Minutes of the September 18, 2006 Meeting
Smoky Mountain AMS Chapter

The September meeting of the Smoky Mountain Chapter was held at the National Weather Service office in Morristown, TN. Most everyone first met at O'Charleys for dinner, and then around 20 members met at the NWS office for a presentation by David Hotz (NWS Science and Operations Officer). David talked about how the NWS forecasts and warns for severe weather. Using the Warning Event Simulator (WES), he was able to display both the forecast tools (model and observational data) and radar data as if the event were occurring in real-time on the operational AWIPS system. David's talk focused on two extreme events in east Tennessee: the November 10, 2002 tornado outbreak and the May 20, 2006 extremely large hail event (where many reports of baseball-size hail were received from across southeast TN).

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