Chapter News
November 2009


November 18th, 2009 Meeting Minutes 

The Ark-La-Tex Chapter of the American Meteorological Society held its 5th meeting of 2009 on November 18th at the Lincoln Parish Library in Ruston, LA. This was a joint meeting with the University of Louisiana-Monroe Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, which began at 630 pm.

Five members of the Ark-La-Tex Chapter met with seventeen members of the ULM Student Chapter, which began with Dr. Anne Case Hanks giving a brief presentation on the Atmospheric Science Program at ULM, and the opportunities available for research and professional development for students pursuing a career in meteorology. Afterwards, Ark-La-Tex Chapter President Jason Hansford discussed career opportunities within the National Weather Service, and held an open discussion forum for students to interact with chapter members representing a diverse meteorological career field, including the local media, military, private and research sector. This discussion gave students various training and career options during and after completion of their Bachelor of Science degree at ULM. 

The following Chapter members were present:

Jason Hansford (President)

Marty Mayeaux (Vice President)

Leslie Sexton (Treasurer)

Keith Stellman

Jeff Miles      

The meeting adjourned at 800 pm.---Jason Hansford, for Secretary Marcy Novak.



November Chapter Minutes.---Candace T. Hutchins.



Meeting Minutes for November 3, 2009

Meeting in session: 9:10 pm

Meeting adjourned: 9:27pm

Presidents report:

-T-shirt sign up is going on. Sign up only if you are actually ordering a shirt.

-E board elections are coming up 2 weeks from now. Please think about nominations! Feel free to speak to any of the current E board regarding their position duties, etc.

-Important dates to remember:

*Tours to GRR for the Friday November 13, 2009. Meet at 3:30 pm in the Moore parking lot.

*November 5,6, & 7, 2009 is the severe weather conference in Illinois.

Vice Presidents/webmasters Report:

-Added an article to the website featuring Dr. Mellinger’s photo of the Milky Way.

-Meeting Minutes were updated.



Public relations:

              -Remain in contact with elementary schools

              -Discussing ideas for a Middle School ppt.

              -Relay for life is getting organized for the relay next semester. 



              -Ice skating November 27, 2009. This may be 2-4 pm or 1-3 pm.


- Jobs/Internships

              -New postings are available

              -See board for information on applying for a volunteership at one of the NWS offices. 



              -Yankee candle fundraiser-made $500.00! Candles will come around thanksgiving.

-Las Senioritas November 18th, 2009 at 5 pm and 8 pm. Fundraiser-SCAMS gets 20%. We can also purchase gift cards and receive profit from them! They have an amazing dinner and a movie deal: $33.95 for 2 tickets, 2 dinners, and desserts.              


Treasurers report:

*Pay your dues! $15.00/year or $10.00/semester. If you don’t pay dues, you cannot participate in any funding and you will not get the group rate for the T-shirts.

*Savings: $4096.71

*Checkings: $825.53 

Secretary’s report:

If you are highlighted in pink on attendance, YOU HAVE NOT PAID YOUR DUES. I will be sending the minutes for October to the AMS this evening.


SGA representative:

-Discussed CMU’s new Medical school for 2012.

-We received SBAC funding for the Severe wx conference.



-Matt Kirkwood from WOODTV8 will be speaking at our next meeting.

-Alan, Cort, and Catherine say thank you for the funding for the NWA conference. They brought back souvenirs.

-Meeting for those going to GRR November 13, 2009 and the conference please stay after the meeting.

-SENIORS: Tropical meteorology is being offered by Dr. P on Mondays 6-9 pm in the spring semester.

-In Finch at 7pm tomorrow is an RSO  competition-5 people compete for cool prizes. See Nathan Steffke. 



Meeting Minutes for November 17, 2009

Meeting in session: 9:00 pm

Meeting adjourned: 9:33pm

Presidents report:

-Tropical Meteorology 375B M: 6-8:50 pm offered in the spring

-Gov. Granholm in park library from 9:15-10 am.

-T shirts on their way!

Vice Presidents/webmasters Report:

-New article posted!



Public relations:

              -Schools not contacting us again

              -Middle school contacts are in progress 



              -Ice skating November 27, 2009. This is at 2-4 pm in the Moore parking lot.

              -Bring $10.00


- Jobs/Internships

              -New postings are available (2)

              -Thanks for attending Rich Pollman’s speech!



              -Yankee candle fundraiser-Candles are in! Look in Met lab.

-Las Senioritas November 18th, 2009 at 5 pm and 8 pm. Fundraiser-SCAMS gets 20%. We can also purchase gift cards and receive profit from them! They have an amazing dinner and a movie deal: $33.95 for 2 tickets, 2 dinners, and desserts.



Treasurers report:

*Pay your dues! $15.00/year or $10.00/semester. If you don’t pay dues, you cannot participate in any funding and you will not get the group rate for the T-shirts.

*Savings: $3009.43

*Checkings: $2446.00 

Secretary’s report:

If you are highlighted in pink on attendance, YOU HAVE NOT PAID YOUR DUES.


SGA representative:

-Conference folks: Give your address to SGA rep Laura for your refund check. 


-those going to Chicago stick around

-Calc III is being offered at mid Michigan from 4-6pm on MW next semester



President: Laura Hartman


Aaron sanders

Alex Desmet

Scott Ozog

Jason Atcho


Secretary: Jenny Frautschy

Treasurer: Peter Woolcox


Sarah Trojniak

Mandie Mullins



Cameron McAvoy

Member of the year:

Cort Scholten

Megan Babich

Jacob Owens

Aaron Sanders

Katie Dupree

Meeting Minutes for November 24, 2009



PRESIDENT: Laura Hartman

VP: Alex Desmet

Treasurer: Scott Ozog

Secretary: Jenny Frautschy

SGA: Sarah Trojniak

Webmaster: Camerine McAvoy

Member of the year: Cort Scholten

---Megan Babich.



November/December Newsletter.---Andrea Bleistein and Samantha Segall.



Minutes of the High Plains AMS/NWA Chapter Meeting

Nov 4, 2009


The High Plains Chapter met at Attitude’s Restaurant in Norton, KS on November 4th.  We gathered at 11:30 am, and enjoyed a nice lunch, prior to our business meeting.  After our meeting, Dave Floyd/WCM GLD gave a stirring presentation entitled “Brace For Impact”, highlighting the aftermath and interviews involving the crew of US Airways Flight 1549, which had to make an emergency landing in Hudson Bay on January 17th, 2009, after hitting a flock of birds shortly after takeoff.  This was an exercise in leadership skills, concentrating on how we each react to high stress operational situations.  The presentation was well received by the 15 members present, plus 3 guests.


Call to order.  President Mike Umscheid/DDC called the meeting to order at 12:19 pm, which began with Secretary Tim Burke/DDC reading the minutes from the 8/27/09 meeting.  The minutes were accepted as read.

Treasurer’s report.  Treasurer Matt Masek reported our balance starting at 7/21/09 was $3994.92.  With Deposits and Expenses since then accounted for, our balance on 11/4/09 was $4982.33.  The Jim Johnson Scholarship fund now stands at $2055.00.  Our available funds as of 11/4/09 were $2927.33.  The report from the recent 8/27-28 conference in North Platte showed a balance of $724.35 on the plus side.  Kudos to the North Platte staff for running such a cost-efficient conference!


Old Business.  President Mike Umscheid and Christina Henderson/GLD are working on a Chapter poster.

President Mike Umscheid will send out a “feeler” email to recruit members for the Jim Johnson Scholarship committee.  Jennifer Ritterling/DDC volunteered to serve another term on the committee.

Treasurer Matt Masek/LBF gave a summary of the recent conference, some lessons learned/tips for future conferences.  One noticeable distraction at the North Platte conference was the use of Laptops ‘during’ a presentation; this will be discouraged during future conferences.  Another matter which was voted on and passed was to allocate up to $800 toward student scholarships at each conference, but to allow the judging panel to decide how to distribute those funds.


 NewBusiness.  The Wichita AMS Chapter President, Rob Cox, contacted our President via a letter, stating that the Wichita Chapter was interested in joining our rotation in hosting an annual conference.  If Wichita joined the rotation, each office would then host a conference once each five years, versus the current four.  We voted on this proposal, and it passed unanimously.  The Wichita Chapter will host the conference in 2011, and our chapter will offer as much support as possible.  The one area identified as needed coordination was the financial aspect of the conference.  We will need to keep our two treasuries separated.

Tim Burke/DDC gave an update on the 2010 conference plans.  We are planning for August 12-13th, with an all day Thursday and half-day Friday format.  The conference will be at the Dodge City Community College.  More details will follow, including possibly a Wednesday afternoon workshop prior to the conference.

Adjournment.  The meeting ended at 12:55 PM.  The next meeting will be in the Jan-Feb time frame.---Mike Umscheid and Tim Burke.



November Newsletter.---Lew Fincher.



Meeting Minutes:


The November 2009 meeting of the Kansas City Chapter of the American Meteorological Society was held on the 11th day of the month at Smokehouse Barbeque restaurant in Overland Park, KS.  Roughly 40 people attended the November monthly meeting. 


President Evan Bookbinder welcomed both new and current members to our chapter meeting.  A reminder was made for all members to pay their annual dues, as well as submit their totals for the yearly snowfall contest.  As a reminder, members are asked to predict the seasonal snowfall totals for the Kansas City International Airport, with the coldest temperature during the winter serving as a tiebreaker.  The winner will be announced once winter has ended, usually in March.  Membership dues will remain the same as in previous years and will stay at $20.


Other news included the announcement of our next meeting, which would take place on December 16, 2009 at the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) Regional Headquarters in Lees Summit, MO.  Due to ongoing and continuing road construction in the area, the chapter was forced to delay our road cleanup efforts to the spring of 2010.


The chapter has voted to go ahead and purchase a new domain name for the chapter as well as begin building a new website.  This will help reduce downtime from our current servers as well as provide more functionality to other items we wish to accomplish from our web presence.  Chapter President and Webmaster will work together to purchase the new domain and begin the transition.


An open item of discussion included the difficulty of finding new restaurants and restaurants that can handle the size of our growing chapter membership.  A survey was distributed to the membership in attendance, and an overwhelming support for buffet meals as well as a continuing tradition of a dessert meeting and pizza style meeting was received.   


November Speaker Presentation Notes:

Our guest speaker for the month of November was world renowned meteorologist and engineer, Tim Marshall.  As a member of Haag Engineering, Tim worked on the development team which produced the Enhanced Fujita Scale; and has served as a trainer to National Weather Service employees utilizing this new and improved scale. Tim is an avid storm chaser, not only limiting himself to tornadoes, but intercepting numerous land falling hurricanes as well. He participated in the Vortex2 project this past spring; and previously served on an AMS Severe Local Storms committee.  Tim’s presentation was entitled, “Yikes, It’s Ike”, which discussed his experiences on Galveston Island during the landfall of Hurricane Ike in 2008.

One of the most important points Tim expressed in his presentation was that hurricane chasing is dangerous and should only be attempted by those who are prepared for the consequences and planning.  In Tim’s case, he uses a set of guidelines to determine if he is willing to intercept a hurricane.  These guidelines include; the storm must be a category 3 or higher for wind, he must have sturdy shelter to find refuge in, he will not allow himself to become a burden or a victim to local law enforcement, and he tried to get out of the disaster area as soon as possible.  Tim stressed that before anyone tries to intercept a hurricane, they should have detailed plans already drawn up, including knowing the specifics of the area they are headed to as well as knowing the previous history of hurricanes in that area. 

Why does Tim like to intercept hurricanes?  Well, primarily to witness and film the storm as its happening.  However as an engineer, Tim wants to document how certain buildings and construction holds up in hurricanes.  Lastly, Tim wants to document he was in the storm so that he can further benefit research into the storms and their destruction.

Some of the tools Tim takes with him include his truck, several containers of gas to sustain himself in his travels, satellite radar, GPS, weather radio, cell phone and batteries, food, flashlights, maps, car inverters, and most importantly a topographic map to know the highest points of the area.

In the situation of hurricane Ike, Tim was able to quickly be in position for the storm, despite the varying forecasts in the days leading up to the landfall.  Tim was able to take refuge for the storm at the highest point on Galveston Island at San Luis Resort on the old remnants of Fort Crockett.  While much of Galveston Island flooded due to the extensive surge of this storm, Tim was able to stay dry in his location.  As the eye of hurricane Ike passed overhead, a minor plaque spread over the island in the form of large swarms of mosquitoes.   Despite minor setbacks, Tim was able to see and experience the strong winds and flooding of this hurricane at the center of its impact.  Due to the extensive flooding in the area, his path out of the island was blocked for some time.  However, given the well planned response by local officials which were in position ahead of time, Tim was able to quickly and safely head back to his home in Texas.---Matthew Dux.



Meeting Type: General Assembly

Meeting Date: November 11, 2009

Attendance: 40

Meeting in Session: 8:35 pm


Housekeeping (President Joe Moore)

Speaker: Jim Miller on “Weather and Climate Change”

Meeting Out of Session: 9:45 pm



Meeting Type: General Assembly

Meeting Date: November 18, 2009

Attendance: 50

Meeting in Session: 8:35 pm


Introduction (President Joe Moore)

What’s an Internship? (Cathy)

Internships (President Joe Moore)

Meeting out of Session: 9:50 pm---Samantha McGraw.



Executive Board Meeting Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Love Building room 305

The meeting was brought to order by President Brad Schaaf.

Officers in attendance:

Treasurer Heather Holbach

Science and Outreach committee Chair Robert Garcia

Past President Kim Bradbury via computer conference

Secretary Andy Monplaisir

Meeting Adjourned by President Brad Schaaf.

General Body Meeting Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Love Building room 353


President Brad Schaaf made a motion to adjourn the meeting.---Andy Monplaisir.



November  4, 2009

Meeting Began- 11:05 am

Treasurer: Dues are due today!

-$15.00 to the NWA of NWI

-Pop for sale in the weather center

-Budget has been submitted to Student Senate

Secretary: Snow Fall Contest-40 people still in the running for first snow fall

-Hot dog/coffee/hot coco fundraiser off campus in the spring

Vice President: Congrats to Calendar winners! Order your calendars!

-Conference will be at Strongbows

President: Les Lemon tentative speaker

-Eight confirmed speakers

-Andy Boxell-Fall speaker: Nov 12th at 5 PM on transitioning from college to NWS

-National Meeting in Atlanta, GA register before December 1st, student conference is day before official meeting

Meeting Ended-11:29 am---Lisa Meadows.



This month the Oswego State Chapter of the AMS went on a trip to the National Weather Service in Albany and also a News Channel in Albany.  The club members spoke with NWS workers and the on-air meteorologist to learn about job opportnutities after graduation.  Our club has also started an Honor Roll system for club members who come to meetings, participate and do extra volunteer jobs within and outside of the club.  The club also asked members who wanted to make a logo for our conference in April and we voted and chose a logo.  We have started work on getting information ready to send out a Call for Abstracts and open registration for the Great Lakes Atmospheric Science Symposium(GLASS) which will be held in Oswego April17-18, 2010.---Christina Faraone.



Minutes for November 19, 2009 Rutgers University Meteorology Club  

Weather Trivia!

              - What is the coldest temperature in an inhabited area? -90.4 in Siberia.

              - Name the 2 US states that have never recorded a temperature of 100F? Alaska and Hawaii.

              - Up to how fast can a raindrop fall? 18mph or else it breaks up.

              - Which animal is a natural thermometer?  Crickets.

              - In 1848, Niagara Falls…. (Answer) froze solid.

              - Which state has the sunniest location? Arizona.

              - State where the snowiest city in the US is? California (Blue Canyon)

              - State with the wettest city? Hawaii - hilo

              - Costliest US Hurricane? Katrina

              - Has the Mississippi River ever frozen completely? Yes (in 1899).




On the evening of November 23rd, around eight people met for dinner at "Calhouns on the River" in Knoxville. After dinner, around fifteen people met on the UT Ag campus to hear Dale Kaiser (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) speak about "Reconstruction of False Spring Occurrence over the Southeastern U.S., 1901-2007: Increasing Risk of Spring Freeze Damage?". The following was an abstract of his talk:

"Near-record warmth over much of the United States during March 2007 promoted early growth of crops and vegetation. A widespread arctic air outbreak followed in early April, resulting in extensive agricultural losses over the southeastern U.S. This ‘false spring’ event also resulted in widespread damage to newly grown tissues of native deciduous forest species, shown by previous researchers to have affected the terrestrial carbon cycle. The current study reconstructed the historical occurrence of false springs for the southeastern U.S. (32-39 °N; 75-98 °W) from 1901–2007 using daily maximum and minimum temperature records from 176 stations in the Global Historical Climatology Network database, and Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI) data derived from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite observations. A false spring index was introduced that examined the relative timing of the start of the growing season (SGS), or leaf emergence, to the timing of a potentially damaging last hard freeze (? -2.2 °C). SGS was modeled for the domain by combining EVI data with ground-based temperature ‘degree-day’ calculations reflecting the rate of springtime warming. No significant area-wide, long-term SGS trend was found (0.2 days later/decade; p = 0.3). However, the timing of the last hard freeze did occur significantly later (> 1 day/decade; p < 0.05) over a contiguous region stretching from Mississippi eastward to the Carolinas. False spring risk also was found to be increasing over the same area, although a domain-averaged trend showed no change in risk since 1901. These results illustrate the complexity of observed climate change over the last century. In a generally warming world, the character of temperature changes in some regions does not result in decreasing risk of false spring, and may in fact pose increased risk if occurring during vulnerable plant growth stages."---David Gaffin.



AMS Meeting over in Laramie, Wyoming: Meeting started at 3:00 P.M. on Friday November 6th, 2009.

Old Business:
- Had a successful turn out of kids for the Halloween candy give away
- Talked about Christmas tree---Eric Oglee.



November Chapter News.---Lindsay Rice.



The Texas A&M Student Chapter of AMS met on Tuesday, November 3, 2009. Our officers discussed our fall trip as well as social events. Our guest speaker was Dr. Roberto Gasparini from Source Environmental. He spoke about job opportunities in air pollution meteorology.---Rita Matos.



The November meeting of the Twin Cities AMS was held on November 17th on the campus of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.  The meeting was attended by over 65 members and guests, including President Chris Bovitz, Vice-President Matt Friedlein, Secretary-Treasurer Bryan Howell and Newsletter Editor Kevin Huyck, making this one of the best attended TCAMS events, if not the best.  The meeting started just after 7:00 p.m., and no business meeting was held in order to give as much time to the speaker as possible.  The speaker for the meeting was Dr. Joe Schaefer, Director of the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma with a presentation entitled "Severe Thunderstorm Hazard Probability Forecasts."


Dr. Schaefer began his presentation by briefly going over the SPC’s suite of products and then turned the focus to the convective outlooks that are issued multiple times each day.  The outlooks were started in 1955, and it wasn’t until the late 1970s that Allen Murphy first suggested the idea to include human derived probabilities with the outlooks.  That idea took a step forward in 1981, when the slight, moderate and high risk categories were added to the product.  The definitions of these risk categories were then explained, along with the 25 miles from a point aspect, which helps with the public interpretation.  The latest evolution of the outlook product was the adding of probabilities, which went operational in 2000.


Once the general overview of the outlooks was established, Dr. Schaefer then went into depth at what goes into making the forecast.  The first guess comes from the balance of parameters that contribute to storm severity: shear and instability.  The next element of the forecast comes from the post-processed short-range ensemble forecast (SREF) that is run for the SPC.  This SREF is composed of 22 different members, half of which have the same inputs and half which vary the parameters somewhat within limits.  The resulting set which spans all probabilities becomes a probable solution.  The max values are then correlated with observed events during the previous year to serve as references for what these types of conditions have resulted in in the past.  Two of the outputs from the SREF that are commonly used are the convective available potential energy (CAPE) and shear distributions and the CAPE versus 500mb temperatures.  With the knowledge from the SREF in hand, the forecaster will then produce the convective outlook.  A dataset from June 15th, 2009, was then used to show some of the maps the forecasters have available to them.  The probability conversion tables used by the forecasters to convert from percent probability to categorical probability (slight, moderate, high) were then briefly explained.


The focus of the presentation then shifted to verification of the SPC products.  Every day, ‘practically perfect’ verification charts of the previous day are produced and supplied to the forecasters so they can have the knowledge of what could have been better from the previous day’s forecast.  Overall, the forecasts have been verifying well.  The wind reports have the lowest verification scores, which can be attributed to the lack of anemometers and storms not encountering ones that are there.  Rate of change (ROC) charts that have been produced also show good skill on days two and three as well.  Verification for days 4-8 becomes a bit tougher with drastic model changes still occurring during the period.


The next aspect of the presentation was on severe weather watches.  On the surface, all severe thunderstorm or tornado watches look the same, but a set of watch hazard probabilities makes each watch unique.  With these probabilities, watches can be customized for the threats.  For example a severe thunderstorm watch for a derecho-type can give high probabilities for wind damage with minimal threats for hail damage.  Since these probabilities have been included with the watches, they have been verifying well.  As a side note, Dr, Schaefer spoke briefly about the origin of the ¾” hail criterion.  The criterion originally came about as the smallest hail size that would do damage to a DC-3 aircraft in flight.  The new criterion of 1” is more representative of when damage starts to occur, but there is research to show that 2” diameter hail could also be an effective limit, but that is meeting stiff opposition.  For the watch probabilities, hail models, including the Alberta Hail Growth Model, are used to determine a mean hail size.  Particularly-dangerous situation (PDS) watches were then touched on, including the PDS severe thunderstorm watch which can be used for long-lived wind events. 


The final item touched on in the presentation was a few items that the SPC is currently working on in hopes of making them operations.  Those items include watch wording based on the hazard probabilities, probabilities based on expected storm environment and mode and using enhanced wording for overnight significant tornado events.  Dr. Schaefer then fielded questions from the audience before the meeting was adjourned.---Bryan J. Howell.



Monthly Meeting:  Friday, November 20, 2009


The third meeting of the UAH student chapter of the AMS for the academic year began at 12:15 pm on Friday, November 20, 2009, with a seminar given by Mr. Barry Roberts.  Barry is an alumnus of the UAHuntsville Atmospheric Science department, having earned his Masters degree in 2005.  He spoke to the chapter and other current students about his work with the Natural Environments and Terrestrial and Planetary Environments team at Marshall Space Flight Center.  The talk highlighted environmental impacts on the building and launching of aerospace vehicles.

Following Barry’s presentation, President Chris Schultz formally announced to the chapter our selection as an Honor Roll chapter for the 2008-2009 consideration period.  Next, Treasurer Chris Jewett presented a synopsis of the chapter’s finances, and Chris Schultz stated that the top sellers from the Yankee Candle fundraiser would be announced at the next meeting and presented with prizes.  The Soda/Coke fund was also discussed as a reminder that soft drinks are available in the library for $.50.

Sandy LaCorte then spoke about the Education and Outreach Committee.  Our chapter will be sponsoring the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America Walk in Huntsville in May of 2010, and we are also looking to put together a team of walkers.  Another project for the chapter for the spring to work with Dave Nadler of the Huntsville NWS office to improve campus protocols for sever weather events and make UAH “Storm Ready.”  For the 90th Annual AMS Meeting in Atlanta, we will be presenting a chapter poster.  Members interested in helping with the chapter poster, the Crohns and Colitis walk, or the Strom Ready project are encouraged to notify Sandy. 

The possibility of a social outing for ice skating was brought up by Chris Jewett, and after a bit of discussion a tentative date for the event was set as Friday, December 4th.  Chris Jewett will be sending out an email as that day approaches.  Next, chapter apparel was discussed.  Very few designs for a chapter t-shirt were submitted, and the idea of purchasing chapter hoodie sweatshirts instead was brought up.  We will be ordering sweatshirts with UAHuntsville Atmospheric Science on them, and chapter members who have paid dues will be able to get the hoodies at a reduced price.

Vice President Elise Schultz opened the floor for consideration of the amendments proposed for the chapter constitution.  The first amendment, which allows changes all instances of “UAH AMS” to “UAHuntsville AMS” in the constitution, was read.  Chris Jewett made a motion to vote, and Chris Hain seconded the motion.  The amendment was unanimously approved by all members present.  The second amendment presented states that for a chapter member to be active, s/he must pay dues by the end of the second meeting of the academic year.  Chris Jewett made a motion to vote, and Katie Burnett seconded the motion.  The amendment was unanimously approved by all members present.  A third amendment was read that sets the term served by elected officers as 1 May in the year elected to 30 April of the following academic year.  Chris Jewett made a motion to vote, and Chris Hain seconded the motion.  The amendment was unanimously approved by all members present.  The fourth an final amendment presented changes the amount of time members have to review meeting minutes before they are sent to the national organization.  Under this new timeframe, members will receive the minutes for review no later than three days after the meeting, and revised minutes are to be sent on to the national AMS no later than seven days after the meeting.  Chris Jewett made a motion to vote, and Chris Hain seconded the motion.  The amendment was unanimously approved by sixteen of the seventeen members present.  All proposed amendments passed for addition to the chapter constitution.

Chris Schultz briefly discussed things to look forward to for next semester, including guest speakers from the ARMY at Redstone Arsenal and a tour of Baron Services.

There were 23 members in addition to other UAHuntsville students present for Barry Roberts’ talk, and 17 members present after the talk, including during amendment consideration.  The meeting ended at 1:27 pm.  Our next meeting will be in January 2010, after the AMS Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.---Stephanie Mullins.



Minutes from:

November 10th, 2009

Odegard Hall Rm. 356

5:15 p.m.

Members Present:

Al Borho – Advisor

Kelsey Watkins - President

Leah Tatarak - Vice President

Erin Bertschi - Treasurer

Matt Saari – Secretary

Andrea Neumann

Chris Hammer

Garrett Jepsen

Joseph Hansel

Justin Weber

Karen Larsen

Kelly Buer

Marc Provencher

Melissa Becker

Miranda Hilgers

Scott Rowe

Aymie Oliver-Wedwick

Call to Order:

              President Kelsey Watkins called the AMS meeting to order at 5:20pm

Past Minutes:

The minutes from October 27th, 2009 were read.

Officer Reports:

-President’s Report: none

-Vice-President’s Report: none

-Secretary’s Report: none

-Treasurer’s Report: our balance is: $3524.20. Our logo was approved!

Guest Speaker: none


Old Business:


-Visited Studio One Show

-Concessions at the Alerus last weekend was cancelled-lack of helpers

-Halloween Trick or Treating 

New Business:        

-Photo Contest-Few more days to get fall photos submitted. Send photos to

-Baked Goods Sign-Up

-Turkey Basket Fundraiser

              -4th Floor proceeds go to the Mortar Board for Thanksgiving Baskets

-Hot Perks Fundraiser-Selling hot drinks and snacks in Gamble Hall-Sign Up

-Movie Night Tonight! (Tuesday) at 7:30 in Clifford 210

-AMS Annual Meeting-January 16-21

-Northern Plains Winter Storm Conference happening now.


-Education/Outreach Committee

-Fundraising Committee

-Banquet Committee

NEED MORE IDEAS FOR SPEAKERS!! Send ideas to Kelly Buer

-Activities Committee




-The meeting was adjourned without objection at 5:38pm---Matthew Saari.



November 3, 2009

              At the November 3 officers meeting we discussed the plans for our upcoming meeting. Due to a change in schedules we decided that our November meeting would be a panel of 5 graduate students answering questions about applying for grad schools.  We are still trying to secure a speaker for our December Vortex II meeting.  Our conference poster ideas are being finalized, and we are discussing the possibility of scholarships for travel to the conference to put in to use next year.  We are also still looking at branching further in to the professional community and working with COCAMS, the professional branch of the AMS in the region to do more group activities.

November 10, 2009

              We began our November meeting with a reflection on National Weather Center festival, which many of our members volunteered for.  We had a brief announcement about the Alaskan STEP program, a 10 week internship program in one of 3 Alaskan locations.  Our meeting offered a panel of 5 graduate students to answer questions about graduate school.  The graduate students were chosen from a variety of different undergraduate programs throughout the country and represented several different options.  Terra Thompson is a graduate of OU and works on phased array research with Dr. Wicker and Dr. Biggerstaff.  Owen Shieh is a graduate of Cornell and currently is working on formation of super cells in hurricanes with Dr. Straka.  Kim Klockow graduated from Purdue and is working on economic impacts of severe weather.  Emmale Davis graduated from OU and has decided to take her graduate studies in the direction of leadership and communication. Pat Hyland is a graduate of OU and is working on lightning research with electric field meters.   Both Terra and Pat had participated in a form of undergraduate research with OU and were offered positions due to the research they were already working on.  Deciding on a graduate program is not an easy task though. All of the students pushed the importance of AMS conferences and internship programs.  They also strongly advised visiting the schools and having personal communication with the professors to find a way to stand out in the mass of applications.  When asked what classes were required besides the graduation requirements, the general agreement was that Partial Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, programming classes, GIS classes and classes that develop specific skill sets are all strongly recommended.  In general, the graduate students feel like they have more free time, but more work to get done in that time.  They stressed the importance of planning and setting a schedule.  Also, a graduate student is paid, and they can either be working as a research assistant or a teaching assistant, and most students go straight through the programs because it is much more difficult to go back to school.---Stacey Hitchcock.  



Monthly Meeting:


              Our monthly meeting was held on November 12th at 10:40 am. A total of 22 members attended. We discussed the economical status of our Student Chapter. Also, we discussed the different activities that were planned for the entire month; like the visit to The National Weather Service. During this meeting the members who would represent the Student Chapter at the AMS Annual Conference were chosen. The meeting concluded at 11:50 am.


Activity: Visit to the National Weather Service


              On November 14th, 2010 the Student Chapter visited the National Weather Service (NWS) at San Juan, PR. The Student Chapter had the opportunity to learn more about the NWS facilities.


Hot Dogs Sale:


              We had a Hot Dogs Sale on November 16th as a fund raising activity.



Air Pollution, Environmental Equity, and Urban Design in Tampa

DATE:                            November 30, 2009

LOCATION:                  University of South Florida, Natural and Environmental Sciences, 104, Tampa, FL 33620

PRESENTATION:  The November meeting of the local chapter was attended by 27 members. Dr. Amy Stuart presented on the topic of air pollution in Tampa, FL. Dr. Stuart began by providing background information, and shared that air pollution, by definition, is the presence of substances in the atmosphere that cause adverse effects. Air quality is defined as attributes of the atmosphere that enable sustenance and offer the promotion of life and welfare. Criteria and hazardous air pollutant have adverse health effects. These include, but are not limited to, premature death, respiratory conditions and diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and adverse birth outcomes. The most susceptible human groups are children and the elderly. Anthropogenic, or human-induced, causes of air pollution include utilities, industry and transportation. Local scale weather plays a role in pollution, as winds and atmospheric circulations are responsible for distribution. Stability and inversions are responsible for vertical trapping, and can cause pollution to remain in an area for extended periods of time. Sunlight affects the rates of photochemical and thermal reactions, while clouds and hydrometeors also play roles in air pollution.

There are 33 pollutants that are particularly harmful in urban areas, and this can mostly be attributed to their dosage. Pollution kills 800,000 people annually in urban areas. Dr. Stuart looked at the environmental equity of air pollution, or its social distribution. Dr. Stuart discussed the demographics of people who are most affected by urban pollution. Her results showed that pollution is greater in minority and low-income groups. Traffic and proximity to roadways are associated with adverse health effects due the proximity to primary pollutant sources.

In the future, Dr. Stuart will look to create pollutant footprints with meteorological data to predict pollution distribution. Dr. Stuart will also be working with transportation models for better future urban planning.

SPEAKER: Dr. Amy Stuart, Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health and Civil and Environmental Engineering.  University of South Florida.

Dr. Amy Stuart, distinguished speaker of the West Central Florida

Chapter of the American Meteorological Society.  

TREASURER’S REPORT: The West Central Florida Chapter of the AMS account balance, as of November 30, 2009:  $988.06.

CONCLUSION: The meeting was attended by 27 AMS members. Refreshments of cookies and water were available to those in attendance.

Submitted by Brian LaMarre, National Weather Service (Corresponding Secretary, West Central Florida Chapter) with contributed material from Alicia Williams, University of South Florida (Secretary).---Brian LaMarre. 




November Meeting Minutes.

For the month of November, our chapter met to begin discussing two of the larger scale events in which we will be participating during the Spring 2010 semester.  During February 17-19, 2010 our chapter will be participating in the Lubbock Severe Weather Symposium which will be hosted by the Lubbock, TX National Weather Service Forecast Office.  During this conference, our members will be assisting with registration, guest speaker presentations, as well as presenting some of their own work in the form of a poster or presentation.  Several well-know speakers will be in attendance, including Dr. Charles A. Doswell, Senior Research Scientist, University of Oklahoma/Cooperative Institute of Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS), and President, C. Doswell Enterprises, Inc., Norman, OK; Don Burgess, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS), Norman, OK; and Roger Edwards, NOAA Storm Prediction Center, as well as Texas Tech University faculty Dr. Christopher Weiss and Dr. Kishor Mehta.  We hope to allow our members and other atmospheric science students to meet with and learn from some of the top researchers in our field, as well as gain experience in conference proceedings and formal presentation of their own research. 

We also discussed the 4th Annual Severe Weather Awareness Day to be held on February 27, 2010 at the Lubbock, TX Science Spectrum.  Our chapter has coordinated this event with the local National Weather Service Office and hopes to further increase the community turn-out this year.  This event consists of various meteorological demonstrations and hands on activities for both children and adults alike to teach them about weather.  We also present those in attendance with valuable information that could help them to more efficiently respond in a severe weather emergency.  The local Weather Service Office hosts Spotter Training classes during the event for many of the reasons mentioned above.  The Atmospheric Science group of Texas Tech also uses this time to display many of the research vehicles and instrumentation used during field projects, such as the StickNets, the newly constructed Ka-Band Radar, and Mobile Mesonets.  Additionally, our chapter coordinates with KCBD News Channel 11 and Chief Meteorologist John Robison to give away NOAA Weather Radios as a door prize, among other items.  We are very excited for the upcoming months and hope these events will be a success!---Sarah Dillingham.


Our club has been pretty busy as of late.  After getting through WIU's homecoming, we focused on our Yankee Candle Fundraiser, which gave us over $1000 in additional funds for our club!  All credit goes to our awesome club members that went around and sold candles.

Everyone stands for a group photo outside the massive C-130.

A few weekends ago (the 24th of October) club members sat out in a farmer's market here in Macomb, called 'Moon Over Macomb'.  This signifies the last farmer's market of the year.  Club members donated baked goods to sell to the townspeople, and winter weather safety information was handed out to those who were interested.  We also raffled off a $30 weather radio from RadioShack to a lucky gentleman from Macomb.

Club members Steve Dryden and Katie Sullivan sell baked goods and pass out informative winter weather brochures.

This past weekend (the 7/8th of November) we stood outside of Wal-Mart and a local grocery store to collect canned goods for a food drive called 'Stuff the Bus' going on this Thursday on campus.  WIU is trying to set a world record with the amount of canned goods they are trying to collect for food pantries, and we thought we should help out in any way we can.  We collected a large amount and a great variety of food from the generous people of Macomb.  We passed out winter weather safety brochures to those who donated and were interested, so that they would be more prepared when winter hits.

Severe Weather Club members stand in front of their window they painted for Western Illinois University's Homecoming.

Our next meeting this upcoming Tuesday (November 17th) will be a fun night for the club members.  Pizza will be provided as well as drinks, games and storm chasing videos.  This will be a much needed reward for all the hard work that everyone has done this year.

After Thanksgiving break club members will be taking a trip to Lincoln Elementary School here in Macomb to tell 3rd graders the wonders and dangers of winter weather.  We have several groups that are planning on speaking to the children with experiments and handouts for the kids.  We do this every semester, and it's a rewarding experience to see the children to get excited about weather.  Elections will also be held on one of the Tuesdays following Thanksgiving break.---David Anderson.



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