Sacramento AMS Chapter News

After the normal summer break, the chapter returned in October with a presence at "From the Ground Up: Explorit's Groundbreaking Festival" on Saturday, October 8th. Explorit is a non-profit science exploration center geared primarily for children and located in Davis, California. It serves about 49,000 people a year in Central California. The Sacramento Chapter of the AMS in partnership with the National Weather Service (NWS) and the U.S. Geological Survey presented concepts related to the hydrologic cycle to children at the festival.

Meteorologists Kathy Hoxsie and Robert Baruffaldi from the NWS Forecast Office in Sacramento presented general weather information. Alan Haynes, a Sacramento Chapter officer and meteorologist with the California-Nevada River Forecast Center and hydrologist Cindy Matthews from the NWS Forecast Office in Sacramento both demonstrated hydrology concepts. Hydrologists Cathy Ruhl and Clint Nagel from the USGS explained how stream gaging equipment is used to measure river flow.

The first meeting of the 2005/2006 year was held on Thursday, October 20th at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Sacramento. The featured speaker was Laura Edwards, California Climate Specialist at the Western Regional Climate Center in Reno, Nevada. The NOAA-administered Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC) addresses climate data and information needs within the eleven western states of the continental U.S., and Alaska and Hawaii. California accounts for about 60 percent of the population of the West, and a roughly proportional share of activities with WRCC. An overview of these activities was presented, including a number of NOAA, NSF and CalFed projects in California. The California Energy Commission (CEC) is also supporting climate monitoring and research studies, including the California Climate Data Archive and the monthly newsletter, California Climate Watch.

The chapter President, Cammye Sims announced that she will be leaving for a job in San Antonio next month. John Juskie, the Science and Operations Officer at the NWS Forecast Office in Sacramento will be the new President for the remainder of the term.

The next meeting will be on Monday, November 7th and will feature two speakers. David Reynolds, the Meteorologist-In-Charge of the NWS San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey Forecast Office will present "The Madden Julian Oscillation: Its Potential for Week Two Flood Outlooks and Reservoir Management Decisions in California". Pete Fickenscher, a Hydrologist and Climate Specialist at the NWS California-Nevada River Forecast Center in Sacramento will discuss the latest large scale climate developments and the seasonal climate outlook for California for 2005/2006.