November 5th, 2013 – 8:00 pm
136 McBryde Hall - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Meeting called to order at: 8:00 pm
Jacob Katuin: ATEX (Atmospheric Teaching Experiment) presentation
President, James Marrow
Graduate Student, Paul Miller
Emergency Management Employee, John Beach
Meeting adjourned at: 9:30pm
Members in Attendance: 48---Hans VanBenschoten
Meeting Date: November 12, 2013
Start Time: 9p.m.
Vice President Reports:
President Vice President Secretary
Rebecca Rogers Lauren VandenBossche Lauren VandenBossche
Chris Easlick Katie Flynn Shaye Lenze
Treasurer SGA Webmaster MVP
Tim Thielke Mac Guikema Steven Hall Kevin Beirnat
Dean Eisenmann Don Wight Greg Cornwell Katy LaTour
Adam Solarczyk Brett Rossio
Meeting Date: November 26, 2013
Start Time: 9:00p.m.
Vice President Reports:
Vice President Secretary
Shaye Lenz Kylee Miller
End: 9:50p.m.---Rebecca Rogers.
The Chapter of the High Plains AMS held the first face to face meeting since March, 2012 on Thursday, November 21, 2013. There were 17 members able to attend, despite the ongoing winter weather. We met at 11:00 AM at the Destination Kitchen in Norton, KS. This was the first time the chapter met at this establishment. Following lunch we recessed to a small room for a presentation by Jeff Halblaub of the Hastings, NE forecast office. Jeff’s presentation was entitled “Wake Lows and Threats”.
President Bill Taylor welcomed all to our first “non”-virtual meeting in over a year and a half.
Vice President Jeremy Wesely and Rick Ewald, both from the Hastings, NE forecast office, briefed the attendees on the 2014 High Plains conference status. The Hastings office will go forward with plans for the conference to be held sometime in August, 2014, and alter plans if funding is limited. We want to get back to our Chapter’s original motive to host a conference in which first time presenters would have a comfortable environment to present. Aaron Johnson, SOO, Dodge City forecast office, suggested we offer the student presenters some travel expense funds, to encourage more student participation in the conference. Scott Bryant, Treasurer, reported the current checkbook balance. All non-paid members are encouraged to pay their 2014 dues of $15 by the next meeting. The next meeting will be a virtual meeting on January 8th, 2014. The presenter will be Greg Carbin, WCM from SPC. He will present the “10 Ten Weather Events of 2013”.
The Jeff Halblaub presentation, “Wake Lows and Threats” was well received. Jeff stressed how important microphysics are to Wake Low development, while the Rear Inflow Jet also plays a key role.
A key parameter to watch for is diminishing precipitation, which can precede the formation of a Wake Low and strong winds. There are three stages common to a Wake Low event: 1) Heavy rain, 2) Then rains taper off quickly, and 3) a sudden drop in Sea Level Pressure. Jeff reviewed a case of a Wake Low from May 11th, 2011 in Northern Michigan. The data in the area is quite sparse, and strong winds were hard to detect. Jeff obtained a few reports from ships, one of which was an isolated 40kt gust. Jeff later verified this strong wind. In the Great Lakes area, Jeff stated that if you find a 40kt gust, then there is likely to be some kind of water level fluctuation, such as in a locks or canals.---William Taylor and Tim Burke.
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
November Meeting Minutes.---Sean Stelten.
LYNDON STATE COLLEGE
November Meeting Minutes.
On November 2nd, a group of 11 students from our chapter took a trip to Southern New England for the clubs annual Sector Search. This group of students was made up of freshmen, sophomores and juniors looking at the different areas of our field they could one day work in. We visited WSI in Andover Mass, The National Weather Service in Taunton Mass and WBZ in Boston Mass Friday and Saturday we visited Umass Lowell in Lowell Mass.
7:16pm Nikki begins the meeting
Science & Outreach: Andrew Briscoe
Killearn Lakes Science Fair/Science Night November 6
North FL Fair November 7-17
Deer Lake Middle School Science Fair/Science Night: December 11
AMS Conference February 2-6
Secretary: Brandon Daly via Nikki Perrini
Follow us on social media
AMS scholarships come due 11/1
Treasurer: Tawana Andrew
Pay for t-shirts/polos
Karaoke Night, Oct 31
FSU-Miami Tailgate 1:30pm Saturday, Nov 2
VP: Lauren Visin
Next Meeting November 21
Melissa Griffin, Asst State Climatologist
President: Nikki Perrini
NWA Chapter of the Year
Thank you card for Jeff Evans
AMS Chapter of the Year
Keep up with events, service, and meetings!
NWA Conference Attendees Speaker Introduction
Raquel Nicora: Dressing for Success (Female Attire)
Don’t dress provocatively. Keep the cleavage covered, especially when bending forward.
Cub dresses are for the club. Keep it professional while on camera.
Conservative dress is better.
Pantyhose when you are ever in doubt of the length of your skirt.
Avoid colors that are distracting, especially blue/green in front of the screen.
Make-up/Jewelry: Keep it simple
The big question: Am I wearing too much makeup? If you think you are, you probably are.
ULTA/Sephora offer demos to apply the makeup you would wear on TV.
Where to clothing shop: TJ Maxx, Ross, The Limited, Ann Taylor, New York & Co. Raquel Nicora: Characteristics that Chief Mets Look For Balance Science & personality on air
Reliability and confidence are key!
Be Eager to Learn, and always give 100%
Even in the small markets where you know you likely will not stay for your entire career, if you can give 100% you will be successful
Tapes: one 30-60 second montage; one local forecast; one severe weather forecast
Tape critiques: What will be critiquing
Logical order of presentation; Graphics; Meteorological Knowledge; communication skills (can you come off as friendly & likeable or are you condescending?); Appearance.
Appearance is a major component of your critique
Jonathan Belles: Branding
Branding yourself: who are you?
Spend the first week in a market getting to know people, introducing yourself. Go to the PD.
Twitter: Make yourself known.
Your area of passion: things you are interested in, things you love to talk hours about, what you would do for free
Find something you are good at, what you are best at.
What can you market? What can you do that could be a great backup? Graphics, etc.
Reaching your audience
Facebook Pages: Only 16% of your audience actually see what you post (up from 11% in 2012)
Posting times: know when your audience is going to be checking social media.
People check just before they start moving (commutes) & before bed.
Many mets are putting out tweets just before their audience is going to bed
Post something relatable to your audience (pictures, video, questions, etc.?)
Ex: favorite seasons, did you like the weather? Etc.
Find a social network that you like. There are 20+ to pick from. Pick a primary & secondary.
Find an aggregator such as TweetDeck or TweetCaster. You can follow more.
Know your score in things such as Klout or Facebook statistics.
Resume but also allows for much more information than a resume, such as poster presentations, etc.
Update whenever you want, but keep it updated at least every 6 months.
Join societies you are a member of.
Be professional but let people see your personality
How Social Media Can Hurt You
Inappropriate content: cursing, drinking, attitude
Keep FB/T clean.
Don’t put too much personal info out there.
Google yourself. Set up Google Alerts on yourself.
Alex Cordero: Male Attire/Common Corrections
Brighter Colors Recommended (dark red, black, grey, not recommended.
Solid colors are recommended for ties: safer to use than checkered, plaid, etc.
It will depend on the station, but be safe on your demo reel.
Tell a weather story. Don’t just recite the graphics.
Change the order of graphics, to what is the big news story.
Voice inflections: make sure that you sound confident and sure of what you are saying.
Be clear and concise, try not to stutter.
You don’t think, you know: you know what is going on. You are who the public trusts
Around Charleston: Charleston FD tour.
Pictures around Charleston: waterfront park, Pineapple fountain, Charleston farmer’s market, Sullivan’s Island
Cool people met at conference
HurricaneTrack, Mike Bettes, Bruce Thomas, Bill Read.
Topics covered at the conference
Significance of historical weather, big weather events, major anniversaries in 2014
Critical Elements for decision making
Chad Dumas: Random Pictures
Ravenel Bridge, Charleston, Dome Home on Sullivan’s Island, Lauren in the hospital, Farmer’s Market, Charleston FD, Tawana w/ axe, guys at conference, gals at conference, Chapter of the Year Award,
Discusses Ken Carey’s private sector presentation
Next meeting November 21, 2013
Upcoming Events Calendar
Meeting adjourns---Brandon Daly
NWI Chapter of AMS/NWA Minutes for 11-13-2013
Social Chair- Thanks for everyone who went to the Halloween Movie Night and look out for a Christmas Special.
Treasurer- The bank account is around $5,000.
Secretary- Look out for a Holiday Cookie Contest at our next meeting. More details to come later.
VP- Thanks for the Calendar Pictures. They will cost us more than $100, so we needed to vote on buy them. Alex Krull gave the motion and Lynnette Grant 2nd it. All votes were for it. We are ordering 100 calendars and it will be a flat rate. We are limiting people to 1 calendar unless there are extras afterwards. Great Lakes Conference is March 22nd, 2014.
President- Become a national AMS member and if you are going to Atlanta remember to register for the conference before December 2nd, 2013.---Alicia Camacho.
-We sold wristbands as a fundraiser for our chapter
-We put together a care package for troops and sent them overseas to deployed members of the Navy
-WxChallenge started back up, so we started forecasting again
-We cleaned our lab in place of a meeting
-A poster committee was put together to create a poster for the AMS conference
-OUCAMS sweatpants were sold as a fundraiser for our chapter
-We registered for the AMS conference
-We continued events for our Peer Mentor/Mentee program---Morgan Wentling
November Meeting 2013
DJ's Dugout - Omaha
The third meeting of the season for the Omaha-Offutt Chapter of the AMS/NWA was held at DJ's Dugout in West Omaha on Tuesday, November 19th. Approximately 40 members and guests attended the meeting. Our speaker for the evening was Mr. Phil Schumacher from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. His talk was titled "An Examination of Precipitation Organization during the Occlusion of Mid-Latitude Cyclones."
President Tom Shih called the meeting to order at 6:45 PM.
Vice President Barb Mayes Boustead announced the next few meetings. The December meeting will be held on December 10th at Gorat's Steakhouse, and our speaker will be Mr. Greg Carbin from the Storm Prediction Center presenting his "Top 10" weather memories from 2013. Mr. Victor Gensini from the College of DuPage will be the speaker for the January meeting, to be held on the 24th, and his talk will discuss severe weather environments. The February meeting will be held on February 25th and discuss the tragic blizzard that devastated livestock communities in western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming during the first week of October 2013.
Treasurer John Roth presented the Treasurer's Report including balances, incomes, and expenses. The chapter has 33 paid members so far for the year.
Recording Secretary James McCormick asked for a motion to approve October meeting minutes. The minutes were approved.
No old business was brought to the floor.
The main order of new business was to approve an allocation of costs for Mr. Greg Carbin's travel expenses for the December meeting. A brief discussion was held to detail the specific costs of the travel. After the discussion concluded, a motion to approve up to 500 dollars for his travel was entertained and approved.
A recess in the meeting was called at 6:55 PM to eat dinner and to listen to the presentation. The meeting was adjourned following the presentation.---James McCormick.
November 2013 Local Chapter News
We had a general meeting of the club on November 7th (41 attendees). We discussed how the Yankee Candle sale fundraiser we held raised over $1,000! Another fundraiser we started on the heels of the candles was the purchase orders for the very first Rutgers University Meteorology Club Calendars! These calendars will be composed of photos submitted by undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni. This year is special for meteorology here at Rutgers because our Meteorology Department is going to be celebrating its 50th year! To commemorate this milestone we will be having a 50th anniversary apparel sale which should be in time to have for Atlanta.
The next topic at our meeting was a presentation by one of our own undergraduate students, Jimmy Danco. He gave a presentation on his trip to the NCAR Undergraduate Leadership Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. The second presentation we had was given by a Rutgers Alumnus, and PAM Site Coordinator & Research/Technical Assistant, Matthew Drews, which covered all areas of weather photography.
Earlier on November 7th we gave a quick tour of the weather studio in Perry to a Lego Robotics Group interested in tornados. They then came back to the computer lab to learn about our Lynux system. We were able to teach them about our synoptic server, as well as how data is moved from the weather sites to the computers. We also discussed Dual Pol radar with them and gave them some further suggestions to help with their project on tornados.
On November 12th, a group of 5th through 8th grade students from Jersey City came to Rutgers to talk about a project. Their project involved preparing their community for a hurricane such as Sandy and helping them deal with and understand the effects and aftermath of such a storm. We talked to them about how hurricanes form, how they are forecasted, and the different types of damage they can produce in addition to going in depth on why Hurricane Sandy was such a destructive and unique storm. The students asked a lot of thought provoking questions, and we concluded the session by showing them our “Weather-in-a-Tank” demonstration with the help of Dr. Lintner and two graduate students.
Two of our members went to Blackwood Elementary School, in Gloucester County on November 26 and taught first graders about seasons and why they change.---Joseph Slezak.
Around ten people attended the November meeting of the Smoky Mountain chapter on the 18th at the University of Tennessee Agriculture campus to hear a presentation from Dr. Jeff Larsen (psychology professor at UT-Knoxville) about "6 Tennessees, 1 Eaarth". The following was a synopsis of Dr. Larsen's "6 Tennessees, 1 Eaarth" talk: "Comprehensive national surveys indicate that there are Six Americas when it comes to climate change: the alarmed, the concerned, the cautious, the disengaged, the doubtful, and the dismissive. This year’s First Year Studies program at the University of Tennessee afforded a unique opportunity to investigate whether these clusters’ different beliefs and opinions about climate affect how they engage with and respond to information about climate change. All incoming freshmen were required to take a course in which they were assigned to read Bill McKibben’s Eaarth before their arrival on campus, then write a response paper about the book, take part in a small group discussion about the book, and attend McKibben’s public lecture at UT during the freshman welcome week. Eaarth describes the effects that climate change is already having on people all around the world, but also offers strategies that individuals and communities can take to adapt to this new world. We capitalized on the program by offering students extra credit to complete the Six Americas Survey and other questionnaires about climate change on two occasion: once during the summer and again several weeks after McKibben’s visit. I will discuss how the alarmed, the concerned, the cautious, the disengaged, the doubtful, and the dismissive engaged (or failed to engage) with the program’s material and reacted to it. In addition to discussing whether and how the program changed some people’s minds, I will identify people who’s minds were not changed and try to determine why."
Biography for Dr. Larsen: Jeff Larsen is a social psychologist with expertise in emotion, attitudes, and persuasion. He received his PhD in social psychology from Ohio State University in 2001 and joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Tennessee in January after spending ten years at Texas Tech University. He has recently teamed up with a climatologist and mass communication researcher to begin studying the psychological aspects of climate change.---David Gaffin.
Eberly Science and Technology, California University of Pennsylvania
President Mike Griesinger called to order the November meeting of the Twin Cities at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Also present were Vice President Jim Marusak, Secretary Chris Bovitz, and Treasurer Jim Taggart. There were ten other members and one guest in attendance. The meeting took place at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) Central Shop.
Bovitz recapped the October meeting minutes. His report was approved. Taggart reported on treasury. The checking account balance is $1,024.83 with $35 in cash for a total balance of $1,059.83. Expenses last month were $13 for dinner for our speaker. The report was approved.
The business meeting was adjourned for our speakers from the Minnesota Department of Transportation: Sue Lodahl, assistant state maintenance engineer, Curt Pape, Road Weather Information System (R/WIS), and Bob Ellingston (Mn/DOT fleet manager).
Pape spoke about the R/WIS (website: www.rwis.state.mn.us). The system is a series of meteorological stations situated at representative locations around the state trunk highway network. The 92 towers statewide measure wind speed and direction at 10 meters, temperature, humidity and visibility at 2 meters, pavement temperature and humidity sensors, and (at some locations), soil temperature at one or two levels. The towers also have tilt/pam/zoom cameras, some with illuminators. The instruments communicate with the central office via the Internet by accessing local ISPs. The system is polled every five minutes. Data from the sensors is available to anyone who wants it.
As components wear out, they are replaced. Mn/DOT plans to upgrade the precipitation sensors to ASOS-quality ones and the cameras with high-definition cameras in the next few years.
The R/WIS is part of Mn/DOT’s internal maintenance decision support system (MDSS). This gives recommendations to truck operators for the type of treatment for roads, including the type and amount of chemicals to apply to the road to return it to a good condition. Road conditions and weather forecasts are provided by Meridian Environmental Technology. All the plows and trucks are telemetered, and the data from them and the MDSS encourage drivers to take maintenance chances to, for example, apply a less of a chemical than they otherwise would think they’d need to. This support is more important for trucks and plows in rural areas, where a return to a refueling and resupply station would be a long drive.
Pulling the plows from the roads is a difficult decision, and the primary criterion was visibility. If the plows can’t see the road very well, or other drivers would have a hard time to see the roads, the plows are sent back until conditions improve. The department is not involved with the decision to close roads; that responsibility falls to the state patrol.
After the presentations, Lodahl, Pape, and Ellingston around the main garage at the maintenance facility. We saw trucks that were prepared for the winter, and we talked about plowing and snow removal. The trucks travel about 10,000 miles each year, and are generally replaced after about 12 years. Many trucks have different capabilities for road treatment: plows, a dump bed for solid materials (salt, sand), and side tanks for liquid chemicals.---Chris Bovitz.
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE
Monthly Meeting: Friday, November 22nd 2013
The fourth meeting of the year for the Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society met on Friday, November 22nd 2013 at 12:30pm in NSSTC 4th floor classroom 4065. The first item on the agenda was the Treasurer report from Sarah Stough on the chapter's budget and the Rocket City Weather Fest budget. The current balance was $739.00 with an additional $264 from the bake sale earlier that month, while the Weather Fest budget was at $99.05. Sarah talked to the club about Enjoy the City coupon books as another fundraiser for the club to participate in.
President, Aaron Kaulfus talked about putting in one last order for the UAH apparel before break. He also mentioned how we need volunteers to help work together to create the AMS student chapter poster for the contest at AMS in Atlanta. The Atmospheric Science department decided on funding 8 of our newest graduate students to help out in Atlanta with recruiting and other things. Everyone be on the lookout shortly after finals are over for an email about the next Weather Fest meeting.
The last item on the agenda was to talk about the events that club members will be involved in during the spring semester. This includes the Panoply Arts Festival in downtown Huntsville, Severe Weather Safety Awareness Week, Tennessee Valley Poster Contest for Panoply, Habitat for Humanity and more! Also start thinking about if you would like to help out with these events along with science fair judging and/or helping out with Science Olympiad! The next meeting will be held sometime in January when students return for the Spring term. Lastly, we had approximately 30 members attend the November AMS meeting.---Danielle M. Kozlowski.
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
This meeting was held on November 5th in Room 1313 of the National Weather Center. Addison welcomed everyone back to the meeting. He discussed paying dues, incentive points and a few upcoming events.
Mr. Meteorology will be November 22 and we need volunteers to participate as contestants and freshman to dance. We currently have 4 contestants and need more. We also need volunteers for the freshman dance.
The December SCAMS meeting will be a Social Movie night watching Sharknado. This will be during Dead Week and is not mandatory.
Addison then introduced our speakers, Owen Shieh and Staff Sergeant Michael Lanzetta II. They will be presenting on Tropical Cyclone Operational Forecasting and Research. Mr. Shieh will be presenting first then SSG Lanzetta. Mr. Shieh discussed the Joint Typhoon Warning Center between the United States Navy and the United States Air Force. They use different satellites to study the storms in the pacific all year long. Since they are based in Hawaii and the Pacific bases are spaced far apart, there are no aircraft recon flights into these storms. On the research side they track forecasts improving and research the intensity forecasts. The intensity forecasts they currently use have not changed much since they were first issued. Mr. Shieh believes that research will be focused on this aspect within the net 15-20 years.
SSG Lanzetta then discussed how microwave satellite was better than infrared for position tracking. The multiple images on a system are very useful to see how things are changing and tracking. The Dvorak technique is currently used for positioning. The intensity is estimated with this technique using enhanced infrared or visible satellite. The Dvorak intensity measurement types are very subjective.
The meeting was then dismissed. Our next meeting will be in January at 6:30 in NWC 1313.---Megan McClellan
UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO MAYAGÜEZ
UPRM’s Open House
On November 1, 2013 we took part in the University’s Open House at the Coliseo Rafael Mangual. Our participation in the activity consisted of giving various Meteorology-related demonstrations, information about UPRM’s Meteorology Program, and our Chapter to high school students who came by our station. Our main goal is to attract new people to the program, especially students who will be graduating next May, and are planning to attend the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez in the fall of 2014.
40th Anniversary of the Planetarium in the Physics Department
During the week of November 3 to November 8, we celebrated in the Physics Department the 40th anniversary of the UPRM’s Planetarium. We participated in several events celebrated during these days, starting with the Viewing of the November 3rd’s Solar Eclipse. During the week, our Members gave meteorological demonstrations to high school students from different schools in Puerto Rico, and also served as ushers on many of the activities.
Educational Conference for elementary school students (3rd, 4th & 5th grade)
On November 14th, students from a local school came to the University for a conference, and various demonstrations about Meteorology concepts. The Demonstrations Committee was in charge of running the activity.
Thanksgiving / Christmas Dinner
On November 26th we celebrated our Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner at the University. This activity was a great way for students to relax, and have a nice meal with their friends before finishing the semester. During the dinner, we gave thanks for our accomplishments as a group, and after eating we exchanged gifts.
WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA
November Meeting Minutes.---Lindsay Rice.
Our meeting began with an invitation to our undergraduate members to submit a resume and statement of purpose to attend the AMS Annual meeting in Atlanta this year. Graduate officers will review the submission materials to determine how many students we can send with the funds we have available and which students will be sent. Our goal is to send two undergrad students this year.
Secondly, our chapter president handed out apparel order forms for both a polo and t-shirt style shirt for the chapter. We developed a chapter polo last year and a design has yet to be determined for the t-shirt.
Thirdly, a brief overview of the South Plains Food Drive was given, of which we will be apart of once again this year. We will receive six 50-gallon barrels that will be placed at the Mass Communication and Geosciences buildings around the Texas Tech campus. Last year we received 600 lbs (3 1/2 barrels full) in donations, three times greater than our goal, and we are aiming for higher this year. We will receive the barrels this upcoming week and the drive will begin Nov. 21st and last until Dec. 3, although we can begin bringing in donations immediately.
Additionally, we discussed the potential for another fundraiser for disaster relief in the Philippines. Similar to last year, when we raised and donated money to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief, we will be setting up a table in the coming weeks in front of our Student Union Building to receive donations from the university community. We will organize it as a donation for raffle tickets and raffle off gift cards to various restaurants around campus, cards purchased from organization funds and not donations.
Last but not least, we introduced our guest speaker, Matt Ernst the Chief Meteorologist at FOX34 Lubbock. Matt is a Texas Tech graduate and he discussed some of the difficulties about forecasting in West Texas including our large dust storms, winter weather, and spring storm season. He also spoke about what the academic requirements are for becoming a broadcast meteorologist, which some undergraduate students are interested in. We highly enjoyed the stories Matt shared and look forward to future collaboration with him. Matt is the first of four speakers we will have this year, including a National Weather Service employee, academic faculty member, and emergency management agency personnel from a local city.---Aaron Hill.
WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
November Meeting Summary.---Ryan Difani.
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