Minutes of the July 18, 2011 Meeting
Smoky Mountain AMS Chapter


The July meeting of the Smoky Mountain Chapter was held in Gentry Auditorium on the Carson-Newman College campus in Jefferson City for a public presentation on the Super Tornado Outbreak of April 27, 2011. Before the presentation, around ten members met first for dinner at Ruby Tuesdays in Dandridge, and then afterwards around 100 people showed up for the presentation. Personnel from the National Weather Service office in Morristown gave a presentation on the tornadoes from the Super Outbreak of April 27th that occurred within the County Warning Area of the NWS Morristown office, which covers east Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and extreme southwest North Carolina. David Gaffin (senior forecaster) first talked about the meteorological conditions that made this event significant, David Hotz (Science and Operations Officer) and Tim Doyle (forecaster) talked about the radar imagery and warning operations, and then George Mathews (Meteorologist in Charge), Tim Troutman (Warning Coordination Meteorologist), and Howard Waldron (retired Warning Coordination Meteorologist) talked about the numerous surveys that were done afterwards to document and rate the tornadoes. The NWS's Warning Event Simulator (which simulates the computers used operationally at the NWS) was used to display data that was available to forecasters during the event. In addition, pictures and maps from the numerous tornado surveys were discussed.

This presentation was videotaped, and can be found on the NWS Morristown's webpage at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mrx/?n=outbreak_presentation.




George Mathews and David Gaffin welcoming everyone to the presentation
George Mathews (center) and David Gaffin (right) welcoming everyone to the presentation.




David Gaffin speaking about the meteorology of the event
David Gaffin speaking about the meteorology of the event.




David Hotz and Tim Doyle speaking about the radar imagery from the event
David Hotz (left) and Tim Doyle (right) speaking about the radar imagery from the event.




Tim Troutman speaking about his tornado surveys
Tim Troutman speaking about his tornado surveys.




George Mathews speaking about his tornado surveys
George Mathews speaking about his tornado surveys.




Howard Waldron speaking about his tornado surveys
Howard Waldron speaking about his tornado surveys.




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