Chapter News
March 2007


March 29, 2007

The last meeting occurred on March 29th at 6:45 pm with 10 people present at the Shreve Memorial library Broadmoor branch in Shreveport Louisiana.

Treasurers Report: Leslie Sexton informed that we have $277 in the account. Total of 6 members paid annual dues during this meeting. Still researching a bank to deposit the funds in.

Secretary Report: Secretary Jason Noren read the minutes from the January AMS meeting. Mark Frazier introduced the guest speaker, Mr. Glenn Carrin from The National Weather Service, Shreveport Forecast Office. Mr. Carrin spoke about Effects of Sea Surface Temperature Oscillations that Influence Shreveport Climatology.

Upon conclusion of the presentation, table top discussions continued regarding the causes of global warming and past/future frequency and intensity of tropical cyclones in the Atlantic basin.

The meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.---Mark Frazier and Jason Noren.


March Meeting Minutes---John D. Gray.


Meeting Date:  March 13, 2007

Attendence:  Chris Aliseo, Dave Anderson, Megan Babich, Meghan Bagnasco,  Catherine Bodak, Christine Bukowski, Dan Burkhart, Chris Burling, Aric Cylkowski, Emily Daub, Michael Estime, David Hampton, Stacy Hare, Adam Hart, Andy Hatzos, Amanda Hazard, Mike Hesche, Annie Hoezee, Danielle Homrich, Kimberly Hoogewind, Brandon Hoving, David Janczewski, Sarah Jensen, Stefanie Klimowicz, Rachel Kulik, Morris Langworthy, Kayla Moore, Ashley Morgan, Nathan Niedzwiecki, Kelsey Obenour, Jacob Owens, Cort Scholten, Chris Snider, Sara Strey, Kailey Wass,

Meeting in Session:   9:04

President’s Report:   The president has nothing new to share.

Vice President’s Report:

Committee Reports:

1.  Activities:  The committee says thanks to all who came to the movie night. 

2.  Public Relations:  We’d like to take a group photo at some point this semester.  Also, we have a design for flyers to be hung on the walls.

3.  Jobs and Internships:  The committee has nothing new to report, we’re hoping for new private sector announcements.

4.   Fundraising:  Please continue to sell candles; the end of the sale is at the end of this month. 

Treasurer’s Report:

The accounts hold:      Checking:  $41.11            Savings:  $1559.54

Secretary’s Report:  Attendance sheet passed around.

SGA Report:  Student elections are coming up and advertisements can be seen around campus.  We received money from the SBAC for the Iowa trip. 

Open Floor:  We are up-to-date with our website in aspect to payments. 

The Oklahoma trip was fairly eventful; they got to see some exciting weather on the flight down.  The students that went thought that the trip was very interesting and educational.   

So far there is only one girl going to Iowa, we’ll have to see how rooming goes.

15 people are going to Valparaiso.   We’ll be staying at the Best Western! 

Scholarships are available for meteorology students, apply for these soon!

Isabella SkyWarn next week.

Spring picnic will be after road cleanup, more details will be coming. 

Graduates banquet will celebrate all 2007 grads.   

Meeting Adjourned:  9:30


Meeting Date:  March 20, 2007

Attendence:  Chris Aliseo, Dave Anderson, Megan Babich, Jeraca Benson, Christine Bukowski, Dan Burkhart, Chris Burling, Joe Ceru, Aric Cylkowski, Emily Daub, Katie Dupree, Michael Estime, David Hampton, Stacy Hare, Adam Hart, Andy Hatzos, Amanda Hazard, Mike Hesche, Annie Hoezee, Danielle Homrich, Kimberly Hoogewind, Brandon Hoving, David Janczewski, Sarah Jensen, Stefanie Klimowicz, Rachel Kulik, Morris Langworthy, Nathan Niedzwiecki, Kelsey Obenour, Jacob Owens, Cort Scholten, Sara Strey

Meeting in Session:  9:04

President’s Report:  The president thanks everyone for going to skywarn tonight. 

Vice President’s Report:

Committee Reports:

              1. Activities:  Bowling night will be April 10, at 9:00.  More info to come.

              2. Fundraising:  Sell Yankee candles!

              3.  Public Relations:  Things to do include making a design for flyers and taking a group photo.

              4.  Jobs and Internships:  The board has been updated.

Treasurer’s Report:

The amount in our accounts total:      Savings:  $1259.54             Checking:  $35.11

Secretary’s Report:  Attendance sheet is passed around.

SGA Report:  There is a gymnastic meet on March 24th and we could win prizes if we have the most people go watch.

The issue that the parking lots near the intramural fields could use paving was discussed. 

Open Floor:

Webmaster report: meeting minutes are on website.

To those who go:  Have fun in Iowa.

Message to Valpo drivers:  Passengers are paying for gas.  Sign up for cars tonight.

MDOT-road cleanup will be Saturday, April 28 we will do road cleanup and have a picnic afterwards.

Guest speaker, aim for Monday April 16, at 3 PM. Tentative!

The Banquet is the last unofficial meeting of the year, April 24th at 6:30ish.  It will be held to honor seniors or graduates. 

Applications for award grant are available.  One will be due June 15, 2007 another on April 15, 2007, as well as May 15, 2007.

Meeting Adjourned:  9:31


Meeting Date:  March 27, 2007

Attendence:  Chris Aliseo, Dave Anderson, Megan Babich, Meghan Bagnasco, Catherine Bodak, Christine Bukowski, Dan Burkhart, Chris Burling, Joe Ceru, Aric Cylkowski, Emily Daub, Jennifer Flakes, David Hampton, Stacy Hare, Adam Hart, Andy Hatzos, Mike Hesche, Annie Hoezee, Danielle Homrich, Brandon Hoving, Sarah Jensen, Stefanie Klimowicz, Rachel Kulik, Morris Langworthy, Kayla Moore, Ashley Morgan, Nathan Niedzwiecki, Jacob Owens, Cort Scholten, Chris Snider, Sara Strey, Kailey Wass

Meeting in Session:  9:04

President’s Report:  The president has nothing new to report.

Vice President’s Report:

Committee Reports:

1.  Activities:  Bowling will be at Riverwood in a few weeks

2.  Fundraising:  Bring checks and order forms to SCAMS next week for the Yankee Candle fundraiser.  Keep collecting pop bottles.

3.  Jobs and Internships: nothing new

4. Public relations:  We will be chalking tomorrow, fliers, group photo after SCAMS next week. 

Treasurer’s Report:

We have in our accounts:               Checkings:   $35.11               Savings:  $1316.24

Secretary’s Report:  Passed attendance around.

SGA Report:  VOTE! – Student body elections.

Webmaster:  log onto the website!

Open Floor

Totals for Iowa trip are in. 

The will be an open house for the national weather service, more info to come. 

April 28 is road clean-up.

Speaker coming soon, April 16th,  a Monday at 3.

Meeting Adjourned:  9:31--- Annie Hoezee.



Monthly Meeting Minutes
March 15, 2007

The meeting was called to order at 7:35 PM by President, Bebhinn Do.

Attendance: 28

Treasurer's report.

As of 3/15/06 the balance is $5,228.59; of which $4,585.98 is operational and $642.61 is the Academic Achievement Fund. $6,096.17 resides in the CD to bring total chapter assets to $11,324.76.

Wyatt is looking into putting money Paul Humphrey donated into money market account with NC State Employees Credit Union, where interest is 4.5%. On-line savings plans do not give members secure feeling or access to money as readily.

Minutes were read and approved. Sign in sheet was passed around.

Member database was discussed and it was decided that we would send out an e-mail polling the members as to whether we should create a database on the website and what should be included, since on-line yahoo survey did not garner many votes.

New member, Ryan Cleary, was welcomed.

Jon White said he could start picking up Walt Saucier for meetings. There are a few other members who would still like rides.

George Bridgers gave Education report. Marvin Maddox has judged regional science fairs last three years. George described a few of the more interesting projects that had been submitted this year. George will be forwarding information for the next newsletter. Frankie Vann also judged. Marvin will judge state fair at Meridith College.

New business: The Student Chapter of the AMS will be participating in Relay for Life. Donor information was given. Team goal is $1200.

The banquet will be held at the Cardinal Club May 4th. Three menu choices will be posted to the website shortly. Social hour 6:30-7:30, dinner at 7:30. You can print out the form from the website, fill out and send to Wyatt with payment. The speaker will be Jay Barnes. The topic will be History of Hurricanes in North Carolina. He is coming from the coast and travel assistance will be made available from Paul's donation.

It is time to select officers for next year. The following officer positions are open: Education and Outreach, Web Master, Secretary/Treasurer, and Vice Chair. If anyone would like to be on the nominating committee or would like to self-nominate, let Bebhinn know.

Dr. Watson introduced the night's program, "TAMDAR: A new source of high-resolution real-time tropospheric data". Our speaker was Dr. Neil A. Jacobs, Chief Atmospheric Scientist, AirDat LLC.

TAMDAR is a device that is mounted on commercial aircraft, records data, and relays it back to a ground station. The data is put into models. Initial problem was that models didn't like data resolution. Data simulation code needed re-writing and testing. The device is mounted on airlines and linked to communication system via global satellite. The benefit to the airlines is they can use the TAMDAR satellite connection free. The device started out as an icing detection system. It was decided to be made multifunctional by adding capability to record relative humidity, turbulence, pressure altitude, temperature, static pressure, indicated and true airspeed, winds aloft, GPS lat/long, altitude, and time, in addition to icing detection. There is also potential for use in air quality and homeland security. The program is funded by NASA, FAA, and NOAA. The data has a 8-14 second latency period while it goes through various QA check, but is otherwise real-time data.

Data validation and sensor calibration include comparisons with radiosondes, which are launched near where the aircraft are taking off and landing, in the same time frame. Sampling rate correlates to accuracy; but the higher the sampling rate is made, the more expensive it is.

The Great Lakes Fleet Experiment and NWP, Dec 2004. Was a joint venture between Mesaba Airlines, NOAA, NWS, NASA, FAA, and NCAR. A 20-30% improvement in MM5 model was seen for 3D var simulation for temperature and relative humidity. Adding more levels in the model made better use of the data. AirDat wanted to quantify QPF in precip forecast. An edge detection method was used to weed out cells. TAMDAR performed better on larger cells. One issue planes have is that they must stay 20 miles away from thunderstorms. This shortcoming is overcome by reducing the size of the outer grid and using smaller grid resolution (10km vs. 36km), which gives a huge improvement.

Soundings are built dynamically (as plane goes up) and can be accessed just seconds after plane takes off. Direction of aircraft has influence on data and must be considered. By the end of 2007, over 5,000 data soundings will be recorded. Many airlines are very interested in TAMDAR and AirDat is able to choose geographic areas where there are currently difficulties in numerical weather prediction.

All data since the first flight has been archived. Data are color coded on maps according to altitude. Narrowly spaced dots on maps represent observations. Data can indicate icing in real time with dense coverage. NWS feedback says that the data, such as skew Ts, are priceless. One can look at observation in 4-D (including time) and compare to modeled observations. The data on the website updates every minute.

The major disadvantage is that flights aren't gong into certain weather events. Relative humidity has been one of the biggest benefits. The sensor contains a hydrophobic coating to aid sensing of true relative humidity. The sensor is also mountain near the back of the plane ideally, to avoid deicing fluid spray.

AirDat is presently in discussions with NOAA. AirDat hopes to eventually sell the data to NOAA and FAA. There are also potential buyers of data in energy commodities or any other weather sensitive industry. Data is presently being used for research and free guest access is possible with login. They have sensors in France and Alaska. Inquiries have come from as far away as Australia and South Africa.

George Bridgers will pass along a link to the Iridium satellite flare-ups in the next newsletter.

Jerry announced April's speaker will be Dr. Gary Lackmann, speaking on an exciting collaboration between the Raleigh NWS and NCSU student interns.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM.---Janice Godfrey.



Meeting Minutes
Jeremy Grams, Secretary
Thursday, 4:30 PM, March 15, 2007
National Weather Center (NWC) in Norman, OK

President Patrick Burke and Secretary Jeremy Grams welcomed a group from the Iowa State Student AMS Chapter. 15 ISU AMS members were in Norman for a spring break trip during which they visited NWC and commercial weather entities.  

John Ferree from the NOAA Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services presented a talk titled "Storm Based Warnings." He discussed the NWS transition from county-based tornado, severe thunderstorm, flash flood, special marine, and extreme wind warnings to polygon-shaped warnings. A study concluded that polygon warnings will provide around a 70% reduction in warning size and a minimum $100 million per year savings in costs associated with taking shelter. Other benefits include selective activation of warning/siren systems (including a variety of digital devices) and flash flood warnings for specific river basins. Some challenges include configuring legacy county-based dissemination technology to handle multiple warnings in one county, and warnings near county warning area borders. More information about the storm-based warnings can be found at


James LaDue and Ed Mahoney from the NOAA/NWS Warning Decision Training Branch presented a talk titled "Enhanced Fujita Scale." They discussed the latest developments with the EF-Scale that became official in the NWS on February 1st. They described the methodology of the scale and provided numerous examples of damage indicators and degrees of damage. The EF-scale has 28 damage indicators and various degrees of damage for each indicator. Through expert input and engineering tests, ranges of possible wind speeds were determined based upon construction quality. The methodology a surveyor would perform is to identify the damage indicator, match the damage to the degree of damage indicator, modify the expected wind speed based on construction quality, and convert this wind speed to a rating. At the end of the presentation, various "you-make-the-call" examples from the killer tornadoes of February 2nd in Florida and March 1st in Alabama/Georgia allowed those in attendance to participate in the rating process via photographs. More information about the scale can be found at

Patrick presented each speaker with a book titled "Storm Warning" about the May 3rd, 1999 Oklahoma/Kansas tornado outbreak. He also presented the book to Treasurer Kit Wagner for his work during the 2007 National Severe Weather Workshop. Kit announced to the chapter that the NSWW raised $1500 for the chapter.

Oklahoma State Science and Engineering Fair
A reminder was announced for the OSSEF to be held Friday, March 30 in Ada. Any members who would still like to help out with judging were encouraged to contact a chapter officer.

Next meeting
The next chapter meeting will be on Thursday, April 19. Dr. David Karoly from the OU School of Meteorology will present a talk titled "Can we believe climate model predictors? Is global warming real?"---Jeremy Grams.


The March newsletter is now available at: Samenow.

March 2007 meeting with Nancy Mathis, author of Storm Warning

The March 19, 2007 meeting of the DC-AMS was called to order at 7:10 p.m. at the offices of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Jason Samenow began the meeting by introducing Peg Kay, President of the Washington Academy of Sciences. Ms. Kay encouraged DC-AMS members to join the Washington Academy of Sciences. She also promoted the Academy's peer-reviewed journal.

Dennis McCarthy of the National Weather Service (NWS) spoke next about communicating forecast uncertainty. NWS commissioned the National Research Council to look at NWS performance in this area. The results of the study have prompted NWS to seek new ways to communicate uncertainty-in particular, they are investigating how to inform decision-making for people who deal with the safety of the public.

Mr. Samenow followed with an announcement that there will be a $2000 scholarship available to a graduating high school senior who is planning on majoring in meteorology. This amount has doubled from last year, thanks to a donation from Weather Talk Radio, which airs from 3-4 p.m. on Sundays on 680AM. More information about the scholarship can be found on the DC-AMS website.

Prince George's, Frederick, and Baltimore Counties have science fairs coming up for which volunteers are needed. To volunteer, please contact Nancy Lee. Twenty to forty science fair winners will attend a banquet in June, featuring Tony Pann and Justin Berk from Weather Talk Radio as speakers. Donations are needed to cover the cost of meals. Whereas last year donations from members covered the costs of all the students' meals, this year DC-AMS would like to be able to cover both the students' and the parents' meals.

Five out of the six current DC-AMS officers will not be seeking re-election. Anyone interested in becoming an officer should speak with Mr. Samenow. A prospective officers meeting will be held in the next few weeks.

Michael Fortune announced that the March newsletter is now available, and includes a description of Storm Warning, by tonight's speaker, Nancy Mathis. In addition, the new issue of Mr. Fortune's own newsletter, Climate Science Forum, is also available.

Upcoming meetings will be held on April 11 and May 23. The April 11 meeting will feature Bill Proenza, the current director of the National Hurricane center, and will be held at the new Rockville Library.

Nancy Mathis, the featured speaker, was introduced by Mr. Fortune to describe her new book, Storm Warning: The Story of a Killer Tornado. The book highlights the May 3, 1999 tornado outbreak that generated recorded winds of over 300 miles per hour and devastated parts of Oklahoma and Kansas, including the Oklahoma City area. The storm was well-forecasted and a communications success, resulting in many fewer deaths than emergency responders had anticipated.

Ms. Mathis begins her book with an account of two storm-chasers pursuing the Oklahoma tornadoes, and through dialogue and detailed description, she tells the story of that violent day. The book also focuses on the history leading up to the day, tracing back to the first tornado forecasters, the story of a 1947 tornado outbreak in Woodward, Oklahoma, and the life of pioneer scientist Ted Fujita.

In her presentation, Ms. Mathis discussed the evolution of severe weather forecasting and communication, and described the dueling roles of the private and public sectors. In the 1970s and 1980s, some TV stations had better meteorological equipment than the NWS. The chief meteorologist in Oklahoma City, Gary England, was the first to use Doppler radar, and would routinely issue his own storm warnings. TV, however, was not sufficient to alert emergency responders to impending danger, and the development of the Oklahoma Mesonet has helped them save countless lives. On the day of May 3, 1999, the Mesonet provided invaluable information.

Ms. Mathis showed the audience radar and satellite images, and pictures of the tornadoes and resulting destruction from the May 3 tornadoes. One of the pictures showed an elementary school that was completely destroyed. The timing of the storm was in fact lucky, considering students had gone home for the day. It prompted schools, as well as local government and individuals, to re-think tornado preparedness and safety.

All in all, the tornado outbreak of May 3, 1999 was a forecasting and communications success. The Storm Center in Norman had simulated an F5 tornado ripping through Oklahoma City a few weeks prior to the storm. On the Friday before the outbreak, meteorologists were planning for a severe weather day on Sunday, so when the storms struck they were adequately staffed. As the storms approached towns and highways, NWS meteorologists worked with TV broadcasters to warn the public and save lives.

Storm Warning is available at most major book retailers-Ms. Mathis recommends Barnes and Noble as the best source. Also look for an excerpt from her book appearing in the April edition of Reader's Digest.

The March meeting of the DC-AMS concluded at 8:30 pm. ---Alan Cohn.


Meeting Minutes - March 26th, 2007

Career Panel

National AMS Membership Treasurer Update - Lisa Stewart Social Chair Update - Jesse Wartman Historian Update - Jeff Edmondson Academic Chair Update - Kaj Johnson O'Mara Cy's Eyes Update - Kaj Johnson O'Mara and Scott Lincoln WxChallenge Update - Jayson Prentice Iowa Forecast Contest - Jon Hobbs Apparel and Window Clings Spring Break Trip Ham Radio Licensing - Jayson Prentice Radar Workshop - Scott Lincoln Elementary School Science Nights PWSE Taking the Road Less Traveled - Rachel Butterworth Increasing university-wide severe weather awareness Elementary School Talks Cub Scout Talk College of Business Severe Weather and Emergency Preparedness Spotter Training VEISHEA Justin gave a summary of our chapter's spring break trip to Oklahoma.

Officer nominations for the 2007-2008 school year (will be a cascading election): *Note: This section was amended after the meeting.

President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Social Chair Historian Webmaster Academic Chair Nominations open until 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 2nd

Next Meeting (including officer elections!) will be on Tuesday, April 17th at 7 p.m.---Rachel Butterworth.


March 20, 2007

AMS Business
Jack May (left) and Mike Hudson (right)

Location: Manny's Mexican (on SW Blvd)

Speaker: Jack May
Director of the Aviation Weather Center
Topic: Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS)

Speaker Notes: Visit the following website for more information: Hill.


GBM 3-21-07 Minutes

Ryan welcomed the club into the meeting at 7:05pm and there were 42 people in attendance. Ryan gave the club a recap of the Storm Conference. There were over 300 people that attended the conference and there were about 40 presentations. Ryan then introduced Mary Cooper from Admissions. She stated that this year's conference was amazing and that the president next year has a huge responsibility. Mary then asked for feedback about the conference. The club talked about perspective students being paired with current students and perspectives having a table at the banquet dinner. Mary also announced that there was a picture of a few meteorology students in the Admissions conference room. Ryan then followed up with a thank you to the club for all their support through out the conference.

Andrew then mentioned that the evaluation forms are now online if anyone still needs to fill one out. He also asked the club to give him pictures of events through out the year and especially the conference. He finished by saying that the conference presentations are now online.

Eric then talked about Spring Day on April 14th. He asked for volunteers to help out during the day. Eric finished by saying that we still have NESC t-shirts for sale.

Rich told the club that there will be an informational meeting on Tuesday March 27th for people who are interested in running for a position on the executive board for next year. He highly encouraged people who are running to attend. Rich also said that elections will be held April 11th, and that it is the longest meeting of the year. Ryan mentioned that we will be following Robert's rules of order to the best of our ability.

Joe announced that there were almost 40 people including a few people from the surrounding community at SkyWarn this past week. Joe said that the Science Fair is this coming Saturday and any and all help is appreciated. He also announced that there will be a community outreach meeting after the GBM to talk more about the Science Fair.

Jim talked about the data that he has collected regarding the storm conference. There were only a few things on the poor side on the evaluation sheets that has already been turned in. Some people didn't like the location and some people didn't like the lunch situation. He also reminded people to submit evaluation forms online if they haven't done so already. Jim then announced the 3 people who are nominated for 8th person award: Matt Conklin, Karen Sague and Scott Jaeger. Scott Jaeger won the 8th person award for this GBM.

Ryan finished up the meeting saying that the activity with Plymouth will be in April and that if anyone has any ideas for field day activities to let this exec board know. Eric concluded the meeting with the raffle at 7:48pm.---Laura Ballard.

On Wednesday, March 11th 2007, the Lyndon State College local chapter of the American Meteorological Society held their annual elections. The meeting began at 6:35pm with 57 people in attendance. The outgoing President Ryan Low had a few words before explaining the rules of the election.

The President election began with the nomination of four candidates. Of the four candidates, three accepted. The floor then opened for Matt Clegg, Steve LaVoie, and Hayley LaPoint. After a series of questions, there was a motion to vote and Steve LaVoie became the new President of AMS.

The Vice President election began with the nomination of three candidates. Of the three candidates, only one person accepts. Since only Mike Swan was nominated and accepted, he won by default and became the new Vice President of AMS.

The Secretary election began with the nomination of three candidates. Of the three candidates, only one person accepts. Since only Alex Jacques was nominated and accepted, he won by default and became the new Secretary of AMS.

The Treasurer election began with the nomination of three candidates. Of the three candidates, two accepted. The floor then opened for Hayley LaPoint and Mike Lichniak. After a series of questions, there was a motion to vote and Hayley LaPoint became the new Treasurer of AMS.

The Public Relations election began with the nomination of only one candidate. The current PR, Rich Maliawco Jr. is nominated and accepts. He wins by default and is reelected as the Public Relations officer of AMS.

The Community Outreach election began with the nomination of five candidates. Of the five candidates, two accepted. The floor then opened for Josh Redinger and Josh Kidd. After a series of questions, there was a motion to vote and Josh Redinger became the new Outreach officer of AMS.

The Historian election began with the nomination of four candidates. Of the four candidates, two accepted. The floor then opened for Scott Jaeger and Joe DiTomasso. After a series of questions, there was a motion to vote and Scott Jaeger became the new Historian of AMS.

After a long election process, the elections end at 9:00pm. 2 hours and 25 minutes after they started. The 2007-2008 executive board is looking forward to a successful and eventful year.---Steve LaVoie.


Location: Georgia Tech

Our last regular meeting of the year was held again at GA Tech's Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) Building. After our business meeting, Steve Nelson from the WFO gave us a presentation discussing the recent outbreak of tornadoes that occurred on 1 March.

The "meeting" next month will be the Annual Banquet, to be held on Thursday, April 12. We need ideas for locations - Mary Mac's worked very well from last year, and the general consensus is to hold it there again. It will begin at 6pm, with dinner to be served at 7pm. The cost is only $19 for the meal (family-style), which includes a non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity. We are currently passing around a menu for people to vote - two entrees, three sides, and a dessert. We are not sure yet if we want a speaker; the officers will make final decision. After counting the menu votes, the results are: We currently have $2303.68 in the bank. We sent a check for $100 to the AMS for mugs that hasn't been cashed yet; this amount isn't included in the reported number.

Elections - We don't have enough members present tonight for a vote - we have 37 active members as of tonight, so we need 19 for a quorum (a quorum is defined as more than half). We have 15 members present tonight to vote, and we have three absentee ballots. Therefore, those present will vote, Chip will collect the votes and we will treat them as absentee ballots to be counted later, along with any other absentee ballots we receive. We'll set the date for Tuesday, March 13. Presentation:
Steve Nelson (SOO, WFO Peachtree City) presented an overview of the 1 March 2007 Tornado Outbreak (with contributions from Kent Frantz, Mike Griesinger, and Trisha Palmer, WFO Peachtree City) ---Trisha Palmer.


March 7, 2007

The meeting commenced at 8:30pm, there were 45 students in attendance. March 21, 2007

The meeting commenced at 8:30pm Air Quality Committee
March 27, 2007

The meeting started at 7:45pm, there were 10 students in attendance.

Earth Day is planned for the weekend of April 21st and 22nd. Our committee is planning on promoting air quality through many fun activities. We plan on having a dunk tank. Some other ideas we have thought about are a slip and slide, a trivia game, and a pin-the-earth on Al Gore game. All of these ideas will help promote our local air quality and what we can do to better it. We will be handing out t-shirts as prizes for the aforementioned games. The t-shirts will have a top ten list for why we should be "air quality friendly."

Besides Earth Day, our committee is promoting air quality locally by other means of media. We are going to be interviewed for the Snapper so that an article on our local air quality appears in the Earth Day Issue. Our committee is also putting Lancaster air quality facts into the Stall-talk on campus which is distributed weekly to all the dormitories. We have a radio plug being recorded and played many times a day through the Millersville University radio station. Finally, our committee is planning on recording a television commercial through Millersville University TV, based on the "truth" commercials, which will give startling facts on how unhealthy Lancaster's air really is and what the public can do to change it.

Meeting adjourned 8:30pm---Nick Reitz.


FOn Tuesday, March 20th, the North FL AMS held its March General Meeting. Jessica Fieux, president, welcomed everyone and opened the meeting. Officer Reports followed Jessica. Firstly, Clark Evans, vice president, discussed the annual picnic, which will be held at Tom Brown Park . The Picnic will be Saturday, April 21st. Mountain biking, Frisbee golf, and undergraduate versus graduate Flag Football, are just a few activities in store for the picnic.

Treasurer Charlie Woodrum followed Clark with the account balance, $864, as well as his summary of the Miniature Golf Tournament, which was held March 13th at the Fun Station on Sharer Rd. 13 people were in attendance, and fun was had by all. Prizes were given for the best and worst individual score, as well as the best and worst team score.

Secretary Katie Walls then spoke of the upcoming bake sale, April 11th. Nominations for Chapter Officers for the 2007-2008 school year were also voiced. Nominations will not close until the next meeting, April 17th, when we will begin the voting procedure.

Our featured speaker was Dr. Richard Pasch, Senior Hurricane Specialist of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL , who spoke on “Life in the Hotseat”. Dr. Pasch received his Master’s and Ph.D. from the Florida State University in 1983. He discussed the forecasting process, predicting 120 hour hurricane tracks and intensity, and 3 day wind radii forecasts. The National Hurricane Center is responsible for all tropical cyclones in the Atlantic and Pacific basins. This upcoming season, the NHC will try a new model on hurricane prediction: the Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting model, or HWRF. This model uses advanced physics and state of the art initialization. In recent years the NHC has used the GFDL model, which has provided the best guidance for track predictions. The Consensus Forecasts or Ensemble Forecasts have proven to be the most accurate, because the Ensemble cancels out random errors of individual models. Unfortunately, Dr. Pasch made it clear that Intensity forecasts continue to be the NHC’s weakest aspect of forecasting. The models have not improved in almost fifteen years. He and the NHC hope that the new model, the HWRF will provide better models for prediction of hurricane intensity. ---Kathleen Walls.


March Meeting Minutes---Evan Kuchera.


Extreme Portland Weather: November-December 2006

On March 22, 2007, the KPTV/FOX-12 television was host to 22 members and guests of the Oregon Chapter.  We came to listen to Tyree Wilde, NOAA-NWS Meteorologist, talk about the Extreme Windstorm of December and Drew Jackson, KPTV-FOX-12 Meteorologist, talk about the Extreme Rain events of November.

Tyree explained the components of a windstorm.  He covered the four largest windstorms to hit western Oregon in the last 50 years.  The Columbus Day Storm, the Granddaddy of all Oregon windstorms, on October 12, 1962, was the strongest, non-tropical windstorm to ever hit the continental United States.  Other major windstorms include the November 13-14, 1981 and December 12, 1995 windstorms.

The December 14, 2006 windstorm didn’t display the “classic storm track” (it was more southwest).  The pressure center was 970 mb.  The wind speeds were 114 mph at Mt. Hebo (coast), 106 mph at Newport, 91 mph at Lincoln City, and 70 mph at Portland.  Over 1 million people were without power in Oregon and Washington for days.

The second presentation by Drew documented the multiple impacts of the intense rain events of early November 2006.  The “Pineapple Express” pattern (i.e., jet stream pushing much moisture from the tropics) dominated our weather in early November.  The rainfall totals during the peak of one storm, November 6th and 7th, were record-breaking at many sites: 4.3 to 14.3 inches.  During November 2-8, 2006, the north Oregon Cascades saw 25 to 32 inches of precipitation. 

The big news story was Mt. Hood and the glacial outburst floods.  Warm intense rain during the autumn season (when glaciers are at their minimum size with minimal snow cover) is the main cause in glacial dam breaks.  These outburst floods pick up loose debris (like the Mt. St. Helens eruption in 1980) as they rapidly flow downhill.

Drew leaned to one theory as to the cause.  The outburst flood is a coincidence of several hot dry summers (enhancing glacial retreat) and a “Pineapple Express” weather pattern, which happened a lot during the 1990s to the present.

After the talk concluded, and several questions were answered, Drew and Mark Nelsen took the guests on a tour of the studio—a first time for some folks.  New state-of-the art computers and graphics were demonstrated.  We appreciated the hospitality of our hosts.---Kyle Dittmer.



March Meeting Minutes---Erik D. Kabela.


On March 1, PSUBAMS held an undergraduate research meeting. Three members of the faculty, Dr. Shirer (lightning detection), Dr. Young (various topics) and Dr. Evans (tropical meteorology) spoke about research they do and the various research opportunities for undergraduates in the department of Meteorology at Penn State and elsewhere. They all encouraged speaking with advisors and looking into the various opportunities that are available.

The next meeting, on March 22, featured a visit from John Gordon, the MIC at the National Weather Service in Louisville, Kentucky. He did not disappoint as he brought his excitement and enthusiasm to Happy Valley throughout his presentation about the NWS and weather outreach programs.

Mr. Gordon believes that you need to be a leader, not a follower. His message came across loud and clear. He also drove home the point that more meteorologists and companies need to do more weather outreach. After his discussion on the National Weather Service and outreach programs, he separated the students into three groups as we played Meteorology Jeopardy. After the meeting, a dozen students went out to dinner John to the Corner Room to enjoy some food and more discussions of meteorology. Of course the MOS Burger was the popular dinner choice.

John Gordon has given PSUBAMS many great ideas for the future of our organization. He suggested that we should create historical posters and develop more outreach programs to the local community. We are already in the process of getting information together for both of these ideas.

The final PSUBAMS meeting of the 2006-2007 school year will take place on April 11. This meeting is the AMS Mentorship Program Informational Meeting. The American Meteorological Society has started a mentorship program between college students and professionals in the field of meteorology. Here two mentors, Dick Westergard and Phil Falconer and their two pupils, Bryan Oshinski and Zack Byko, will be speaking about their experiences with the program. Also, voting will take place for 2007-2008 PSUBAMS Officers.

For more information, please visit Oshinski.


Date: March 1, 2007
Minutes: 7:00pm-7:30pm
Board Members in Attendance: Melissa P, Katie F, Katie P, Norm, Bridget, Heather
Attendance: 45


Storm Conference was the topic of discussion at this meeting. Storm Conference will be Friday, March 9 until Sunday, March 11, 2007 in Springfield, MA.

Directions to the hotel in Springfield, MA were given out to members attending the conference.

Executive board members made sure that everyone has a ride to the conference.

Car contact information including the names of each person per car as well as a phone number of at least one person in the car was retrieved from all members attending the conference. Copies of this list will be made and each executive board member will get one.

Parking fees at the hotel will be $13 per night, so members should be prepared to help drivers with this expense.

Those members attending the conference who owe money for dues or conference fees should pay at the conclusion of the meeting.

Drivers should plan on leaving Plymouth by 3pm or earlier to avoid traffic and ensure arrival by 6pm. Also, grab dinner before or after you get to Springfield.

Meals will not be provided with the exception of the banquet dinner on Saturday night. Be prepared to cover the cost of all other meals.

Also be prepared to dress semi-formal/formal for the banquet dinner Saturday night. Professional attire is advised for the remainder of the conference.

Finally, Dr. Hoffman gave his annual speech regarding proper conference behavior.

Executive Board Meeting

Date: March 15, 2007
Minutes: 5:00-5:30pm
Board Members in Attendance: Melissa P., Heather D., Norm S., Bridgett B. Other Member in Attendance: Chris W.


Tentative date for Red Sox tickets is Thursday, June 15, 2007.

Yearbook picture from Storm Conference to be put onto a CD and given to the Yearbook Committee.

Loudon Speedway fundraiser will be done next September only (not in July).

Acadia National Park camping trip to be planned after Spring Break.

Allocations funding received.

Possibility of parking fee refund from Storm Conference (to be determined after Spring Break).

Plymouth elementary school and Holderness 4th grade classroom trip to be established after Spring Break.

Reimbursement for pizza at Women in Meteorology meeting.

Possible dates for field day event with Lyndon are Sunday, April 15 and Saturday, April 28, 2007.

Executive Board Meeting

Date: March 28, 2007
Minutes: 5:30-6:00pm
Board Members in Attendance: Melissa P, Heather D, Katie P, Katie F, Norm S, Bridget B


The Lyndon State event will be hosted in Plymouth Saturday, April 28th on field D&M-2 reserved from 12-5pm with possible events of softball, kickball, dodge ball, capture the flag, and soccer. The rain alternative will be an indoor activity such as Fun Spot.

Receiving the Red Sox tickets for the raffle is being finalized.

The car wash will be held next year due to limited time left in the semester.

The WBZ-channel 4 news trip will be postponed until the fall semester as well.

For educational outreach news, plans are in order to talk to Holderness and Plymouth elementary schools.

Photo contest updates include printing and hanging up the previous winners.

The Student Chapter of the Year Form is due in May.

The Acadia National Park trip will be April 20 through 22nd and an email will be sent to all members asking about interest in this event.

More research to be done in regards to basic information for joining the NWA.

The next all majors meeting will be Thursday, April 5, 2007 at 7pm in Boyd 306. Ice cream sundaes will be served.---Heather Dinon .


Meeting Minutes
Thursday, March 8, 2007

The meeting was called to order by chapter president Phillip Marzette at 5:30 pm PST.

Map discussion:
Chapter vice president J. D. McAlpine gave the evening's map discussion.

Evening's program:
Chapter member Matt Young, a tactical forecaster and LAN administrator in the weather office at Fallon (NV) Naval Air Station, gave the evening's presentation. He discussed the training activities and research projects that weather forecasters at NAS Fallon are involved in.

Discussion of possible chapter field trips:
Chapter president Phillip Marzette led a discussion of possible field trips the chapter might take part in during the current semester. Two possibilities discussed were watching a weather balloon launch at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Reno, and visiting a local television studio.

Officer reports:
There were no officer reports this meeting.

Continuing business:
Brian O'Hara (of the weather calendar committee) reported that the calendar projects are going well. Calendar committee member Serena Chew said that we seem to have enough photographs for the Reno calendar, but we still need a few more photographs of the Lake Tahoe area for the Lake Tahoe calendar.

Brian O'Hara also reported that the chapter is still in the process of becoming a recognized student club with the Association of Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN) undergraduate student organization. The chapter still needs three undergraduate students to join the chapter on the ASUN website in order to become recognized by ASUN. By achieving official recognition the chapter would then be eligible for benefits such as having a university club bank account and club post office box, and would also be able to apply for funds from ASUN for chapter projects.

On a related note Brian O'Hara reported that he and Lupita Paredes-Miranda had attended the Graduate Student Association (GSA) meeting the previous evening (March 7). At this meeting the GSA approved the student chapter as an official GSA organization. GSA also approved the chapter's request for possible funding for the calendar projects by giving the chapter a $500 grant.

New business:

The meeting was adjourned at 7:03 pm PST.---Brian O'Hara.


The March meeting was held in O’Neil Hall room 301. Guest speakers Steve Chiswell and Jeff McWhirter from Unidata gave
an overview of the activities at Unidata.--- Emily Eisenacher.



The March meeting of the Smoky Mountain Chapter of the AMS was held on the 26th. Around ten people met for dinner at "Calhouns on the River" in Knoxville and then moved to the University of Tennessee Ag Campus for a talk by Dr. Stephen Smith of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. Dr. Smith gave an update on the latest global warming science and policy, with a discussion about what we can do to be part of the solution. The title of his talk was "Too Hot not to Handle" and the following is a description of his professional background:

"Stephen A. Smith, DVM, has been executive director of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy since 1993 and has actively worked with numerous non-profit organizations addressing energy, water, forest, air, nuclear weapons production, and nuclear waste issues since 1982. Dr. Smith received a doctorate in veterinarian medicine from the University of Tennessee (1992) and a bachelor’s of science in biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College (1988). In 2000, Dr. Smith's environmental passions led him to set aside his veterinary practice to devote himself fulltime to Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

Currently, Dr. Smith serves as co-chair for the U.S. Climate Action Network board of directors and serves on the advisory board for the Alliance for Climate Protection. Additionally, he serves on TVA's Green Power Marketing Committee where he chairs the Third-Party Certification workgroup; Florida Power and Light's Green Power public advisory committee; and both the North Carolina Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change and the North Carolina Climate Action Planning Advisory Group.

Dr. Smith is a frequent speaker at public events on topics of energy policies and issues and has been trained by former Vice President Al Gore through The Climate Project to present on the topic of global warming. Some of Dr. Smith's experience includes testifying before the Georgia Public Service Commission to advocate for the development and regulatory approval of a Georgia Power and Savannah Electric accredited green power program; testifying before Great Smoky Mountain Congressional Caucus on air quality problems at the National Park; testifying on the operations of the Tennessee Valley Authority before U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Public Works and Transportation, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight; serving two terms on TVA's Regional Resource Stewardship Council, a federal advisory panel to make recommendations on TVA's management of the Tennessee River watershed; serving on the U. S. Department of Energy, Tennessee Valley Electric System Advisory Committee."---David Gaffin


March 2007

The Southwest Pennsylvania Chapter of the AMS welcomed Neil Barton, CAL alum and current Ph.D. candidate at the University of Delaware, to be the second spring Colloquium Speaker on Friday, March 2, 2007. His presentation entitled The Winter North Pacific Jet Stream, Teleconnections, and Precipitation along the United States West Coast related to his Master's thesis research at Arizona State University. Mr. Barton also discussed various graduate programs with prospective graduate students, and answered questions proposed by faculty and students alike.

As an informative excursion, the Chapter traveled to Buffalo, New York to visit Robert Hamilton at the Buffalo-National Weather Service on March 23, 2007. Chapter Advisor Dr. Kauffman and ten students toured the office and gained insight into the life of a NWS Forecaster. Highlighting the trip, Mr. Hamilton presented the office's research pertaining to Thunder snow events in Buffalo. Chapter members were also briefed on the forecast applications of the AWIPS system during their visit. The hands-on experience allowed chapter members to relate in-class knowledge into a real world environment.

The Educational Outreach Program of the SWPA Chapter has been very active in this past month. Visitations to South Fayette Jr. High School on March 7th and Hempfield Sr. High on the 22nd were completed. Members discussed topics including hazardous weather events such as tornadoes, in situ meteorological measurements, and answered a variety of weather-based questions. In total, 280 students received information related to our Chapter, and increased their knowledge base in the field of meteorology. Mr. Nick Mahalko's Earth Science class (Charleroi High School) traveled to the University campus on March 27th to experience hands-on forecasting techniques. Twenty-two students were given the opportunity to compile a weather forecast, use the Broadcast Studio, and explore careers in meteorology.

As a way to reach local pre-college students, California University of Pennsylvania has hosted the region's Science Olympiad for many years. Fifty local school districts traveled to campus in an attempt to further their knowledge, show off their skills, and compete with the other school districts in a variety of science-related fields. SWPA AMS members volunteered at events such as Oceanography, Remote Sensing, Meteorology, and Physics. Not only was it a rewarding experience by lending a helping hand, but it also provided members with the opportunity to teach and learn from the leaders of tomorrow.

Highlighting the Spring Colloquium Series of the SWPA Chapter, winter weather expert Paul Kocin visited California University on Friday, March 30, 2007. Mr. Kocin's presentation related his personal winter weather research to the southwestern Pennsylvania region. The most unique event, in his opinion, was the 1950 storm where warm air traveled from the north and cold air filtered up from the south. He also discussed NESIS (Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale) which relates population density/snowfall accumulation to the intensity of a winter storm. The scale is currently used by the NOAA as a way to classify winter weather outbreaks. After the lecture, Mr. Kocin took part in a book signing of his winter weather encyclopedia (co-authored by Dr. Louis Uccellini) entitled, Northeast Snowstorms - Volume 1 - Overview and Volume 2 - The Cases. Mr. Kocin, who had not traveled to the Pittsburgh region since 1967, was given the opportunity to experience the modernization of the Steel City from Mt. Washington and various other vantage points.

Partnered with the Carnegie Science Center of Pittsburgh and numerous other scientists, the SW PA Chapter volunteered their time at Astronomy Weekend on March 31-April 1. Fifteen chapter members designed and explained several interactive experiments regarding the difference between frost and dew, high pressure and low pressure, and frontal boundaries. Hundreds of participants traveled by our table which featured a "tornado machine," chapter information, research projects completed by chapter members, and "Space Rocks" which were small rice-crispy treats focused towards the children.---Michael J. Allen.


March 2007
Piez Hall

We had a fundraiser at the Fajita Grill in Oswego on March 5, which rose over $70.

We had 19 people attend the Northeastern Storm Conference given by Lyndon State, which was interesting, educational, and fun. Several of our students presented their research and did a wonderful job!

LEC Committee work will be starting soon. We need people to sign up for committees, so the LEC becomes YOUR conference and we have YOUR ideas and hard work, not just a few people's.

T-shirts (I Survived An Oswego Winter & S_ _T Happens) will be sold soon. More info coming later.

The end-of-the-year picnic will be held Sat. April 28 from 12 PM - 5 PM at Fallbrook and will be catered by Campus Catering this year since we have so much SA money left over!

We sold chocolates and koozies.

We ate blueberry and apple pie compliments of Nicole to celebrate Pi Day and Mike's birthday!! It was yummy!---Meredith Mandel.


TAMSCAMS had a great March meeting! We discussed our upcoming trips, including the National Weather Center in Norman on April 6th, and Adopt-A-Beach on April 28th. We also have a social event coming up, attending an Aggie Baseball game. Tonight was officer nominations for the 2007-2008 school year. Elections are to be held at the April meeting.

Our speakers tonight included some of our former students. First off was Steven Fierstien, a recent graduate who works for Air Routing International. He told of his experiences in the working field, as well as Jonathan Steets, a recent graduate who works for Baseops. Next, we heard from two students who decided to go to graduate school after their undergrad, Laura Mason and Christopher McKinney. They gave insight into the graduate program and answered any questions the undergrad had.

The meeting was adjourned and pizza and snacks were served.---Melissa Polt.


The March 2007 meeting of the Twin Cities chapter of the American Meteorological Society was held on March 20, 2007. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President Chris Bovitz. Secretary/Treasurer Lori Bovitz was also in attendance. About 20 members and potential members were also present including nearly a dozen who traveled to the meeting from St Cloud State University.

The secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved.

Old business focused on the following:

Upcoming Events: Reminder: After the meeting, Steve Buan described information about determining spring flood outlooks and water management. He first described the recent situation with flooding as a result of ice jams in Browns Valley and south of Dawson, MN. He then described a project currently underway to provide water management information to Minnesota Power for Island Lake on the Cloquet River near Duluth.

The Browns Valley flood was unique as it occurred along a continental divide. The unique geography in the area, along with the rapid melt resulted in flooding coming into the city from the north.

Steve also described the factors needed for a spring flood and how three of the five factors came into play in Minnesota this year. The five factors considered include: a wet fall, deep frost depth, significant winter snow, rapid melt, and heavy precipitation during the melt. This year there was a very deep frost depth (almost four feet in places), rapid melt, and heavy snow in late February and early March. This resulted in the sudden flooding in parts of the state.

Steve also described a project he is currently involved in. In this project he helps the DNR provide Minnesota Power information to help them run the Island Lake reservoir in northeastern Minnesota. A delicate balance needs to be kept so that the power company can get the best electricity generation while keeping the lake levels high enough for recreational uses by land owners. Steve is helping to provide forecasts based on current conditions and the ensemble forecasts to help the power company to make decisions on how much water to draw down during the electricity generation period during the spring.

After the presentation, Jonathan Cohen provided the results of the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair. Two certificates were awarded and one weather radio should be awarded.

A discussion of the role of the Speaker Committee was discussed. The Speaker Committee will be expanded to also handle requests we receive from the community for speakers. A list of those interested in speaking and their areas of expertise will be compiled and when requests come in, those interested will be contacted. So far the requests have been mainly from elementary and middle schools. A request form will also be added to the web site so that we can get consistent information about the speaker requests.---Lori Bovitz.


Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Clifford Hall, Rm. 264
5:00 p.m.

Call to Order:
President Kira Dordal called the AMS meeting to order at 5:02.

Past Minutes:

Last meeting: Officer Reports:

Advisor: Treasurer: Old Business: New Business:


Fundraising: Activities: Banquet: Kevin Skow will be taking over the Meteorology Email List-Serv for the next couple of years.

Announcements: Adjournment:

Meeting was adjourned without objection at 5:56.

Minutes from:
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Clifford Hall, Rm. 264
5:00 p.m.

Call to Order:

President Kira Dordal called the AMS meeting to order at 5:03.

Past Minutes:

Last meeting: Officer Reports:

Advisor: Treasurer: Old Business: New Business: Nominations: We will be voting on officers for next year at our meeting next week! Committees:

Fundraising: Activities: Banquet: Announcements: Adjournment: ---Katy Olson.


The UNC student chapter of the American Meteorological Society continues an active schedule of activities involving education, career development, outreach, and fellowship.

Student attendance at the AMS Annual Meeting

Eight chapter members attended the Student Conference and 87th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, in San Antonio, Texas. Attending the Annual Meeting is becoming an annual hallmark event for UNC chapter members. Students returning from the meeting all report strongly positive experiences, and some suggested that it was a potentially career-defining experience.

Local Chapter Activities

Other recent chapter activities have included: Custom Weather Forecasting

The UNC chapter of the AMS has received a lot of positive attention from the campus community in the last month. This was due to a new outreach project, wherein community members may submit free personalized forecasts for same-day response by UNC meteorology students. Forecast requests are submitted through the Chapter’s new website, UNC’s newspaper (The Mirror) featured a story about the new forecasting service on 7 March, 2007.


A new community outreach project will be shaping up this Spring Break. Students will be building a Tornado Model, which will be used to educate elementary and junior high students about severe weather safety focusing on tornadoes, lightning, and flash flooding. The Tornado model will be designed much like that of the National Weather Service’s office in Huntsville, AL. For a preview, see their Tornado Machine plans at


Plans for the remainder of the 2006-07 academic year include: ---Paul Nutter.


March 28, 2007

President - Tara Golden
Vice President - Javier Vazquez
Treasurer - Brandon White
Secretary - Reba Redd
SeCAPS Coordinator - Ronnie Schumann
Webmaster - Jason Holmes

Current and Upcoming Events: SeCAPS: SeCAPS

---Reba Redd.


March Newsletter---Mary Bedrick.


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