 1991 Smithfield packaging came to North Carolina from Virginia.  Starting in 1993, largely due to Smithfield, swine operations with greater than 250 hogs were required to register with the State Division of Water Quality.  In 1995 about 20 million gallons of hog waste escaped from a rupture in a lagoon into the New River.  In 1997 atmospheric NH3 emissions and nitrogen deposition were debated in North Carolina.  A moratorium came into existence with House Bill 515 and swine have since leveled off.

Monitoring in Sampson County by the National Acid Deposition Program showed the background ammonium ion concentration more than doubled, from 0.2 mg/l in 1990 to 0.48 mg/l in 1998. The moratorium shows ammonium ion leveled off since.  Dr. Aneja described the gas to particle conversion, which is controlled by the hydroxyl radical and results in formation of particulate matter. 

Ammonia emissions come from the following three sources:

Transport and meteorological processes then occur, during which chemical transformations take place.  In the end these trace gases are deposited to sensitive ecosystems and cycled back to agricultural processes.

Ammonia is by far the most important trace gas from agricultural processes.  Impacts on the environment included:

Dr. Aneja showed maps from 1995 and 2005 that depict ammonium ion concentration in rainfall.  In that ten years rainfall chemistry changed dramatically in the Midwest and Southeast.

What should North Carolina do for controls? NOx controls will result in nitrate reduction; but when done in conjunction with reducing ammonia gives much greater results.  The largest global sources of ammonia are domestic animals and crops.  In order to estimate agricultural NH3 emissions, one needs to figure out the best emission factors; which is where current research is focused.  Emission factors are developed for various sources of agriculture and are multiplied by an activity factor to get an emissions inventory.

Agricultural processes account for about 80% of NH3 emissions.  CMAQ modeling also shows good correlation between concentrations of ammonia and emissions.  EPA does a good job of controlling criteria pollutants.  Meanwhile, NH3 has gone up.  However, the percent change in NH3 in EU is -22%.  What are they doing that we are not doing?  PM2.5 non-attainment counties correlate somewhat with agricultural areas. 

In the Midwest, a “technology” currently used is called “Lagoon and Spray Technology”.  Basically the waste goes into a big hole.  When it is full, the contents are sprayed onto the fields for nutrient value.  The lagoons are 6-7 acres large and about 8’-10’ deep.  From a plane one can see these hog lagoons dotting the landscape in southeast North Carolina.  The problem is that all stages of the process lead to NH3 volatilization. 

How much ammonia is being emitted?  We can use dynamic chamber systems to collect and analyze the gas.  Results show flux from the lagoons on the order of 500-700 mg/l.  Dr. Aneja’s team looked at the four seasons and found that there is a variation with temperature throughout the year.  There is a diurnal variation with temperature as well.  Emissions were found to increase with temperature and are greater during summer and in the afternoon.  A semi-logarithmic plot shows a comparison with NH3 increasing with temperature to produce a straight line.  Hydrogen sulfide from hog operations showed a similar pattern. 

VOCs are also emitted from hog operations.  The reference level for acetaldehyde is 10 ppb.  At certain times acetaldehyde concentrations inside the barns surpass the reference level concentration.

The first workshop on Agricultural Air Quality was held in June 2006 and the results from this conference are being assessed.  How can farms be controlled economically?  Air issues are difficult.  Addition of alum or zeolite to slurry is used to stop volatilization.  Additives are applied to manure.  Bio-trickling filters reduce odor.  One engineering solution entails solid liquid separation.  The liquid is denitrified and the water used to wash the pig houses.  Products are made out of the solids.  The main issue is cost.  Manufacturers of this system claim costs can be brought down.

Ammonia projections are expected to grow through 2020. 

Summary and Conclusions:

Challenges:

Dr. Aneja gave credit to various organizations.  Answers to member questions included the following:

For more information on Dr. Aneja’s research: www.meas.ncsu.edu/airquality---Janice Godfrey.

 

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Minutes from Meeting on 3/28/08

Alumni Weekend:

        - Friday April 25 and Saturday April 26

        - meet and learn from alumni, professors, grad students, other undergrads

        - fun times to share with your fellow undergrads and professors and meet

some of the alumni

        - Events:

                1.  Friday Night Reception 7PM up in Bradfield

                        - meet and greet with the alumni and everyone

                        - food and drink will be available

                        - business casual attire (ie: khakis)

                2.  Saturday Morning Panel Discussion

                        - currently scheduled for 10:30AM, usually in 135 Emerson

                        - alumni will tell us what they’ve been up to and answer your questions

                        - food and drink will be available

                3.  Saturday Afternoon Barbeque

                        - hopefully will be at CRC with nice weather!

                        - outdoor fun such as Frisbee, hiking, softball

                        - food courtesy of Grillmaster Wysocki

        - Cost is $10 for CCAMS members, $15 for non-members

        - cash or check made out to “CCAMS” to Alli or Pat or the CCAMS folder in

1125 BF

        - RSVP by Friday to Alli (aaw28) or Pat (pcm28)

        - volunteers to move chairs/tables, and clean up will be needed, emails

asking for help to come

Social Events:

        - bowling night has been tentatively scheduled for Thursday April 17 at 8PM

        - bowling is free for dues paying members

        - kayaking and hiking were also mentioned as possibilities when the

weather warms

Softball:

        - the CCAMS intramural softball team starts play soon

        - come play or watch Sundays at 4PM at Jessup Field (though probably not

this Sunday due to the snow)

Research Presentations:

        - if you’re doing some research, consider giving a presentation to the club

        - perhaps a short discussion (5 minutes) of your research

        - email Alli (aaw28) if you have research you’d like to present

        - time and day of these presentations will be announced later

Elections:

        - next years officers elections tentatively scheduled for Thursday May 1

at 5PM

        - nominations for co-presidents (or pres, VP), secretary and treasurer to

occur later

Slope Day Forecast Contest:

        - similar to the snowfall contest, but just among us meteos

        - free to enter with a prize (CCAMS umbrella or pint glass?) to the winner

        - more to come

Service Opportunity:

        - volunteer work opportunity April 19 11AM to 3:30PM

        - involves going door to door in town of Caroline to distribute compact

fluorescent light bulbs and a survey to inform residents of the benefits

of using these light bulbs as opposed to normal light bulbs

        - email Chris Castellano (cmc254) if interested in volunteering

Relay for Life:

        - is tomorrow (Saturday night)

        - can still sign up on the website and donate to the CCAMS team

Visitors:

        - Diane Miller is returning to Cornell on April 14 from Sonoma Technology

in California to talk about jobs in environment

        - a schedule of her events (dinner, presentation) to come

        - also, a representative of AccuWeather will be coming to Cornell on

April 28 to give a presentation on opportunities with AccuWeather and

what they do

        - again, schedule to come at a later date

        - email Wysocki if you have any questions about our upcoming visitors

Map Room Group:

        - Andrew says thanks to those who have helped so far, lots of progress

has been made

        - the group plans to write up their proposal to the college on Monday at

4:30PM in Bradfield

        - all are welcome to come help out---Erik Thorgersen.

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

March/April Newsletter.---Steve Tracton.

 

LYNDON STATE COLLEGE

Minutes

March 19, 2008 General Business Meeting

Attendance: 39 (Including Executive Board)

Start Time: 7:01pm

LSC AMS President Steve LaVoie welcomed the club to our latest General Business Meeting.  The club began by recapping our excellent 33rd Northeastern Storm Conference.  Steve asked that evaluations for the conference should be sent in by April 1st, and they are available online.  This led to a discussion on the location for the 2009 Storm Conference.  Steve said that club members should go to the executive board with recommendations on staying in Springfield or leaving for somewhere else.  The decision will be made in April.   The president then moved on to details about the Lyndon State/Plymouth State joint event.  The two clubs will go bowling in Saint Johnsbury on April 19th.  Steve concluded his portion of the meeting with details on the AMS Elections.  The AMS will be holding a Pre-Election meeting on April 2nd.  Here members interested in executive board positions for 2008-09 will get a detailed description of each board position.  The elections will be held on our April GBM, tentatively scheduled for April 23rd.

Vice president Mike Swan recapped the NESC Panel Discussion.  He mentioned that members with ideas for future speakers should see him so he can acquire contact information for next year.

Secretary Alex Jacques let the club know that the bulletin board will be updated with photos from the NESC and the upcoming Science Fair.  He asked any members with photos to submit them to him so he can post them.

             

Hayley LaPoint, AMS Treasurer, went over the budgeting results after numerous meetings with the Lyndon State Student Government Association (SGA).  She also mentioned that the club should be receiving the final numbers from the NESC soon.

             

Public Relations Director Rich Maliawco Jr. once again thanked the club members for their help at all of our events this year.  He mentioned that anyone interested in the P.R. job to see him about the position.

             

Community Outreach Officer Josh Redinger came with good news.  The club has received at least 15 registrations for the Science Fair, so it will go on as planned.  Josh also held a quick Community Outreach Meeting after this GBM to iron out Science Fair details. 

             

Scott Jaeger, AMS Historian, came to the meeting with preliminary evaluation data for the NESC.  Overall, numbers were very similar.  The Friday Night Tribute took the hardest hit, and Scott explained that next year’s historian should set it up differently.  Scott also requested any photos from the NESC to put up on the other AMS Bulletin Board.

             

The LSC-AMS & NWA then concluded the General Business Meeting with a candy raffle.  The club also sold NESC T-Shirts for $10 as well.

End Time: 7:26pm--- Alexander Jacques.   

 

MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY

Meeting Type: General Meeting

Meeting Date: March 5, 2008

Attendance: 44

Meeting in Session: 8:30 pm

Introduction (President Jim Kurdzo)

MyWeatherLive (Rob Guarino)

Nominations (Jim Kurdzo)

Constitutional Amendments (Jim Kurdzo)

Closing Remarks (Jim Kurdzo) 

Meeting ended: 9:02 pm---Channing Dale.

 

NORTH DAKOTA

Minutes from:

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Clifford Hall, Rm. 264

5:00 p.m.

Members Present:

              Alan Borho, Advisor

   Kira Dordal, President

              Katy Olson, Vice President

              Becki Legatt, Secretary

              Kelly Kramlich, Treasurer

              Erin Bertschi

              Kevin Skow

              Dan Koller

              Leah Tatarak

              Andrea Neumann

              Kelsey Watkins

              Angelle van Oploo

              Aaron Hommerding

              Michael Phillips

              Ben Schink

Call to Order:

              President Kira Dordal called the AMS meeting to order at 5:00 PM.

Past Minutes:

            Past meeting’s minutes were read.

Officer Reports:

              Secretary’s Report: Past meeting’s minutes were read.

              Vice Pres Report: none

Treasurer’s Report: current balance is: $1659.38

Guest Speaker:

-Grad Students talked about advice concerning applying for graduate school. 

-For more info see the following websites:

              http://www.gradschools.com/programs/atmospheric_science.html

              http://www.nwas.org/links/universities.php

-Kelly talked about the SCEP Student Career Exploration Program through the NWS.

             

Old Business:

--- 

 

New Business:

                           

Fundraising:

-We’re continuing sales of snacks and pop on 4th floor Clifford, we could use more volunteers to bake goodies.

Activities:

-We took a new headcount for those interested in going on the trip down to Minneapolis to the Science Museum of MN.  An official sign up through email will go around.  We need to know for sure by the next AMS meeting in 2 weeks.  AMS will cover gas and tickets, students will have to cover food expenses on their own.

-We should do another BWW’s AMS night

Banquet:

-Our speaker is 100% confirmed and is looking forward to speaking at the banquet on April 25th.

-Submit all photos for the end of the year banquet to Dan by cd or email.

-We need to vote on the banquet meal.  We voted and came up with stuffed pork chop, broccoli, au gratin potatoes, tossed salad, and a dessert to be decided later.

-Ticket $18-20, we cover full paid members and VIP’s for banquet.

T-Shirt:

-no new business

 

Announcements:

-none

Adjournment:

Meeting was adjourned without objection at 6:05.

 

Minutes from:

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Clifford Hall, Rm. 264

5:00 p.m.

Members Present:

              Alan Borho, Advisor

              Kira Dordal, President

              Katy Olson, Vice President

              Becki Legatt, Secretary

              Kelly Kramlich, Treasurer

              Erin Bertschi

              Kevin Skow

              Dan Koller

              Leah Tatarak

              Andrea Neumann

              Kelsey Watkins

              Aaron Hommerding

              Joe Hansel

              Matt Saari

              Chris Kruse

Call to Order:

              President Kira Dordal called the AMS meeting to order at 5:00 PM.

Past Minutes:

            Past meeting’s minutes were read.

Officer Reports:

              Secretary’s Report: Past meeting’s minutes were read.

              Vice Pres Report: none

Treasurer’s Report: current balance is: $1659.38

Guest Speaker:

- Leah, Erin, Kelsey, Kelly, and Becki gave a brief presentation about the National Severe Weather Workshop in Norman, Oklahoma.  Anyone interested in attending the workshop next year can talk with anyone that went.

             

Old Business:

              -none

 

New Business:

-President: Kelsey, Dan K, Kevin, Andrea

-V-Pres: Kelsey, Dan K, Kevin, Andrea

-Treasurer: Erin, Leah, Kelsey, Dan K, Kevin, Andrea, Matt S, Angelle(pending acceptance)

-Secretary: Erin, Leah, Kelsey, Dan K, Kevin, Andrea, Matt S, Angelle(pending acceptance), Aaron H., Chris K.

                      

Fundraising:

-We’re continuing sales of snacks and pop on 4th floor Clifford. 

-Possible hotdog fundraiser in May before the end of the year picnic.

Activities:

-The Science Museum trip is coming up in a week or so.  We’ll go over details next week.

-A sign up was passed around for assisting with the “Bigger” Big Event to be held on April 12th.  This is a campus wide community volunteer event.  We are able to select indoor or outdoor activities but not the choice of where to volunteer.  We will talk with faculty to see if any of them are interested in helping because this year because it’s the “bigger” big event meaning they want to celebrate the 125th anniversary of UND by having faculty also participate. 

-BWW night?  April 17th around 7:30 pm.

Banquet:

-Keep sending photos to Dan for the end of the year banquet (jump drive or cd).

-Al will get a list of guests (VIP’s) for the banquet.

-Tickets will be $20, and invitations will be sent out at the end of the week.

T-Shirt:

-no new business

 

Announcements:

-none

Adjournment:

Meeting was adjourned without objection at 5:48.--- Becki Legatt.

 

OKLAHOMA UNIVERSITY

March 11, 2008   Kenny James & Ariel Cohen (NWS)

5:30 Fooood served

5:45  Kenny and Ariel take turns describing the application process for getting into the NWS, give specific tips, field questions, discuss the current status of the sector and the future job outlook, as well as the opportunities which lie in a career in the NWS.

7:30 Small-group discussion of NWS-related items

 

March 25, 2008   CS minor presentation

6:00 PM  Food served

6:15 PM  The OU Computer Science department presents the importance of pursuing a minor in CS, and answers particular questions about how best to do so with the CS courses offered at OU.---Kim Klockow.

 

OMAHA-OFFUTT

March Meeting Minutes.---Scott Rentschler.

 

OREGON

Oregon-AMS Meeting Summary

“Extreme Weather: December 2007 High Impact Event” by Tyree Wilde and Andy Bryant

We had 28 attend this technical meeting.  FOX-12/KPTV hosted the meeting.  Our guest speakers were Tyree Wilde, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, and Andy Bryant, Service Hydrologist, from the Portland NWS Office. 

This event was unusual in that three storms combined to make for a high-impact event. We saw multiple hazards: snow (15-18 inches, Cascade Mountains), rain (12-20 inches, Oregon Coast Range), wind (102-129 mph), high seas and surf (five-foot storm surge), major coastal and river flooding (including 100- and 300-year events), and major debris flows.  This event was exceptional in that it was of long duration – 36 hours.

A Federal Disaster Declaration was made for nine counties in Oregon, 12 in Washington, and two tribes.  Damage was estimated to be $205 million. The peak of the storm had an offshore low of 955 mb and a high of 1055 mb (Rocky Mountains).  The east-west pressure gradient was enormous.  A low level, 110 knot jet was observed over the immediate coast which significantly aided the strong winds.

After the talk concluded, Tyree and Andy answered many questions.  We appreciate Tyree and Andy sharing with us the details of a major storm event!  Afterwards, Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen (FOX-12) gave a personal tour of their weather center.  For more details of the talk, go to the chapter website: http://www.ametsoc.org/chapters/oregon/index.html---Kyle Dittmer.

 

OSWEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

March 4th.

The first order of business discussed was the Skywarn training that Judy Levin was going to give to anyone interested on April 5th. 
Dave Domback from Accuweather will becoming to the April 29th club meeting as a guest speaker to talk about private sector career opportunities. 
The Northeastern Storm Conference was discussed and we chose a meeting time for the club to leave at. 
We then talked about a club bowling activity at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego, some of the money spent on bowling will go to benefit Habitat for Humanity. 
We then told members about an opportunity to become certified to drive the college Vans.  This will be helpful for travel to and from the Northeastern Storm Conference. 
Our Fajita Grill Club fundraiser will be on April 15th which coincides with a club meeting. 
Our met club spring t-shirt was unveiled, and members were allowed to put input in onto the design of it.
   
March 18th

The First thing that was discussed was an upcoming relay for life event on Campus on April 12-13th.  We talked about forming at Met Club team. 
The Met Club annual spring picnic will be held on May 4th at 11am at Fallbrook park. 
A reminder was given about Dave Domback on April 29th, and also the Skywarn Training on April 5th. 
A community service opportunity was announced, and that was a clean up of Breitback park, the Met club would provide rides to anyone who wanted to attend.  This is Saturday April 19th. 
We explained our new tier three club budget from Student Association.  Our budget increased from roughly 2000$ to 5000$.
We held a short Northeastern Storm Conference debriefing.
We then wished everyone a Happy, Fun and Safe spring break, particularly to those going storm chasing.---Ted Letcher.

 

PACKERLAND

Spring Chapter News.---Brian Hulse.

 

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

March was a busy and active month for PSUBAMS.  Pete Jung, a hydrologist from the National Weather Service in State College, PA spoke to PSUBAMS about his career experiences.  He provided both basic and technical information about hydrology.  On the most basic level he stressed the dangers of flooding and provided unnerving statistics.  He explained the various ways flooding can occur; particularly tailoring his discussion to Pennsylvania.  The second portion of his discussion focused on hydrology in the National Weather Service. Mr. Jung discussed the various hydrological positions available including the monetary and scheduling aspects of the positions.  Many PSUBAMS members were pleased to learn that there is a need for hydrologists in the National Weather Service. He concluded his presentation with typical questions and tasks that a hydrologist must answer on a daily basis.  Mr. Jung’s presentation was incredibly informative and beneficial for all PSUBAMS members. 

In addition to the hydrology meeting, PSUBAMS sent four of its members to the Northeastern Storm Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts in mid March.  The conference was hosted by Lyndon State, and many schools from across the Northeast were in attendance. The talks were geared toward storms on all levels, ranging from the microphysics of bow echoes to the impacts the Great Lakes have on convection.  Attendees had the chance to listen to many prominent speakers such as Chris Landsea from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL and Greg Holland from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO.  These two speakers are respected hurricane experts but their views vary on the effects of global warming and hurricane activity.  Since students comprised the majority of the conference, in addition to the lectures, there was a panel discussion with professional meteorologists.  The small setting of this discussion created a personal feel between students and the panel.  The panel consisted of Ken Carey, Garett Argianas, Zack Byko, John Krasting, and Thomas Wasula.  These men represent various aspects of meteorology including private industry, the military, graduate school, television, and the National Weather Service.  We hope to increase the attendance of PSUBAMS members at this conference next year! 

Aside of meetings and conferences, PSUBAMS held a t-shirt logo contest.  The winning design was chosen and PSUBAMS t-shirts will be available soon.  The t-shirts are an excellent way to keep the moral of the department high as well as strengthen the bond throughout the department.  PSUBAMS is gearing up for its annual elections on April 10th, 2008. We have had a wonderful and productive year with our current officers and hope that the next years to come will be just as successful.---Maria Zatko.  

 

PLYMOUTH STATE UNIVERSITY

Executive Board Meeting

Date: March 26, 2008

Minutes: 6:00-6:30pm

Board Members in Attendance: Melissa P, Heather D, Katie P, Norm S, Jeff V, John S, Andy D

Other Members in Attendance: Matt B

Discussion:

           The final date for Logo Contest submissions is March 28th. An email reminder will be sent out to all members.

            Katie contacted the NWS regarding a visit this semester. An email reply is expected soon.

            The April All Members Meeting will be held Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 7:30pm in Boyd 306.

            The senior exec board members will meet in the next week to discuss nominations.

            Fundraiser planning needs to be completed within the next week as well.

            The Lyndon bowling/bonding event will be finalized as soon as possible.---Heather Dinon.

 

SMOKY MOUNTAIN

The March meeting of the Smoky Mountain Chapter was held on the 24th. Around 22 people met at the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) headquarters on the east side of Knoxville for a tour of their Traffic Management Center. Travis Brickey, Andy Russell, and Dean Roberts showed the group how they monitor and use their SmartWay camera network around the Knoxville area. They also explained how they use and monitor their weather sensors that are positioned at various locations around the traffic grid. After the tour, the group then moved to Puleo's Grill for dinner and a business meeting concerning the upcoming science fair and new officer election results. The new officers for 2008 are Joanne Logan (President), Ed Dumas (Vice-President), and Bob Becker (Secretary/Treasurer).---David Gaffin.

 

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

TAMSCAMS (Texas A&M Meteorology Chapter) had our March meeting on March 3, 2008. We opened our meeting with nominations for officers for the 2008-2009 school year. Elections will take place at our next meeting, April 1st. We discussed our a upcoming trip on April 19 to go to the Weather Research Center in Houston. We also discussed our future effort for a service day within our community where we have a weather camp for the kids of Bryan/College Station. This weather camp will be held on April 5th at our local convention center. After we discussed the particulars we had our guest speakers give their presentation. These guests were two employees from AirRouting in Houston. They discussed what aviation meteorology forecasting is like and how to go about getting a job in this field.---Elizabeth Bange.

 

TWIN CITIES

The March 2008 meeting of the Twin Cities chapter of the American Meteorological Society was called to order at 7:05 pm on March 18, 2008, by President Chris Bovitz.  Secretary/Treasurer Lori Bovitz was also in attendance along with nearly 20 members and guests.  The meeting was held at Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Office in Deephaven, MN.

Introductions were made and the secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved.

Lori Bovitz reported on the DataStreme activities. The semester is going well with about five students participating. Both Lisa Schmit and Lori Bovitz are mentors this semester. A description of the program was also presented for those not familiar with DataStreme.

There are still upcoming science fairs. The next one is the Minnesota Academy of Science State Fair on March 31 in St. Paul. The South Center/Southwest Minnesota Regional Science and Engineering Fair is May 3 at Minnesota State University in Mankato. The chapter will provide weather radios for the best meteorology-related projects. If you are interested in judging one of these fairs, contact Karen Trammell.

The Minnesota Skywarn Workshop is on April 5. The chapter is a sponsor of the workshop, and we will staff a booth there. Chris Bovitz will staff the booth during the workshop, and Doug Dokken volunteered to set up his WATADS display.  In addition, Bovitz put together a “Weather Bingo” game and will run the game during talks by Karen Trammell and Matt Friedlein.

As always, spread the word about the chapter. When discussing the weather with coworkers, neighbors, or friends, tell them about our group. They may be interested in hanging out with other weather enthusiasts.

Member Craig Edwards reminded the chapter about the JetStream podcasts available through Minnesota Public Radio. They have been doing these podcasts for about a year and are seeing a significant increase in listenership. The podcasts are about 20 minutes long and usually have topical weather discussions with one or two guests.

A possible future meeting topic was provided by Theresa Benkowski. She suggested we could tour at the Great River Energy Plant in Maple Grove. The headquarters building is one of the first LEED certified buildings. Heating is from geothermal sources; the electricity is provided by a wind turbine; and the building has a green roof.

The next meeting  in April, will be presentations by seniors at the meteorology department at St. Cloud State University. They will present the results of their senior research projects. The May meeting will be Tuesday, May 20, at the WFO in Chanhassen. The meeting will be a picnic, recap of the year, and officer elections.

The business portion of the meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

After the meeting and dinner, Julie Westerlund of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) spoke about climate change and strormwater management.

The MCWD is a local government unit that monitors the drainage of Lake Minnetonka, Minnehaha Creek, and the Chain of Lakes. They work with over 30 municipalities to discuss a variety of watershed issues and how the plans of the municipalities affect the watershed district.  Westerlund then discussed the possible effects of climate change, some of which include more extreme events between long dry periods (warmer and more rapid runoff into streams), more freezing rain events in the winter (necessitating the use of more chemicals on the roads), lake turnover would occur earlier in the spring and later fall (causing early-season algal blooms), warmer temperatures in the summer (increasing lake evaporation).

Westerlund also talked about some the mitigation strategies and projects they have done. This includes rain gardens, pervious pavement for driveways and patios, and an example of a parking lot that has swales and vegetation among the parking spots.

After the presentation Westerlund took questions.---Lori Bovitz.

 

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA - HUNTSVILLE

March 7, 2008

The meeting opened with Vani Starry addressing some issues regarding preliminary exam grading. 

The National Weather Service Open House scheduled for March 8th was cancelled due to the winter weather.  There are several other upcoming events scheduled including the Sparkman Middle School Career Fair on Thursday, March 13th from 7:45-10:30 a.m.  Also, the Regional Science Fair is on March 13th and judging will begin at 9:00 a.m.  On Friday, April 4th the State Science Fair will begin its judging; details to follow.

The refrigerator is located in the ATS Library on the 4th floor.  All drinks are $0.50 and a cup is located above the refrigerator for deposit.  The calendar project with WHNT is underway and volunteers are needed for the data collection for each month. 

Chris Jewett is arranging for some social activities including bowling and putt-putt, especially for the summer.  Details pending. 

The WAFF Road Tours are scheduling more programs to go our and program weather radios; Chris Schulz is the head of this project.  Also, UAH is working to become Storm Ready through local sponsorships.  We are receiving posters for the Severe Weather Poster Contest; the deadline is April 10th. 

Elections are coming up in April, so nominations can be sent via email to Elise Johnson (Johnson@nsstc.uah.edu).---Holly Searcy. 

 

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

SCAMS@UIUC meeting minutes—Thursday March 27, 2008

Icebreaker Activity:

This was our first joint meeting with the Central Illinois Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (CIAMS).  In order to integrate the two chapters and help members meet each other everyone participated in an icebreaker activity.  SCAMS and CIAMS members were paired up and asked to introduce themselves then discuss some questions (What got you interested in meteorology?  What is the focus of your work or research?  What is your most memorable meteorological moment?).  Everyone who participated was then entered in a drawing for $5 gift certificates to Jarling’s Custard Cup in Champaign.

Activity Summary:

In order to introduce our activities and ideas to CIAMS, we presented a short summary of activities our club has been involved in so far and ideas we have for the future.  So far this year we have had members participate in a local Boy Scout weather merit badge day and in writing and proctoring tests for local Science Olympiad competitions.  We plan to organize a similar weather merit badge event for local Girl Scouts and possibly extend those lessons into local elementary schools.  Other continuing ideas include finding and maintaining a weather station for the department, collaborating with CIAMS to organize a photo contest with the wining entries compiled into a calendar, and club trips and movie nights.

Nominations and Elections:

We will hold elections during our last meeting of the year on April 17, 2008.  The nomination period will begin this Thursday, April 3rd.  More information about the nomination, campaigning, and election process will be included in an email on April 3rd.  Remember that according to our constitution you must be an active member in order to vote.  A list of active members will be provided in the email about nominations.

CIAMS:

The CIAMS officers strongly encouraged students to consider joining the Central Illinois Chapter in addition to our student chapter.  The Central Illinois Chapter offers a good opportunity for networking with professionals in the field.  This will be especially important for undergrads as they look for advisors for their capstone project.  Student dues to become a member of CIAMS are only $6.

Speaker:

Jason Keeler, a graduate student in the department, spoke about his experience with a storm chasing class he took as an undergrad at SUNY Oswego.  The three week course began with a week of all day lectures focused on mesoscale meteorology and forecasting.  The following two weeks were spent storm chasing, taking the class through parts of 13 states.  Over those two weeks they also visited the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma which among other things houses the Storm Prediction Center (SPC), National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), the Norman, OK National Weather Service office, and the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology.  In addition, they drove through the town of Greensburg, Kansas, which was devastated by an EF5 tornado on May 4, 2007. The two weeks of chasing resulted in one tornado sighting in South Dakota and many other non-tornadic storms.---Faye Barthold.           

 

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO

AMS Activities:

Officers Meeting: All of the officer of the AMS met to discuss what is going to happen this spring on March 26th.  The meeting was about 45 minutes and we gave everyone duties to make the spring go smoothly and with lots of fun.

Attendees:

Jon Meyer

Sean Rocheford

Grant Gutierez

Kim Insana

Philip Webber

Fun Events: 

Nuggets game: On March 7th several members of the AMS went down to Denver for the Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs basketball game.  It was a huge hit and people got a chance to see some of their favorite players in action.  Several non AMS members attended this event with us and they also enjoyed themselves.  It was a great night in general and it only cost about 20 dollars per ticket.

Attendees:

Jon Meyer

Lisa Coco

Brad Cameron

Grant Gutierez

Sean Rocheford

Club Activities:

Bowling nights: Every Wednesday of the month there has been a chance for everyone in the club to go bowling.  This is always a great opportunity to better get to know everyone in the club and make long lasting friends.  Bowling usually begins at about 7:00 pm and goes till around 9:00 pm which is generally about 3 games of bowling.  There are usually 15-20 members and non-members that show up for the occasion.  It has been going on for the whole year and continues to be one of the most popular events for our club.

 

Tornado Model


Trip 1: This trip was for Science Night at Romero Elementary to talk to 2nd graders and parents about weather safety demonstrate weather experiments.  There were about 100 kids present.

Attendees:
Grant Gutierez

Becky Elliot

Sarah
Lisa Coco
Dr. Nutter
 

Trip 2: This trip was for Science Night at Scott Elementary to talk to 2nd graders and parents about weather safety and demonstrate weather experiments.  There were about 150 kids present.

Attendees:
Sarah
Jon Meyer
Lisa Coco
Dr. Nutter
 
Trip 3: Some of our students traveled to Loveland CO, to Bill Reid Middle School to present to 4 classes of 6th graders for an hour each covering weather safety, demonstrations on how clouds form/ingredients needed, temperature demonstration and why evaporation of water is the reason for the wind chill, air pressure and how cold/hot air expands and contracts, static electricity demonstration using tape and pie pans to shock students. There were about 100 kids present.

Attendees:
Jon Meyer
Kim Insana

Becky Elliot
Neal Day
 
Tours


7NEWS:  We set up a tour of 7NEWS on March 27th.  4 students traveled to 7NEWS and appeared on the 4:00 show while helping out interns generate forecast graphics and issued a forecast for regional cities.

Attendees:
Jon Meyer
Kim Insana
Jessica Stone
Travis Knudson

 

 ---Paul Nutter.

 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA

Friday, March 2nd- Programmed Weather Radios at local Walgreens for the general public. 3pm-7pm.

Saturday, March 3rd- Programmed Weather Radios at local Walgreens for the general public. 9am-3pm.

Wednesday, March 5th- Spring Break meeting. 4:30pm.

Saturday, March 8th- Wednesday, March 12th- Norman, Oklahoma Spring Break trip to the National Weather Center and facilities.

Monday, March 17th- "Jetstreaks" intramural volleyball game. 8:30pm

Wednesday, March 19th- USA AMS meeting. 4:30pm. "Jetstreaks" intramural softball game. 7:30pm.

Monday, March 24th- "Jetstreaks" volleyball game. 8:30pm.

Wednesday, March 26th- "Jetstreaks" softball game. 7:30pm.

Thursday, March 27th- "Weather Jeopardy" Hosted by John Gordon (MIC - National Weather Service Louisville, KY). 4:30pm.

Friday, March 28th- Saturday, March 29th- South Eastern Coastal Atmospheric Process Symposium. 6pm

Monday, March 31st- "Jetstreaks" volleyball game. 8:30pm.---Miranda Hayes.

 

WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA

Hurricane Hunters

The March meeting of the West Central Florida chapter of the AMS was hosted by Mr. Paul T. Flaherty. He is the Flight Director/ Flight Meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) at MacDill Air Force Base, located in Tampa, Florida. The AOC supports multifaceted atmospheric research programs including hurricane reconnaissance and research. The meeting included both a presentation and a tour of one of the aircraft.

The airplanes of the Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) are flown in support of NOAA's mission to promote global environmental assessment, prediction and stewardship of the Earth's environment. NOAA's aircraft operate throughout the United States and around the world; over open oceans, mountains, coastal wetlands, and Arctic pack ice. These versatile aircraft provide scientists with airborne platforms necessary to collect the environmental and geographic data essential to their research. Of particular interest to our chapter in Florida is “Hurricane Hunting”.  Hurricane Operations are divided into three main categories: Reconnaissance, Research, and Surveillance. The aircraft provide scientists with unique platforms to observe measure and study the atmosphere. The AOC conducts flights year round and is involved with many missions, not just hurricanes. Flaherty has been involved with winter storm surveillance in Oregon and Alaska, tropical missions to Hawaii, thunderstorm projects in South America, tropical wave studies in Central America and bow-echo formation studies in the United States.

In tropical cyclone reconnaissance operations the aircraft will fly a variety of predetermined patterns around and into the storm, depending on the aircraft and the mission. Some flights enter all four quadrants of the storm, as well as, the center of the storm. Meteorologists use dropsondes (weather data recording devices), as well as, aircraft radar and visual observations as far as 194 kms from the center of the storm to determine the location of tropical storm and hurricane strength winds. Flaherty presented eye-wall pictures taken from the aircraft. The crew noted what a beautiful sight the eyewall of these storms are, from the vantage point of the aircraft, yet at the same time they are acutely aware of the damage and death that these storms cause.

Hurricane Research is another aspect of flight meteorologists’ job. One mission (CBLAST) involved flying at low heights (0.06-0.3 km above sea level) with two planes flying at different altitudes. This allows the scientist to observe the sea state of the turbulent ocean below. The data is being used today to help hurricane scientists understand energy transfer from the oceans vertically into the storm and the physics of the ocean waves that continually effect the surface environment.

There are two types of planes used in hurricane operations: the WP-3D Orion (P-3) and the Gulfstream IV (G-4). The functions of each aircraft vary. The maximum altitude, weight, flight time and capacity are significantly different. For instance, while the G-4 is sometimes used for research missions, its main purpose is surveillance. In Hurricane Surveillance missions, the plane will fly around the outside of the eyewall at heights of 13.7 kms. The goal is to collect data encompassing two full circles around the storm so that hurricane models and forecasters get a better understanding of the steering currents.

Most flights require dropsonde launches. Scientists on board have launched as many as fifty during one research mission, although they typically launch between fifteen and twenty-five. The sondes provide the aircraft with the following weather data: wind speed and direction, temperature, pressure, humidity, altitude, and sonde fall rates.  From the G-4, they each take approximately fifteen minutes to reach the surface, gathering data twice a second. This provides a tremendous amount of information. With the G-4 taking sounding information on the outside of the storm and the P-3 going into the storm, it gives forecasters and researchers data in three dimensions that is input into the numerical models used to track the storm.  The flight times are centered on the 00Z and 12Z hour model runs, in conjunction with the NWS upper air observations.  Currently, there is no other way to fill in these data sparse areas other than to get aircraft out into the storm. So, this is a vital function for forecasters and researchers alike.

Flaherty gave a tour of one of their P-3 planes (Figure 1). Clearly visible were both the tail Doppler radar and the belly radar, both of which rotate 360 degrees (the former in the vertical and latter in the horizontal). On the outside of the plane, there were stickers in the shape of a hurricane symbol with the name of each hurricane that the plane flew through (Figure 2). It provided a history of many of the worst hurricanes such as Wilma, Rita and Andrew.  Katrina was not on this plane, but it is on the other P-3 based at MacDill. Inside the plane, there are multiple work stations including the science, dropsonde, radar, meteorologist and navigator stations. Each person at the different stations has specific duties. Flaherty showed us the launching station for the dropsondes (Figure 3). During a mission, the meteorologist sits at his station and looks at the nose and belly radar data and several data screens.  The aircraft is equipped with satellite phones.  However, now they are rarely used since laptop computers allow communication via online chat with the National Hurricane Center. Flaherty’s presentation can be viewed on the chapter’s website at http://www.wcflams.org

Figure 1: Mr. Paul Flaherty (Flight Director/ Flight Meteorologist at the Aircraft Operations Center (Tampa)) with AMS members on the WP-3D Orion (P-3).

Figure 2: Stickers in the shape of a hurricane symbol with the name of each hurricane that the plane flew through.

Figure 3: Mr. Paul Flaherty shows where the dropsonde is launched onboard the WP-3D Orion (P-3).---Jennifer M. Collins.

 





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