Chapter News
March 2011


March 14, 2011 Meeting Minutes

     The Ark-La-Tex Chapter of the American Meteorological Society held its 2nd meeting of 2011 on March 14th, at the Ruston Fire Department Headquarters in Ruston, Louisiana. This meeting was a joint meeting with the University of Louisiana-Monroe (ULM) Student AMS Chapter, and began at 6:35 pm, with twenty two members present amongst the two chapters.

     ULM students/storm chasers Dylan Cooper and Justin Pullin both presented a presentation on the April 24th, 2010 Yazoo City, MS EF-4 tornado. This was part of a tornado outbreak that occurred on April 23rd-24th across Eastern Louisiana and Central Mississippi, with this particular tornado killing 10 people, and injuring 146 others as it remained on the ground for over 149 miles, from just west of Tallulah, LA to near Starkville, MS. Justin began by analyzing the pre-storm atmospheric environment and detailed their chase strategy, while Justin explained the still photos and chase itself as they encountered the tornado near the Delta National Forest southwest of Yazoo City, before it intensified to EF-4 status. The presentation was followed by a short video of their other chases throughout the Plains in recent years. Afterwards, Chapter President Jason Hansford hosted an open discussion on the importance of the SkyWarn program offered by the National Weather Service, and also explained professional career options for those students in the Atmospheric Science Program at ULM. These included careers in the National Weather Service, the USAF (and other military branches), broadcast media, the private sector, as well as the Dept. of Homeland Security. Afterwards, a question and answer session was held for the students.

The following members were present from both chapters:

Jason Hansford, AMS Chapter President                     Lara Keys, ULM Chapter President

Leslie Sexton, Treasurer                                              Justin Pullin, Vice-President

Bryan Walter                                                                 Ryan Willis, Treasurer  

Randy Pritchard                                                            Dylan Cooper, Secretary

Gareth Juays                                                                 Nicholas Fenner

John Mussey                                                                 Jason Bobo

Devon Free, Jr                                                               Bryce Cheramie

Nikki Carson                                                                  Jared Marquis

Larry Hopper, Sr.                                                           Jorel Torres

Courtney Legendre                                                        Brady Bourque

Jessica Patterson                                                          Larry Hopper, Jr.

The meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM.---Jason Hansford.



 “The recent extreme weather in eastern Australia: A sign of climate change or the response to La Nina?”

Dr. David Karoly, University of Melbourne, Australia

The third meeting of the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Meteorological Society/National Weather Association (COCAMS/NWA) was held on March 9, 2011 at the National Weather Center in Room 1350. Around 40 people were in attendance for the meeting.

Dr. Jerry Brotzge, President, welcomed everyone to the third chapter meeting of the year and introduced the other officers (Mark Sessing, Vice-President; Kit Wagner, Treasurer; and Sarah Corfidi, Secretary).

Old Business:

First, winners for the recent contests were announced. In November, COCAMS/NWA had a contest for the first frozen precipitation event of the year, as measured at Will Rogers World Airport (KOKC) – the official observation site for Oklahoma City. Dr. Kevin Kloesel was the winner of that contest with his guess of 0.5” on January 10, 2011. The first snowfall did occur on January 10 in Oklahoma City, when 0.2” of precipitation was recorded. Dr. Kloesel won a very nice snow brush and bragging rights at the NWC! Dr. Kloesel could not attend the meeting, so the award will be presented at the April meeting. Contest results were posted here:

The second contest winner was Stephanie Daniel, who designed a logo for COCAMS/NWA. Stephanie is a graphic arts student attending the University of Oklahoma. She will receive a $50 gift card to the restaurant of her choice. Stephanie could not be at the meeting as she had a class at that time.  She will be recognized at the April meeting for her logo design.

Kit Wagner presented a brief treasury report from the last meeting.

Highlights included:

? COCAMS/NWA has 30 paid members to date.

? About 300 people attended the National Severe Weather Workshop, generating about $55,000, most of which will cover expenses.  

? The treasury has about $11,000 in reserve for COCAMS/NWA operations.

Sarah Corfidi presented a brief secretary report as well. She is maintaining a separate email list for COCAMS/NWA members and requested anyone who wishes to be on this list to contact her.

New business:

Vice-President Mark Sessing announced the spring forecasting contest. COCAMS/NWA is sponsoring a 2011 Spring Tornado Forecasting contest. Details are available here:

Contestants will guess the first tornado in Oklahoma (after March 15, 2011), in each of 3 categories: county, date, and time of day. Each category will have a separate award. Entries needed to be received by March 11, 2011.

Science fair judges are still needed for the Oklahoma State Science and Engineering Fair, to be held April 24-26, 2011 in Ada, OK at East Central University.

COCAMS/NWA members have received emails about this also.

COCAMS/NWA will sponsor a spring BBQ, to be held in June, at a local park. More information will be provided at the next meeting.

Dr. Brotzge then introduced Dr. David Karoly, now at the University of Melbourne, Australia. More information about Dr. Karoly, and an abstract of his presentation, may be found here:

Dr. Karoly gave an informative and most interesting presentation about recent extreme weather events in Australia, and posed the question, “Are these events the result of La Nina or climate change?”

The presentation focused on several rain/flooding events: the 13 January 2011 river flooding event in Brisbane, a flash flooding event that occurred 10-12 January 2011 just inland from Brisbane where at least 30 people were killed, record rainfall in Victoria and Tasmania from 12-14 January 2011, and the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Yasi (at one point a Category 5 T.C.), which affected the north Queensland coast. At the same time, heat waves and bush fires were occurring in parts of southwestern and western Australia.

The Brisbane flooding event was not the worst flooding event the city had experienced; a more severe flooding event occurred in 1974 from Tropical Cyclone Wanda.  Nevertheless, the 2011 storm left Brisbane airport under water for a time.  Despite a population ~ 2 million people, fortunately there was no loss of life in the city.  However, just upstream from Brisbane, a flash flooding event occurred from 10-12 January, where 30 people were killed. Over 300 mm of rain was recorded in one day, with a 3 day total of 600 mm.  This event occurred in a less populated but mountainous area, and the heavy rain flooded tributaries to the Brisbane River and affected Toowoomba's central business district before devastating communities in the Lockyer Valley.

Very heavy rains occurred between 12–14 January causing major flooding across much of the western and central parts of the Australian state of Victoria. Record rains were recorded in Victoria and Tasmania. These rains were caused in part due to tropical air being drawn inland by an upper trough; moist air was drawn 2000-3000 km inland, with precipitable water values as high as 64.8 mm recorded. Record seasonal rainfall was observed in Victoria, some 30% higher than previous records.

Dr. Karoly also discussed Tropical Cyclone Yasi, which formed over Fiji, and tracked southwest toward northern Queensland, Australia, strengthening to a Category 5. The numerical models handled the cyclone very well and predicted where Yasi would make landfall (within 100 km) seven days in advance. T.C. Yasi did weaken to a Category 2 storm before coming ashore on 2 February.  Yasi moved directly over a weather radar located on Willis Island, which provided high quality data before it was blown over. The hardest hit areas included Mission Beach, and in particular, Dunk Island Resort. 

Dr. Karoly concluded that the primary factor for much of this extreme weather was likely due to the effects of La Nina. However, climate change is likely a contributing factor as well.  For example, there were also record high sea temperatures observed around Australia last year; 0.2 degrees higher than any other year.  Great questions and discussion followed the presentation.

Dr. Brotzge concluded the meeting around 5pm.

Next meeting: April 20, 2011 – time and location TBA.  The meeting will be at a local restaurant.---Sarah Corfidi.



CCAMS Meeting Minutes 3/4/2011


New CCAMS Website:

                  The new CCAMS/Atmospheric Science website has been launched and will go live on April 1st!  We still need people to write content for the site, so look out for an email from Dan soon!  The site is targeted towards current and prospective students and is going to be a great resource, so be sure to check it out!

                  The web address is:

                  The site is easily customizable through CMS (Custom Management System), which allows CCAMS members to log in and edit content very easily.  We will also be integrating the new website with Facebook and Twitter.  On Facebook, the pages are “Cornell Weather” and “Cornell Meteorology (Atmospheric Science)” so be sure to check them out and “like” them!  On Twitter, you can refer to “CornellWeather” for all your tweeting needs. 


                  The Cornell Daily Sun has cut our daily forecasts out of the paper and is now offering for us to make forecasts once a week.  This will lead to highly inaccurate forecasts for later in the week, and also decreases our opportunities for forecasting.  We will be drafting a public letter to the editor in response to this change in hopes that they will return to daily weather forecasts provided by CCAMS members. 

                  We would like to look into the possibility of uploading our forecasts from the new website to the flat screens in the library. 

                  WeatherPhone: we will be standardizing the verification format and will also now be sending the forecasts to the new forecast listserv—look for an email from John with more detail on these changes!

                  Athletics Forecasting: we have added the track team to our list of teams to forecast for, so we are in need of one more person to forecast---if anyone is interested, please contact John or Jase!

Community Outreach:

                  Lansing Middle School wants us to come back to help with the primarily 5th/6th grade science club!  We will be going to the science club meeting one afternoon to teach the kids about weather through fun and interactive demonstrations and activities!  We need to edit content from last year’s outreach event a bit and simplify weather processes to make them age-appropriate for this event. 

                  Another exciting opportunity: Cornell Outdoor Education has contacted us to create a small 6-8 lecture weather program to educate COE students and instructors about weather processes and forecasting.  We will essentially be creating a module for use in future years.

**Contact Nikki if you are interested in one or both of these exciting outreach opportunities!


                  North East Storms Conference: next weekend

                  Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop: will be held over Spring Break in Bradfield!  We have the option to sell snacks during breaks to raise money for CCAMS

                  AMS Conference: for those who attended, be sure that you return the form to Roberts Hall for reimbursement and respond to the reimbursement email for SAFC! 

Apparel: look for an order form before Spring Break!  Get excited for new CCAMS apparel!


                  The AMS Conference issue will be released shortly- be sure that if you attended, you have submitted an article to Sarah!

                  We will be looking for articles for our spring edition very shortly, so get some ideas brewing!

Intramural Sports:

                  Softball sign-ups next week, so let Jase know if you are interested in being on the team!

Dues: Time to turn in spring dues!  Look for an email from David!

Other News:

                  SAFC will be providing us with funding so that we can get maps laminated!

                  **Send CCAMS pictures to Lindsey for the bulletin board makeover!

                  *Alumni Weekend will be April 29th-30th—we need help stuffing envelopes for the invites!

                  Women of CCAMS- check out the Earth Science Women’s Network—great resource for women in our field and a great way to make connections!---Sarah Lynagh.



Spring Newsletter.---Andrea Bleistein.



Meeting Minutes for March 3, 2011

I.  Call to Order

The first NWA/AMS meeting of 2011 was opened by NWA President, Mr. Vincent Webb, at 7:10 p.m.  There were two components to this meeting which will be described under New Business.  The inside Chapter meeting was at Cock of the Walk Restaurant at the Ross Barnett Reservoir, 141 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland, MS. 

II. Rolls

Recording Secretary Ms. Nancy Lopez took attendance, and the sign-in sheet confirmed 24 attendees with approximately five to seven being student or spouse guests for the restaurant meeting.  The outside meeting had 21 visitors plus ancillary staff.

III. Minutes Approval

Ms. Lopez briefed the group on the activities and minutes from the November 23, 2010 meeting at WAPT TV, and the minutes were approved.   


IV. New Business

The first part of the meeting was scheduled outside the restaurant at 4 p.m. in the Reservoir parking lot.  The Doppler-on-Wheels (DOW) truck was invited to the Chapter, and Senior Scientist Dr. Karen Kosiba was the invited presenter from the Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR) in Boulder, Colorado.  The truck had visited Jackson State University for training purposes for a period, before it was driven to the outside meeting location which was set up for general public viewing and inclusion in the media newscasts.  By sign-in, WLBT, WJTV and WAPT TV stations attended and took photos or videos.  WAPT and WLBT TV confirmed video shots aired that night.  Between 6 to 6:30 p.m., the meeting moved inside the restaurant for official business.

Treasurer, Ms. Joanne Culin gave an update on the financial report.  The current balance holds as in November with funds totaling $180.  There was no further change on an EIN or tax number for an official business account.  The group was informed of the student fee of $10 and non-student fee of $20 for those interested in joining the Chapter. 

Ms. Lopez then described the process of her acceptance of participation for the AMS Chapter poster presentation in Seattle in January 2011.  She displayed the poster and discussed the growth and diversity plans of the Chapter, and described the November visit as an example of Chapter activities with ties to weather service, media, emergency management and its outreach to the public helped by technology.  She noted some of the winners of the poster competition and Chapter of the Year category and discussed ways to broaden our Chapter efforts by growth through Chapter petitions for the name change, new members, webpages, education, community and outreach efforts as a few examples.

The floor was then turned over to guest speaker Dr. Karen Kosiba.  Dr. Kosiba gave an enthusiastic power point presentation on tornadogenesis, with the findings from Vortex 2.  She also demonstrated part of this talk at the recent Stormchasers Convention in Denver.  The Vortex 2 is one of the research projects to understand tornados, conducted via DOW equipment.  The DOW vehicle houses a doppler radar, and all associated equipment and data processing units.  The Center for Science Research operates three DOW vehicles mobile radar, which are funded by the National Science Foundation.  The benefits of these radars are mobility, rapid scanning, and ability to get close to the phenomena of interest.  The storm can be observed and scanned at short ranges for long periods.  By studying wind fields near the storm, the process of tornado formation and dissipation or how it maintains its life cycle can be better examined.  She explained there is more equipment than people, and described other portable equipment that study tornados such as sticknets and tornado pods. The DOW has been used in many weather research projects in the United States and beyond, to include studying landfalling hurricanes, and is featured in an upcoming IMAX movie about tornados.  The Chapter thanked her for her talk and provided her meal, as well as the visiting Jackson State University (JSU) students.  JSU also featured an article on Dr. Kosiba’s visit on their campus webpage, and the visit was advertised through the National Weather Service website in Jackson, and through the State Coordinator’s CoCoRaHS newsletter throughout Mississippi. 

V.  Adjournment

The meeting concluded at approximately 8:35 p.m.  The next meeting date is being planned for April.---Nancy Lopez.



March 2, 2011 GBM Minutes

Attendance: 34 (Including Exec. Board)

Start Time: 7:02 PM

Sam (President) -  NESC is a week away and preparations are almost finished.  Paul Kocin will be doing book signings during the poster breaks.  We will have about two or three prospective students and we need students to introduce themselves to them to make them feel more comfortable. 

Matt (Vice President) -  The talks for the conference are now on the website.  We need about two or more people for Tech-Help and about 4 to 6 people for session chairs during the talks.  If you are interested, please notify Matt and we will orchestrate a schedule on who does what session. 

George (Secretary) - George shared his experience of his first NESC and what he learned from it.  One of the major points is to dress professional.  Guys, please dress in a suit and tie with dress pants and ladies, please dress professional.  There will be no jeans or t-shirts worn during the talks or the banquet.  The other major point is to have fun. 

Laura (Treasurer) - After the conference, we will be then focusing on two things, the Science Fair and elections for next year’s board.  There will be a meeting to give the candidates a chance to see what positions they want to run for.  It is mandatory to come to this meeting if you are thinking about running for a position.  Also, if you have not paid yet for the conference, please do ASAP. 

Ben (Public Relations) – To make transportation easier, please car pool to the conference to save both money and parking at the hotel.  Parking is free and wifi is also free.

Garrett (Community Outreach) – The NEK Science Fair will be on March 25th and we need people to help sign up and judge projects.  Please notify Garrett if you are interested. 

Alison (Historian) – During the conference, the LSC Alumni Reception will be on Saturday at 5:30PM.  Everyone in the club is invited and it’s a great time to get acquainted with alumni and also to get your name out there in the field.  Great networking experience.      

The meeting then ended with a candy raffle.

End Time: 7:15PM---George J. Krauszer II.



March 22, 2011 

Erik Proseus opened the meeting with information about the chapter scholarship; the application was updated and distributed to area universities.  The award will be $250.  Erik also announced this year’s scholarship committee would consist of David Still, Joey Sulipeck, Jason Baker, Jim Belles, Mike Watts, and Erik Proseus. 

The Fox 13 weather camp is still on for August 6 from 9 a.m. to Noon.   The officers talked over this and thought our chapter would be best involved by helping with manpower than having our own table. 

In May’s meeting, we will have the election of officers.  This year we will likely need at least 2 new officers.  Mike and Erik have asked to have their positions filled in.  All positions will be open.  If anyone is interested, you should contact Erik.

The positions are (along with a brief description of the position):

President:  Administration, contact with nation groups, and runs meetings

Vice President:  Program chair

Secretary/Treasurer:  oversees accounts and takes notes and correspondence with other people. 

Erik will send an email out about officer nominations.

Next month, April, will be a lunch and then the May meeting.

Corey Chaskelson and Bill Borghoff of the National Weather Service office in Memphis showed some of the newest sections on the NWS web page.  They also asked for comments on the page.  We had a very good discussion on the usefulness of the NWS web pages.---Tom Salem.



Upcoming Events



John – Prez

Max Tsaparis – Prez

Nelly – Treasurer

Rochelle – Treasurer

Alex – Science Reseach

Max  Tsaparis - VP

              Kevin Nighwood – VP

              Alex – Secretary

              Brian Williams - Secretary

Vice President



              Bake Sale went well, sold all the cookies and a few glasses

Buy 5 get 6th free 

Science and Outreach

Good projects, the younger grades did seem to care more about doing well

Paperwork is in the works

New Webmaster

Today’s Speaker

Melissa Griffin

              Florida Assistant State Climatologist (FSU grad)

              Historic Florida Weather Events prior to 1970---Christina Gilbert.



14 Mar 2011 Meeting Minutes

Icehouse, Omaha

Barb called the meeting to order at 6:40 p.m. and greeted the members and guests.  We had 34 members and guests attending the meeting.

President’s Report (Barb):

Barb reminded the membership that elections are coming up in May. We need 3 members of the chapter (who are not running for a position) to serve on the Nomination committee.  Barb noted that she has reached the end of her term, and she cannot serve again.  The President must be a dues paying member of the National AMS and the NWA.  You are welcome to run for any office, but all the present officers are willing to run again, however we may need a corresponding secretary, and definitely a President.  She invited anyone with questions to see her after the meeting.

Our next meeting is almost finalized.  Date: Thursday 4/7/2011,  Location: TBA. Time: 5:30 p.m. (social ½ hour). Meeting and dinner most likely to be 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Speaker:  To be confirmed, but most likely, Tim Marshall, wind engineer and meteorologist, who will be speaking at the Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium and FamilyWeatherfest (CPSWS) on 4/9/2011.  Website is

Barb noted that we have been a runner up for “AMS Local Chapter of the Year” for several years now.  She asked that if the members have been involved in any community or other outreach activities, please notify her at, or at the Chapter FB page.  She will be putting together all input by April 1, so please let us know what you have been up to! 

Treasurer’s Report (Fritz VanWijngaarden): working, Karen Harder-Sittel filled in.

Beginning balance:  $ 371.90 petty cash, Closing checking balance = $ 1002.48. Total = $1374.38.

Recording Secretary’s Report (Karen Harder-Sittel): The February minutes were submitted to the National Chapter, and she also posted to Facebook.  Rose sent the minutes to everyone’s email.

Motion was carried to submit the minutes to the record. 

Vice President’s Report (Kristen George): working, but nothing to report.

Corresponding Secretary's Report (Rose Tseng): working, but nothing to report.

Old business:

A new webmaster is needed as we are going to have to scratch the old website and start again fresh.  We would like for someone to be able to take this on and hold onto the job for a few years.  Presently Jay Martinelli is leading the interim committee.  Please see an officer or email us at if you can help!

Barb is still working details with becoming a joint AMS/NWA chapter.  We expect this to be finalized by summer. We will need 3 members of the AMS group who are also NWA members to sign off on some nomination paperwork.  Several members of the NWA were present and agreed to help.

Barb also talked about the upcoming Science Olympiad in Lincoln on April 2.  She and Jay Martinelli will create a test for teams of middle-schoolers. The topic this year is meteorology-severe weather. The admin and grading of the test under control at UNL.

However, if anyone wants to send their questions geared toward bright middle-schoolers on the topic of meteorology/severe weather, they would certainly appreciate them.  Email Barb or Jay, or at, or our Chapter FB page.

We are still considering a booth at the Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium and Family Weatherfest (CPSWS) on 4/9/2011.  Website is  Please contact an officer or email us at or on our Chapter FB page.

New business:

Karen Harder-Sittel reported on the winners of the Metro Omaha Science and Engineering in Omaha, Saturday, March 5 and thanked Becky Selin, Fritz VanWijngaarden and Kristin George for their help.  She had posted the winners and some pictures on Facebook, and after the next fair results, she will report all our activities to the National AMS.  The next Science Fair is the Greater Nebraska Science and Engineering Fair in Nebraska City, NE, Saturday, March 26, 9:30-11:00 a.m.  She noted that she already has three volunteers from the Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA) helping out, but others are more than welcome to come along.  Contact for more information and/or to help.

She also told of upcoming opportunities to program weather radios for the public.  Our chapter is helping to program weather radios again this year with Bill Randby (Channel 7) and Sarpy Co. Emergency Management.

Dates are all Saturdays, and at local Hy-Vees.

1. April 16 -- Papillion - 72 and Hwy 370 ( 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. )
2. May 14 -- 146 Maple - ( 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. )
3. May 21 -- 144 Stony Brook - ( 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. )
4. June 11 -- 2323 West Broadway – Council Bluffs ( 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. )
5. June 25 -- 6919 Cass Street -- ( 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. )

Last year Karen made some instructional videos for how to program a wx radio for the metro area.  The videos are a little outdated, but with one viewing you will know the basics and be able to assist us greatly. and

Please let Karen know at, or on the chapter Facebook page to let us know what days/times you could be available.  You can volunteer for the full 3 hours all 5 days or even an hour on one of the days would be helpful.  She will bring this up again at our next meetings also.

Rebecca D. Adams-Selin, member and PhD candidate Colorado State, gave a brief report on her most recent conference.  Ms. Adams-Selin was the winning presenter at our student chapter competition, and received a $400 grant from the chapter to be used to attend and present at a regional conference. She presented at the 2nd Midwest Bow Echo Workshop, held March 8-9 in St. Louis, MO.  Her presentation was entitled "Examination of a Pressure Surge, Gravity Wave, and Atmospheric Internal Bore Associated with the 13 March 2003 Bow Echo."

Allocations: Up to $400 for speaker for April meeting. We might not need any of the money, but want to have to option open just in case we do.  Becky Selin proposed, and a call to a vote was seconded.  All in favor.  Allocation passed.  Again Barb reiterated that we might not use it, but if Mr. Marshall has to come to town a day early to speak to us, we would at least want to take care of his accommodations.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m., continuing with dinner, and then our Speaker, Captain Ryan Harris.


Captain Ryan J. Harris is the Flight Commander for the Weather Intelligence Flight in 2d Weather Squadron. He leads 45 Airmen in performing one of the most unique and diverse weather flight operations in Air Force Weather. He is responsible for providing DoD and Intelligence Community warfighters with timely, accurate, and tailored weather intelligence at the Top Secret and Unclassified level, arming decision-makers with a precise environmental characterization of the battlespace, anytime, anywhere. The Weather Intel Flight delivers global cloud analyses and forecasts for the National Reconnaissance Office to optimize intelligence collection, and also monitors 160 locations worldwide, providing 24/7 time-sensitive weather response at the Top Secret level. In addition, the flight is home to the DoD Center of Excellence for METSAT imagery analysis, delivering timely volcanic ash situational awareness products and detailed global and regional snow analyses for Army and Special Operations missions.

Capt Harris commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2002. His experience includes assignments within AMC, USAFE (ACC), AETC, USNORTHCOM (AOC) and FOA. Capt Harris is originally from Davenport, Iowa and grew up in Kennesaw, Georgia. He and his wife, Beth Ann, enjoy spending time with their 21-month old son, Will, and boxer named Hank.

2002 Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology, Brockport State University, Brockport, New York
2007 Squadron Officer School in correspondence, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2010 Master of Science degree in Satellite Meteorology, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California

1. May 2002 – February 2004 – Lead Meteorologist, 15th Operational Weather Squadron, Scott AFB, IL
2. February 2004 – August 2005 – Command Weather Officer, Tanker Airlift Control Center, Scott AFB, IL
3. August 2005 – August 2006 – Deputy Flight Commander, 52nd Operations Support Squadron, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
4. August 2006 – August 2008 – Weather Flight Commander, 52nd Operations Support Squadron, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
5. August 2008 – April 2010 – AFIT Masters Student, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California
6. April 2010 – Present – Weather Intelligence Flight Commander, 2nd Weather Squadron, Offutt AFB, Nebraska

Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal with star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Second Lieutenant 29 May 2002
First Lieutenant 29 May 2004
Captain 29 May 2006---Karen Harder-Sittel.



General Body Meeting          March 8th, 2011




Jeffrey Deppa

Geoff Heidelberger

Teresa Sikorski

Jeffrey Mart

Matt DeLucia

Alexander Harrison

Christina Speciale

Erik Taylor

John Cardinale

Joseph Martuci

Shunondo Basu

Adam Rainear

Stephanie Winter

Eric Sinsky

Jimmy Danco

Micheal Lee

Sabrina Ayoub

Doug Simonian

Alyssa Donovan

Dan Manzo

Matt Drews

Secretary Notes

The meeting started with discussion on the upcoming North East Storms Conference. We discussed transportation and filled out forms for the trip. After that we did a “rain pool” where we all forecasted the rain totals for the upcoming storm. Then we did the photo contest. The winner, Anthony Adams, will win a mug. The group then played Pictionary. Some members went bowling afterwards.

Northeast Storms                      March 11-13th, 2011




Shunundo Basu could drive, would rather ride.
Alexander Harrison
Matthew Drews
Joe Martucci
Geoffrey Heidelberger
Steve Osinski    Cot
Jimmy Danco
Steph Winter
Matt Delucia
Scott Sincoff
Christina Speciale
Erik Taylor.     Cot
Jeff Deppa drive if last resort
Chris Sheridan drive
Anthony Adams
Teresa Sikorski
Jeff Mart
Robert D'Arienzo

Secretary Notes

During this event, students from the Rutgers chapter traveled to Tauton, Massachusetts to have an enriching weekend of weather talks and events. Students had the choice of seeing one of two talk during the day Saturday and Sunday morning. Friday evening also featured an ice breaker event. Saturday had a banquet with Paul Kochin as a keynote speaker. The club also visited some local sites including Plymouth Rock.

School Outreach                        March 25th, 2011




Alexander Harrison

Jeffrey Deppa

Secretary Notes

Today Jeff and Alexander taught five elementary school classes about basic meteorology at Dutch Neck Elementary School in Princeton Junction, NJ. The event was part of a science day program school. The students were shown instrumentation and forecasting basics. The classes made forecasts for the next day after learning the basics of forecasting and also had the chance to get video recorded with a pseudo green screen set up! 


General Body Meeting          March 31st, 2011




Alexander Harrison 

Jake Carlin

 Jeff Mart

 Christina Speciale

 Matt Drews

Jimmy Danco

 Chris Sheridan

 Antony Adams

Secretary Notes

The meeting started with a discussion on the upcoming Rutgers Day. Rutgers will have a table for the upcoming event and ideas were discussed. The past outreach event was also discussed as well as plans to try and do similar outreach events in the future. Discussions were also made about events for next academic year. The group did weather related trivia games to end the night.---Jeffrey Deppa.



The Smoky Mountain Chapter of the American Meteorological Society gathered on March 21st for their bi-monthly meeting. Some people met first for dinner at 'Calhouns on the River' in Knoxville. Around 18 people then attended the meeting at the normal meeting place in the Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science building on the University of Tennessee Agriculture campus. Grant Goodge (retired from NOAA/NCDC and NOAA/ATDD) gave a talk entitled "An analysis and review of several notable Southern Appalachian winter and spring weather events. This was a very interesting presentation on some of the biggest weather events that have affected east Tennessee and western North Carolina during the winter and spring months. Some topics of the talk included hail storms in the 1960's, tornadoes in the 1970's, and a massive ice storm in 1981 across western North Carolina. Other events covered were significant snowfalls in both April and May, and the 1993 "Storm of the Century". As always, Gran t had great pictures to go along with his graphics and explanations.

Before the talk, it was decided that Ernie Roberts will remain as Vice-President this year, and Bob Becker will continue as Secretary/Treasurer. A new President will be voted on through an e-mail election. Another topic of discussion was the upcoming Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair at UT on March 29th. The Smoky Mountain Chapter will provide judges who will give a local AMS chapter award, a national AMS award, a national NOAA award, a NOAA/ATDD award, and the Bob Miller Memorial award (given for excellence in data collection and presentation). This is assuming that there are enough deserving projects for the chapter to give this many awards.---David Gaffin.



March Chapter News.---Lindsay Rice.



Instead of having our meeting the beginning of the month, we conducted a joint meeting with the Houston AMS chapter, where several Houston AMS members came up to College Station to speak us. It was a great meeting and we hope to do it again next year! During our meeting, we discussed some of our upcoming events, such as Big Event and our spring trip to Houston next weekend to visit the Weather Research Center. We also discussed our annual Weather Camp that we hold for kids in the Brazos Valley. After we discussed our events, we took nominations for our 2011-2012 TAMSCAMS officers. We will be voting for our new officers in our next meeting.---Allison Podbielski.



The March 2011 meeting of the Twin Cities AMS was held on March 14 in the Champions Club of the Minnesota Twins baseball club.  The evening was sponsored by Telvent, to which the chapter is grateful.  About 30 people attended the evening.

To open the evening, Telvent’s Chief Meteorological Officer Wes Hyduke spoke about his company.  Specifically, he described what his company does and can do for sports teams and organizations, including forecasting for weather, turf grass, and lightning.

The remainder of the evening was conducted by the Twins’ chief meteorologist Craig Edwards.  His first year as the team’s meteorologist was an interesting one.  For the most part, he was “lucky” in that there were only two postponed games.

He usually arrives at the ballpark about 2 hours before game time to monitor conditions during batting practice and pregame activities.  Once the line-up cards are exchanged by the two teams’ managers, the responsibility for calling off or delaying the game goes  from the home team to the head umpire, who have access to the information during the game.  They also have the responsibility for restarting the game or postponing the rest of the game after a rain delay.

One of the events was on June 17 during an evening game.  A line of severe storms was moving southeastward toward Minneapolis.  This storm had produced large hail and strong winds in central Minnesota, and it was moving toward the Twin Cities.  Edwards communicated to the umpires that these storms were moving in and that the end of the game might be postponed.  Fortunately, the game was a very short one, finishing in less than 2 hours, and the storms had weakened before they reached Target Field, so the game was not affected. But shortly after the last out, the rain started.

After Edwards spoke about his experiences, he showed his guests to his office near home plate.  In his office  were computers with Internet access and subscriptions  to various weather information vendors with which Edwards was able to access current and forecast weather information.  The office was close enough to home plate that umpires could look at the weather information and decided on the proper actions.

But that event did bring up an interesting question: What would be done during an actual threat of severe weather?  Edwards assured the group that there are plans in place to shelter fans and keep them safe.

The evening ended with thanks from President Chris Bovitz to the Twins for their hospitality and to Telvent for their sponsorship of the meeting.---Chris Bovitz.



Meeting Minutes for March 1, 2011


Odegard Hall, Rm. 103

I.)           Call to Order


-President Matt Saari called the meeting to order at 5:07PM

II.)         Speaker

-Dr. Delene spoke to the group about various field projects he has been involved in such as POLCAST3 and projects in Saudi Arabia, and West Africa. He showed pictures of the aircraft, the instruments, and some of the data.  He also highlighted the advantages of UND having a Cessna Citation versus other research aircraft. 

III.)        Old Business

-Curling last Tuesday was lots of fun. Thanks to all who attended.

-Banquet and Fundraising committees have been “merged

-Who’s Who’s Wall is ongoing.

-Send slide show pictures to the UND-AMS email account.

-Baked goods sheet sent around.

-Get your guesses in for the 50/50 flood contest before spring break.


IV.)        New Business

-Photo Contest

-Atmospheric Optics is this month’s topic. 

-Flood Fight

-Lake Agassiz chapter has been going down to help.  Watch for a possible email to see if we can help also.

-Spring Trip

- The River Forecast Center in Chanhassen will be too busy.  Maybe visit Bismarck on 9 April.

-Professor Awards

-Think of some ‘fun’awards for the professors to be awarded at the Spring Picnic.  


V.)          Committee Reports

-Activities/Outreach- No broomball registration yet.  Received a letter from Super Science Saturday. Spring picnic will be on Reading and Review day and planned to be at the park.  An indoor contingency plan will be arranged. 

-Fundraising- N.R.

- Banquet- Doodle poll for food choices is forth coming.


VI.)        Open Floor



VII.)       Adjournment


-President Matt Saari adjourned the meeting at 5:44PM---Justin Weber.



March 2011 


Monthly Meeting:


The monthly meeting was held on March 15 at 10:45 am. A total of 27 members agreed to gather at the Physics building lobby after a blackout affected the classrooms. The chapter officers discussed upcoming activities, such as a social gathering, a sale for fundraising, the Weather Festival, among others. The meeting was mainly focused on our participation in the upcoming Hurricane Hunter aircraft visit to the island. The logistics were coordinated to guarantee the success of this activity.  The chapter officers emphasized the importance of commitment and teamwork in order to fulfill our responsibilities.  

Activity: School Visit


On March 9, around 60 students from Antonio Paoli Middle School at Ponce visited the UPRM Physics Department. Chapter members joined members of the UPRM Society of Physics Students to present eye-catching demonstrations about Physics and Meteorology to our guests.

Activity: Weather goes Irish


Eleven students from Purdue University came to Puerto Rico over their spring break to take measurements for their Senior Experience in Atmospheric Research (SEAR) project. Four chapter members and their undergraduate research advisor, Dr. Mark Jury, helped the students and their advisors install and monitor meteorological equipment on the western coast of the island. Their objective was to understand the development of the land-sea breeze in the area.

The chapter wanted to welcome the visitors and have them meet more UPRM meteorology students. On March 16, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with the Purdue students, an unforgettable event where fun and laughter were the order of the night.

Activity: Poster Presentations

The chapter’s Weather Today committee organized a poster session on March 22. A total of 35 members attended this event where seven students presented their 2011 AMS Meeting posters. The main objective was to motivate other chapter members to do research, and to give them some advice for their possible future projects and presentations.  

Activity: Hurricane Hunter Aircraft Visit

The US Air Force WC130-J aircraft, its crew, and personnel of the National Hurricane Center (NHC) visited Puerto Rico on March 26, as part of the 2011 Caribbean Hurricane Awareness Tour. The Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency hosted this event, which was held at the José Aponte de la Torre Airport (former Roosevelt Roads Naval Station) in Ceiba.

Figure 1. The attendees in front of the WC130-J Hurricane Hunter aircraft.

Broadcast meteorologist Ada Monzón arranged for us to share the hangar with the Univision crew during the event. Chapter members gave weather-related demonstrations and hands-on activities to the public, which included people from all ages who were thrilled to see the aircraft and learn about meteorology. 

The NHC director Bill Read kindly offered a talk exclusive to the chapter members, in which he mainly discussed the 2010 Hurricane Season and the lessons learned from it. Lt. Col. Jonathan Talbot, the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (the Hurricane Hunter crew) chief weather officer also gave the chapter a talk and a special tour of the aircraft.

We are very thankful for the excellent treatment we received from all the professionals participating in this event.   

Activity: Donuts and Sandwiches Sale


On March 16, we sold glazed donuts and sandwiches again for fundraising purposes, motivated by the great success we had with the previous sales.



March Meeting Minutes.---Nicole Carlisle.




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