“4th Annual Weather Sampler”
On September 24, 2009, 14 members and guests gathered at the McMenamins-Broadway to share their latest weather projects – a new tool, or idea, or analysis, etc. This meeting format is unusual in that there is no formal guest speaker – chapter members simply share their topics. We enjoyed good food and drink, as well.
President Bobby Corser welcomed everyone and made announcements. Kyle Dittmer presented on behalf of Martha and Nader Khoury, who couldn’t attend at the last minute. Columbia Weather Systems has released their latest line of professional weather monitoring equipment -- the Magellan Weather Station. It is a rugged, all-in-one sensor module with built-in compass for auto-alignment of wind direction -- great for portable and mobile weather monitoring. One of the more interesting applications for the Magellan Weather Station is a company that incorporates them into their buoys. To keep up to date with our developing technologies and interesting applications, we invite folks to become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or subscribe to our blog (updated twice a month): www.columbiaweather.com.
Phil Welke showed us
meteograms from a “west coast city” on Dec. 17, 2008 and wanted us to guess
which city. The pattern was very cold
and snowy. People guessed
Jim Little talked about the IGES meteogram and how you can customize your own meteogram with computer scripts (and Jim can share how with interested folks). NOMADS is used by the NWS. GRADS will interface with NOMADS to make maps.
Pat Timm mentioned
that on Labor Day, a cold front sweep the region and snow lines dropped to 6000
feet. A big thunderstorm on the beach,
Steve Pierce asked,
“Which year had the most number of >90 degF days in
Kyle Dittmer shared
his new invention: a portable stream channel.
Using a variety of rocks, including volcanic cinders, he epoxy-glued
many gravels to the bottom of a 2-meter long plastic rain gutter. This modified gutter can be used to
demonstrate streamflow over a rough and natural stream channel and compare with
a smooth (i.e., manmade) channel. The
tool demonstrates river flow, erosion, and rainfall-runoff relationships. This tool will be used in his
a German exchange student, talked about weather patterns in
Note-taker: Kyle Dittmer, 2009-2010 Oregon-AMS Secretary (and Past-President)