Next meeting of the Smoky Mountain Chapter
of the American Meteorological Society

May 19th

This meeting will be held at the National Weather Service office in Morristown beginning around 7:30 PM. David Hotz and George Mathews will speak on "An overview of severe weather parameters and diagnosis of the March 2, 2012 severe weather event". The following is a synopsis of the talk: "Spring has sprung across the Tennessee valley and southern Appalachians, which means this year’s severe weather season has begun. Before and during a severe weather outbreak, National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters utilize an array of severe weather parameters to help diagnose the potential and type of severe weather expected. Forecasters typically look at thermodynamic, shear, and composite parameters to help evaluate the threat of tornadoes, hail, and damaging winds. This presentation will give insight on what severe weather parameters we look at to establish and maintain situational awareness of an upcoming severe weather event."

We'll meet first for dinner around 6 PM at O'Charley's (around five miles farther northeast from the NWS office towards Morristown on Highway 11E). Please let Jeremy Buckles know if you plan on attending dinner, so he'll have an idea of how large of a table to reserve for the group.

Biography for David Hotz: David Hotz has been the Science and Operations Officer with the National Weather Service at Morristown, Tennessee since June 2005. He began his career at NOAA’s Climate Analysis Center at Washington D.C. in January 1985. David’s first NWS office was at Bristol, Tennessee in August 1986, and then transferred to the Agricultural Weather Service Center (AWSC) Stoneville, Mississippi as an Agricultural Forecaster in January 1988. In December 1990, he transferred to the National Weather Service Office at Amarillo, Texas as a Journeyman Forecaster, and then to the Weather Forecast Office at Morristown, Tennessee as a General Forecaster in September 1994. David is married to Marie Hotz and has four kids – three sons and one girl. Ages range from 23, 20, 18 and 12 years old. David’s interests include developing local computer applications, northwest flow snowfall, severe storms, and local climatological studies. He has a B.S. degree (1986) in Agricultural Meteorology from Purdue University.

Biography for George Mathews: George Mathews is the Meteorologist-in-Charge of the National Weather Service Office in Morristown, Tennessee. George was born and raised in Dalton, Georgia and was fascinated with weather from his earliest memories - especially big storms. He left the canopy of trees in Georgia to Texas where he spent 15 years at school and at work. George earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Texas A&M University in 1982, and a Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Science from Texas Tech University in 1993. Early in his meteorology career, George worked on television and in private industry as a forecaster. George entered the National Weather Service in 1990 in West Texas, moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2000, and then moved to Morristown in September of 2004 with his wife Christine, and three kids - now in the 8th, 9th, and 12th grades. As the Meteorologist-in-Charge of the Morristown office, George manages the office with a staff of 23 employees. The office provides weather forecast and warning services for a total of 40 counties in three states - including 33 counties in east Tennessee, five counties in southwest Virginia, and two counties in extreme southwest North Carolina.

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Meetings are usually held on the Agricultural Campus of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in either Room 123 of the Ellington Plant Sciences building or Room 266 of the Biosystems Engineering and Environmental Sciences building.

Directions are: On Neyland Drive along the Tennessee River (if traveling south from Kingston Pike), go under the Alcoa Highway bridge and turn left on Joe Johnson Drive (the 2nd stoplight after the bridge) at the Agricultural Campus entrance to UT. Go north on Joe Johnson Drive to E.J. Chapman Drive (the second street up from the stoplight; right at the traffic light with the bridge ahead of you). Turn right into the Lot 66 parking lot behind the Vet school. It's very important that you park here across Joe Johnson Drive from the Ellington Plant Sciences building and the Biosystems Engineering and Environmental Sciences (BEES) building, since this is the only place you can park at night without the risk of a parking ticket.

The Ellington Plant Sciences building is directly across Joe Johnson Drive from parking lot 66, while the BEES building will be the long, two-story building on the corner by the traffic light (cross Joe Johnson Drive at the crosswalk). The door on that end is usually locked, so you will need to walk along the other side of E.J. Chapman Drive (which has the sidewalk) to the large double doors on the far (NW) side. You can go up the stairs at that end of the building, in which case the classroom is right at the top of the stairs on the second floor. Or if you need an elevator, walk about halfway down the first floor. The elevator is located on the right, between the restrooms. Go to the "U" floor and turn left when you exit. Room 266 is the last room on the left.

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