Chapter News
August 2009



The Ark-La-Tex Chapter of the American Meteorological Society held its 4th meeting of 2009 on August 14th, 2009, at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Shreveport, Louisiana. The meeting began at 5:15 pm, with eighteen members and guests present.

Glenn Carrin, a Senior HAS Forecaster at the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center in Slidell, Louisiana, gave a presentation regarding the relationships that exist between sea surface temperature anomalies and gulf coast tropical cyclone landfalls based on statistical analysis and climatology. One of his conclusions is that sea surface oscillations influence weather patterns ranging from the hemispheric scale to the local scale. 

Before the presentation, Vice President Marty Mayeaux held a short business meeting.

The following members and guests were present:

Marty Mayeaux, Vice President
Leslie Sexton, Treasurer

Armando Garza (NWS Shreveport)

Keith Stellman (NWS Shreveport)

Aaron Stevens

Ryan Willis (University of Louisiana at Monroe Student)

Jessica Talley (University of Louisiana at Monroe Student)

Glenn Carrin (LMRFC Slidell, LA)

Paul Lewis (WFO Houston/Galveston)

Michael Berry (WFO Shreveport)

Ed Duranczyk (Mid-West Weather)

Rusty Billingsley (SRH NWS)

Nick Fillo (WFO Shreveport)

Ernie Ethridge (Mid West Weather)

Jonathon Brazzell (NWS Lake Charles)

David Schlotzhauer (GOHSEP)

Jason Bobo (University of Louisiana Monroe Student)

Israel Viabez (26th OWS Barksdale AFB)

The meeting adjourned at 6:45 PM---Marty Mayeaux.



Aug 27, 2009


The High Plains Chapter met during the High Plains 13th Conference (HP13), at the end of the first day. Twenty-four members were present.  President Mike Umscheid/DDC stated how pleased he was about how the conference was going.  We had viewed numerous presentations covering a wide variety of meteorological topics.  Secretary Tim Burke/DDC read the minutes from the previous July 20th meeting. The Treasurer’s report was delayed until after the conference. 

Thanks went out to our 5 volunteers who worked together to select the Jim Johnson Scholarship winner.  The committee consisted of Jennifer Ritterling/DDC, Chris Foltz/GLD, Teresa Keck/LBF, Aaron Johnson/GID, and Bill Eckrich/DayWeather.  The winner was Jennifer Uhrich, a senior at North Platte High in Nebraska.  She is planning to major in Meteorology at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  The HP13 was quite a success, with over 77 attendees, and a great time was had by all.  Dodge City will host the 2010 High Plains conference.  Jim Johnson notified the President via e-mail that he may attend the AMS national meeting in Atlanta, to be held in January 2010.  Christina Henderson/GLD and President Mike Umscheid will work on putting a poster together for Jim (or whomever else) to present at the national AMS conference, and any other upcoming AMS national gatherings through 2010.  The next meeting will be around the first week of November.---Tim Burke.



August 2009


Monthly Meeting:


              We had our first monthly meeting of the semester on August 27 at 10:40 am.  A total of 21 members attended. We discussed the activities that will be held during the semester. The meeting concluded at 11:50. 


Activity: “Huracanes y Casa Segura”

Huracanes y Casa Seguras is an activity that is done annually to offer Puerto Ricans safety procedures on how to prepare for the hurricane season. The activity was held on August 8 and 9, with the participation of 8 to 13 members, respectively and a mass public surpassing a 100 people.


Hot Dogs Sale:

              We had a Hot Dogs Sale on August 31st as fund raising activity.



Severe Weather Club
Aug. 25, 2009




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