Chapter News
May 2013


ARK-LA-TEX

The Ark-La-Tex Chapter of the American Meteorological Society held its 3rd meeting of 2013 on Monday, May 14th at the 26 Operational Weather Squadron (OWS) Conference Room at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. This meeting began around 6:30 pm.


The meeting opened with Major Charles Pearcy, the weather chief for the 608th Air and Space Operation Center (AOC). He discussed the organization, responsibility, and mission of the 608th AOC. Major Pearcy also talked about the flow of communication he must have with his customers and superiors, the locations of the other AOC’s across the globe, an example of a flight mission, and the purpose of their weather briefs to flight missions including the Lybia mission as an example. Major Pearcy briefly discussed the importance of air and space weather that come into play with the success of military operations as we transitioned through the slides as well.

Major Pearcy’s slides were then followed by the 26 OWS Commander Lt. Col. Brian Kabat’s briefing of the structure and responsibility of the 26 OWS. Topics he touched on included the structure of an OWS, the locations of the other OWS’s, the demographic of the 26 OWS, the areas of responsibility and sectorized areas within the 26 OWS, and the specific responsibilities and challenges for each forecaster. Kabat also discussed the training pipeline of the airmen and the bulk force of OWS operations. Within one year, airmen of the USAF, most of which come straight out of high school, go through nine months of technical school and three months of extra training to become weather certified, before issuing products and managing resource protection for many military locations while securing multi-million dollar assets across the U.S. The December 2012 winter weather and tornado outbreak was used as an example of how successful the 26 OWS was even with the lead time restrictions that the members have.

      

After this brief, Major Matt Stanley gave a tour of the 26 OWS operation floor where the AMS members were able to watch current military weather operations in action. During the tour, we went to two of the four sections and talked with airmen from these sections about their forecasts, the products they use, and programs they work with.

The following members were present:

Jason Hansford, President         Bryan Walter, Vice-President

Leslie Sexton, Treasurer            Alex Sigler, Secretary

Matthew Stanley                         Brian Kabat

Charles Pearcy                          Bill Parker

Mario Valverde                            Susan Farrell (Guest)                        

The meeting adjourned around 8:10 PM.---Alex Sigler.  

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

In May, the DC-AMS held a meeting at Howard University in their atmospheric sciences department. 5 grad students gave brief (10 minute) presentations on their work and answered a number of DC-AMS member questions about where their research will lead them next.

Also, our recently re-elected webmaster decided to step down due to family obligations (he's a new dad), so a call was put out to the chapter for a new webmaster. We now have a new webmaster who plans to work on redesigning our website over the summer so that it's ready for when the chapter activities start back up in September.

Lastly, final preparations were made for the June 8th banquet (which was a success! More about that next month).---Katie Garrett.

 

OMAHA-OFFUTT

The ninth and final meeting of the 2012-2013 year for the Omaha-Offutt chapter of the American Meteorological Society/National Weather Association was a lunch meeting held on Monday, May 6th at the Le Sole Mio Italian Restaurant in Omaha, Nebraska.  Approximately 50 people were in attendance. The guest speaker was Dr. Mark Anderson, professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Dr. Anderson presented a discussion of the COCORAHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network).

President Jay Martinelli called the meeting to order at 12:33 PM. 

The next meeting was announced for later in the summer.  The club will take a break for the summer months and meet again, likely for the annual picnic at the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Valley. 

Thanks were given to outgoing president Jay Martinelli and corresponding secretary Richard Ritz for their service to the club.  Applause followed. 

Treasurer John Roth announced 2 new members. 

Minutes from the April meeting will be approved at the next meeting. 

Old business was requested from the floor.  Weather radio programming events were announced for the upcoming weeks with specific dates and locations to be announced as they become available.  Volunteers to help program weather radios were requested. 

No new business was brought to the floor.

Candidates for each office who were presented introduced themselves.  These candidates included:

Mr. Jeff Hamilton, candidate for Corresponding Secretary Mr. James McCormick, candidate for Recording Secretary Mr. John Roth, candidate for Treasurer

Voting for officers followed candidates’ introductions. 

Dr. Anderson gave his presentation during the meeting so that votes could be counted. 

After the end of the talk, the results of the election were announced.  All candidates were elected unanimously. 

The meeting was adjourned following the announcement of election results at 1:33 PM.---James McCormick.

 

PURDUE UNIVERSITY

The chapter had elections this past spring and have 4 new officers.

President - Joseph Bauer - email: bauer9@purdue.edu - phone: (574) 386-5415; Vice President - Josh Gimbel; Secretary - Alex Marmo; Treasurer - Jessie Bozell

In other news, we attended Purdue University's Spring Festival in late April which is always a great opportunity to volunteer and teach. We talk about climate and weather phenomena to others who are generally alumni visiting Purdue. Many of the adults will ask big issue questions mainly regarding climate change, so this event helps us apply what we have learned in class and teach it. We also have hands on activities for the many kids to play with. Below is a picture with members Nicolas Hines and I explaining tornadoes using the visually appealing "twister in a bottle" model.

Also in April, PUMA members visited Tom Skilling's Severe Weather Seminar at Fermilab outside of Chicago. It was an informative and fun trip. We heard the new NWS director Dr. Louis W. Uccellini speak about the prediction of Superstorm Sandy. We also heard the director of the Storm Prediction Center Dr. Russell Schneider speak about the monitoring of severe weather in the US. Fermilab is a particle physics research lab. We had the opportunity to learn about some of their research regarding fusion which was unbelievable. Below is a photo of those who went.

Lastly, we have a new website under construction which I hope to have finished by the end of summer.---Joseph L. Bauer.

 

SMOKY MOUNTAIN

The May meeting of the Smoky Mountain Chapter was held on the evening of the 20th. Around five members first met for dinner at Calhoun's on the River. The meeting then began at 7:30 PM in Room 123 of the Ellington Plant Sciences building on the University of Tennessee Ag campus. Around seven members and three guests heard Grant Goodge (government-contracted QC monitor for the U.S. Climate Reference Network of the National Climatic Data Center) speak about "Ten Years of the U.S. Climate Reference Network, What Have We Learned?". Grant gave a very informative presentation about the history, status, and future of the NOAA Climate Reference Network. The presentation began with a brief overview of the history of weather data collection in the U.S. A critical time came when the state climate office program was discontinued in 1973, and again when TVA stopped collecting weather data in the early 80's, especially for the Tennessee Valley area. The accuracy of temperature and rainfall measurements at both coop and automated stations have been compromised by site moves and changes in instruments and shelters. The CRN was established in the period of 2002-2004, when it was estimated that about 115 reference stations would be adequate to provide reliable national averages and that the key to a well-founded climate reference network was redundancy.

Additional stations have been located in the Four Corner States as well as Alabama under some special funding sources. Grant described the configuration and the sensors used at the CRNs, as well as any limitations or issues that have occurred. Data access is free and relatively easy. Analysis of the past ten years show agreement between the CRN and the Historical Climate stations that were used to estimate warming trends in the U.S.

Synopsis of Grant's talk: "The year 2012 marks the end of the first decade of observations undertaken by the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN). It's operated under the auspices of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (Asheville, NC) and Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division (Oak Ridge, TN). The network consists of 121 sites in the 50 states with one site in Ontario, Canada. There is also one experimental site in northern Siberia, Russia. Each site is equipped with a suite of instruments that monitor ambient temperature, precipitation, wind, relative humidity, solar radiation, ground surface temperature, soil temperatures and soil moisture at various depths. The elements of air temperature, precipitation, and soil temperature and moisture are measured in triple redundancy (i.e. there are three separate sensors which allows for comparison between each sensor to determine when one may depart from the other two or fails altogether). Instruments are regularly calibrated to National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, and are maintained by a staff of expert engineers. Data are quality assured through both an automated and human interface with the data made available on an hourly basis to the public at large. One critical use for these observations is an independent data source to verify the existing U.S. temperature record derived from other networks that have been corrected for non-homogenous histories."

Bio for Grant Goodge: Graduate of UT Knoxville with B.S. in Geography 1967 and M.S. work (all but dissertation) at UT Knoxville in Geo/Climate 1969. Career with National Climatic Data Center 1969-1997 (during the last eight years, Grant was editor of the NOAA publication "STORM DATA", which gave him the distinct privilege of working with Dr. Ted Fujita in the assembly of the monthly editions). Three years associate consultant with Climatological Consulting Corporation 1997-2000. Independent meteorological consultant 2000-2001 (testified in several weather related law suits). NOAA contractor as QC monitor and focal point for US Climate Reference Network 2001-present. Active private pilot 1967-1993. Weather-related photos published in numerous text books and periodicals. Lightning video used in WGBH production of a NOVA DVD episode entitled "Lightning". Appeared in numerous TV interviews on weather science, two of those were with The Weather Channel.---David Gaffin.

 

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN

May 21, 2013 7:30pm-9:15pm

Schuler Book's & Music

Community Room

2660 28th Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49512

May 21 meeting was called by Chapter President Brandon Hoving (National Weather Service Grand Rapids) at 7:30pm. Approximately 19 people in total were in attendance at the meeting. President Hoving, Chapter Vice-President Nathen Jeruzal, Chapter Secretary Steve Derry, and Chapter Webmaster Linda Paige were in attendance. Treasurer William Marino was unable to attend. We went around the room with introductions.

Vice-President Jeruzal thanked everyone who entered the Cool Season (Dec-Feb) Forecast contest. Also pointed out to have entries in for Summer contest.

 Winners of the Cool Season Forecast contest Are:

* Grand Rapids Seasonal Snowfall: Craig James with 65 inches, the actual 66 inches.

* Grand Rapids Max Daily Snowfall and Date (24 hour total from midnight-midnight): Laura Velasquez with 7.4 inches on 1 Jan., the actual 5.9 inches on 2 Feb.

* Grand Rapids Lowest Temperature: Tie between Vice-President Nathan Jeruzal and Jared DePouw with -2F, the actual -2F on 22 Jan.

President Hoving gave a Meteorological review of the April 2013 Flood.

Our guest speaker Mark Walton (Service Hydrologist, National Weather Service Grand Rapids). Gave the Hydrological review of the April 2013 Flood. Also gave information pertaining to (AHPS-Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service) and (FLOODSMART.GOV).

The meeting was adjourned by President Hoving at approximately 9:15pm.---Steve Derry.

 

SOUTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA

May 2013

Eberly Science and Technology, California University of Pennsylvania  

President- Elizabeth Smith

Vice President- Thomas Hafer

Secretary- John Troutman

Treasurer- Damon Matson

Historian- Jamie Melzer

Social Media Coordinator- Ryan Lingo

Elizabeth Smith- Hollings Scholar: NWS Cheyenne, WY

Brittany Kusniar- NWS Pittsburgh, Ohiopyle State Park

Jamie Melzer-NWS Pittsburgh

Matthew Hladio- KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh

Matthew Riddle- WTAJ-TV, Altoona---Brittany Kusniar.

 

TWIN CITIES

The May 2013 meeting of the Twin Cities Meteorological Society was called to order at 7:06 p.m. on May 21 by President Mike Griesinger.  Vice President Jim Marusak, Secretary Chris Bovitz, and four others were in attendance at the Twin Cities WFO.  Before and during the meeting, the members ate pulled pork sandwiches, chips, salsa, and Rice Krispies bars, courtesy of Griesinger.  Because we did not have a quorum of at least two officers and at least five nonofficer members, no official business was conducted.

The attendees perused the treasurer’s report:  This year, the society took in $587.16 and paid out $552.21 for a net of $34.95.  We currently have $620.88 in the bank, $35.00 in cash, and $0.00 with Pay Pal for a current balance of all available money of $655.88.

Griesinger summarized the April meetings: The official meeting at O’Gara’s Tavern with guest speaker Robin Tanamachi and the visit to the atmospheric and environment at St. Cloud State University.   It was suggested that next year we could meet in the Twin Cities, such as Maple Grove.

The results of the winter weather contests were announced.  Bovitz suggested that since there is still some confusion, he should write down rules for the contest.  Congratulations to the winners and their coming free year in the TCMS:

Because we did not have enough nonofficer members, we could not cast votes for next year’s officers.  However, Jim Taggart nominated himself for Treasurer.  Griesinger, Marusak, and Bovitz offered to continue in their respective posts.  Member Jarrod Schoenecker volunteered to be newsletter editor, which is not an elected position.  To elect next year’s officers, Griesinger said he will send an e-mail message to the eligible members, and they will have a week to return the ballots.

Member Chris White offered help to set up our group as a nonprofit organization.  He has worked with setting up other groups as nonprofit entities.  There was a discussion about the benefits and obligations of a group’s being a nonprofit organization.  White will investigate this and report to the officers this summer who will determine what direction to take next year.

There was discussion about how to build membership in the society.  Suggestions were made for the society to get a Twitter account, to post more on Facebook, and to take more pictures at events.After, weather and storm videos from White and Schoenecker were shown.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:59 p.m.

Addendum:

A poll of the eligible members by e-mail following the meeting elected the following officers:

 

 

 

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