2008 AMS Meeting Notice…updated January 15, 2008


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Happy New Year!  We wish you a healthy and productive 2008.  As you know, the 88th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting is just a few days away.  The events and programs kick off on Saturday, 19 January and continue through Thursday, 24 January.  This is the last in our series of emails pointing out a few of the highlights and special programs of interest.  Again, this is just a glimpse of the many scientific sessions and events at the meeting.  You can find all the information online at http://www.ametsoc.org/meet/annual/


We have a very special “after dinner” event planned for Sunday evening on the Global Earth Observation Systems (GEOSS) from 8:00–9:30 p.m. at the Hilton Riverside Hotel, Grand Ballroom.  The goal of GEOSS is to drive a deeper understanding of Earth’s complex systems in a way that will greatly improve our predictive capabilities and bring vital societal benefits to people around the globe.  The Special Session on GEOSS will feature a presentation by Retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Ph.D., Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, who represents the U.S. and also serves as a Group on Earth Observations (GEO) co-chair.  Admiral Lautenbacher will be joined by a distinguished panel of agency representatives involved in the U.S. implementation of GEOSS.  The panel includes: Dr. Fred Lewis, Director of Weather for the Air Force; Dr. Michael Freilich, Director, Earth Science Division, NASA; and Dr. Jarvis L. Moyers, Acting Assistant Director, Geosciences Directorate, NSF. 


We also encourage you to attend the AMS Annual Business Meeting and Fellows Reception on Sunday, 20 January starting at 5 p.m.  The one-hour business meeting includes remarks from the AMS President and AMS President-Elect, presentations on the various Commissions and the 21st Century Campaign.  This is a good chance to learn about workings of your Society.  The business meeting will be followed by a reception from 6 – 8 p.m. to honor the 25 newly elected Fellows.  Don’t miss the chance to congratulate your colleagues on this great distinction and enjoy the music of the Joe Simon Jazz Trio.


The First Colloquium on Industrial Meteorology and Certified Consulting Meteorologists will be held on Wednesday, 23 January. The program will feature a combination of broad discussions on selected topics and detailed examples. The three topics selected for this year’s colloquium are Education of Future CCMs, CCMs in Forensic Meteorology, and the Role of the CCM in Severe Weather Forecasting.  For the complete program see http://ams.confex.com/ams/88Annual/techprogram/programexpanded_458.htm


Need to get your weather forecast fix?  AccuWeather, Inc. will provide the weather briefings for the 2008 AMS Annual Meeting. The 30-minute interactive briefings will be provided twice each day, Monday–Thursday, 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The morning weather briefing will review the past day's significant weather events in the United States and around the world, discuss major weather events coming in the next few days, and provide a short-range forecast for the New Orleans area. The lunchtime weather briefing will discuss forecasted weather events for the following 1–7 days throughout North America, including possible impacts on aviation. This year the briefings will also include a Space Weather briefing by a representative of the NOAA Space Environment Center.


The Third Annual Weather Video Preview Theater will be yet another highlight at this year’s Annual Meeting. The theater will be open Monday–Thursday, 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

There will be continuous scheduled showings of a selection of exciting and educational DVDs on weather, storms, and the environment providing an opportunity for educators and weather enthusiasts to preview the DVDs for use at home, in the classroom, and at AMS chapter meetings, as well as for other educational purposes. Most DVDs will be available for purchase at the conference (AMS Resource Center) or through www.Sky-Fire.tv  A portion of the proceeds will benefit AMS educational programs.  This year’s theater features many of the excellent productions focusing on the impacts of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita upon New Orleans. There will also be a documentary on the disastrous Great Mississippi flood of 1927 that places today’s problems in perspective. By contrast, a documentary on the devastating 1953 flood in Holland reveals why that nation now has a dike system designed to withstand at 10,000-year storm. A stunning NOVA DVD on the 1938 “Long Island Express” uses amazing historical footage to detail what happens when a powerful tempest strikes without any warning. And there will also be DVD appearances of the aurora, forest fires, red sprites, snow (from crystals to blizzards), lightning bolts, and time-lapse clouds set to music.  Stop by Room 225 to view these videos and rest your feet.


There will be a special showing of the IMAX film Hurricane on the Bayou on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. with an encore at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday. Narrated by Meryl Streep, it highlights music by Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and Fats Domino, some astounding post-Katrina aftermath shots, and the need to restore coastal wetlands.  The film will be followed up by a film on "NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO)."


A "Women in the Atmospheric and Related Sciences" Luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, 23 January, from 12:00–1:30 p.m. in Room R05. The luncheon is an excellent opportunity to meet, interact, and network with women in the profession. Women and men at all stages of their career and from all aspects of the discipline are encouraged to participate.  There will also be a presentation or panel discussion accompanying the luncheon.  A cash and carry may be purchased on site.


We also want to let you know about a Special Session of the 19th Conference on Probability and Statistics in the Atmospheric Sciences on "Assessing Diversity among Geoscientists.”  This session takes place on Monday, 21 January, 7:00–8:30 p.m., Convention Center.  The focus of this session: statistical techniques used to study diversity within our ranks, difficulties encountered when dealing with relatively small demographic populations, and on the results of such studies.


Various authors will be signing books--including some exciting new releases--at the Resource Center in Exhibit Hall B during the poster sessions Monday-Thursday.  Don’t miss your chance to purchase their book at the Resource Center and have it autographed.  You can find the complete schedule of when these authors will be there online (http://www.ametsoc.org/MEET/annual/programsandevents.html) or check out the Resource Center for details.  Authors and their books include:

·                     Kerry Emanuel "What We know About Climate Change" (MIT Press 2007) and "Divine Wind" (Oxford University Press 2005)

·                      Louis Uccellini "Northeast Snowstorms" (AMS Books 2004)

·                      Vernon Preston "Lewis & Clark: Weather and Climate Data from the Expedition Journals" (AMS Books 2007)

·                      Bob Henson "The Rough Guide to Weather 2" (Rough Guides 2007) and "The Rough Guide to Climate Change 2" (Rough Guides, forthcoming in 2008)

·                      Jack Williams "Hurricane Watch" (Vintage 2001)


Poster sessions are an integral part of the AMS Annual Meeting. There will be two distinct poster sessions, each two days long. The first is Sunday evening through Tuesday morning, and the second is Wednesday morning through Thursday evening.  Exhibit Hall B will be open for poster viewing 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Monday–Wednesday, and 8:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. on Thursday. Formal poster session viewing times are as follow:  Sunday, 5:30–7:00 p.m.; Monday, 2:30–4:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 9:45–11:00 a.m.; Wednesday, 2:30–4:00 p.m.; and Thursday, 9:45–11:00 a.m.

And don’t forget to take a look at the AMS local chapter posters featuring chapter their chapter history and activities.  Local Chapter posters will be displayed near the AMS Resource Center and will be available for viewing on Sunday, 5:00–7:00 p.m., Monday–Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m., and Thursday, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.


The AMS Annual Awards Banquet will be held on Wednesday, 23 January starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom.  Come and honor your colleagues and friends in their achievements and enjoy the music of the Louis Ford Jazz Quartet.  An Awards Banquet Reception will be held in Exhibit Hall A from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Please note, each Full-Week Registration Package includes one banquet ticket.  Additional banquet tickets may be purchased for $45 by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 22 January, at the AMS Registration Desk.


Don’t forget the AMS runs a press room at the Annual Meeting.  Feel free to stop by to check out the press operations anytime and be aware that there will be reporters attending sessions to learn more about our sciences.  If you regularly work with a reporter in your hometown, feel free to invite them to come to an AMS meeting.  They can contact Stephanie Kenitzer at Kenitzer@ametsoc.org for more details.


Attention all presenters -- be sure to stop by the Speaker Ready Room near the Registration Desk to upload your presentation on the Speaker Ready Room computers, which are networked to the proper meeting room. The use of personal laptops for presentations, which can cause technical delays and cut into a presenter’s time, is strongly discouraged. The Speaker Ready Room will be open Sunday from 2 – 6:30 p.m. and then each day between 7:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.


We also encourage you to grant permission to have your presentation recorded to expand the audience for presentations and to provide a more complete and permanent record of your remarks.  The AMS will record the voice of authors and their slides as their presentations are being made in cases where you are willing to grant the Society permission. To facilitate the recordings, and to make things easier for all attending the meeting, you are asked to load their presentation in the Speaker Ready Room well in advance of the start of your session if it is to be loaded on site.  Just think, those recordings are a great tool for those that could not attend the meeting; provide a valuable historic archive for future generations; and allow the Society to capture the many ground-breaking theory or hypothesis presented during a conference.

Rick Anthes
AMS President

Ken Carey
2008 Annual Meeting Organizing Committee Chairperson

Chris Velden
2008 Annual Meeting Organizing Committee Chairperson