Everyone met at Green Hills Grill on Kingston Pike near Alcoa Highway around 6:15 PM. After dinner, the meeting commenced at the Ag. Engr. Bldg. on the UT Ag. campus around 8 PM. David Gaffin (Senior Forecaster at the National Weather Service in Morristown) spoke on "The Effects of the Southern Appalachian Mountains on Local Weather and Forecasting":
"I've written some papers concerning the effects of the southern Appalachian mountains on our local weather and forecasting. I'll plan to talk about the effects of the Smoky Mountains on our precipitation patterns, flash flood statistics and temperatures as well as interesting forecasting problems created by the mountains. I'll also talk about foehn winds in our area and their differences compared to the Chinook and Santa Ana winds of the western U.S. Also, I'll look at the surprise heavy snowstorm from March 1999 which produced 4 to 6 inches of snow in a
narrow band between Knoxville and the Tri-Cities. It appeared that mountain waves combined with frontogenesis and cold air damming to help produce the heavy snow amounts."
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