Chapter News
January 2004


ANCHORAGE

Minutes, Anchorage AMS Chapter Meeting, 13 Jan, 2004

Call Meeting to Order: The meeting was called to order by Peter Olsson, Chapter President, at 12:00 a.m. The meeting was held at the Aviation Technology Center, Merrill Field. First order of business was to approve the meeting agenda.

Old Business:

The minutes from the Dec 2003 meeting were approved.

Peter discussed methods for publicizing the minority scholarship. For $168, Alaska Newspapers Inc will run a 2" by 2" ad in 7 weekly bush newspapers. The suggestion to ask for the ad as a donation was brought up. It was moved and approved to use the small $168 ad as a backup plan if Alaska Newspapers Inc will not donate ad space. The ad for Pulse is due next week.

T-shirts are still available for $15.

Treasurer's Report: Peter Olsson gave a report on the current status of the bank account. As of this meeting, there is $1557.52 in the account.

New Business:

James Partain announced the new National Weather Service director, B Gen Johnson (ret). Also today (13 Jan), the NWS is switching over to the new gridded digital manipulation process. Information will be posted on the Anchorage Forecast Office website.

A suggestion was made to have a guest speaker from the NWS discuss the new process at a future meeting.

Guest Speaker: The guest speaker was Carl Skustad, Recreation Tech and Snow Ranger from the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center. Carl obtained a B.S. in forestry from the University of MN. He spends over 150 days per year in Turnagain Pass alone. During summer, he takes care of cabins and trails. In the winter, he also studies the snow pack to estimate avalanche hazard.

The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center was started due to the lack of a state avalanche awareness facility. The Information Center issues an advisory not a forecast, and does not issue a danger rating because they are not linked to the National Avalanche Information Center. In March 1999, a snowmachine-triggered avalanche 1 ½ miles long killed 6 snowmachiners in Turnagain Pass. At that point, the avalanche hazard and the need for safety awareness in Chugach National Forest became apparent. To get the Avalanche Center up and running, Carl worked with avalanche centers in the lower 48. He also contacted the Alaska Railroad, Alyeska resort, Chugach powder guides, local outfitter guides, and the Alaska Department of Transportation to determine their needs and the best methods of educating the public.

Today, the Avalanche Center covers an area within a 20 mile radius of Girdwood, AK. Publicity includes interpretation at trailheads, a sign awareness campaign, and updates on the Anchorage Daily News website. The Avalanche Center also monitors backcountry use and snow conditions through vehicle counts at trailheads and backcountry patrols.

Public education is the main mission of the Avalanche Center. They provide web links to the National Avalanche Foundation and the Alaska Mountain Safety Center, among others. Free classes both indoors and in the field are also available.

The Avalanche Information Center website contains a lot of useful information for backcountry users. The advisory includes a narration on the snowpack condition and the National Weather Service forecast. This is also recorded on the Avalanche Hotline. It is provided Weds - Sun by 8 am. Carl is always looking for information from the field, so observations can be e-mailed in or left on the hotline.

Carl then moved his talk into a discussion on weather impacts on the 2003-2004 snowpack. Three factors are essential to snowpack stability: precipitation, temperature and wind. The amount and rate of precipitation will determine how long the snowpack has to adjust. A slow steady snowfall is better for stability than a rapidly accumulating snow. Rapid temperature changes can also cause instability. This happens most frequently in spring, when the snow is beginning to melt. Finally, a strong wind can cause instability because wind moves snow ten times faster than any other force. This can cause an uneven snowpack, leading to increased avalanche hazard.

In Nov 2003, the first 4" of snow fell immediately before a deep cold spell. The snowflakes became facets, a weak type of crystal formed when the temperature gradient is great in the snowpack. This can create an avalanche hazard later on, when heavier snow falls on the faceted layer. However, from 3 Dec to 5 2003, a heavy warm snow fell, allowing the snowpack to settle. This crushed the faceted layer, increasing the stability. During the week of the Dec 10 - 14, a long snowy spell allowed the snowpack to increase 6-8" per day. This created a stable snowpack about 6' in depth and avalanche danger was minimal. By the end of December, a blizzard moved in. 36" of snow fell in a short time period, accompanied by strong winds. The snowpack stability decreased, and multiple natural avalanches occurred, indicated increased avalanched danger.

Carl's discussion of the weather impacts on the snowpack made it apparent that the snowpack stability can change any day, depending on the weather. This emphasized that backcountry users should monitor the Avalanche Center Advisory before exploring to minimize the danger.

Carl concluded by opening the floor for questions.

Adjournment: Peter Olsson, president, adjourned the meeting at approximately 1:30 pm.---Louise Williams.


CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA

Chapter Vice-chair Mike Abraczinskas of the North Carolina Division of Air Quality introduced the speaker for the January meeting, Dr. Gary Lackmann, assistant professor of meteorology at North Carolina State University. Gary’s talk was titled "Cold-Air Damming: Fact, Fallacy, or Misnomer?" Gary started by noting that the idea for the presentation came from an email exchange with chapter member and retired NCSU meteorology professor Dr. Walter Saucier. Dr. Saucier was skeptical of the veracity of the high pressure ridge signature is sea-level isotherms that is typically associated with classical cold-air damming (CAD) events. Dr. Saucier speculated that problems with the reduction of pressure to sea level and the warming influence of Gulf Stream offshore artificially enhance the ridge signature.

Gary first began with an overview of CAD, which is a geostrophic adjustment process that occurs east of the Appalachian Mountains when stable, easterly geostrophic flow encounters higher terrain and experiences some degree of blocking. An along-barrier ageostrophic flow develops, and the Coriolis deflection “banks” the cold air against the barrier. This accumulation of mass is one factor leading to increased surface pressure adjacent to the barrier. An analogous process of mass depletion occurs on the west side of the mountains, leading to the development of a trough in that region. Several factors lead to the pressure ridge east of the barrier becoming more pronounced than the trough to the west, the most significant of which is the ageostrophic advection of cold, dense air southward within the low-level northeasterly flow.

CAD has significant impacts on sensible weather, most notably low clouds, and reduced surface visibility and below normal maximum temperatures. CAD events also favor the formation of freezing rain and sleet, as warm air overrides the shallow, stable cold dome near the surface. This explains the climatological maximum in freezing rain observations seen in the immediate lee of the Appalachians from Virginia to South Carolina. Other CAD events have been found to have much less sensible weather impact, most notably when precipitation is not occurring at the onset. Currently, it is the erosion of CAD that presents the biggest challenge to operational forecasters.

After presenting a case study of the CAD event from February 2003, Gary tested two hypotheses using numerical simulations of this event. The event was simulated using the Penn State/NCAR Mesoscale Model (MM5), and a control simulation handled the event very well, although it was slightly to shallow with the cold air. Gary first tested the hypothesis that the CAD sea-level pressure signature is largely due to the correction to sea level. To test this hypothesis, Gary isolated the true CAD thermal structure above the ground by comparing the control simulation to a simulation performed where the height of the Appalachian Mountains in the model terrain was divided by 100. If the resulting hydrostatic contribution of the above-ground CAD signature is comparable to the sea-level pressure anomaly seen, then the hypothesis can be rejected.

The results of this experiment showed that in the no-mountain run the sea level pressure was more than 7 hPa lower east of the Appalachians relative to the control run. The “U-shaped” isobar pattern was also largely absent in the no-mountain run. A large difference between the simulations was also seen in the 950-hPa geopotential height field, with the no-mountain run over 50 m lower than the control run east of the mountains.

The hydrostatic surface pressure contribution of the CAD thermal anomaly in the control run which extended from the surface to near 850 hPa was computed at Greensboro, NC (GSO). The contribution of the cold air due to the CAD was to add 7.8 hPa to the surface pressure at GSO, which was approximately equal to the sea-level pressure difference seen between the control and no-mountain runs. This result demonstrates that the correction to sea level is not a dominant contributor to the CAD ridge seen in sea-level pressure analyses.

The second hypothesis was that a portion of the CAD isobar pattern is due to the presence of the Gulf Stream and its associated warming offshore of the Carolinas. To test this hypothesis, Gary performed another MM5 run where he removed the Gulf Stream by capping the SST at 7ºC in the SST analysis, and compared that run to the control simulation. Any differences between the potential temperature and sea level pressure in the two runs will quantify the impact of the Gulf Stream on the CAD sea-level isobar pattern.

Without the Gulf Stream, sea-level pressures are higher along the coast from Virginia to South Carolina in the no Gulf Stream run, with a maximum difference of 7 hPa just northeast of Cape Hatteras. The eastern half of the “U-shaped” isobar patter was significantly attributable to the Gulf Stream, as the pressure trough offshore was much less pronounced offshore in the no Gulf Stream run, although the U-shaped isobar pattern was still evident over inland areas.

In a third experiment, both the Appalachian Mountains and the Gulf Stream were removed. In this run, the synoptic track of the cyclone was similar to that seen in the no mountain run. The “U-shaped” isobar pattern was entirely absent. Even less troughing offshore was seen relative to the no Gulf Stream run, suggesting that some of the sea-level pressure decrease offshore is due to the effect of the CAD over the continent.

In summary, relative to an accurate control simulation, removing the Appalachians resulted in no CAD and no U-shaped isobar pattern. Removing the Gulf Stream weakened the U-shaped isobar pattern. Removing both the mountains and the Gulf Stream resulted in no hint of a CAD-like signature. The sea-level pressure correction issue is not responsible for the sea-level pressure perturbation seen at GSO. Although, the Gulf Stream does accentuate the eastern side of the “U-shaped” isobar pattern, but even in its absence, the U-shaped isobars are still quite apparent over the Carolinas and Virginia.---Michael J. Brennan.


CHICAGO

Chicago Chapter AMS January 6, 2004 Meeting

The meeting topic was,"Research on the Medical Aspects of Lightning Injury" Dr. Mary Ann Cooper, Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, was the speaker at the January meeting of the Chicago Chapter of the American Meteorological Society.

Dr. Cooper leads the Lightning Injury Research Program at the University of Illinois, Chicago. The program consists of five areas:

Dr. Cooper briefly discussed lightning formation and commented that lightning strikes within a 30 to 50 meter radius of the leader. Cooper also commented that lightning is the number two storm killer in the United States. Also, 90% of lightning victims survive. Those lightning victims that die do so from cardiac arrest from the time of the injury. Cardiac arrest is the only cause of death in lightning strike victims. Significant burns are uncommon in lightning strike victims.

Neurological injury can occur to the brain, the autonomic nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. Common problems that occur with lightning strike victims include: The mechanisms of injury include The electrical insult from lightning is very short and fast and is generally too short to cause burns. The electrical field affects cells. Medical technology is inadequate to help define injury due to lightning. CT's, MRI's, EEG's and EMG's are not capable of detecting neurological injuries caused by lighting.

Dr. Cooper and her staff have been using hairless rats in the laboratory in search of clinical findings pertaining to the effect of flashover, primary cardiac arrest, prolonged respiratory arrest, neurobehavioral deficits, neurocognitive deficits and feathered skin marks.

Research will also attempt to determine if cardiac arrest is due to direct injury to the heart, injury to internal control mechanisms or other causes. Additional research will work toward understanding post strike injury to the autonomic nervous system.

Dr. Cooper concluded her presentation mentioning that National Lightning Awareness Week begins June 20, 2004 and that the number of lightning deaths has decreased, likely due to improved lightning education.---Mark Carroll.


HIGH PLAINS

The High Plains Chapter of the AMS met on January 20th, 2004 in Hill City, Kansas at Gwen's Hometown Cafe. We had 15 current and new members present, along with our guest speaker. Three of those present were first time attendees, and were welcomed by President Mike Moritz.

Following a nourishing meal, we held our regular meeting. We suspended our meeting at one point, to allow time for counting of ballots for the 2004 officers. During this break, our featured speaker, Mary Knapp, Kansas State Climatologist from Kansas State University gave an enlightening presentation on the climate of Kansas and Nebraska. Mary's presentation centered around the comparison of 30-year averages of precipitation across Kansas, noting that the latest 30-year "normal" from 1971-2000 was the wettest normal on record. So, when we compare events to "normal", we are comparing to the wettest period on record. Another interesting point made by Mary was from a report on No-Till farming. That report showed No-Till farming practices have resulted in decreased stream flows, basically due to decreased runoff. Mary's talk prompted various questions from the crowd, which she answered quite well.

The Treasury report revealed a surprise: the recent High Plains conference in Hastings netted a surplus of around $75, instead of the expected deficit of $150. This came about through the planning of the budget-conscience Hastings WFO staff, as well as some generosity of one or more of our speakers who did not use all of their travel allowance. The 8th High Plains Conference is in the planning stages, and will be held at the Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland, KS from Wednesday, October 13 through Thursday, October 14, 2004. More details will be released as speakers are line up and an agenda is set. Updates pertaining to this conference will be posted on our web site: http://www.highplains-amsnwa.org Keynote speakers are still being sought, and if you are interested, please contact the Goodland SOO at bruce.entwistle@noaa.com.

Vice President Jared Guyer has volunteered to continue as our chapter's webmaster, even though he is now working at the SPC in Norman, OK. A big "THANKS" goes out to Jared for volunteering for this duty. Ray Burgert/DDC and Brad Schick/GLD will serve as assistant webmasters. Past President John Stoppkotte/LBF was working on getting the AMS Minority Scholarship letters completed and distributed to the NWS office focal points.

Voting for officers was conducted prior to this meeting. Ballots were emailed to all current members and completed ballots were brought to the meeting. Our officers for 2004 will be: Bruce Entwistle/GLD, President; Tim Burke/DDC, Vice-President; David Lawrence/GID, Treasurer; Julia Berg/GID, Secretary; and Mike Moritz/GID, Past President. Congratulations to all new officers.

No other new business was introduced. However, it was noted the deadline for the AMS Chapter of the Year application, May 1st, was approaching fast, and we need to start gathering data on chapter activities for an impressive application.---Tim Burke.


LYNDON STATE COLLEGE

General Business Meeting: January 26, 2004

Start: 7:03pm

President Corey Potvin Vice President Josh Smith Secretary Julie Soper Treasurer Amy Lawton President Corey Potvin End: 8:00pm---Julie Soper.


NORTH FLORIDA

North Florida Chapter of the AMS
General Meeting Minutes
January 22, 2004

President Clark Evans called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m. The following executive members were present: President: Clark Evans, Vice -President: Joe Marzen, Treasurer: Ariel Rodriguez, and Secretary: Robert Banks. Officer-at-Large Richie Schwerdt was not present because he is currently out of town. Approximately 40 members were present including the executive board. The meeting began with President Clark Evans discussing what will be addressed in the meeting. He also announced that there will be an informal survey given out during the meeting for members to give input on how they think we are doing as a chapter. This will give all members the chance to give suggestions for improvements or to just compliment on how well we are doing.

Minutes from the Last Meeting

Secretary Robert Banks quickly went over the minutes from the November 20, 2003 general meeting and he reminded the membership that the minutes are now available online at www.northflams.org.

Treasurer's Report

Treasurer Ariel Rodriguez gave the membership a status of the current financial standing of the chapter. He noted that there were expenditures for the chapter website (yearly fee) and for the refreshments for the meeting.

Program Subcommittee

Vice-President Joe Marzen is the chair of the Program Subcommittee and he announced a few fundraisers and events happening in the coming months. The first fundraiser was the sale of chapter t-shirts. The shirt proof was available for viewing and he noted the prices for each type of shirt and the final ordering date. T-shirts will be ready for distribution at the February meeting. The next fundraiser Joe announced was the Pizza Hut pizza card promotion. These are cards good for free pizza and they are only $10 each. Joe said that any profits made from these fundraisers would be used for the First Annual Awards Banquet in April to help lower costs for member attendance.

Chapter Website

President Clark Evans showed the membership several examples from the new chapter website, www.northflams.org. Clark had a laptop computer ready and was able to introduce the membership to the new website which will offer a lot of information to members and the community. Some of the information available on the website are past meeting reports, a photo gallery, administrative catalog, and more.

Upcoming Officer Elections

President Evans announced that new officer elections will be held at the March general meeting. A formal call for nominations will be held at the February general meeting and will be followed by Robert's Rules of Order. To run for an office, current dues must be paid and you must be an active member of the chapter for the year. The offices available are President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary.

Presentation - Experiences from the AMS Annual Meeting

Vice-President Joe Marzen introduced tonight's presentation. This presentation included photo slideshows and verbal experiences from some of the members that were at the AMS Annual Conference in Seattle, WA. Some of the members that presented were President Clark Evans, Vice-President Joe Marzen, Secretary Robert Banks, Matt Sitkowski, Amanda Barth, and many more. Overall, there were approximately 20-25 students present in Seattle from FSU.

Next Meeting

The next meeting is tentatively set for Thursday, February 19 at 7:15 PM in Room 353 Love Building. Speaker's will be Paul Duval from the NWS-Tallahassee and Mike McCall from WCTV NewsChannel 6.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 PM.

The above minutes are a true and correct reflection of the January 22, 2004 meeting.

Clark Evans, President---Submitted by: Robert Banks, Secretary.


OMAHA-OFFUTT

The Omaha-Offutt chapter of the AMS held its January meeting on January 22, 2004 at Valentino's restaurant. It followed a tour of the KMTV channel 3 studio hosted by chapter members Chayot "CT" Thonklin and Sarah Walters, which included meeting on-air personalities and an in-studio viewing of the 5 PM newscast.

At 6:56 PM chapter President Jeremy Wesely called the business meeting to order.

Recording Secretary John Roth announced 17 members were in attendance, and read the minutes from the November meeting. A motion to approve the minutes was made by Joe Hanser and seconded by John Eylander, and the minutes were accepted.

Treasurer Matt Sittel presented the treasurer's report. There were 7 new memberships paid in December, for a total of 52 for the year.

Corresponding Secretary Dave Keller announced the results from the November forecast contest. Jeremy Wesely and Gene Wall tied for first on the Norfolk temperature question, and Lou Riva won the question on the number of stations reporting snow. Jeremy was the overall winner.

John Eylander of the education committee announced that questionaires had been sent to area high school guidance councelors in early December. About 35% had responded, requesting information and assistance, including speaking engagements with students and speaking with science teachers about teaching weather. He also announced that science fair season will be starting soon, with the King Science and Technology Magnet Center fair scheduled for January 29. He stated the need for judges and asked for members to volunteer. There was nothing new to report on the Omaha Children's Museum situation, with exhibit funding still on hold.


Omaha-Offutt AMS Chapter Members sit at the Anchor Desk on the set of KM3-TV television.



Omaha-Offutt AMS Chapter President Jeremy Wesely may have found another career opportunity as he practices giving a weathercast.



The control room during the broadcast of the 5 PM news.


Old business:
Weather Explorers Post #999 has lost its base sponsorship. An item from the national AMS conference was to encourage formation of pre-college local chapters, and Jeremy proposed the idea of AMS sponsorship of the Weather Explorers Post as a local pre-college chapter.

Jeremy relayed a report from Dr. John Zapotocny that the national AMS Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography committee has selected the Omaha-Offutt AMS chapter to host the AMS Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography scheduled for the spring of 2009.

New business:
Jeremy recommended starting work to submit a form for nomination as local Chapter of the Year. The chapter's 50th anniversary will be coming up in 2005. Members should start thinking about plans to commemorate it.

Announcements:
Dave Keller announced copies of the newsletter were available.
Jeremy presented a tentative schedule for upcoming chapter meetings:
Friday 20 February, lunch meeting, with Major William Cade speaking on space weather.
Friday 19 March, evening meeting in Lincoln, preceding the Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium, with a guest speaker from that event
April, date TBD, members' luncheon
May, date TBD, guest speaker on weather modification/cloud seeding/hail suppression

A motion to adjourn the business meeting was made by John Roth and seconded by Joe Hanser. The meeting was adjourned at 7:17 PM.---John Roth.


PURDUE UNIVERSITY

1/28/04

A brief informational and logistical planning meeting was held this evening to discuss ideas for the upcoming semester and to get member reactions to planned events for the next few months.---Joe Nield.


RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

We had our first meeting of the spring semester on Thursday, January 29. We began the night describing to everyone on our trip to Seattle, Washington for the 84th Annual Conference. We also showed everyone the banner we received for winning the AMS Student Chapter of the year award. The first topic of the night was to mention to everyone that the club T-shirts would be ready soon, and we had our club treasurer collect money for anyone who wanted a shirt, as well ask for their shirt size. We next announced to everyone about a big event coming up on February 13. Dr. Greg Forbes, Severe Weather Specialist at the Weather Channel, will be coming up to Rutgers to give a speech on his report of the outbreak of tornadoes in May of 2003. Dr. Forbes agreed to come up to our school and give a speech back in the fall and we are all happy to see him come to our school. The first winner of the snowpoll was also announced at the meeting. Lou Bowers, a graduate student, won for predicting when the first inch of snowfall would occur. He predicted the Dec 6th and the first inch occurred on Dec 5th.

The final topic of the night had some of the students in the club give a speech on the internships they had done over the fall. There were two presentations given at the meeting. The students giving the presentations explained to everyone about their internships and the type of work they had done during that time, as well as the benefits of future students wanting to do similar internships. The end of the presentations concluded the first meeting, and another meeting will follow soon to discuss the club events that will be going in the weeks to come.---Mark Sannutti.


SOUTHEASTERN ARIZONA

On January 20, 2004 the Southeastern Arizona Chapter of the American Meteorological Society visited the 25th Operational Weather Squadron and 355th Combat Weather Team of Davis Monthon Air Force Base (DMAFB). Major Winslow facilitated the tour providing copious amounts of information about each weather section. Lieutenant Schiefelbein lead a presentation on the local operations, deployment of forecasters and their area of responsibility. At any given time they have about 200 people assigned to their squadron, but only 120 are considered permanent. The squadron is responsible for forecasting over a large area bounded by the western continental US and northern South America, including Mexico and Central America. Major Winslow then introduced us to Colonel Michetti, the commander of the squadron. She lead us to the next, unexpected portion of our tour - the training facility. DMAFB has been a training center for weather forecasting since late 2000 and has the equipment to simulate real time weather scenarios. Next we visited the operations room where all of the forecasting takes place. Each section of the forecast area is served by a workstation with up to three forecasters who prepare the products. The 25th Operational Weather Squadron produces about 15 products per hour.

The last stop on our tour was the 255th Combat Weather Team. Captain Hollis briefed us on their operations, which mainly consist of supplying pilots with weather information. The forecasts they prepare are mainly adaptive but provide the detailed information needed for safe aviation operations. The information they are responsible for is so detailed that an hour by hour forecast is given for each specific location requested and includes cloud cover, visibility, hazards to aircraft operations, sun angles and even the best direction and angle for viewing a target during bombing runs based on the type of material that is being bombed. This was an incredible tour!---Tom Evans.


TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Minutes from the Tuesday, January 27th, 2003 meeting at Texas A&M University.

The meeting was opened with a greeting from President Travis Herzog. The Secretary report was given by Roger Gass followed by the Treasurer's report given by Paul Roller.

Travis spoke about the Ground Hog Day Party that would be held at Gattitown for a fundraiser. He then informed the members on upcoming field trips and future speakers.

Jason Sippel and Kevin Walter gave information about TAMMSSDA and safety seminars that will be held.

Vice President Morgan Gallagher asked for people to form a committee to work on the Meteorology display case. Also, she announced the winner of the first freeze contest, and spoke of the first 90 degree day forecast.

Paul gave information about the sales of club T-Shirts and car stickers still on sell. Roger talked about the web site and new things to come. Social Chair Brad Hlozek talked about spring intramurals and the A&M vs. t.u. game.

A presentation was then given on the Seattle AMS trip… members showed pictures and talked about the experience. Information was given on how to become student members and how to apply for travel grants for years to come.

The meeting then ended with reminders of our next meeting and t-shirt and sticker sells. The meeting was followed with food, drinks, and socializing up stairs.---Roger Gass.


TWIN CITIES

The Twin Cities Chapter of the American Meteorological Society met on the evening of January 15th, at the offices of Digital Cyclone, Inc., where the meeting was composed of a tour of the facility, and a question and answer session.

Based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Digital Cyclone was founded in 1998 by Paul Douglas, chief meteorologist at WCCO-TV, and Craig Burfeind, a meteorologist and computer scientist who also helped Douglas launch EarthWatch Communications in 1990. EarthWatch became well known for its three-dimensional weather graphics used by hundreds of television meteorologists worldwide. Today, Douglas is Digital Cyclone's chairman of the board.

In August 2000, Digital Cyclone launched My-Cast®, a personalized weather service licensed by local TV stations, newspapers, and cable operators for their Web sites, and by businesses for use as a decision support tool. As a part of the tour, members received a brief demonstration of the steps taken over the years in going from the web to wireless weather, personalizing the information based on location and lifestyle. Members got a first hand demonstration, with actual phones, to see how they handle the information on the phones.

Paul Douglas, a nationally respected meteorologist, with more than 20 years of broadcast television experience, joined the WCCO staff as chief meteorologist in 1998. Paul's many other credits include writing a book, "Prairie Skies: The Minnesota Weather Book," and teaching a broadcast meteorology class at St. Cloud State University. Paul holds a degree from Pennsylvania State University. He is married, has two sons and lives in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities.---Seth Binau.


UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA - LINCOLN

1/20/04- University of Nebraska Lincoln Student Chapter minutes, 1st meeting of second semester 2004

Time started- 5:05p.m.
24 people present

Announcements--
Our meeting times now have moved to the first Tuesday of the month at 5:00p.m. We have a plan in place to have secondary meetings during the month if people can't make the regular meeting, and to discuss plans if an event comes up quickly.

The students in our club have volunteered to be judges for the Hawthorn Elementary Science fair on February, 10th. The current standing is that 9 of the student chapter members have volunteered to help with this.

Activities--
The 9 students that attended the National AMS meeting put together a powerpoint presentation of the events that happened there. We had pictures and all 9 of the students describe how the conference was an incredible opportunity for them. Two of our students had assistantships as well.

James McCormick and Kyle Klute gave a quick presentation of our UCARE program. They both are doing research under our professors and getting paid for it through the UCARE program, which is sponsored by Pepsi here in Lincoln. They talked of their research, and also of how they went up to our professors and asked them to do research.

New Ideas--
We plan on having a booth in our student union during severe weather week. It will be a booth that emphasizes storm safety and what to do in case severe weather comes.

Our severe weather symposium is still planned, though the date for it is still being tossed around. Projected to be at the end of March sometime.

Our student chapter website is www.ams.unl.edu

End of Meeting-- 6:00p.m.---Kelly D. Faltin.


UNIVERISTY OF UTAH

Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
3:30 P.M., WBB 802

*Fourth meeting of the 2003/2004 school year.

*Opportunities for educational outreach and the campus forecast were announced and sign-up sheets were passed around for interested members. The campus forecast will be completed once daily throughout the spring semester.

Campus forecast url:
http://www.met.utah.edu/campusforecast

*Jay Shafer discussed his experiences talking to prospective University of Utah meteorology students and promoting the Chapter at the National AMS meeting in Seattle. Jay said that there was a lot of enthusiasm for the Meteorology Department and the Chapter.

*The social schedule for the spring semester were set by Chapter officers as follows... *The officers spoke about the need for volunteers for photo contest prize soliciting and how the Chapter plans to advertise for the photo contest. Treasurer Dave Myrick pointed out that since all proceeds of the Chapter's ameteur weather and nature photo contest go to the Red Cross, advertisements in The Daily Utah Chronicle would be free of charge. Dave also added that advertising should focus on students patronizing the Student Union with the remaining advertisement monies. All attending members agreed.

Photo Contest Url:
http://www.met.utah.edu/photocontest

*The meeting was adjourned by President Todd Foisy.--Todd Foisy.


 



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