Chapter News
December 2009


December 16th, 2009 Meeting Minutes 

The Ark-La-Tex Chapter of the American Meteorological Society held its 6th meeting of 2009 on December 16th at 6 pm at Cantina Laredo Mexican Restaurant in Shreveport, LA.

Chapter President Jason Hansford discussed suggestions and solicited for feedback regarding upcoming AMS Chapter meetings for 2010. Several new personnel from the Barksdale Air Force Base 26th Operational Weather Squadron (OWS) attended as well, with an open discussion held amongst the chapter members during dinner that would create a better working relationship between the OWS and the National Weather Service Office in Shreveport. An advanced Skywarn seminar has been scheduled for members of the OWS at Barksdale in January, which would help better promote interest of the local AMS Chapter in future meetings. Plans are also in the works for a member of the Barksdale OWS to give a presentation to the local chapter during the first meeting of 2010.

The following Chapter members were present:

Jason Hansford (President)

Marty Mayeaux (Vice President)

Leslie Sexton (Treasurer)

Keith Stellman

Jeff Miles      

Brian Walter

Ashley Butts

Doug Butts

Cody Nichols

Anthony Morence

The meeting adjourned at 800 pm.---Jason Hansford, for Secretary Marcy Novak.



December 9, 2009 Meeting Minutes

We held our Holiday Meeting and Food Drive at the Upslope Brewing Company in North Boulder.  It was an informal meeting, so no official business or treasurer’s report was spoken about.  The Director or Sales/Marketing and founder Henry Wood graciously gave our group a tour of the brewery.  During the tour which included a short lesson in beer chemistry, brewing, taste and aroma, he also told the story in how the brewery began.  This brewery officially opened in November of 2008 with two brews developed by Mr. Wood himself and his Head Brewer Dany Pages.  Mr. Pages was a chemist from Argentina who had started his own brewery in Ushuaia a couple years ago with brews made with Patagonian hops.  Due to the climate of the area, Patagonian hops have a much spicier flavor than that of the Pacific Northwest hops.  When he joined the Upslope Brewery team, this is the hop they chose to brew with.  Mr. Wood talked about how weather can definitely affect the flavor, yield and therefore price of the hops and barley.   Part of their slogan is that their beer is “made from snowmelt”. This is true in the fact that their location in Boulder, at the base of the Rocky Mountains, is right next to the rivers coming straight out of the mountains.  This water is from the snow melting year round, which helps cost since they can use this water directly and only filter it once just to keep the taste consistent all year.

Henry Wood takes the chapter for a tour of the brewery facilities
Founder Henry Wood

The chapter officers with their Christmas Cheer on their faces

Two-time award winning brewery


In addition to our social meeting at the brewery to learn about the process and taste the delicious result, we also held a Food Drive for a local Food Bank.  The Denver/Boulder local chapter was able to donate over 40 pounds of food and raise $150.---Lisa Kriederman.



Meeting Minutes

December 1, 2009

Start Time: 7:04pm


President Hatteberg


Rachel began the meeting with an update on the HyVee Bags. Mindy Beerends, the president of the Central Iowa NWA, received a positive response regarding a HyVee in Des Moines. We are hoping to get several more HyVee stores to also use our bags. If we get all HyVee stores in Ames, Ankeny, and Des Moines to put our Severe Weather Safety Information on their bags, where do we want to expand to next year? If you have any ideas on where or how to expand, please email Rachel at

There is a Meteorology Poster Session on Thursday, December 3rd from 3:30 to 5pm in Agron 3140. Please stop by if possible. The Undergraduate Research Symposium is Monday, December 7th from 1 to 4pm in Agron 3140. This is where the seniors will present the research they have worked on this semester. All students are encourages to come to start thinking about their own Senior Thesis project.

The Graduate Meteorology Club chose to sponsor JonQuel, 9-year-old boy, for Christmas through The Giving Tree program hosted by the Faculty Senate and Ames-ISU YMCA. The program benefits more than 90 local, disadvantaged children and we are asking for your generous donations to help support just one of these kids to help make their Christmas bright. A motion was made to donate $50 and passed unanimously. Rachel will send out an email to let everyone know what our money went toward.

Last year, Steph Melton hosted a CPR training session for interested members. Only a few members were interested in attending a session this semester, so it will be brought up again next semester.

Vice President Hoffman


Matt first gave an update on the LAS Council. A large sum of money is put aside yearly to help support different clubs. This money is given in proportion to the number of members a club has. We received $800 due to our 75 members.

Window clings are still available for $5. These make great stocking stuffers!! Please see Matt or Rachel if interested.

The 14th Annual Severe Storms and Doppler Radar Conference in Des Moines at the Sheraton Hotel will be held March 25-27 this year. The non-member student rate is $75 and the student member rate is $55. Last year we received partial reimbursements for the conference and are hoping to receive them again from the LAS Council this year. This conference is a lot of fun and a great experience. Broadcast, National Weather Service employees, researchers, and other meteorologists will be present. It is a great way to meet professionals in the meteorology field! It has beginner workshops, as well as advanced talks. You can stay in the Sheraton, but this is not required. At night, we usually go out with other students and professionals in the field.

Treasurer Wittrock

Our current balance is $3886.58.

Please pay any dues you owe!! Many people still owe the chapter for intramurals, WxChallenge, and membership dues. The sooner you pay, the sooner Justin will stop bugging you. J This money goes toward membership activities, so please pay! These can be given to any cabinet member or put in the AMS mailbox.

Sophomore Chair Effertz


An idea for our Spring Break Trip this year is Norman, OK and Houston, TX. We would be going to the different weather facilities in Norman and the Space Center in Houston. If you have any other ideas, please email Pete at

An idea for an AMS float was brought up. We decided not to pursue it this year but will keep it in mind for future years.

Secretary Minniear

Rachel Hatteberg and JoBeth Minniear were selected as Student Volunteers for the 90th Annual AMS Meeting in Atlanta, GA. The National AMS will cover hotel costs but not travel costs. The club motioned to give $50 each to help cover these costs and it passed. Thank you!

Last year the AMS covered the cost for the ISU AMS Poser for the Annual Meeting. A motion was made to cover this cost again and passed.

Social Chair Witter


The last social event of the semester is Friday, December 4th at 7:30pm. We will be watching A Christmas Story. Please bring snacks to share! Popcorn, cookies, etc are encouraged!!

There will once again be a Winter Break Social Event in Minnesota. Last year, those in and around the Twin Cities when to Chili’s and then Matt Hoffman’s house. We may expand it to include the Mall of America or something else. Ryan Alliss made the trip last year from Iowa, so please considering going if possible! Matt will be emailing our more information at a later date.

Our intramurals are cooling down for the semester. The women’s and one men’s broomball team had a game Wednesday night. Please get your curling and broomball dues in as soon as possible! If you signed up, but could not make any games, you do not need to pay. These can be given to a cabinet member or put in the AMS mailbox.  

Academic Chair Rabideau


You can always ask any class or meteorology related questions on the forums. Professors, graduate students, alum and other undergraduates have access to this and can answer your questions. The forums are located at

Please send your final exam dates to your review leaders. If your exam date has been changed from the school scheduled day/time, make sure to update your review leader!

The Career Page has been updated. Matt Hoffman sent out a survey to broadcast meteorologists. Four have replied, and these surveys are now on the Career Page. Check them out if you are interested in broadcast!! Also, the Hollings Scholarship is now available. Its deadline is Jan. 29th. If you have any questions on the Hollings Scholarship, please email Shannon ( or JoBeth ( The Career Page is located at

If you have any ideas for the Career Page or to do with academic help, please email Shannon.


Webmaster Carletta


If you have not already, please sign up for the forums at Please contact Nick ( with any questions about the forums.

If anyone has Science Night or VEISHEA photos, send them to Nick.

The main page of the ISU AMS website has information about upcoming or ongoing events. Be sure to check this page out for any information on the ISU AMS. A schedule for the Senior Research Symposium is now posted.

Historian Lueck


Please send any ISU AMS photos to Ryan ( or upload them at or on Facebook. If your photo is larger than 2MB, please send it to Ryan to be resized.


The picture board has been updated. It now has October events on it. Check it out!

The ISU AMS Scrapbook has been started. Ryan bought a scrapbook and supplies, but would like help putting it together. If interested in helping or you have ideas, please email Ryan.


Cy's Eyes on the Skies


Andy Mair and Ryan Alliss updated the club on Cy’s Eyes on the Skies. They currently have 15 active members and the shows are going great! Dues for the show this year are $250. The Meteorology Department will pay $125. Last year, the ISU AMS paid $40 toward the dues, but this year since the dues are higher and the participation has greatly increased, a motion was passed to pay $100 towards the show’s dues. Please watch for an email on the start date for next semester.

WxChallenge Update


Congratulations to the winners of the Cleveland, OH period:

Freshman/Sophomores Cat 4

Pete Effertz


Junior/ Seniors Cat 3

Ben McNeil


Grad Students Cat 2

Jeff Duda


Faculty Cat 1

Dave Flory


Please keep forecasting! If you are not forecasting, you are letting down the ISU team. Thanks for all of those forecasting regularly!

St. Louis is the last city until January 25th. So you do not need to forecast over break.

The next and last Forecast Discussion of the semester will be Tuesday at 5pm in Agron 3128 with Rachel Hatteberg. Everyone is invited to attend! These discussions will like be started up again immediately following break. Please watch for an email from Ryan Alliss.

Past President Hobbs


Congratulations to Justin Wittrock for winning period 5 (Spencer, IA) for the Iowa Forecast Contest. Des Moines is the current city.


Outreach Chair Suess


We are in need of severe weather photos for the Calendar!! Please send in ANY severe weather pictures you have taken. These can be from past years!!  Please submit to Liz ( by Friday, December 4th at 5pm. If you are interested in helping create next year’s calendar, please email Liz. We will have a short unofficial Calendar Committee meeting after the Forecast discussion on Tuesday to begin eliminating photos.

Congratulations to Ryan and Anthony Lueck. They are the winners of the Calendar Sales Contest with 27 calendars sold!! They received a $15 Target Gift card for their efforts. JoBeth Minniear came in second with 8, and Sam Edster placed third with 7. We have sold a total of 109 posters between the undergraduates and alumni. Please keep selling! The calendars make great Christmas gifts! You can still order calendars even though the contest is over. Please turn in any slips and money to any cabinet member or the ISU AMS mailbox.


Presentation - Justin Wittrock


Last summer, Justin participated in the National Weather Center Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in Norman, OK.

What is NWC REU? It is a chance to experience research in the meteorology field. All majors are accepted into this program. It can be viewed as stepping stones for your senior thesis project – a great way to get an early start! It also looks great on resume.

Justin’s project was on the Viability of Weather Dissemination via Social Network Technologies. More information on it can be found at

Different Trips taken during the program include:

Ponca City – see airplanes with weather instruments mounted

VORTEX2 – meet people involved in it. See vehicles with radar

Oklahoma City – outdoor activities

Route 66 – Pops – Over 500 kinds of pop to choose from

Wichita’s Mountains Reserve – see prairie dogs

How do you apply? The application can be found at It also has ideas for different projects listed. When filling out the application, you choose top 3 project choices. You may apply after one year of college.

End Time: 7:56pm.---JoBeth Minniear.






Any questions regarding the meeting minutes can be directed at Rachel Hatteberg ( or JoBeth Minniear (



Rachel Hatteberg

Vice President

Matt hoffman


justin wittrock


jobeth minniear

Social Chair

rachael witter

Academic Chair

shannon rabideau


nick carletta


ryan lueck

Sophomore Chair

Pete Effertz

Outreach Chair

liz suess

Past President

Jon Hobbs



December 2009 meeting minutes 


Primary Contact: 

Matthew Dux ( 816-540-5147

Secretary, Kansas City Chapter of the AMS


Meeting Minutes:


The December 2009 meeting of the Kansas City Chapter of the American Meteorological Society was held on the 16th day of the month at the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) regional facility in Lees Summit, MO.  In an effort to reach out to some of the weather partners from the Kansas City area, the December meeting was held at the Kansas City SCOUT headquarters which is part of the MODOT facility.

Due to the abbreviated location and timing of the meeting, new and old business was limited in nature.   The most pressing issue for new business was the construction of a chapter poster that will be presented at the national American Meteorological Society meeting in Atlanta, GA from the 17th to the 21st of January.  Several chapter members will work together with the officers to construct a poster for the annual meeting; a task which hasn’t been accomplished in several years for the chapter.  The theme of the poster will be from a historical perspective given 2009 represented the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Kansas City chapter.  The history, service, and societal involvement of the chapter will be key themes.

Our next meeting will take place on the 20th of January. Our speaker for the month of January will be Greg Carbin, bringing his 2009 version of the “Top Weather Stories of the Year”.

December Speaker Presentation Notes:

The unique location of December meeting allowed for an in-depth and intimate educational lesson of one of the most unique and least accessible facilities that serves an incredible purposes in a major metropolitan area;  the Kansas City Scout center.  Kansas City Scout is Kansas City's bi-state traffic management system. The Kansas and Missouri departments of transportation (KDOT, MoDOT) designed Scout to lessen traffic jams by improving rush-hour speeds, to increase safety by decreasing the number of rush-hour accidents, and to improve emergency response to traffic situations.

Scout manages traffic on more than 125 miles of continuous freeways in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.  The area covered by the scout team has greatly expanded through the years, with coverage now additionally stretching along the Interstate 70 corridor across all of Kansas and Missouri.  Scout team members monitor cameras on numerous wall mounted tv and projector screens viewing conditions from its traffic management center in Lee's Summit.  The team relies on sensors to gage traffic flow, uses large electronic message boards to send urgent traffic notices to drivers along the freeways, and activates a Highway Advisory Radio system that motorists in Missouri can tune to in the event of a freeway incident.

The scout camera system utilizes 137 cameras across primarily the southern half of Kansas City.  However, in 2010 additional cameras will be added across portions of the city not currently covered, bringing the total number of cameras towards 240 by the end of 2010.

The Kansas City Scout team is also active in monitoring weather conditions. The scout system has continually evolved since their development in 2004.  From initially watching the road system and updating an internet status page, the scout system now has the capability to dispatch road crews to troubled areas as well as motorists in distress.  Recently, the scout team has formed a partnership with the National Weather Service to monitor and display both severe and winter weather bulletins on billboards and black boards in the city.---Matthew Dux.   



Meeting Type: General Assembly

Meeting Date: December 9, 2009

Attendance: 49

Meeting in Session: 8:30 pm


Introduction (President Joe Moore)

Fall (President Joe Moore)

Met Mentor (Vice President Matt Potter)

Speaker Series (President Joe Moore)

Internship Fair (President Joe Moore)

Finances (Treasurer Heather Morgan)

Events/Fundraising (Secretary Samantha McGraw and Treasurer Heather Morgan)

Community Outreach (Vice President Matt Potter and Webmaster Sigourney Stelma)

Website Poster (Webmaster Sigourney Stelma)

Spring 2010 Plans (President Joe Moore)

Meeting out of Session: 9:15 pm---Samantha McGraw.




Tuesday 12/1/2009 Guest Speaker: Nicholas Petro, Science and Operations Officer, National Weather Service, Flagstaff.

On Tuesday, December 1st, the Northern Arizona Chapter of the American Meteorological Society held its second meeting. Officer elections were held with Andrew Latto becoming President (uncontested), Nicholas Petro Vice –President (uncontested). There were two candidates for Secretary. With one of the candidates absent, the election for this position was postponed until January’s meeting. The position for Treasurer currently has no active nominations. Nominations for Treasurer will re-open during January’s meeting.

Andrew also opened the floor to suggestions regarding the first chapter social event, which is tentatively planned to be in early February. One suggestion included meeting at a restaurant or pizza place to discuss weather and other interests.

Nicholas Petro gave a 45 minute presentation on an El-Nino update and how the evolution of this planetary scale phenomenon may affect Northern Arizona’s upcoming Winter. After the presentation Nicholas fielded several questions regarding specific effects for Arizona, and regarding general El-Nino questions as well.---Andrew Latto.



For the month of december here is what went on during our meeting.

Meeting started: 3:00 p.m.

Old News:
-party on Dec 13th for those who are staying in laramie
-getting ready for next semester
New News:
-possibility of stormchasing team from wyoming
Number of members that showed up: 9

Meeting ajourned at 4:00 p.m. ---Eric Oglee.



December Chapter News.---Lindsay Rice.



The Texas A&M Student Chapter of the AMS met on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009. We did not have a guest speaker since this was the meeting before the holidays, but we discussed the possible guest speakers for the meetings in the coming semester as well as the trips which are being planned which at this time include plans to visit Johnson Space Center in Houston. In addition, we also spoke about a possible trip to the annual TESSA Conference in Colleyville.---Rita Matos.



The December 2009 meeting of the Twin Cities AMS took place at 7:00 p.m. on December 17 at the WCCO-TV studio in downtown Minneapolis. There were about eight members in attendance. There was no business meeting.

We were greeted by our hosts, chief meteorologist Chris Shaffer and staff meteorologist Ron Trenda. After greetings and settling in the WCCO weather center, Schaffer spoke of the path he took to get to his position at WCCO. He attending the University of Utah and earned degrees in meteorology and broadcast journalism. After he worked as a disk jockey at various radio stations, he started to get into television. He took meteorologist positions with various Twin Cities TV stations before he came to WCCO as their morning meteorologist. After a few years, an opening occurred in the chief meteorologist position, and he was selected as their new chief.

As with most meteorologists, the WCCO meteorologists look at a number of sources of data, including data provided by WSI. They also use data from various other sources, such as the National Weather Service and the Weather Underground, to produce their forecasts. They also have another tool that can be useful: a window. And, of course, they use their extensive meteorological knowledge and experience.

Shaffer then showed the assembled group some of the tools of his trade, including the ChromaKey. The chapter members each got to spend some time in front of the wall and try their hand(s) at being on camera. He also showed where the WCCO TV meteorologists "call in" weather for WCCO radio. We also got information about the new "HD" makeup used by the anchors.

Schaffer and Trenda discussed what it is like to be meteorologists at WCCO, including covering severe weather. They answered questions about what they enjoyed most (and least) about being a television meteorologist, and what it takes to be on screen every day. Messages from viewers can be quite interesting, and Schaffer said it takes a thick skin to be on television. They also have challenges with consultants who don't immediately understand the unique characteristics of the station's broadcast area.

The tour ended after Shaffer and Trenda showed us the other main broadcast studio in the building. The attendees expressed their appreciation for Schaffer's and Trenda's time, and we left around 8:30 p.m.---Bryan Howell.



University of Illinois Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society

December 10th, 2009 @ 6 pm in room 109 ATMS BLDG

Meeting Minutes


Justin started the meeting with a candy raffle and other announcements.

T-Shirt Design Contest

Justin discussed the T-shirt design contest. To date, we have had only one submission. SCAMS may want to use the same designs from last year. Justin will create a pool online and members should vote on the design they liked best.  We will probably only have T-shirts this year, not sweatshirts.


Eric talked about financial activity during this semester. We spent $404.13, which was attributed primarily to reimbursement of attendees to conferences, pizza and candy for meetings, a $229.50 donation to the American Red Cross, and speaker dinners. There was an income of $549.18, which came primarily from member dues, the snow pool, and leaf raking. Overall, the semester yielded a $145.05 profit.

The main fundraising event of the semester was leaf raking. Over two weekends, nine yards were raked. Half of the funds have been donated to the American Red Cross of central Illinois. The other half, which could have been donated, put towards a scholarship, or deposited into our social fund, was voted on at the meeting. After the vote, we decided to deposit the money into our own social fund.

AMS Conference:

There are still 3 spots available for the annual conference in Atlanta. It will begin the weekend before the beginning of the spring semester.  Funding is still available, but participants will still need to pay about $220 out of pocket.

The meeting attendees then broke up into committees and brainstormed.---Justin Traiteur.



Minutes from:

December 1st, 2009

Odegard Hall Rm. 356

5:15 p.m.

Members Present:

Al Borho – Advisor

Kelsey Watkins - President

Leah Tatarak - Vice President

Erin Bertschi - Treasurer

Matt Saari – Secretary

Aaron Kennedy

Amanda Mills

Andrea Neumann

Chris Hammer

Dan Adriaansen

Justin Weber

Karen Larson

Kelly Buer

Laura Burns

Melissa Becker

Mike Lanciki

Nichole Bart

Randy Johnson

Scott Rowe

Shawn Palmquist

Tim Logan

Aymie Oliver-Wedwick

Call to Order:

              President Kelsey Watkins called the AMS meeting to order at 5:15pm

Past Minutes:

The minutes from 11-10-09 were read.

Officer Reports:

-President’s Report: none

-Vice-President’s Report: none

-Secretary’s Report: none

-Treasurer’s Report: Our current balance is: $3524.20


Old Business:

-Who’s Who Wall-It looks really good!! Thanks to those who helped with it!

-Turkey Basket Fundraiser-RAISED $150!!!!! Thanks for all who brought or bought snacks!

-Movie night was Nov 10th

New Business:        

              -Photo Contest-will resume in February

              -Baked Goods Sign Up

              -Holiday Potluck-Dec. 11—11:30am-1pm (reading and review day)-up in 4th floor Clifford Hall Professors and Grad students; please bring a dish to share. However, all are welcome to bring a dish.

              -Meridian Internship-If interested, check out their website for application and deadlines.

              -AMS Annual Meeting-7 of us going-we are selling Hot Chocolate Thursday, Dec 3, and Tuesday, Dec 8 in the link to raise funds for the trips.

-Education/Outreach/Activities Committee

-Holiday Potluck-Professors and Grad students bring a dish.

-Scratching the Girl Scouts workshop

-Talked about T-shirts and selected vendor, and colors.


-Fundraising Committee

Nothing more this semester, but more possibilities next semester including a 50/50 contest and cleaning up the Betty.

-Banquet Committee

              -Have letters going out to possible speakers. If you have more ideas, get them to Kelly Buer. 


- Next meeting will be next semester-Jan 26th at 5:00pm in Odegard 356



              -The meeting was adjourned without objection at 5:37pm---Matt Saari.



Monthly Meeting:


              The monthly meeting was held on December 1st at 10:40 am.  A total of 20 members attended. The meeting began with the discussion of the economical status of the student chapter. Also, the preparations for the participation of the student chapter in the AMS Annual Conference were discussed. Meeting concluded with a brief summary of all the activities done during the fall semester at 11:50 am. 


Activity: Christmas Dinner


              The Christmas Dinner was on December 9th.  It was organized by the members of the Student Chapter. The purpose of this activity was that the members of the Student Chapter could bond with each other.






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