Minutes of the November 12, 2012 Meeting
Smoky Mountain AMS Chapter


Around eight people met first for dinner at Calhoun’s on the River in Knoxville. Afterwards, around fifteen members then met in the Biosystems Engineering and Environmental Science (BEES) building on the University of Tennessee Agricultural campus to hear Grant Goodge (retired from the National Climatic Data Center) speak about "Lightning, Thunder, and added Surprises". Grant explained the causes of different types of lightning, including cloud-to-ground lightning, cloud-to-cloud lightning, positive lightning, sprites, and elves. He displayed many of his personal pictures and videos of lightning.

Bio for Grant Goodge: Graduate of UT Knoxville with B.S. in Geography 1967 and M.S. work (all but dissertation) at UT Knoxville in Geo/Climate 1969. Career with National Climatic Data Center 1969-1997 (during the last eight years, Grant was editor of the NOAA publication "STORM DATA", which gave him the distinct privilege of working with Dr. Ted Fujita in the assembly of the monthly editions). Three years associate consultant with Climatological Consulting Corporation 1997-2000. Independent meteorological consultant 2000-2001 (testified in several weather related law suits). NOAA contractor as QC monitor and focal point for US Climate Reference Network 2001-present. Active private pilot 1967-1993. Weather-related photos published in numerous text books and periodicals. Lightning video used in WGBH production of a NOVA DVD episode entitled "Lightning". Appeared in numerous TV interviews on weather science, two of those were with The Weather Channel.




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