Chapter News
March 2004


ARKANSAS

The second Chapter meeting for 2004 was held on March 11th. The meeting convened at 700 PM at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in North Little Rock with 14 members and guests present.

No formal business meeting was held.

The program for the evening was provided by Chapter member Scott Blair. Scott is a student at the University of Louisiana-Monroe and has been a storm chaser for a number of years. Each year for the past several years, Scott has presented a program to the Chapter on his previous year's storm chasing experiences. His presentation concentrated on tornadoes in Aspermont, TX; Pierce City, MO; Atkinson, NE; and Centerville, SD. He showed a video of the tornadic storms. Of particular interest was the record tornado outbreak in South Dakota on June 24, 2003. That afternoon and evening, a total of 67 tornadoes were recorded in the state. Scott talked about the weather scenario for that event including radar and satellite pictures before showing a video of the tornado. During and after the presentation, the group participated in a question and answer session.

Then, light refreshments were served and the meeting adjourned at 845 PM.---Newton Skiles.


CENTRAL ILLINOIS

Meeting Summary, 8 March 2004 meeting of the Central Illinois Chapter of the American Meteorological Society.

The Central Illinois Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (CIAMS) held the second regular meeting of the 2003-2004 year at Chevy's Chevy's Fresh Mex in Champaign on Monday, March 8, 2004. The scheduled meeting for January 26, 2004 was cancelled due to bad traveling weather. 33 people attended. The meeting began at 7:00 PM. President Mike Tannura opened the meeting by giving a report on the chapter's future plans about how to further educate the general public about how severe weather information gets disseminated and what it all means. Mike Spinar of the Education Committee also gave a report about this process and handed out a flow chart that he developed that will be useful for the eventual development of literature that can be handed out to teachers or at future pertinent outreach events such as science fairs. Treasurer Maria Peters gave the financial report and is collecting dues for the current year.

Bob Scott of the Illinois State Water Survey informed the group about changes to their website. Bob also wanted information about an "unknown emergency alert" that was showing up on his NOAA weather radio. Chris Miller, Lincoln NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist, clarified this issue by noting that certain brands of weather radios cannot adequately handle the new all hazards notifications such as the AMBER alerts.

The featured speaker for this meeting was Harold Dameron of the Bureau of Operations with the Illinois Department of Transportation. Harold's topic was "Winter Highway Operations: Emerging Technologies". Mr. Dameron gave a brief update on the latest snowplow technology including Automatic Vehicle Locating via GPS. Although this technology is expensive, many are using it successfully to show the public, as well as dispatchers, where plows have been and their current location. Most of the evening, Mr Dameron discussed the Roadway Weather Information System (RWIS) that consists of 51 stations, located mostly in the northern 2/3 portion of Illinois, that measure various weather and pavement parameters. A picture of one of the RWIS sites is shown below as well as Internet links to RWIS information. RWIS stations began operations in 1993 and have been expanding into southern Illinois this year. RWIS has saved millions of dollars every year in snow removal costs for the State of Illinois. RWIS and consultants weather forecasts help in making cost effective decisions about manpower, equipment, and proper selection of chemicals. Preemptive weekly strikes of brine are also used during the winter. Mr. Dameron discussed new corn-based anti-icing products as well as the use of fixed anti-icing equipment for perennial trouble spots. Training operators how to use the RWIS system using scenario based computer training was also discussed. Illinois is an active member of Aurora, a winter states consortium for RWIS research.


Mr. Harold Dameron of the Illinois Department of Transportation.
One of the sites from the Illinois Roadway
Weather Information System.

Link to the Illinois RWIS data:
http://gis.dot.state.il.us/idotgis/rwis/presentation/basic/map.asp?Cmd=INIT&ExtentLeft=1920280.2643213982%20&ExtentRight=3058450.927141207%20&ExtentBottom=125491.10558196157%20&ExtentTop=2131015.066336367

More information:
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov////////winter/roadsvr/CS039.htm

Link to Aurora:
http://www.aurora-program.org/

After questions the meeting adjourned at 9:27 PM.---Tom Bellinger.


CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA

The speaker for the March meeting was John McHenry, Chief Scientist at Barons Advanced Meteorological Systems (BAMS). John's presentation was entitled Baron Advanced Meteorological Systems: Who we are, What we do, and our Role in the Community.

John began by giving a history of the development of the group that evolved to become BAMS. The group had its beginnings working at the EPA Research Modeling Facility from 1986 through 1992, and the group worked on regional oxidant and acid deposition models and MM4. In 1992, the group became part of the MCNC Environmental Model Center, where it continued through 2002. The group worked on the EPA Models-3 project that combined MM5, the MAQSIP/CMAQ chemistry model and the SMOKE emissions model. During this time, the group also began working on grant-based research involving real-time numerical weather and air quality prediction.

The environmental modeling group left MCNC in 2002, with part of the group going to work at the University of North Carolina, and the other part forming a new company acquisition of Baron Services, which is now BAMS (http://www.baronservices.com/). The mission of BAMS is to serve clients with advanced, real time, local, site-specific atmospheric prediction, and unique observational, analytical, and display capabilities.

BAMS' current projects include real-time NWP with both MM5 and WRF, run at high resolution for use by broadcast meteorologists as well as state and local government agencies. BAMS also produces real time ozone and particulate matter forecast data for state and regional air quality purposes. BAMS is also part of the development team for WRF-chem, a community-based coupled meteorological-chemical version of WRF model.

BAMS is also developing new hydrological monitoring and modeling systems. Rain gauge data is combined with radar data to produce 1 km resolution precipitation rates which are fed into the flood modeling system. Finally, BAMS has created of a Time Integrated Random Access NEXRAD Database (TIRAND). TIRAND utilizes real-time as well as archived Level II NEXRAD data at the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), and places it into a display system designed by Baron Services for analysis and visualization for numerous applications.

Future goals of BAMS include developing academic and research partnerships to expand expertise, as well an increasing staff to include PhDs, software developers and meteorologists working with high performance computing to improve numerical modeling and assessment of current weather through expanding radar networks.---Michael Brennan.


CHICAGO

March 2004 Meeting Notes

Career Back Trajectory Analysis

Mr. Mark Strimbu, Coordinator of Air Programs in the Environment, Health and Safety Department at NiSource was the featured speaker at the March 2004 meeting of the Chicago Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. Mr. Strimbu's presentation covered his meteorological career and was titled "Career Back Trajectory Analysis."

NiSource is the parent company of NIPSCO, Bay State Gas, Columbia Gas and others. The utility provides electricity to clients in Northern Indiana and natural gas to customers in Indiana, Ohio and the Northeast.

Mr. Strimbu discussed some of the many meteorology related tasks he performs in his position at Nisource. Some of Mr. Strimbu's responsibilities include regulatory review, analysis and comment for air permitting for new and modified air emission sources and atmospheric dispersion modeling. Other regulatory efforts include Title V Federal State Operating Permits, acid rain allowance reconciliation, NOx permits, annual emissions inventory submittal, and Maximum Available Control Technology phase I applications.

Mark Strimbu is a member of local and national utility committees and is involved with the Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium. He is involved in notification of Ozone Action Day alerts, and studying alternative energy issues including wind and solar energy. Mark is the department emergency coordinator and has selected weather radios for various NiSource facilities.

Oversight of NiSource's ambient air monitoring network is a task performed by Mr. Strimbu. The air monitoring network consists of four sites (the network had consisted of seven locations until regulatory approval allowed for the network to be reduced in size). The ambient monitoring network collects SO2, ozone and PM10 data, wind speed, wind direction, sigma theta, temperature, delta temperature and dew point. The data is used for Indiana Department of Environmental Management and United States EPA regulatory requirements. The data is also used for dispersion modeling, economic and business development, special projects and legal claims. Mr. Strimbu's other duties concerning the ambient monitoring network include oversight of the equipment maintenance contractor, review of monthly data, regulatory data submittals, equipment specifications and maintenance and contract specifications and renewals.

Other issues that Mr. Strimbu becomes involved include the Clear Skies Initiative, Interstate Air Quality Rule, Utility Mercury Maximum Available Control Technology, Regional Haze, Prevention of Significant Deterioration, non attainment areas, and PM2.5 and 8 hour ozone issues.---Mark T. Carroll.


METROPOLITAN ATLANTA

Our March meeting featured Pete Courtney, an MIT graduate and founder of Courtney Consultants, a forensics meteorology consulting firm in Dunwoody, Georgia. He discussed his participation in the Daedalus Project, which used a human propelled aircraft to celebrate the Greek myth of Daedalus, the man who constructed wings of wax and feathers so he and his son, Icarus, could escape King Minos. The Daedalus project was initially to be an MIT-only project, but eventually involved NASA and a few other organizations, and many sponsors. Managed by Dr. John S. Langford, also of MIT, the project began with the goal of designing, building and testing a human-powered aircraft that could fly the mythical distance, 115 km. To achieve this goal, three aircraft were constructed. The Light Eagle was the prototype aircraft, weighing 92 pounds. Daedalus 87 and 88 each weighed 69 lbs. More information about the project can be found at http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/Daedalus/HTML/EC87-0014-8.html , and by searching for Daedalus and Langford using your favorite search engine. Dr. Langford now heads Aurora Flight Sciences Corp., a small aircraft company based in Manassas, VA (www.aurora.aero).

The plaque is enscribed:

Daedalus 88 Arrives At Santorini
April 23, 1988
PRESENTED TO
Pete Courtney
IN APPRECIATION OF YOUR SUPPORT OF
THE DAEDALUS PROJECT

Mr. Courtney was known by Dr. Langford through a common connection, and was recruited to provide weather support. The flight site was determined first -- from Iraklion on Crete to the Island of Santorini. Then the weather was considered - that's where Mr. Courtney came in. Although the flight was take just a few hours, the requirement was for a 36-hr window of no winds across the Mediterranean. HIs research found there were only a couple of 1-week windows, April and October, that fit the bill. Added to this, though, were the oil tankers and other ships cruising along that generated wind currents behinf them. And at 75-100 feet high, these eddies would be enough to challenge the aircraft which would be flying no more than 30 feet above the water, and mostly at 15 feet. In fact, there was one tanker that agreed to change course temporarily. The only attempt from Crete that involved an actual takeoff was on April 23, 1988. The cyclists drew straws to see who would go on which day. The flight was considered successful, even though winds were a problem at the destination island, and the craft was forced to ditch in the water just yards from shore. Mr. Courtney was at Crete and only saw the departure. Three hours, 54 minutes, and 74 miles later, a new world's record for human-powered aircraft flight was established.---David Homan.


MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY

Meeting Minutes
March 17, 2004

At this meeting we held local chapter officer elections for the 2004-2005 school year. To begin we allowed all the candidates to give a short speech explaining why they were qualified and wanted to be an officer. After all 11 candidates spoke we held elections. The winners will be announced at our Annual DeSouza Banquet on April 16th. The next meeting will be Wednesday March 31st at 9pm in Caputo 210.

Meeting Minutes
March 31, 2004

The main purpose of this meeting was to plan and review the end of the year activities. We will be going bowling at Leisure Lanes next Wednesday, April 7th, at 10pm. We will meet behind Caputo Hall and then carpool over. Then on Tuesday, April 13th we will be having our annual end of the year banquet. The banquet will be held in Gordiner Conference Center at 6pm. There is a sign up sheet posted on the door of the weather center. There are only a few weeks left and we hope everyone takes part in the activities that we have planned for the remainder of the year!---Wayne MacKenzie.


NORTH FLORIDA

General Meeting Minutes
March 18, 2004

President Clark Evans called the meeting to order at 7:20 p.m. The following executive members were present: President: Clark Evans, Vice -President: Joe Marzen, Treasurer: Ariel Rodriguez, Secretary: Robert Banks and Officer-at-Large Richie Schwerdt. Approximately 32 members were present including the executive board. The meeting began with President Clark Evans discussing what will be addressed in the meeting.

Brief Report on Graduate Weekend

Secretary Robert Banks announced to the chapter in presence that the FSU Department of Meteorology would be holding it's annual potential graduate student visit weekend where they have potential new students in to experience FSU and Tallahassee. Robert asked if there were any potential students present but there were none. He also explained that the chapter made a small brochure to hand out to the potential students to give them a general view of our chapter.

Treasurers Report

Treasurer Ariel Rodriguez gave the chapter an overview of the chapter's funds for the past year and he told us that we are a lot better off than we were one year ago. We have a considerable amount more funds due to fundraisers and t-shirt sales.

Report from the Social at FunStation

President Clark Evans gave the review status of our social last month at Tallahassee's FunStation. He said ten members were in attendance for a cold night of fun playing go-carts, lasertag, and mini-golf. He noted that a full report of the event is on the chapter website at www.northflams.org.

Clothing Drive Report

President Clark Evans also gave a final report on our first clothing drive and results. He said that there were a few full bags of items to donate and that the drive was a success. Full report on the chapter website.

Outreach Program Report and Future Plans

Science and Education Subcommittee Chair Chris Bennett announced the feedback of our first visits to schools to give presentations and he also announced that there would be more presentations over the next few months. He said that many of the students were excited to have us talk and that they had very good questions for us about the weather.

Softball Game Outing

Vice-President Joe Marzen announced to the chapter that we would be holding a softball game outing on March 27 at 11:00 AM at Messer Fields North. There should be enough players for two teams and he said to bring gloves and other equipment if you have it.

Final Fundraising Report

Vice-President Joe Marzen gave the final report on our fundraising for the past year and said it was a success. He said that he has all the unused Pizza Hut cards back and that we made good profits off of them and t-shirt sales.

Chapter Banquet Details

Vice-President Joe Marzen announced the inaugural chapter banquet again and gave details of the event. It is to be held on April 15, 2004 at 7:00 PM at The Silver Slipper Restaurant in Tallahassee, FL. Speaker will be announced shortly and ticket prices will be on fliers and through e-mail. Highlights of the banquet will include announcement of the 2004-05 chapter officers, speaker, and awards for the forecast contest.

Officer Nominations and Elections

A call for final nominations were made before elections were to be held. New nominations were as follows: Vice-President nominee was Aarolyn Thompson and it was seconded by Clark Evans and Ariel Rodriguez. Treasurer nominee was Cerese Albers, nominated by Chris Bennett and seconded by a few people. That was all for new nominations. Each of the nominees gave a short speech and elections were held by paper ballots. The new officers will be announced at the chapter banquet on April 15.

Presentation - Mr. Paul Duval/NWS Tallahassee MIC

Vice-President Joe Marzen introduced tonight's speaker. He is Mr. Paul Duval and he is the meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service in Tallahassee. Mr. Duval gave an interesting talk on the history of weather dating back to the early ages and all the way through today.

Next Meeting

The next meeting is tentatively set for some time this summer but will be announced at a later date.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM.

The above minutes are a true and correct reflection of the March 18, 2004 meeting.---Clark Evans, President; Submitted by: Robert Banks, Secretary.


OMAHA-OFFUTT

The Omaha-Offutt chapter of the AMS held its March meeting on March 19, 2004, at Tony Roma's restaurant in Omaha.

At 6:48 PM chapter President Jeremy Wesely called the business meeting to order.

Recording Secretary John Roth announced 31 members and guests were in attendance. He then read the minutes from the February meeting. A motion to accept the minutes was made by Alecia Fay and seconded by Matt Sittel, and the minutes were accepted.

Treasurer Matt Sittel presented the treasurer's report. There were 4 new memberships paid, bringing the total for the year to 61.

Corresponding Secretary Dave Keller announced partial results for the February forecast contest, as two of the three questions had not verified yet. Jeremy Wesely won the question on the first SPC watch issued by Greg Carbin.

Jeremy read the report from the education committee, as committee members were not in attendance. The report consisted of four items. Several chapter members helped out with judging at the Metro Omaha Science and Engineering Fair. The education committee is setting up speaking engagements with local high school students. They recently arranged for a meteorologist to speak with Elkhorn High School students interested in meteorology, and organized job shadows in conjunction with the event. The committee is also gathering materials for a career fair to be held at Omaha Northwest High School.

Old business:
Lou Riva presented a report from a committee that investigated what would be involved in the chapter sponsoring Weather Explorers Post #999 as a pre-college AMS chapter. Sponsorship of Explorers Posts is required by the Learning for Life organization. Learning for Life also assumes all liability for the post, so there is no cost to the chapter, in either money or resources, to be the sponsor. There is also no commitment required by the AMS to sponsor a pre-college chapter. Dave Keller asked how the Explorers members feel about it. Gordon Brooks answered that he hadn't asked, but he personally felt it would be good for the Post. Lou then motioned that the chapter sponsor Weather Explorers Post #999. The motion was seconded by Ken Dewey, and the motion passed.

New business:
No new business items were presented.

Announcements:
Dr. Ken Dewey announced the Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium in Lincoln the day following the meeting. He had posters and agendas for the event.Jeremy announced that the April meeting would be a members meeting. Anyone interested in making a presentation should contact Jeremy. The May meeting is still planned to have a guest speaker on weather modification.

A motion to adjourn the business meeting was made by Lou Riva and seconded by Gordon Brooks. The meeting was adjourned at 7:04 PM.

Guest speaker:
Renowned storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski, one of the keynote speakers at the Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium, was on hand to talk about video footage showing his greatest chases of 2003. For each of the storm events in his talk, he showed the weather synopsis, followed by some of the footage he shot. The presentation covered the following events: a tornado near Ft. Gibson OK on May 1; a series of tornadoes moving across eastern Kansas into western Missouri on May 4; tornadoes in east-central Kansas on May 8; a nighttime tornado in Oklahoma City on May 9, a tornado near Stratford TX on May 15, a small tornado near Aurora NE, from the same storm that produced the new record large hailstones, on June 22, and tornadoes across southeastern South Dakota on June 24. While playing the video clips he commented on some of what was happening that wasn't apparent just from watching the video. He also told the story of what happened while chasing a tornado into Sioux Falls after dark on June 24. He saw lights coming out of the sky from the general direction of the tornado, which turned out to be a passenger jet that had inadvertently flown through the storm as it was approaching the airport. The crew averted a crash and diverted to Omaha, and Jeff's calls to the weather service became part of an investigation and news story covering the incident. The video footage used in this presentation is also being included on an upcoming video release from his Storm Productions Inc. web site.


The Symposium's other keynote speaker, Rick McCoy, Emergency Management Director for Van Wert County, Ohio, was also on hand to preview his symposium presentation on how planning and adequate warnings prevented loss of life when a tornado hit Van Wert on November 10, 2002.---John Roth.


PALMETTO

Palmetto Chapter's 10th Annual Mini-Technical Conference

President Paul Martin of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) presided over the 10th annual Mini-Technical Conference held at DHEC headquarters in Columbia, SC on March 12, 2004. The conference opened with "Fifty Years of Radar Meteorology" by keynote speaker, Dr. Carlton Ulbrich, Clemson University. Later in the conference, he received a certificate of appreciation and commendation from the Palmetto Chapter for his outstanding contributions to meteorological research.

Dr. Ulbrich has made several important contributions in the radar meteorology field while working with Dr. David Atlas and other notable scientists in the field. Dr. Ulbrich is currently a Fellow of the AMS.

Other presentations and discussions followed throughout the morning and afternoon from the National Weather Services in Columbia and Greenville-Spartanburg, the University of South Carolina, the Department of Health and Environmental Control, Shaw Environmental (SE), Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC), Southeast Regional Climate Center (SERCC), and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SC DNR).

The presentations included all of the following: "The 2-3 January 2002 Winter Storm Across Central South Carolina and East Central Georgia: A Precipitation Type Case Study" by Anthony Petrolito, NWSFO-CAE; "Wind Forecasting Tools Based on Short Term Climatological Data" by Matt Parker, SRTC; "Consideration of Micrometeorological Trends Associated with WIPP Meteorological Data" by Carl Mazzola, SE; "Vector Wind Velocity, Speed, and Mode Summaries for the Southeastern U.S." by Allen Weber, SRTC; "A Proposed Link Between Anomalous Warmth in Upstate South Carolina and Gap Flow in the Southern Appalachians" by Larry Lee, NWSFO-GSP; "Aqueous Transport Code Revisions Using Geographic Information Systems" by K-F Chen, SRTC; "Flurries or Feet: Evaluation of Significant Model QPF Errors in an Eastern NC Snowstorm" by Jason Caldwell, SC DNR; "An Overview of the Meteorological Program at the Savannah River Site" by R. P. Addis, SRTC; "Constructing Centennial-Scale Hourly Precipitation Records for the Contiguous United States" by Michael Janis, SERCC; "Visibility Trends for Coastal Regions" by Robert Buckley, SRTC; and "Ozone Early Action Update" by Paul Martin, SC DHEC.


Dr. Carton Ulbrich, Clemson University, holds certificate of appreciation presented
by Allen Weber (left)and President Paul Martin (right) on behalf of the Palmetto Chapter of the AMS.

Elections of officers for the 2004-2005 term were also held. The new officers, affirmed by acclamation, are President Buffy Summer, Southeast Regional Climate Center; Vice-President, Steve Smutz, SC DHEC; and Secretary-Treasurer Allen Weber, SRTC. A pizza lunch was provided to attendees at no charge.---Buffy Summer.


PURDUE UNIVERSITY

3/10/04

Meteorologist-in-Charge John Ogren of the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Indianapolis, Indiana visited campus this evening to teach the county's annual Skywarn spotter training class. This class was hosted by PUMA in conjunction with the Tippecanoe County Emergency Management Agency. A healthy crowd of nearly 80 emergency responders, students, and members of the general public stayed for the full two hours. Our thanks to Mr. Ogren for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit us, and to Steve Wettschurak and the Tippecanoe County Emergency Management Agency for working with us on this venture.

3/31/04

A business meeting was held this evening to discuss plans for the upcoming "Bug Bowl" gala weekend on campus. It was decided that PUMA will man a booth at the department's tent, and will use a large tornado/hurricane backdrop to take pictures of children as a fundraiser. In addition, a weather radio will be raffled off to increase awareness of NOAA Weather Radio and to raise funds for the organization. A revised t-shirt idea was also decided upon.---Joe Nield.


TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Minutes from the Tuesday, March 2,2004 meeting at Texas A&M.

The meeting was opened with a warm welcome from President Travis Herzog. The Secretary and Treasurer reports were giving by Roger Gass and Paul Roller. Travis gave information about Skywarn training that will be held in Waco/Belton on the weekends of spring break. Also, information was given on TAMSCAMS trip to NASA and NWS in Houston, TX. Jason Sippel talked about TAMMSSDA and informed the group of chase operations for later in the week. Vice President Morgan Gallagher spoke about April Officer Elections. Elections will be held on April 6th, 2004 at our next monthly meeting. Nominations were taken for officer positions. Paul informed the members t-shirt sales and Adopt-A-Beach. Adopt-A-Beach trip will be held the weekend of April 23-24th. Sticker sales and dues were also mentioned. Roger then talked about career fair that will be in late April. Social Chair Brad Hlozek gave updates on intramurals and said there is more to come after spring break. After normal meeting agenda, Travis introduced Steve Rinard and Bill Read, Meteorologist in Charge of Lake Charles/Houston areas. They spoke about there jobs and classes that can be taking through Texas A&M University in conjunction with the NWS. Travis then wrapped up by thanking everyone for coming and asked everyone to join in on the drinks and snacks up stairs. Also, he announced the next general meeting to be held on April 6th and Elections will take place. In addition, Travis informed there will be a special meeting for Tim Heller to come give a speach on his job as a Broadcast Meteorologist on March 23,2004.---Roger E. Gass.


TWIN CITIES

The Twin Cities Chapter of the American Meteorological Society met on the evening of March 18th, at the Twin Cities/Chanhassen National Weather Service Forecast Office (NWSFO MPX).

One open item discussed by Doug Dokken (Vice President) and Kurt Scholz (Newsletter Editor) is the display of a Ward Chamber (vortex simulator) at the Science Museum of Minnesota during the “Science Summit” on March 26-27, 2004. The simulator was built by Mr. Dokken and Mr. Scholz with monies obtained through a grant with the National Science Foundation through the Science Museum of Minnesota. The exhibit will also be on display during the summer months at the Science Museum of Minnesota...as a portion of the "Tornado" Exhibit. Their exhibit is on behalf of the Twin Cities AMS Chapter.

Jonathan Cohen, member, passed on some information from the Twin Cities Science Fair where he acted as judge. Here is his report on the best projects. The best of show was on snow crystals by Matt Jonza, Woodbury, from St Pascal School, St Paul. The second excellent project was Homemade Weather Instruments by Paula Thelen, St Peter School, North St Paul. The third one was Effect of Updraft on Tornado Size by Kailey Shern (no address obtained). Thanks to Jonathan for his efforts on behalf of the Twin Cities AMS. The chapter is considering a prize for the top winner.

For the main presentation, Seth Binau, forecaster at NWSFO-MPX, and Craig Edwards, Meteorologist-in-Charge at NWSFO-MPX, displayed and demonstrated the Interactive Forecast Preparation System (IFPS) used by the NWS for their daily forecasting production. Mr. Edwards gave a background talk on IFPS, and some of the challenges met by NWS forecasters with the new software. Mr. Binau demonstrated how a 7 day forecast is put together, assimilating model data and observations into the forecast process. Mr. Binau displayed the tremendous amounts of data available for use in IFPS...and the scientific method used to insure the data retains its integrity through the forecast process.---Seth Binau.


UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA - LINCOLN

Secondary meeting, 3/10/04
Started 5:00p.m.

We had a secondary meeting this month to help get ideas and set up posters for the Severe Weather Symposium and a booth we planned to have set up in our student union on campus. We went over pictures that students had and set up brochures describing our program and our AMS student chapter club mission. These posters and brochures were set up during the Severe Weather Symposium.

Second, we set up a time to have a booth set up in our student union during severe weather awareness week. This booth's aim was to have fliers and posters set up to give weather facts and severe weather safety tips to our student body here at the university. We had several volunteers to man the booth in between classes and we also had free candy at the booth for people who stopped by.

Meeting Ended 6:00p.m.


3rd AMS Meeting this semester
Time started: 4:45

We started the meeting 15 minutes earlier now because before each meeting we will now have a quick forecast discussion for all those interested. At 5:00 p.m. we gave a brief overview of the minutes from our last 2 meetings.

The second big event on our agenda was the Severe Weather Symposium set up by our professor Dr. Kenneth Dewey. He showed us the posters to go put on display and talked about what will happen at the symposium. The Severe Weather Symposium is a public event to help build our community's awareness of severe weather.

To end the meeting, we had several students give talks over their past internships to help give some ideas to the up and coming students who are looking to do the same this summer. Adam Prenzlow and Kelly D. Faltin gave their presentation that they had given at the 7th Annual High Plains Conference last October which was over their summer internships. Also, James McCormic and Melissa Norrenburger gave quick talks over their past internships. We then opened the floor to any questions the rest of the club members had. It proved to be a fairly big success as many people were asking questions and wanting to get their own internships started.

Meeting Ended 6:00 p.m.---Kelly D. Faltin.  



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