Chapter News
March 2014


March 18th, 2014 – 8:00 pm

136 McBryde Hall - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, VA

Meeting called to order at: 8:00 pm


President, James Marrow

Mayss Saadoon

Meeting adjourned at: 9:15pm

Members in Attendance: 44---Hans VanBenschoten




March Chapter News.---Sean Stelten.



March 5, 2014 General Business Meeting

Began at 6:32          


SC in 2 days!!!!!!!

All speakers are attending

Check in is between 2 and 8

4 prospective students are attending


40th Storm Conference -2015

Looking into hotels for March 6-8th

Cromwell Crowne Plaza in Cromwell Ct

Saratoga Hilton

The Desmond Hotel in Albany

Saratoga Hilton

Holiday in express inn Saratoga Spring

Speakers for the 40th

Thomas Bogdan- president Ucar/Ncar

Possible speaker at the conference

Other ideas? Survey Monkey

Elections-Will be held Thursday the 17th of April

Will be a meeting before hand to talk about what our position are  

Open Board meeting to keep transparency

Club members possibly attending


Weather Camp!!! Held August 2-3 Volunteer needed.

STEMs Camp

One day is going to be Atmospheric Sciences

Volunteers also needed for that camp!

Class schedule was posted  

Weather briefing class time every Thursday next year

Juniors and seniors can volunteer for to a weather briefing

Flipping Thermo Unix Jr. Core and Meso

What is flipping?

Teachers make their own modules for students to watch before class

Homework type problems during class and group work

Some uneasiness. A lot of uneasiness with students

Department will reassure students at all dept meeting in April

Requiring an internship for the major?

Most for the idea, some against. Summer jobs?

Speaker Wayne Hamilton


12:30 to 1:30

Working on Skywarn


Speaker Chairs- to get last minute events before the conference

After Storm conference everyone will start with zero


Science fair- Sign up

Rhode Island Service Trip- Sign up!!


Booklets to scan for events

Work on events for next year

Guide book app!!!

Meeting adjourned at 7:45

Update: The 39th annual Storm Conference was a success and planning is underway for the 40th conference!!!---Haley Bouley.




  1. The President welcomed and thanked everyone for attending our March meeting and please don’t forget to sign in.
  2. The treasurer’s report was given with a call for any unpaid dues for the 2013-14 year.
  3. A request to boost up our current scholarship fund otherwise funds will not be available for next year.
  4. An email will be sent for both the scholarship applications and to volunteer for participation on the scholarship committee.
  5. A question was asked if there was any new business, with one response asking if we had a speaker lined up for the upcoming May meeting.  The answer was there was currently nothing firm.
  6. Introduction to tonight’s speakers, the first Andy Chiuppi, a Meteorologist Intern from the National Weather Service office in Memphis.  Andy’s presentation discussed the decision support and post mortem of the mini low-topped supercell storm that produced a tornado that hit Caraway Arkansas on Halloween of 2013. He described the event being well forecasted 5 days in advance from both the Storm Prediction center and the Memphis Weather Forecast Office (WFO).  The event also gave the Memphis office their first opportunity to conduct a High Impact Social Briefing in which over 11,000 customers viewed.  The weather department at Mississippi State University provided a mobile sounding for the event that aided forecasters in determining that the instability was low but the shear in the atmosphere was still high enough to indicate an isolated storm and tornado potential.  The tornado occurred outside of a tornado watch box that was issued earlier across SE Missouri, so initially the staffing in the office was not increased, but as the storm quickly developed, to include a weak tornado, forecasters did a great job changing gears in issuing warnings and calling in additional personnel.  The town of Caraway received about four minutes of leadtime and fortunately with the rain from the storm most folks were already inside as the town’s sirens were going off.  A survey team the next day found EF1 damage in town but luckily no fatalities or injuries. From the huge public interest through social media, a new position was created in the Memphis office strictly to communicate with the public through Facebook and Twitter. 
  7. The night’s second speaker was Thomas Salem, the Science and Operations Officer from the National Weather Service Office in Memphis.  Tom also discussed the uniqueness and challenges that came with surveying the Caraway tornado path and damage. Tom showed how the WSR-88D Dual-Pol products indicated a strong signal of debris being picked up and lofted to a height of 13kft within the storm as is tracked through Caraway and points south and west of town.  He also introduced a Tornado Debris Signature study that The WFO in Jackson MS has been conducting for a few years now.  This study correlates the height of the debris to tornado intensity/rating.  Tom stated that the study of the debris lofted to 13kft would indicate an EF-2 tornado, though this tornado was rated at the high end EF-1 scale off the survey damage in town.  One reason for the TDS to have reached this altitude may have been from an abundance of leaves or some other non-weather anomaly i.e. waterfowl, insects, that could have been congregating in large masses during this seasonal time of year and in the path.
  8. After Andy and Tom’s presentation several questions were asked concerning the possibilities and the Jackson, MS study.
  9. Thanks were given to both speakers.
  10. The meeting concluded with the President reminding everyone that the upcoming Mississippi State Severe Weather Symposium is next weekend on April 4th and 5th and that all were welcome.  In addition he reminded everyone that next month would be our spring luncheon and that the location and announcement will be distributed through email in next couple of weeks.---Jim Branda.



March-April 2014

Chapter Activities:

Conferences Attended:



At the beginning of the month, around 10 students and Dr. Ryan Fogt took a trip to the Wilmington NWS where they were given a tour of the station there and even got to see a balloon launch.

Our outreach chair, Chad Goergens, planned an outreach event at a local elementary school for an after school program.  At this event, 8 chapter members volunteered their time to complete activities/demonstrations with the students in order to teach them different aspects of the weather or even just Mother Nature in general.

Students and faculty continue to forecast for the WxChallenge.

Alex Vorst, a member of the chapter, put together a fundraiser for the chapter by filling out March Madness brackets, where 50% of the money collected goes toward the chapter.

PACE positions were announced that they were available for qualified students.

Sara Marzola, our chapter's fundraising chair, started a Yankee Candle fundraiser, lasting for two weeks.  Packages were handed out to those willing to participate, with the web site and group number given to our chapter.

Dr. Ryan Fogt announced that he was looking for students to help in his climate research, where interviews were held late March.  

Megan Jones, our chapter's advertising chair, had paid members vote on the quote for the back of our annual chapter shirts and the shirt color.  The quote this year is "The only good weather is bad weather." and the color of the shirt is light blue with white lettering.

Chad brought up a potential date for a chapter golf outing here on campus.

Seth Warthen, our chapter president, brought up the end of the year cookout at Dr. Ryan Fogt's house at the end of the semester.

Seth also brought up NWS jobs through usajobs.

Kyle Clem, a graduate student, defended his thesis, where members were invited to go and support him.

Megan also brought up meteorology polos to see who all was interested. 

Seth brought up the David J. Clarke Memorial Scholarship.

Members were invited to our annual meteorology symposium, which was held Saturday, March 29.  We had speakers from the SPC, NWS - Alaska, NWS - Charleston, Congressional Science Fellow, AccuWeather, How the Weather Works, and WSYX-ABC6 News. It was a great turnout, as even members of the Ohio State University Meteorology Club came to support.  

Chapter elections will be held in the beginning of April.  Members were told they had to be paid members in order to run for a position. They were asked to attend the officer meetings the last month in order to see how they are run.---Morgan Wentling.


The Oswego State Chapter continues to be extremely busy in planning various different events such as GLASS-(Great Lakes Atmospheric Science Symposium), Nominations and Elections. The Oswego State Chapter is also working hard in planning the visit of a well-known weather company known as Accuweather to come up to Oswego to visit in the month of April. We are planning all of these fun festivities for the club because we want our friends and classmates to have a phenomenal college experience. The club will also be holding an annual spring picnic in May for all of our members.


GLASS has been a major priority for the SUNY Oswego Meteorology Club here in Oswego as we have been working extremely hard in setting up a great conference that we hope a good deal of various different schools along with TV Stations and NWS members can come to. We plan this every year with this being our 5th  to allow students from other schools as well as our classmates to be able to network and get their name out there early. We will be holding this conference May 3rd in the brand-new Shineman Center newly opened in August of 2013. All of the talks will be in Shineman with lunch in Hewitt Union and then our banquet dinner with the keynote speaker in the Campus Center. Our Keynote speaker this year for the conference, we are pleased to announce will be Dave Zaff from the NWS Buffalo office. We are extremely excited to hear him give a talk at this conference on the various job opportunities out there.

The Oswego State Chapter has also been busy planning Science Day which was scheduled to take place on March 29th. The club came up with a game of Jeopardy using meteorology terms for the local elementary schools and high schools that came to visit Oswego. This would be a great way for younger students who might want to take up meteorology to attend. Science Day in Oswego also has all of the other sciences attend this day as well and have games available for these students in high school and elementary school to attend.

On March 29th, we also had Relay for life. This was a great night and was busy in the planning stages in February and into the beginning of March. This was a great cause as the club baked cookies and made bracelets to help raise money for breast cancer and to help find a cure for this horrible disease.

Accuweather will also be coming to visit Oswego on April 22nd to give a presentation on the work force and to tell us what we need to do to get that job in the field we love so much. They will be providing the club with dinner in which they will be buying the club pizza. After they give their presentation, the club members will have a chance to go up to them and speak to them about future job opportunities.

Lastly, the Oswego State Chapter is planning on having Kindergarten children come up to Oswego on April 9th. They would visit to see what SUNY Oswego looks like and to see what kind of meteorology program we have here. Even though they are young this will be a great experience for them as when they see what the school has to offer they might want to take up meteorology for a career. 

Overall, the Oswego State Chapter remains very busy and will continue to be busy until the end of semester. We want the best for our club members and for them to all succeed in their future endeavors.---Michael J Vuotto.



April 2013 Local Chapter Affairs Newsletter

April was a great month for Rutgers Meteorology club with several outreach programs throughout the month. On April 4, we had 3 of our members visit Dutch Neck Elementary School for their annual science day event.  They spoke with 5 classes, presenting a PowerPoint on what weather is, different cloud types, and precipitation.  The students were also shown a radar and asked to describe what they saw and what it did.  A short interactive quiz was given at the end of the presentation on different things they had just learned.  The students were very enthusiastic, and the school graciously presented us with certificates of appreciation and thank you cards.


Many student events at Rutgers, including the SEBS Accepted Student Open House on April 5, and Rutgers Day on April 26 were great successes. At the open house we were able to present incoming freshmen, some being meteorology majors, with information about our meteorology club, along with the Weather Watchers living learning community plus any questions they had about the University.

Rutgers day had a great turnout with thousands of participants with many children, and upcoming students visiting our clubs table. Many of the younger children were won over with our weather bear where his clothes are changed for different types of weather. We also had balloons sporting the Rutgers Meteorology Club 50th Anniversary logo with a write-up describing weather balloons. And as always our tornado in a bottle was a hit with people of all ages.


Our final club meeting took place on April 30 were we wrapped up the year by electing our new members for the executive board as we said goodbye to some of our amazing graduates.---Ali Burgos


The March meeting of the Smoky Mountain AMS Chapter was held on Monday evening, the 24th. Around six members met first for dinner at Calhoun's on the River in downtown Knoxville. After dinner, around 16 members met on the University of Tennessee Agricultural campus to hear Dr. Kelsey Ellis (a new assistant professor in geography at UT with experience in storm chasing and tropical cyclones) speak on "Spatiotemporal patterns of extreme hurricane wind events". Dr. Ellis is a physical geographer specializing in applied meteorology and climatology. She uses a variety of statistical and spatial analysis methods in order to further our understanding in the general areas of tropical cyclones, tornadoes, and human-environment interactions.

The following was a synopsis of her talk: "A major question surrounding the Earth¹s future climate is the impact that climate change will have on the frequency and intensity of atmospheric hazards such as hurricanes and tornadoes. Of initial importance is the availability of a reliable data set that provides sufficient information for analyzing the past, current, and future of these hazards. Hurricane climatologists are working to extend the hurricane database by supplementing data from physical proxies (e.g. tree rings and overwash deposits) and written sources (e.g. ship logs and newspapers). Another option is using synthetic data based off of known atmospheric relationships. Using these data in combination with data from the National Hurricane Center, important questions about the spatial and temporal patterns of hurricanes, specifically extreme hurricanes, are analyzed. Major findings include a decadal clustering of extreme hurricane events along the east coast of the United States, and a track-dependency for relatively extreme events at a given locality. Future work in these areas will continue to increase our understanding of the climatology of extreme hurricane events and their future in a changing climate."

Also at this meeting, an election of new chapter officers was held. It was determined that Jeremy Buckles will be President, Joanne Logan will be Vice-President, and Bob Becker will remain Treasurer/Secretary.---David Gaffin.



March 2014

Eberly Science and Technology, California University of Pennsylvania



The March 2014 meeting of the Twin Cities Meteorological Society was held at the Twin Cities National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Office (WFO).  President Mike Griesinger, Vice President Jim Marusak, Secretary Chris Bovitz, and six other members were in attendance.

Bovitz recapped the February meeting, and Griesinger gave the treasurer’s report: We purchased airline tickets for next month’s speaker, Lans Rothfusz, and we had a couple of members sign up and pay dues.  We have $745.80 now.  Both reports were approved.

We have a location for our April 10 meeting:  Room 445 in Blegen Hall on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus.  We will begin at 6:30.  The members were urged to spread the word to everyone they know in the weather community. We need this to be big.

In other news:

In other past events,

The business meeting was adjourned for our speaker.

Our speaker, Shawn DeVinny, is a forecaster at the Twin Cities National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Office (WFO).  He was hired as an intern in 2010 earning an atmospheric sciences degree from St. Cloud State University and working in the NWS’s student experience career program (SCEP).  At the WFO, he has taken on the role of social media focal point.  He spoke about how the Twin Cities office uses social media to further the mission of the NWS of protecting life and property.

Social media is becoming a key communication tool for the NWS.  In (not to distant) past, all communication with the public has been one way, from forecasters to public. Now, the public can interact with the WFO, or at least give feedback to the NWS in real time.  The NWS can engage with its users to a degree and magnitude that they haven’t been able to before.  The greatest growth and usage of social media is in younger people.  Adults in their twenties lead all other groups in the use of social media.   This is how the younger generation gets their news and weather information.

The Twin Cities WFO has an area in their forecast area set up for the forecaster who’s handling the social media duties.  That person has access to a laptop computer to watch the websites; they also a computer terminal to see the same model and analysis information that the forecasters do.

DeVinny illustrated how popular outlets for social media – Twitter and Facebook to mention two – have been a useful supplement to the standard text products which have been issued for decades.  Along with letting the public know that, for example, it will snow tomorrow, the forecasters can say when the snow will start, or communicate the uncertainty of the storm’s happening.

During an event, the NWS searches Twitter and monitors its Facebook page for reports and pictures of the event in real-time.  It is possible to post a bogus report, but forecasters look at each report in context.  In that way, outliers are easy to pick out.  Summaries and reports are also sent out on Facebook to inform the public about what happened.

DeVinny finished by answering some questions from the attending members.---Chris Bovitz.



The seventh meeting of the 2013-2014 school year for the Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society met on Monday, March 17th at 12:345 pm in the NSSTC, 4th floor classroom 4065. The first item on the agenda was the treasurer report from Sarah Stough. Currently the AMS chapter has $788.85 before the purchase of pizza for this meeting was made. As for the weather fest account, it currently is sitting at $344.63. The chapter will be discussing and voting on how much money we will help donate to the American Red Cross here in Huntsville.

The second item on the agenda was to discuss and vote on the days the chapter would like to have its’ bake sale. The chapter decided on Wednesday April 2nd and Thursday April 3rd from 9am to 1pm. President Aaron Kaulfus, then talked about the North Alabama Regional Science Fair and how well it went and gave thanks to the volunteers in our chapter who helped out with the event.

The schools that had students win the poster contest, contacted us asking if our chapter would give a brief 30 minute talk on weather preparedness to the kids. The first outreach event was in Athens, Alabama at Athens Bible School on Thursday March 13th.  The second took place in Moulton, Alabama at Moulton Elementary School on Thursday March 20th. Students from our AMS chapter that helped with these two events were Sarah Stough, Tony Lyza, Brett Williams and Charanjit Pabla.

Some of our students in the chapter will also be attending the 12th annual severe storms symposium in Starkville, Mississippi on Saturday April 5th. Also on this same Saturday some of the members of our AMS chapters will be volunteering at Habitat for Humanity here in North Alabama. The current officers mentioned to the chapter to take note that officer elections are due by the next meeting. Officer positions up for grabs include: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Webmaster. To wrap up the meeting, we also discussed and voted on if we would like to keep Weather Fest in the Spring or Fall. The vote was unanimous for keeping this outreach event in the spring time. Lastly, we had approximately 30 members attend the March AMS meeting.---Danielle M. Kozlowski.



The University of Georgia Chapter of the American Meteorological Society held its third meeting of the semester on Wednesday, March 19th in the Geography Building on the University of Georgia campus. Chapter funded snacks were served while chapter members mingled and the meeting was called to order by chapter President Matt Daniel at 5:41PM, with 21 members present.

Treasurer Castle Williams and President Matt Daniel opened by briefly discussing new business including upcoming fundraisers, officer meetings, and chapter meetings.

President Matt Daniel then introduced our guest speaker, James Spann, Chief Meteorologist at ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Presentation: James Spann spoke to the UGA AMS chapter about “Communicating Critical Severe Weather Information across Multiple Platforms.” He opened his discussion with a few thoughts about the snow storm back in January 2014 and the apology that he wrote for a “bad forecast” reminding the chapter that humility is an important trait to develop in professional meteorology. James Spann then transitioned to talking about impact forecasting. More specifically he spoke about forecasting the April 27th, 2011 tornado super outbreak talking the chapter through his forecasts from his blog all the way back to April 22nd  leading up to the event. Although the forecast was spot on, there were quite a few lessons learned from the April 27th event. This included the importance of using multiple radar sources, the availability of live streaming, and the need for the meteorology community to be unified in the information presented to the public during emergency situations. As he closed his presentation, James Spann left the chapter with one final suggestion for success: to approach their careers in meteorology with passion and with a servant’s heart.

The meeting is adjourned at 6:50PM by President Matt Daniel.

Additional Note: James Spann entire presentation to the UGA AMS chapter can be found on YouTube.



March 11, 2014 


This meeting was held in Room 1313 of the National Weather Center.  Addison Alford welcomed different organizations that were present to listen to Bill Read, including COCAMS (Central Oklahoma Chapter of the AMS), the NWA members and Executive Director, and people from Oklahoma State University visiting the SPC that day.


An overview of Mr. Meteorology was given followed by upcoming events.  Big Event and Relay for Life were the next events on the SCAMS calendar.  Dr. Kloesel then spoke about volunteering with the Oklahoma State University EOC.  More details are to follow directly from him if interested.


Outreach Coordinator (Tim Hardin), spoke about school visits that were coming up and more training opportunities.  Members need to be sure to check their emails.  He also mentioned that Daphne Thompson and NOAA are looking for underclassmen to become Weather Friends.  If interested contact Tim, Daphne, or Keli Pirtle in NOAA.


Bill Read was then welcomed and presented on his story and experiences.---Megan McClellan



March 2014


Special Meeting

On March 4th, we had a special meeting to discuss, and set the final touches for our Weather Fest on March 7th. The flow of the activity was explained to everybody, and ushers were selected.

Last-minute information was given, and the time for the general rehearsal was set.


Weather Fest 2014


On Friday, March 7th, our annual Weather Fest was held at the Mezzanine Room in the Campus Tennis Courts. The Room was divided into two main areas: Demonstrations and Exhibitions. For the first time, a theme was chosen, and since we are in the tropics, Hurricanes was our choice for this year. Demonstrations were divided into three categories: Before, during and after the hurricane. In each category, the demonstrators would show the students and the public that attended, the effects a hurricane could have on Puerto Rico. Particular emphasize was given on how people should prepare if an event like this were to come.

On the other side of the room, each of our Chapter Committees showcased their work with in several booths, which included trivias, a small broadcast meteorology studio, and an interactive hurricane-tracking map. Other UPRM student associations were present at the Fest, including the Geological Student Society (SGE), and the Society of Physics Students (SPS). Both societies had booths with information about them, and also gave demonstrations related to their fields.

Univision Puerto Rico’s Chief Meteorologist Ada Monzón, and former NWS San Juan WFO Meteorologist-in-Charge Israel Matos were also in attendance and shared their knowledge and expertise with the public. A team from Puerto Rico’s Emergency Management Agency, headed by its Director, Mr. Miguel A. Ríos also attended the activity. They gave a short lecture to the students and general public; on what they do to keep the citizens safe during a hurricane. UPRM Professors, including our Advisor, Dr. Carlos U. Pabón-Ortiz, and the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. María Barbot, also accompanied us during the activity. Nearly 500 students from different schools in the Island attended this year’s Weather Fest, and we are proud of the activity’s success. UPRM’s Press Office made a News article about the activity; we attach the link (in Spanish):



Monthly Meeting


On Thursday, March 20th, we had our third monthly meeting of the semester. We discussed future activities, including, the upcoming fieldtrip to Arecibo’s Observatory, our visit to an elderly home and we set dates for the upcoming Nominations of Chapter Officers for the 2014-2015 Academic Year, and their Elections. 



March Chapter News.---Lindsay Rice.



March Meeting Minutes

March 5, 2014

March 19, 2014

March 26, 2014



Meeting Date: March 20th, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Room: EST 337

During the month of March, the WKU AMS/NWA Local Student Chapter only met once due to the University's Spring Break.  However, despite only meeting once, the chapter stayed very busy.  The WKU chapter participated in community outreach through the annual Severe Weather Awareness Day (SWAD) on March 1st.  Members of the chapter served as volunteers, set up informational tables about the chapter and WKU's meteorology program, and gave presentations in the breakout sessions.  In addition to participating in SWAD, the chapter also held a severe weather awareness picture contest for students K-6th grade and had 46 submissions.  The chapter also held two fundraisers during the month of March, and raised over $100 through a bake sale and over $400 through a walking taco sale.  During the one meeting the chapter was able to have this month many opportunities for both the chapter and for individuals were promoted and the chapter expects to stay very active through the remainder of the semester and throughout the summer months for those that wish to take advantage of those opportunities.---Arden Gregory.




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