OR-AMS Meeting Summary
“3rd Annual Weather Sampler”
On September 18, 2008,
fifteen members (including two AIH members) came for good drink and food…and to
share their weather projects. We held
our event at the McMenamins - Ringlers
Pub on West Burnside, in downtown Portland.
Phil Welke took a
trip to Australia and New Zealand. He collected various newspaper reports on the
winter type weather they were experiencing.
Phil also mentioned to us some new weather terminology that he learned
about the weather. Phil snapped pictures
of the B.O.M. Alice Springs. Phil also
showed us the "Evapometer" - an instrument
used to measure the amount of water that has evaporated.
Steve Pierce broke down the last 137 years of
winter in Portland. Snow-fall by decade was presented with a data
handout that showed rankings of the most amount of snow to the least amount by
snow. The data also ranked the winter in
terms of snowfall from 1 to 136. Steve
was also able to get the NWS data that had been missing since ASOS was
implemented in Portland. NWS still won't confirm all the data, but
Steve's legwork will make them go back and change any data errors.
Bobby Corser updated us on the Central Oregon Radar topic from
last year. Both U.S. Senator's offices
want to talk again after November. He also
updated the AMS group on some of the new things that will be coming online here
shortly including the Facebook Chapter and update on
the winter weather meeting.
Note-taker: Bobby Corser, 2008-2009