The last meeting occurred on May 8th at 6:45 pm with 10 people present at the Shreve Memorial library Broadmoor branch in Shreveport Louisiana. The officers that were present included...
President: Mark Frazier
Vice President: David Biggar (Replaced by Jason Hansford)
Secretary: Jason Noren
Treasurer: Leslie Sexton
The chapter members present (not including officers) at the meeting included…
Treasurers Report: Leslie Sexton informed that we found a bank to deposit the funds in.
Secretary Report: Secretary Jason Noren read the minutes from the March AMS meeting.
Mark Frazier held the voting for a new Vice President due to the military change of station for the current VP, Dave Biggar.
A video that was filmed by the local television station WLOX in Biloxi Mississippi featured the events of Hurricane Katrina. The video showed the preparations for the storm and how the population dealt with it. Also, coverage of during and the aftermath of hurricane was presented.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.---Mark Frazier and Jason Noren.
The Charleston Chapter of the AMS met on May 2, 2007 at Poogan’s Porch, Queen St., Charleston, S.C. Exactly 4 people attended the meeting.
Introductions were held between the members.
President – Michael Kruk
Vice President – Ryan Evsich
Secretary – Anne Chalmers
Treasurer – Tom Rolfson
President handed out an executive committee meeting agenda.
We talked over a new name for the chapter because “College of Charleston Chapter of the AMS” seems too exclusive to those outside of the school and we want to include all of the tri-County area. “Charleston Chapter of the AMS” was decided upon as a possible candidate name, as suggested by Prof. Dr. B. Lindner, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Atmospheric Physics at the College of Charleston.
The President gave Treasurer an application for membership form for dues.
We discussed the membership of a committee chairperson and his or her role. A possible candidate is Frank Alsheimer of the NWS.
The Constitution of the former College of Charleston Chapter of the AMS was looked over and discussed. The secretary will type it up and send it to the executive committee for corrections and suggestions.
A chapter web site was discussed as well. All agreed that it would be a good idea to have and to start on one and that the President will be in charge of it due to his HTML coding skills and former experience with his last chapter website.
We discussed whether we want to have dues or not, and the Treasurer will talk to Dr. Lindner to find out more information about the financial situation of funding chapters at CofC.
We briefly discussed some goals and activities that we want to see happen in our chapter over the course of this year. We talked about having a picnic once or twice a year, having benefits, and trips to see certain places. We also talked over who should be our first speaker on such short notice. Dr. Laney Mills, CofC Physicist was mentioned, and the Treasurer will contact him to see if he is interested.
The next regular meeting was decided to be held on June 20, 2007.---Anne Chalmers.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
May 2007 Town Hall Meeting
The May 23, 2007 meeting of the DC-AMS was held in a town hall fashion at the offices of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Jason Samenow began the meeting by introducing Peg Kay of the Washington Academy of Sciences, who encouraged DC-AMS members to attend CapSci2008, which will be hosted by the National Science Foundation on March 29th and 30th, 2008. There will be no cap on the number of people who attend next year; it will cost $50 to attend, and all students are free. Past speakers at CapSci events have included the director of the National Science Foundation as well as Nobel Prize winners. Next year’s event will include a four hour time slot for DC-AMS, for which the Washington Academy of Sciences is looking for a DC-AMS member to serve on an organizing committee.
Next, Ken Carey spoke about the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society to be held in New Orleans in 2008. The theme of next year’s meeting is “Research to Applications.” There may be opportunities to serve the local community, and Mayor Ray Nagin is scheduled to speak. All hotels will be available at or below the government per diem.
Following Ken, Jason thanked those who ran for DC-AMS officer positions and those who voted. The Chair position will be held by Steve Tracton, with Andrea Bleistein as Vice Chair, Joe Bartosik as Treasurer, Kevin Ambrose as Corresponding Secretary, Alan Cohn as Recording Secretary, and John Lasley as Science Fair Coordinator.
The next topic was the Science Fair Banquet in June at Tyson’s Corner. The speaker will be Tony Pann from CBS in Baltimore and Weather Talk Radio. There will be approximately 30 students with their parents; contributions to pay for their meals are welcomed. Everyone will get to vote for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd best projects, which will receive awards of $200, $100, and $50, respectively. The DC-AMS scholarship competition received ten applications. The winner, who will be recognized at the banquet as another science fair winner, is Matina Hunter of Thurmont High School in Frederick County, Maryland.
As outgoing Chair, Jason described some of his accomplishments and initiated conversation about the upcoming year for DC-AMS. In his tenure, Jason has tried to move communications from paper to electronic. Membership has gone up 10-15% this year, which online payment service PayPal has helped facilitate. Over the last two years, there has been a wide array of meetings and locations, with events at the Koshland Science Museum and on a local “green roof.” Speakers have included Bob Corell, Jack Marburger, Margaret Davidson, and Bill Proenza, amongst others. There have also been Chapter Nights for members to speak about their own work or hobbies.
Conversation followed with participation from many attendees. Ideas for the coming year included a local WeatherFest and severe weather outreach and education. Steve Tracton joined Andrea Bleistein at the front of the room, where they thanked Jason, Michael Fortune, and the other officers. Steve spoke of the possibilities for future speakers, highlighting his many contacts and asking members for suggestions. He suggested paying attention to local meetings and seminars to tap speakers who happen to be in town, moving into the international arena for new speakers, and adjusting the meeting schedule to accommodate speakers’ schedules. He also urged members to consider thinking “outside the box” for new speakers, including topics other than meteorology.
Other visions that Steve has for the coming year include becoming more proactive, especially in regard to education. Steve would especially like to target the K-12 group, perhaps assisting with the Education program at AMS headquarters, and offering more multimedia information. Steve also suggested getting the public more involved, perhaps by going to other groups’ conferences and reaching out to groups who aren’t typically involved with AMS, including more schools and libraries. Members attending the meeting also suggested marketing ourselves to weather enthusiasts, county officials, teachers, Boy and Girl Scouts, and the boating/piloting communities.
Further topics of conversation included DC-AMS policy statements, increasing membership, making younger members more active, joint meetings with other local chapters, and more involvement with Skywarn and in the field of space weather.----Alan Cohn.
An interesting project is getting underway at the University of Alaska Fairbanks: undergraduate students will be running/validating WRF in areas of complex terrain. This effort, a broad ranging collaboration amongst the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Montana Missoula, the NWS WFOs at Fairbanks and Missoula, and the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center (ARSC), will place the student interns under senior university staff for day-to-day operations, with periodic guidance from the WFO personnel involved. The geographic foci are central Alaska, a topographically diverse region that includes broad lowlands where temperatures reach -60°F and several mountain ranges, including the Brooks and Alaska ranges (location of Mt. McKinley), as well as the high country of the Rocky and Bitterroot ranges surrounding Missoula.
This effort builds on work done over the last two years to get WRF running in a research capacity on a newly-installed supercomputer at ARSC. WRF is currently run in an operational mode at both Missoula and Fairbanks, and forecaster feedback is being provided, but it was felt that a more formal assessment using targeted runs would further this process. The primary objectives are to provide guidance regarding WRF performance with respect to package and parameterization selection as well as the spatial and temporal resolution of model runs. To this end a range of experiments will be conducted. Assessment will be performed by contrasting WRF runs with observations and trying to determine reasons for errors, as a prelude to a tuning effort.---David E. Atkinson.
MAY 15, 2007 MEETING
SPECIAL MEETING FOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RUSKIN HEIGHTS TORNADO
Tornado details: May 20, 1957 a F-5 tornado struck the Ruskin Heights area (area in south Kansas City, Mo) that created a path of 71 miles long with 44 recorded deaths most being in the Ruskin area.
Speakers: Jonathan Finch (NWS Dodge City, KS), Suzanne Fortin (NWS Pleasant Hill,MO), Joe Oslee (Meteorologist for the Weather Bureau in Kansas City, MO during the tornado)
1st half over the Meteorological Overview of the May 20, 1957 Ruskin Heights Tornado
The storm track ran parallel to Interstate 35 crossing into the southern portion of Kansas City, MO. The tornado was rated a F-5 on the old Fujita Scale with most deaths occurring in the Ruskin Heights area.
The synoptic conditions are difficult to study as very little meteorological data was available at that time. Based off the information found this storm was a classic Forbes outbreak scenario.
A great website to look at is www.cellskc.net
2nd half was over an eye witness accounts:
Joe Oslee discussed his account of the tornado as he was the forecaster on duty that day. He stated that at the time they were not allowed to say tornado on any broadcast as it was not allowed to udder those words to the public.
Pictured from left to right: Lisa Hill (chapter secretary), Kristen (high school student member),
and Mike Hudson (chapter president)
At the closing of our evening we honored our first high school student member to graduate and leave us. Kristen will be attending OU with a major in atmospheric science!---Lisa Hill.
This meeting was the last meeting of the 2006-2007 school year. It was led by the new officers. Jim Kurdzo, the new president, welcomed everyone and introduced our guest speaker Matthew Steinbugl from the National Weather Service in State College, PA. He was a certified SkyWarn spotter who came to train us on how to report weather events to the National Weather Service and NOAA. Throughout his presentation, he talked to us about the history of SkyWarn and how it has greatly benefited the community. After the history, he did an overview of types of weather to look out for, listed a number and websites we could use for our severe weather reporting, and offered research opportunities for us to look into.---Channing Dale.
May Meeting Minutes---Evan Kuchera.
Mountain Weather and Recreation
Given all the high profile mountain climbing accidents and rescues in the Cascade Mountains (e.g., Mt. Hood) this last winter, we wanted a talk about mountain climbing weather. So, 29 guests gathered at the Old Wives Tales restaurant in Portland on May 17, to listen to local expert Matt Zaffino, KGW-8 Meteorologist.
Matt reviewed the basics of mountain weather and asked the audience: Why do climbers get into trouble? These factors are crucial and often combine: (1) “Weather window” is critical (i.e., timing), (2) Any accident can slow you down, (3) Speed (being too rushed). Any factor, or in combination, can lead to a compounding of errors, which can be fatal.
Winter weather is often good for mountain climbing. Specific weather events can turn benign conditions into a life-threatening drama. On February 24, 2007, Crystal Mountain Ski Area (6700 feet) on Mt. Rainier saw 49 inches of snow in four days (with 13 inches in one day). One skier died as he was caught in an avalanche in an “out of bounds” area. On February 25, 2007, at Mt. Hood Meadows, the Heather Woods Ski Area saw 7 inches of snow in one day. Two skiers on a steep slope (45 degree) were caught in an avalanche when a two-foot slab of snow broke off and slid down. They survived.
An avalanche forms when a slab of snow develops over a frozen layer (snow previously melted then refrozen) due to wind loading, then a trigger (e.g., sound or vibration) serves as a the catalyst for the snow slab to break off, slide down, and pick up more loose snow. An avalanche slab can be as hard as rock, as the avalanche picks up and mixes ice crystals within the snow layers.
Backcountry skiers and snowmobilers account for 50% of avalanche fatalities. In general, January is the peak for avalanche incidents. December is the peak month for the Pacific Northwest, and, surprisingly, June (due to more folks out in the backcountry and sometimes cold spring conditions where melt and refreeze is more common), based on 1975-2005 data. Good climbing weather indicators – lenticular clouds over mountaintops (suggests impending change), cloud level, low relative humidity, and vertical wind profile data. For real-time data from the NW Avalanche Center: www.nwac.noaa.gov.
After the talk concluded, Matt answered several questions. We appreciated Matt sharing his expertise and cool powerpoint slide show with us over a good dinner.---Kyle Dittmer.
OSWEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
We held officer elections and our officers for next year are: Alexia Martinez (Public Relations), Ted Letcher (Secretary), Kyle Pieper (Treasurer), Mike Kelleher (Vice-President), and Meredith Mandel (President). We received and handed out the “I Survived an Oswego Winter” and “S**T Happens…in Oswego” T-Shirts. We got the cubicle in the New Campus Center we asked for! So next year, we will have a cubicle with our own computer and desk dedicated to OSSCAMS and we will have office hours! Brian created a message board on freepowerboards.com. The website for our message board is http://www.freepowerboards.com/osscams/index.php. You can post messages on interesting weather, get info on club events & meetings, and get homework help. Rob Shultz gave an awesome weather briefing. We had some really great thunderstorms in the area. We also had really yummy carrot cake that Jason made to celebrate his birthday!---Meredith Mandel.
Summer 2007 Chapter News.---Peg Zenko and Brian Hulse.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Although finals were underway this past May, the Penn State University Branch of the American Meteorology Society still managed to participate in a local National Weather Service Event. On May 12th, 2007, the State College National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office held an open-house for the people of State College and the Penn State community. Representatives from several organizations from around central Pennsylvania such as the State College National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office and River Forecast Center, the United States Geological Survey, the United States Army, Penn State’s Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting program, and the Penn State University Branch of American Meteorology were in attendance to name a few.
Marcus Walter, the president of PSUBAMS, along with a few other Penn State meteorology students represented PSUBAMS and the Penn State meteorology program and the AMS at the State College National Weather Service open-house. While there, the students informed the visitors from the community about PSUBAMS and some of their current and planned activities for next school year. These events include the annual baseball outing, speaker events, and a possible outreach event for the fall called Weather Watcher’s Workshop. They also informed prospective students on how to go about joining PSUBAMS and the American Meteorological Society.---Marcus Walter.
PLYMOUTH STATE UNIVERSITY
All Members Meeting
Date: May 2, 2007
Board Members in Attendance: Melissa, Katie F, Katie P, Norm, Bridget, Heather
Katie F and Bridget ran the elections for next year.
Candidates gave speeches and all members in attendance were able to vote for next year’s executive board members.
The new executive board is as follows:
Melissa Payer- President
Norman Shippee-Vice President
Heather Dinon- Secretary
Jeffrey Viel- Treasurer
Executive Board Meeting
Date: April 25, 2007
Board Members in Attendance: Melissa P., Heather D., Norm S., Bridget B., Katie P., Katie F.
Other Member in Attendance: Jeff V.
A table in the HUB has been reserved for Monday, April 30th through Thursday, May 3rd (Spring Fling week) between 10am-2pm for selling Red Sox raffle tickets.
If rain on Saturday, the Lyndon Event will be cancelled. Otherwise, we plan on getting food for ~45 people.
A thank you will be written to Dan for the donation of the Red Sox tickets.---Heather Dinon.
RENO - LAKE TAHOE
Thursday, May 10, 2007
The meeting was called to order by chapter president Phillip Marzette at 5:30 pm PDT.
Chapter president Phillip Marzette led the evening’s map discussion.
Chapter members spent the meeting reviewing what the chapter had accomplished during the last year. Members still voiced interest in taking more field trips during upcoming semesters. One possible field trip would be to watch a weather balloon launch at the Reno National Weather Service office. Another possibility would be to visit a local television station in Reno in order to learn about on-air weather broadcasts.
There were no officer reports this meeting.
Brian O’Hara (of the weather calendar committee) reported that the calendar projects are nearing completion. Brian brought drafts of the Reno calendar and the Lake Tahoe calendar. Chapter members looked over the drafts. Some typographical errors and other needed updates were noticed, but the calendars were in very good shape overall and, with the necessary updates completed within the next few weeks, the calendars should be ready to be printed. Serena Chew agreed to take another photograph for the cover of the Reno calendar in order to make it more appealing to potential buyers.
President Marzette reminded those present that chapter dues for the 2007 calendar year can be paid at any time. As at previous meetings, he stated that we can only accept cash at this time since the chapter is still in the process of opening a bank account with the University of Nevada.
Phillip Marzette and Laura Edwards also reminded those present that the joint picnic with the Northern Nevada local AMS chapter was going to take place a week from Saturday on May 19th. The picnic was to take place at Hilltop Park in northwest Reno from 12 noon until 4 pm. Laura Edwards was the contact for anyone wanting more information.
Laura Edwards stated that the Northern Nevada local AMS chapter has a bank account with Wells Fargo but that the chapter has an account as a non-profit organization. She noted that our chapter might want to pursue this avenue if having an account with the university does not serve our needs.
The chapter also voted to start a program committee. This committee would be involved in finding speakers for chapter meetings. J. D. McAlpine, Lupita Paredes-Miranda, and Phillip Marzette volunteered to serve on the committee. Another possible committee in the future would be a social committee that would be responsible for providing refreshments for the meetings if members feel this is something the chapter should pursue.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:35 pm PDT.---Brian O’Hara.
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY
The last meeting of the semester was held in O’Neil Hall room 301 on Tuesday May 1st. We began by introducing the new officers for next year: President Rebecca Baggett, Vice President Adam Wallace, Secretary Frank Alvarez, Treasurer Susan Van de Riet, and Activities Directors Megan White and Nichole McKinney. Member Mike Folmer presented awards from the WxChallenge Forecasting Competition and our local forecasting competition. Congratulations to members Nichole McKinney and Jayson Gosselin for both winning cities within division 4 of the National Competition. Congratulations to members Mike Mueller, Andy Kren, and Erin Snavely for taking first, second, and third place in our local forecasting competition. President Emily Eisenacher announced the winners of the snowfall contest from the beginning of the semester. Members Mike Mueller and Andy Kren presented their senior inquiry research on two similar snowband cases.---Emily Eisenacher.
Michael Oppenheimer, Princeton University
Global Warming - Where Do We Go from Here?
San Diego Natural History Museum
May 15, 2007
Global warming necessitates action on the several fronts. Government and industry must meet on common ground to develop policies to reduce global emissions 15% by 2100. Prof. Michael Oppenheimer discussed recent actions taken at the local, state, federal and international levels, and the scope of change needed to slow warming and stabilize the atmosphere.
Evidence of Global Warming and it Effects
Extensive scientific evidence shows both land and sea surface temperatures are increasing worldwide.
1. The arctic is warming faster than lower latitudes.
2. Ocean/sea level is rising first, because with warming, the ocean expands.
3. Glacier melt worldwide is adding volume
4. The ice sheets of Greenland and the Arctic are melting “fraying”
5. Land beneath the surface and under ice is also warming.
6. Increased intensity of heat and cold periods
The current moderate sea level rise may be only the beginning. However, a vision of the earth in 200-300 years akin to the movie “Waterworld” is unlikely. To quote Professor Oppenheimer: “Ice is affected slowly.”
A Political Struggle
Our world is challenged to make a unique technological transformation and find solutions to global warming. To achieve this goal we need government policymakers at the local, state, federal, and (most importantly) international levels to take action:
The 1997 Kyoto Protocol was a learning experience for industrialized countries. It implemented obligations for 2012, of which the U.S. was NOT a party.
However, public opinion on whether global warming is changing.
People’s Perception of Global Warming
This change in public opinion has not gone unnoticed on Capital Hill. The Democratic Party seems serious on implementing new emissions standards. Republican “contrarianism” seems to have disappeared.
While action at the Federal Level has been stagnant, there has been activity at the State Level. In California, proposed legislation requires that beginning in 2009, greenhouse gas (ghg’s) emissions from cars be reduced by 30% by 2026. Other states would follow California’s lead, including Arizona, New Mexico, Washington, and Oregon.
The legislation also places a 10% reduction of 1990 levels by 2018 on power plants.
This philosophy has trickled down to industry. The plan is to reducing GHG’s in cars 30% by 2016 from 2002 levels, and cap emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. GE and Du Pont have proposals for emission legislation, and other companies need to follow their example.
On the international level, China has acknowledged burning fossil fuels exacerbate their air pollution problem, and sea level rises are a concern.
Arguments for Reducing Emissions
Reducing emissions would cost approximately 1/10th of the annual global GDP. However, reduced emissions will lead to less air pollution, resulting in cleaner air and better health. Which begs the question…What kind of value can be placed on the resulting lower health care costs?
Other methods to reduce emissions:
Carbon capture technologies
Solar and Wind Energy
Promote Alternative Energy Solutions
--- Mark Moede.
The May meeting of the Smoky Mountain Chapter was held on May 21st. Everyone met first for dinner at Calhoun's on the River in Knoxville. Around 20 members then convened on the Ag campus of the University of Tennessee for a presentation by Howard Waldron (Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Morristown). Howard spoke about the new Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) network and its uses, as well as the new Enhanced Fujita Scale and what these changes mean to the media and the general public.---David Gaffin.
May 2007- June 2007
The last meeting of the academic year, we held elections for officers. These elected officers did resume duty until July 1, 2007, the first official day of our fiscal calendar. However, the results were announced at the Annual End of the Year Banquet on May 3 at the Holiday Inn Meadowlands. The results were as follows:
President- Michael Allen
Vice President- Josh Eachus
Treasurer: Matt Owens
Secretary: Reece Todd
Historian: Nicole Persons
Webmaster: Kyle Olmstead*
*The webmaster position was recently added to our executive board committee as a result of a Constitutional amendment passed by the majority on April 26, 2007.
Also at this banquet, students were recognized for success and achievements. Several students were presented with Best Forecast Discussion, Most Committed Forecast Team, and a variety of other individual awards. Dr. Chad Kauffman announced Michael Allen as the 2nd annual [Dr. Lawrence Moses] Meteorology Scholarship Recipient. To end the night, five graduating seniors were recognized: Carrie Carstater, Chris Gilson, Lisa Leyh, Jessica Long, and Dave Shallenberger.
The Department of Earth Sciences Meteorology Program at California University of Pennsylvania holds a three-credit field course every summer listed as a "Field Course/Methods in Earth Sciences," but students know it simply as: "The Storm Chase". This course is geared toward Meteorology Majors in the program but is not limited to just majors; anyone can take part in this course. The "chase" is accompanied by two meteorology Professors with nearly 20 years of chasing experience in storm chasing collectively. A strong background in meteorology is required by excelling in the Intro to Meteorology (EAS 240) course in prior semesters and attending a SKYWARN Training session's) to become a certified observer. The maximum number of students available to take this class is twenty in a given summer. Two vans set for a twelve-day adventure to wherever the severe weather may take them. Convective weather forecasting is a major focus for this course as students are assigned to groups and required to forecast where the storm chase group should "target" the best severe weather. Students are required to write a field journal while on the trip. This journal, along with other ancillary materials is submitted as a formal AMS-formatted paper to complete the requirements of the course and earn a grade based upon all of the aforementioned assessments.--- Michael J. Allen.
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
The Texas A&M Meteorology Chapter had their last meeting of the year May 1st. The new officers were introduced, a slide show with pictures from this last year was played, and we celebrated the year with pizza and board games. Our first meeting of the new school year will be in September.---Beth Bange.
The May 2007 meeting of the Twin Cities AMS was called to order at 7:40 p.m. in the conference room of the Twin Cities WFO by president Chris Bovitz. Preceding the meeting was a picnic dinner. There were about 12 attendees.
The treasurer’s report: The checkbook balance at the last meeting was $672.89. Expenses were $409.45. The balance is $263.44.
Winners of the temperature contest were announced:
Snowfall: measured: 48.2 inches, guess by Robert Gwilt: 48.0 inches
Temperature: measured: -17°F, guessed by Matt Friedlein and Bevan Glynn. Tiebreaker was the maximum temperature (66°F): Friedlein guessed 65; Glynn guessed 61.
There was no speaker, and the business discussed related to the activities and direction of the chapter during the past year and what we plan to do next year:
The increase in membership was noticed, from about 40 to 53, which is probably the greatest number of members we’ve had.
Our chapter is the only AMS one in Minnesota. It was suggested that we reach out to the weather communities in Mankato and Rochester.
Member Lisa Schmit will likely attend the National AMS meeting next January in New Orleans. She suggested we get a poster made, and since she will go, depending on funding, she can present it. She will head up the poster committee.
If we bring in a prominent speaker to present a talk to our chapter, we should ensure that we will get many attendees.
For next year’s science fairs, the presenters should have weather radio prizes with them, so when they find an exhibit deserving of an award from our chapter, the prize can be given there. There were also a number of certificates given for the national AMS.
It was suggested varying the days of the meetings to attract a different part of the membership. We could take basic attendance numbers. It would probably help if the speaker schedule were set. A survey could be put into the newsletter.
Being part of an open house, either with a public (NWS) or private company, might give us needed exposure.
We cold have a photo contest, open to AMS members only. A prize would be related to photography, such as a gift certificate to a photography store.
After Labor Day and before the September meeting, a concerted effort will be made to reach out to the weather community and let them know of our existence and schedule. This will include past members, and we can ask them why they have not been a part of the chapter recently.
Dinner meetings were remembered as good events; we’ll try them again in the future.
We will ask the appropriate people at the WFO and the RFC if they could put a link to our web site on theirs. When we have meetings or events coming up, we will ask them to put an announcement in their headlines.
On our web site, a new and improved member page will be created, with member pictures and biographies.
Member Craig Edwards noted that we are working with a different generation. The older generation were more community oriented, and the later generation is more like “what’s in it for me?” To get new, younger members, we need to emphasize this facet of membership, specifically, the networking component.
Kevin Hyuck gave his results so far of finding speakers for next year. These speakers and dates are not set in stone yet:
September: Twister Sisters, storm chasers
October: Jim Gilbert, climate and plants
November: Rich Naistat, the Department of Commerce inspector general report about the Rogers tornado
December: Visit to KSTP
April: St. Cloud State senior theses
Another idea for a speaker was a multiered talk: A case study of a storm from the perspective of forecaster, TV weathercaster, and someone from a private company such as an electric utility or as public works.
Doug Dokken mentioned a letter he received from the Science Museum regarding a proposal called Partnerships Advancing Community Engagement in Science (PACES). It’s a way for community-based service organizations (CSBO) to collaborate with each other. Dokken and Kurt Scholz will write a proposal.
Adjournment was at 9:10 p.m.---Chris Bovitz.
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO
The University of Northern Colorado’s student chapter of the American Meteorological Society concluded the spring semester with a flurry of activity.
We have completed construction of a tornado model following the example provided by the National Weather Service Office in Huntsville, Alabama. The model will be used during the next academic year as a prop to help motivate severe weather safety discussions at local public schools.
Officer elections were held on April 25th, 2007. Congratulations to the following individuals, now charged with assuming leadership of our chapter:
· President: Jonathan Meyer
· Vice President: Kim Insana
· Secretary: Amy Dreiling
· Treasurer: Philip Webber
· Underclassman at Large: Grant Gutierrez
The present officers have worked hard to ensure a smooth transition for the new club officers. In particular, present officers have shared contact information for potential speakers and detailed budget procedures to help obtain funding from UNC student clubs.
On 30 April 2007, about 30 UNC students and residents of Weld County, CO attended Severe Storm Spotter training on the UNC campus, presented by Bob Glancy from the National Weather Service in Boulder, CO.
On 2 May, 2007, Greg Thompson (webmaster for http://www.rap.ucar.edu/weather) visited UNC to speak to our students about recent advances with the online HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services) tool available at http://weather.aero/hems. Thompson also presented a weather photography slide show, wherein he divided typical storm chasing activities into a range of photographic opportunities ranging from casual (barns, flowers, road signs) to intense (tornadoes). Thompson also display some spectacular snowflake photographs and described methods of acquiring those photos.
Northeastern Colorado has had several days of unusually severe weather during early May 2007. Several members of the chapter organized storm-chases and were able to observe several supercell thunderstorms containing hail, winds, wall clouds, and a few funnel clouds.
Chapter activities for the 2006-07 academic year concluded with the annual chapter BBQ on 5 May 2007. Students gathered for a BBQ lunch, tag football, and other fun activities. Most importantly, individual students were recognized with chapter awards for “Forecaster of the Year”, “Meteorology Student of the Year”, “Rookie of the Year”, “Most improved Student”, and “Service Award”.---Paul Nutter.
UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO - MAYAGUEZ
Officer elections were held on May 8th. The results were as follows:
1. President – Néstor S. Flecha
2. Vice-President – Janice M. Maldonado
3. Treasurer – Cristimer González
4. Secretary – Idamis Del Valle
May Newsletter---Mary Bedrick.
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