Chapter News
October 2007


October 26, 2007  

Call Meeting to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Kristine Nelson, at 11:31 a.m. The meeting was held at the Aviation Technology Center at Merrill Field in Anchorage.   

Treasurer’s Report:  AMS ANC Chapter funds are currently at $2,251.86

Old/New Business:   


Science Fair

 Science Fair-help is still needed with judging and presenting awards, March 21-23, 2008.  Judging is Saturday, March 22nd   with the Awards Presentation on Sunday.


Christmas Dinner

The Annual Anchorage AMS Christmas Dinner will be held at the Villa Nova Restaurant Dec 15th at 6pm.  Free deserts will be provided courtesy of the Anchorage AMS for everyone who brings in a toy for the Toys for Tots Foundation.  In addition, Larissa from Specialty Imports will be providing a lesson on the impact of weather on wines and leading a wine tasting. 

For those who are unable to attend the Christmas dinner, but still want to donate a toy for the Toys for Tots Foundation, the Anchorage AMS will provide a voucher for a free Anchorage AMS lunch during a meeting of their choice. 


Main Event:    Carven Scott-Science Operation Officer-Anchorage Forecast Office.

Carven Scott gave a presentation on the “Regional Collaboration In NOAA”, and specifically about the emerging ARCTic planning process.  ARCTic is an acronym for Alaska Region Collaborative Team and is one of 8 teams established across NOAA.  The goal is to improve our value to customers by identifying and utilizing NOAA’s full range if capabilities within and across line offices (ie NWS, NOAA Fisheries, etc) in the Alaska Region, stakeholders, and across national corporate boundaries as well. 

The PPBES or Planning, Programming, Budgeting Execution System was originally established by Vice Admiral Conrad Lautenbacher for equitable distribution of funds across line offices within NOAA.  ARCTic seeks to link line offices within operating branches, narrowing down specific goals and devising strategies to accomplish those goals where money can be leveraged for common goals.  The five primary goals are categorized as Ecosystem Protection, Water and Weather, Commerce and Transportation, Climate, and Mission Support (leadership, planning, budgeting).

By leveraging common line office and corporate goals, ARCTic seeks to eliminate redundancies in service or equipment needs (Figure 1).  For example, oceanic or fisheries measurements of sea ice thickness and/or temperature data may be shared with the NWS for climate studies.  Local and Regional NOAA offices need to also be sharing information, goals, and ideas to ensure projects with common threads are not being worked on simultaneously. 

These efforts to improve collaboration throughout NOAA will ensure that increasingly scarce dollars are better allocated, improving productivity and value to NOAA’s customers, the public. 

Figure 1...Slide from National Regional Collaboration presentation

Here is the url for a nationally produced presentation about NOAA’s Regional Collaboration Program:


Our next meeting will be announced at a later date.



The meeting was adjourned by President Kristine Nelson. at  12:50 pm.---Lisa Reed.


Meeting Date:   October 9, 2007

Attendence:  Dave Anderson, Megan Babich, Meghan Bagnasco, Cody Bartow, Jeraca Benson, Catherine Bodak, Julia Bonk, Allison Britton, Chrissy Bukowski, Dan Burkhart, Chris Burling, Matt Clark, Aric Cylkowski, Alex DeSmet, Michael Estime, David Hampton, Adam Hart, Amanda Hazard, Nathan Heath, Michael Heitz, Mike Hesche, Annie Hoezee, Kimberly Hoogewind, Brandon Hoving, Nathan Inks, Lindsay Job, Stefanie Klimowicz, Rachel Kulik, Morris Langworthy, Kevin McDonald, Chase Meder, Kayla Moore, Nathan Niedzwiecki, Jacob Owens, Aaron Sanders, Cort Scholten, Bryan Smith, Greg Thornthwaite, Sarah Trojniak, Laura Velasquez, Kailey Wass

Meeting in Session:     9:04

President’s Report:  Current weather, the HeatWave—Brandon Hoving.  Star member of the week is Chris Burling.

Vice President’s Report:        

Committee Reports:

              1.           Fundraising:  Yankee Candle forms available, due Oct. 23rd.  Remember the 6% sales tax, checks payable to SCAMS.

              2.           Public Relations:  new photo is going to be put up.

              3.           Jobs and Internships:  Board has been updated. 

              4.           Activities:  Halloween party 30th of October 9-11 at Megan Babich’s house.

Treasurer’s Report:

Checking:       $7.09                                   Savings:              $2601.30          

Secretary’s Report:     Attendance sheet passed around.

SGA Report:    Membership committee was created in SGA to keep people coming to meetings.  Student budget allocation committee has $17,000 available for conferences.   SBAC has $65,000 for hosting.  SGA trying to Lower test book prices, they are trying to get teachers to submit booklists early.  Western weekend updates:  up to teachers to cancel classes.  Buses can be provided for the football game. 

Open Floor:

New stuff with the website.

T-SHIRTS:  A debate.

Meeting Adjourned:      10:05


Meeting Date:  October 16, 2007

Attendence:  Megan Babich, Meghan Bagnasco, Cody Bartow, Catherine Bodak, Julia Bonk, Allison Britton, Chrissy Bukowski, Dan Burkhart, Chris Burling, Matt Clark, Aric Cylkowski, Alex DeSmet, Katie Dupree, Michael Estime, David Hampton, Adam Hart, Amanda Hazard, Nathan Heath, Mike Hesche, Annie Hoezee, Kimberly Hoogewind, Nathan Inks, Lindsay Job, Bryan Johnson, Stefanie Klimowicz, Rachel Kulik, Morris Langworthy, Kevin McDonald, Chase Meder, Chris Mickaels, Kevin Montie, Kayla Moore, Nathan Niedzwiecki, Jacob Owens, Aaron Sanders, Cort Scholten, Bryan Smith, Greg Thornthwaite, Sarah Trojniak, Laura Velasquez, Kailey Wass

Meeting in Session:     9:03

President’s Report:     T-shirt prices have been updated. Hoodies will be about $20, and t-shirts for $8.20.  Current weather report.  The Constitution needs to be amended.

Vice President’s Report:

Committee Reports:

              1.  Activities: Halloween party on the 30th at Megan’s house.  No normal meeting that night.

              2.  Public Relations:  Committee needs the link to tabletops advertising.

              3.  Fundraising:  There is one week left to sell candles.  Don’t forget to get the 6% sales tax.  Las Senorita’s fundraiser, get $2.50 for every $5 sold. 

              4.  Jobs and Internships: nothing new

Treasurer’s Report:    

checking: $7.09     savings:  $2621.00

Secretary’s Report:   attendance sheet passed around

SGA Report:   CMU should pay for a survey about the road closures.  SGA is still working on getting cheaper books for students for next semester.  Teachers ought to submit textbook list early.  Mike Rao will be at next weeks meeting, 7:00 October 22.

Open Floor:

We want a new webcam, and we’re looking at different models. 

Student savings club, you can get discounts at a variety of locations. 

Meeting Adjourned:   9:31


Meeting Date:  October 23, 2007

Attendence:  Dave Anderson, Megan Babich, Cody Bartow, Julia Bonk, Allison Britton, Chrissy Bukowski, Dan Burkhart, Chris Burling, Matt Clark, Aric Cylkowski, Alex DeSmet, Michael Estime, David Hampton, Adam Hart, Nathan Heath, Michael Heitz, Mike Hesche, Annie Hoezee, Brandon Hoving, Nathan Inks, Lindsay Job, Bryan Johnson, Stefanie Klimowicz, Rachel Kulik, Morris Langworthy, Kevin McDonald, Chase Meder, Chris Mickaels, Kayla Moore, Nathan Niedzwiecki, Jacob Owens, Aaron Sanders, Cort Scholten, Bryan Smith, Greg Thornthwaite, Sarah Trojniak, Laura Velasquez, Kailey Wass

Meeting in Session:  9:03

President’s Report:   T-shirts will be ordered soon.  Michigan experienced some storms last Thursday.  Two of our members went to a NWA Conference in Reno, Nevada.  The VP gave a presentation of the conference.  We are hoping to have a speaker come in soon, possibly a fire forecaster or someone from the DNR.

Vice President’s Report:

Committee Reports:

              1.   Fundraising:  Turn in your Candle forms ASAP. 

              2.   Jobs and Internships: nothing new

              3.   Activities:  Halloween party, working on a sign up sheet.

              4.   Public Relations:  We should be on the table tents soon.  The board downstairs should be updated. 

Treasurer’s Report:

checking: $7.09     savings:  $2621.00

Secretary’s Report:  Attendance sheet passed around.

SGA Report:   SGA Rep made the minutes in the meeting.  SGA is working on getting football games on weekends only.  President Rao came to SGA meeting, and answered questions.  Barry Waters from the bookstore will be at next weeks meeting to answer questions. 

Open Floor:

We are still looking at webcams.  SCAMS will spend up to $75 for pizza for the Halloween party. 

Meeting Adjourned:   9:29--- Annie Hoezee.



Monthly Meeting Minutes
October 18, 2007

Dr. Watson introduced the night’s program, “Assessing the Sources and Consequences of Mercury Deposition”. Our speaker was Russ Bullock, Meteorologist NOAA/EPA. Russ spoke to our group about five years back about mercury deposition and stated that much has happened since then. Russ’s group uses the EPA Models-3 Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) Modeling System for multipollutant modeling. Russ runs the model specifically for mercury, but all other chemical processes are running in the model as well.

Mercury was discovered to be a contaminant in fish in the 1950’s when methyl mercury was dumped into a bay in Minamata Japan. People ate the fish, becoming ill, and leading to a public health crisis. In the early 80’s researchers discovered that even though direct dumping of mercury had ceased, mercury was still found in fish. It was found that atmospheric mercury was the source of mercury in watersheds via rainfall.

Russ explained three types of mercury:
- Elemental mercury is mildly reactive and travels long distances.
- Reactive gaseous mercury (RGM) is water soluble and chemically reactive. This is most of the mercury we find in precipitation.
- Particulate mercury is mostly in the form of condensed low-vapor-pressure compounds. Only 1-2% of mercury is particulate mercury.

Elemental mercury is not readily absorbed, as are methyl and dimethyl mercury, which are readily absorbed and very powerful neurotoxins. Mercury has no use at all as a nutrient to any living thing. Industrial activity is the cause for the increase in mercury circulating in the environment. Predator fish are the fish that tend to bio-accumulate methyl mercury. The methyl mercury binds to the muscle tissue of the fish and cannot be cooked out during food preparation.
Additionally, mercury comes from natural processes such as volcanoes. However, natural sources of oxidized mercury are small compared to anthropogenic. Natural sources are mostly elemental mercury.

Today the earth’s atmosphere contains approximately 25MMol of mercury, and this amount continues to increase considering emissions/extractions versus deposition processes. The US reduced emissions drastically in the 80’s and 90’s, but other countries have not done as much. This is the reason we still have a problem with mercury in fish today. The mercury that is deposited in water bodies is mostly in the oxidized form. This form of mercury is bio-available for uptake by the fish and is methylated during the bioaccumulation process. It is then harvested in with the fish we catch.

The Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR), issued by the EPA March 15, 2005, placed a permanent cap on mercury emissions from coal fired electric generating units (EGUs). CAMR built on the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), which targets SO2 and NOx. CAIR also reduces mercury due to the co-benefit effects from scrubbers installed on EGUs to reduce SO2. When both are fully implemented in 2018 they will reduce EGU emissions of mercury from 48 tons/year to 15/tons year in the US.

Russ’s work is part of the North American Mercury Model Inter-comparison Study (NAMMIS).
The NAMMIS is an effort to apply atmospheric Hg models in a tightly constrained testing environment with a focus on North America. With each model using the same input data sets for initial conditions, meteorology, emissions and boundary values, and with each model applied to the same horizontal modeling domain, the separate effects of input data and scientific process treatments of each model can be better understood and guidance can be provided to the research community regarding which scientific process uncertainties are contributing most to observed discrepancies in model simulations of Hg deposition.

EPA Models-3 CMAQ was run with meteorology from The Fifth-Generation NCAR / Penn State Mesoscale Model (MM5), with a 36-km grid (112x148), 14 vertical layers (up to 100 mb), initial and boundary conditions (IC/BC) came from the GEOS–Chem model global 3-D model at 3-hour resolution. The base case year was 2001 (before controls). Tools for analysis and visualization were applied. The model found that about 65% of mercury is in the elemental form, while a fair amount (about 30%) is in the RGM form, and a small amount (about 5%) is in the particulate form. Future year modeling shows the following reductions due to CAIR and CAMR controls by 2020: A 32% decrease in elemental mercury, a 68% decrease in RGM, and a 52% decrease in particulate mercury of those emissions coming from EGUs.

Russ showed a plot of total mercury flux in 2001 from all sources over the US. Areas of higher precipitation show occurrence of greater deposition. A 2020 plot shows most of the change occurring over the Ohio River Valley, with the rest of the country seeing little change. Russ explained that coals with higher chlorine content produce more RGM. Controls will be more effective in areas that use these coals. Since elemental mercury has a residence time of about one month, we will see less decrease in the western US due to international intrusion from the Pacific Basin. Observations from the Mercury Deposition Network (MDN), which measures wet deposition, were used for comparison and show good agreement with the CMAQ modeling.

Some general findings of the CMAQ modeling included:
- The importance of global elemental mercury emissions is greater than previously reported to Congress in 1997.
- New gas phase oxidation reactions were identified.
- Kinetic rate constants needed to be revised upwards.
- Coal fired utility boilers contribute less than 10% to the total mercury deposition in the US, but range from 0 to 68%.
- Of 144 tons deposited in 2001, 23 tons came from US anthropogenic sources, of which 11 tons came from EGUs. The rest came from outside the US.

The motivation for the NAMMIS was that various models give different conclusions. Thus several models were applied over the same area, using the same meteorology, the same IC/BC, and the same emissions. The desired outcome was to separate the effects of input data from model treatments. Chemistry turned out to be the model treatment of which they were least certain. The three models that Russ summarized included the CMAQ, The Regional Modeling System for Aerosols and Deposition (REMSAD), and the Trace Element Analysis Model (TEAM) regional models. These models were run with inputs from three different global models, the Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) version of the Chemical Transport Model (CTM), the GEOS-Chem model developed at Harvard University, and the Canadian Global/Regional Atmospheric Heavy Metals Model (GRAHM).

The global models show differences in vertical profiles, therefore regional models handled the data differently. GRAHM model shows high particulate mercury at high altitudes, which is consistent with observations. CMAQ, REMSAD, and TEAM all showed considerable differences for elemental, RGM, and particulate mercury, with CMAQ showing much more particulate mercury at all levels than the other two. When compared to observed, average deposition data the CMAQ/AER CTM combination, which EPA typically uses, showed the best agreement. Looking at model statistics, R2 correlation factors were similar. Mean fractional bias show TEAM with problems. CMAQ outperforms REMSAD slightly on fractional error, with TEAM falling behind.

Conclusions: Models are good for national assessment, but uncertainty is quite large in small-scale studies. Models are sensitive to boundary conditions. Global models do not show good agreement on RGM and particulate mercury at the boundary. Observational evidence is limited. There is a need for more international monitoring to clear up mixed signals in the modeling. A big part of the problem is getting the physical meteorology right.

For more information: Godfrey.



Meeting Minutes: 10/12/07


        - Pay your dues to Shook:  $15/year, free first semester for freshman


         - AMS Conference in New Orleans Sun Jan. 20 - Thu. Jan. 24

         - If you want to go down early, like Thu. Jan 17, talk to Shook

         - Can be a part of Habitat for Humanity if go early

         - Deadline for following (and all) applications is October 19

        - Seniors Travel Grant

        - Student Assistance Program (ie; you work at the conference)

        - ask Robert or Pat for more information

          - Email John (jlc248) or Kristen (kny4) with any conference questions


         - articles are due to Harrison (ht225) or Brian (bac54) by October 21

Snowfall Contest Fundraiser:

         - contest where participants guess day of first 1”+ of snow at Ithaca

        - winner gets 50% and the other 50% goes to the club

        - anyone can participate

        - if interested in volunteering for tabling on Ho Plaza to get the word out, email Bryan (bmb46)

        - dates of tabling yet to be announced


        - the catalog will be out in the next week or so, keep an eye out!

EAS Picnic:

         - you’re invited for free food and some whiffleball

         - next Friday from 3PM - 7PM at Cornell Recreation Center

         - RSVP to Alli (aaw28) RIGHT NOW if you plan to attend

Photo Contest:

         - Congratulations to Emily who won for “Arctic Sunset”!

Classes/Internship Forms:

         - help people find internships and classes to fill their schedules with

         - fill out the forms in the map room and give them to Alli--- Allison Wing.



October Newsletter. ---Steve Tracton.



Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Thank you for all that have been volunteering for Taking the Road Less Traveled and other community outreach programs. Helping the community is a good way to get the AMS recognized and build our reputation as an organization.

Congratulations to the whole Iowa State Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, as we made honor roll!! We were only one of six in the nation in the AMS to make it. Way to go, keep up the good work!

Symposium Posters
Some seniors and graduate students doing a thesis are making posters of their research. This is a good way for them to put their research together and critique it. Funding of thesis posters is partially paid by the Graduate Club, but they can’t pay for the all of the posters, so it was motioned to have the ISU AMS pay for half of the posters. The motion passed. The Symposium Poster Session will be November 14, 2007 in room 3140.

Resume Workshop
There will be a resume workshop held November 8, 2007 in 3128. This will be a great opportunity for everyone to build their skills in writing a resume. Everyone is welcome, even if you don’t have a current resume. Resumes are very important in the working world and having one that looks professional could make or break future employment opportunities, so be sure to show up!

Winter Weather Safety and Preparedness
We as a chapter have another way to interact with the community and show community involvement. The Winter Weather Safety and Preparedness fair will be held Monday November 12, 2007 at 6:30pm. The location is still to be determined. It will consist of talking to 10-20 families about the hazards of winter weather and how to be prepared and stay safe during the winter season. Anyone interested can email or to sign up. Suggestions on activities and ideas on how to present this talk should also be sent to the same addresses.

Spring Break Trip
Every year the ISU AMS takes a spring break trip to a destination somewhere in the U.S. that can incorporate weather into the trip, along with having a blast of a time! At the moment suggestions are being taken as to where the club will go. Destinations of the past have been to Colorado to visit NCAR, and Norman, Oklahoma to SPC. This is a fun way to spend your spring break and there’s no better way to do that than spend it with all of your meteorology buddies. Send any suggestions to

The ISU AMS apparel that was recently ordered will arrive in before Thanksgiving break, with a tentative date of November 13th, 2007. Orders will be distributed in the map room when they arrive.

Calendar orders are due Friday November 2nd, 2007. Try to sell as sell as many as possible as it is pretty much our only fundraiser of the year. This money is used to fund things like food at meetings and reimbursing travel and such during trips. This keeps funds in the AMS account so next year’s AMS will have funds to do things with. Our goal is to sell 250 calendars. Sell them to any and everyone and they make great gifts for family! This year’s pictures are amazing and will make for a great calendar. To view the pictures that will appear on the calendar and to get order forms visit: and click on the 2008 Wx Calendar.

The current balance is: $4389. It was motioned that the ISU AMS pay $1000 of the calendars and this motion was passed. So after this and paying for some apparel, $2400 will be subtracted from our account. Also was motioned that the club pay $100 to keep Cy's Eyes On The Skies on ISU TV. So our approximate balance will be: $1889 after all of these transactions take place. The only way to restock some of our funds is to sell those calendars so keep selling!

A former ISU AMS president Elise Johnson would like everyone to join her group on facebook called National Weather Association. The main point of doing this is she would like for everyone to take a survey for the NWA making suggestions on what would make the NWA more appealing to students our age. The NWA is a great organization to be involved with. If you aren’t a member and want to become one visit:

The tornado machine and supplies will be stored in room 3128 in cabinet on south wall.
Also if anyone wants to help Chris go through all of the extra AMS stuff email him at: Could be some interesting things that you could end up investigating!

Academic chair
Contact leaders of sections to be sure there will be reviews for sections. Everyone is busy and if no one tells the leader there is a test, they won’t know to hold a review session, so be sure and communicate with them. Also keep checking forums to see when reviews and such are held. It has been brought to our attention that Student Services wants tutors for meteorology 227 and meteorology 206. Please contact student services if anyone is interested.

Social chair
The annual student faculty supper will be held Monday November 5th, 2007 at 5:30pm at Hickory Park. This is a great way to hang out with your favorite meteorology professors without talking about all those derivations and have a great meal at the same time!!

Forecast contests
National Contest:
Congratulation goes out to Brandon Engelson, Ryan Alliss, Jon Hobbs and Dr. Bill Gallus for being the top forecasters of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina for period one. Congratulations also goes out to Jayson Prentice, Ryan Alliss, Jon Hobbs and Dr. Bill Gallus for being the top forecasters for period two. Great job forecasters and keep up the good work! If you are signed up for the National Contest, be sure and forecasts otherwise it will bring our team score down and drop our team ranking as a whole.

Local contest:
Congratulations to Chris Schaffer for winning period three in the local contest. If anyone is still interested in signing up for the contest visit:

Please add pictures to photo albums on the forums.

Cy’s Eyes
Cy’s Eyes is going good, there was a new monitor added for the green screen. Studios looking good, but there has been some controversy. ISU TV is now charging dues to be on channel 18. So we now owe $100 if Cy’s Eyes wants to be on air anymore. There was a motion to have the ISU AMS constitution amended to have a broadcast meteorology committee be added to the constitution. There also was a motion to have the organization pay for the $100 needed to stay on air. Both of these motions passed. Then members who participate on Cy’s Eyes will owe the ISU AMS $6 to cover the dues.

Radar Workshop
Scott Lincoln and Jason Patton will be hosting a radar workshop on Friday November. 2nd, 2007 at 6:30pm. This workshop will consist of learning how to use Gibson Ridge Analyst Edition software and have real time storms that you have to give live warnings on. Sure to be lots of fun and a great learning experience for all!

Get pictures of AMS activities to Jeff ASAP! Also need some pictures from the 2003-2004 school year.

Costume Contest
The costume contest was spectacular, with many great costumes. The pack was narrowed down and in the end Andy Mair, dressed as Jack sparrow, won the gift card. Be sure to tell him aye matey…. I mean congratulations!

Next AMS meeting November 27, 2007.---Brandon Engelson.



OCTOBER 23, 2007


Treasurer report: $1099.45

President report:

-last meeting in September was on the Plaza Flood of 1977 given by Jack Hale

-there were 57 in attendance at that meeting

-need to form a committee to create a poster for the National AMS in January


Charles Perry

United States Geological Survey

Lawrence, KS

Great Drought of 1999-2009:

Physical reasons for the Dirty 30’s and the Ugly Oughts (2000’s)

Solar activity/ocean/ Atmospheric processes & Mississippi River Flow

-southeast has 3 months of water left in its reservoirs

- streamflow is a good integrator of climate

- about every 22 years we have floods at St. Louis & every 11 years there are smaller ones

- there is a correlation between solar activity and floods and doughts

- magnetic properties of the sun switches with the Sunspot cycle every 22 years & this affects climate as well

-in the flood of 1993- there was a semi-permanent trough through the Mississippi River Basin.

-the biggest factor in global weather is the oceans and changes in the solar irradiance can change how much energy the ocean receives and can move through the climate system

-after a period of increased energy from the sun there are a lot of WOW’s (warm water anomalies

-after a period of decreased energy from the sun there are COW’s (cold water anomalies)

-good correlation between surface vorticity and jet stream vorticity in the Gulf of Alaska which correlates well to the water temperature changes.

-phasing is the same for water temps and solar activity, but the correlation coefficient isn’t great, to make it correlate closer there is a 34 year lag time.

-there are similar lag times on other things such as: NAO and Pacific SST





October 17, 2007 General Business Meeting

Attendance: 46 (Including Executive Board)

Start Time: 7:03pm

The LSC-AMS & NWA reconvened for its second General Business Meeting on October 17, 2007.  President Steve LaVoie welcomed the club and then proceeded to honor the previous executive board members for making the 2006-2007 AMS Honor Roll.  The next topic was the National AMS Conference.  He informed the club about registering for the National AMS and the conference itself.  He also explained about the opportunities available to students if they attended.  He mentioned Habitat for Humanity, the Chapter Breakfast, as well as Student Travel Opportunities.  Steve then moved on to the Northeastern Storm Conference.  He let the club members know about upcoming Storm Conference Committee meetings that will be taking place on October 22nd and November 5th.  The president also reminded the club of the upcoming Southern New England Weather Conference on October 27th.  He reiterated that it was not too late to register.  Steve ended his talk by explaining that the LSC AMS executive board has decided to change the Charity Event into a can drive.  It will be a “battle of the LSC majors” set-up, and the club hopes to acquire as many cans as possible before the Holidays.  The club will then donate the collected cans to a local food shelter.

Vice President Mike Swan reminded the club that our “Internship Night” was going to be held on November 13th at 6pm.  Both the room and the food have been booked for this event.

Secretary Alex Jacques requested any leftover registration sheets from the first meeting.  He then let the club know about an upcoming LSC AMS newsletter, which should be complete by October 31st.  He reminded club members about the requirements for active member status.  This involves going to 5 or more events as well as attending 2/3 of the General Business Meetings.

Treasurer Hayley LaPoint requested any leftover dues from the members.  She also reminded the club that auditions for the annual Talent Show would be held on October 21st from 10am-2pm.

Rich Maliawco Jr., our Public Relations Director, recapped the events that took place before this meeting.  These were the Fall BBQ, Mount Washington Hike, and the Car Wash.  He thanked the members for their dedication to the club.  Rich updated the club on the First Inch Contest, which is currently happening this week.  He also talked about the upcoming Talent Show as well as the Flag Football Tournament (to be held during the first week of November).  He finished by mentioning an Events Committee Meeting coming up in early November.

Community Outreach Officer Josh Redinger recapped the teacher’s forum put on by the Sigma Zeta club as well as the AMS.  Josh also revealed to the club that we will have our first school visit to West Burke Town School before November 20th.  Josh finished by mentioning a quick Community Outreach meeting to be held on October 22nd.

Historian Scott Jaeger just quickly mentioned that a new Alumni newsletter will be out in Early November.

The club then moved onto the 8th Person Award.  This is given to a member who has gone above and beyond what his/her duties are in the club.  The nominees for the September award were Brandon Wholey, Matt Clegg, and Karen Sague.  Each nominee then spoke about why they deserved an award.  The club then voted and Brandon Wholey was the victor.

We then quickly took a photo of the entire club and ended the meeting with a candy raffle.  The meeting concluded at 7:35pm.--- Alexander Jacques.



Meeting Type: General Assembly

Meeting Date: October 17, 2007

Attendance: 60

Meeting in Session: 8:30 pm 

Session Ended: 9:46 pm---Channing Dale. 



On Tuesday, October 16, 2007, the North Florida AMS held its October meeting. President Charlie Woodrum opened the meeting with a welcome and announcements. Charlie started off with a “Today in Weather” introduction, speaking about The Great Storm of the British Isles that occurred on October 16th, 1987. He then announced the 4th photo contest winners where 1st place went to Charlene Forgue for “Funnel cloud - Freeport (Port Lucaya), Bahamas” taken 17 August 2007, 2nd place went to Marc Austin, and 3rd place went to Danielle Niles. Charlie then announced the national conference deadline of Friday, October 19th for applications for scholarships and grants. Committee reports followed with Andy Latto, Programs Committee Chair, discussing the upcoming Golf Tournament on Sunday, November 4th and briefly reviewing the rules for the tournament and prices are to be $45 for members, $50 for non-members, and $25 for members of the golf course. He also announced the AMS tailgate which will be November 17th for a home game against Maryland outside the Love building. Kevin McKee followed with an account balance of $1,764.31 and that the chapter made $101.17 from the car wash (6 members attended) and $30 from the Cici’s event.  He then talked about the membership/fundraising committee report and coordinating the AMS basketball tailgate with the Nole Zone. Liane Claytor followed with an update on the first bake sale, having made over $70 and announced the next will be Wednesday, Oct. 24th and the one thereafter on Wednesday Nov. 14th. Alec Bogdanoff followed with his Science and Education Committee report. Alec gave an update about an outreach opportunity with Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Safety Fair for tabling about Tornado Safety on Wednesday, October 17th, a Science Fair at Chaires Elementary on Tuesday, October 23rd from 7:45 am – 11am, and an opportunity at St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge. He is continuing to talk to Dr. Ellingson about a community weather day, and then went on to propose the amendments. The first one discussed the Member of the Year award and went over how the point system would work, and the winner will receive a plaque in the Love building along with a free ticket to the end of the year banquet. The next amendment proposed to have the Science Education Committee written into the constitution with the same responsibilities. Charlie took a vote and both amendments passed. Charlie then talked about an outreach opportunity with the Red Cross at the Downtown Getdown for a Fire/Weather House where members can go to a short training session at 5:45pm for 15 minutes until the event starts, which runs from 6-9pm. Volunteers simulate fire or tornado conditions for kids to teach them what to do in the event of an emergency situation. The first session is Friday, Oct 19th and the two following are on Friday Oct. 26th and Friday, November 16th.

Andy then introduced our featured speaker, Melissa Griffin, the Florida State CoCoRaHS Co-Coordinator, is serving as the Assistant State Climatologist for Florida at Florida State University.  Melissa has a degree in Meteorology from FSU and has been part of the State Climate Office since 2000.  She’s works at the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies and is a member of the Southeast Climate Consortium, along with the American Association of State Climatologists. Melissa Griffin talked about CoCoRAHS and how the program began as a response to a flash flood in Ft. Collins, CO in 1997 which resulted in $120 million in damage and 5 fatalities. Ft. Collins received 14.5 inches of precipitation while the NWS office 5 miles away only received 2 inches, resulting in the public not receiving enough time for the warning. Currently, CoCoRAHS has 23 states involved in the program with over 12,000 observers. The program averages about 100 rainfall reports a day in Florida and usually verifies with Storm Total Precipitation from the NWS. For more information or anyone who would like to join, their website is


Our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 6th.--- Liane Claytor.



October 16, 2007

The Northwest Indiana Chapter of the AMS/NWA had its second general meeting of the school year on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 in the meteorology building of Valparaiso University. There were 31 people in attendance.

Members present:

- President: Michael Grogan

- Vice President: Mark Borchelt

- Secretary: Katie Giannecchini

- Treasurer: Chris Wilson

The meeting was called to order at 11:09am.

Currently, our balance is $1,179.16, not including the deposits from dues paid. Dues are $15 and must be paid by the end of the next meeting.

Our snowfall contest will take place on October 22 through October 24. Tables will be set up in the VU Student Union and in the VU Weather Center for students to vote on the date of the first one inch snowfall of the year, as well as the total amount of snowfall Valparaiso will receive through February 29. Donations are suggested, but there will be no fee to make guesses.

The Great Lakes Conference will be held on April 5, 2008. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Uccellini. Additional speakers will include Ginger Zee and Jeff Trapp. Letters are currently being sent out in search of a venue to hold the conference.

The fall speaker presentation will take place on November 2 at 4:30pm in Kallay-Christopher Hall. Jeff Logsdon will be discussing the Michigan City supercell of 206 and giving information on the supercell that went through Hobart, Indiana, in August.

Internship talks will be held Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 17. There are currently ten speakers. Each speaker will give information on their summer internships, such as what they did, how they were able to find the internships, and how it added to their experiences.

Pictures will be accepted through October 23 for the calendar. We currently have 10 severe weather photos, but nothing winter related. Send snow pictures to Mark Borchelt if you have them!

Our website has been updated. It now has information on the meetings, the conference, and will soon include a call for abstracts. It can be found through the GeoMet website at

The meeting was adjourned at 11:15am. ---Katie Giannecchini.



October 2, 2007   6:30 PM     Joint meeting with COCAMS (the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the AMS)

Carolyn Brewer presented material from her book "Caught in the Path", which chronicles the events in the lives of the people affected by the Kansas City tornado in May of 1957.  Discussion with the author and personal conversation followed until 8:30.


October 16, 2007   5:30 PM     Chuck Doswell  (CIMMS/NSSL)

5:30 PM  Food served

5:50  Chuck begins his talk, engages students in conversation about life choices and his life experience/career direction.

7:30 PM  Students further pressured to get dues in!  Updates also given on upcoming new merchandise.---Kim Klockow.



OR-AMS Meeting Summary


“Climate Change Conference 2007”

On October 20, 2007, the Oregon-AMS partnered with Marylhurst University, just south of Portland, to sponsor a half-day forum of climate experts and learn how climate change will impact the Pacific Northwest, its people and resources.  The Chapter gave a grant of $150 to Marylhurst University keep the event free to the public.  About 40 attended.

Dr. Nancy Wilgenbusch, President, Marylhurst University, gave the opening remarks.  She notes that environments are personal, overlapping, permeable, and intertwined with economics.  Climate change has permeated at all levels of our existence.

Prof. Ron Mitchell, University of Oregon, gave an overview of the science of climate change and making sense of the latest findings.  He highlighted the 2007 IPCC Report.

Prof. Christina Hulbe, Portland State University, stressed climate variability.  Her work focuses on Antarctic glaciers and the human “coping range” to climate change.

Prof. Alan Mix, Oregon State University, uses paleoclimatology proxy data to answer “How sensitive were past climates?”  The atmospheric system is sensitive to change due to small forcings.  Looking at past records can help bridge the present with the future.

Prof. Karen Shell, Oregon State University, talked about climate models and their ability to predict the future.  Climate models should dynamically simulate land surface (e.g., albedo), ocean (e.g., currents, temperature, salinity), and atmosphere processes.

Prof. Andrew Fountain, Portland State University, surveyed the changes in Earth’s glaciers.  He thinks most models are underestimating the glacial melt of Greenland and Antarctica.  Cascade Mountain glaciers have melted by 24%-46% in the last century.

Prof. William Calvin, University of Washington, reviewed climate change impacts in the Pacific Northwest.  The climate change problem is underestimated, especially on the time scale.  If we slow, stop, and reverse the greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, then we could keep the atmosphere warming below +2 degC and avoid the +3 degC catastrophe. 

Jill Sughrue, Sustain NW, gave a business perspective to climate change and solutions.  More shareholder initiatives are altering corporate practices.  She promotes “Natural Capitalism” via research, energy/mechanical efficiency, bio-mimicry, and restoration practices.  A detailed summary (plus photos) of this conference can be found at the Oregon-AMS website: Dittmer.



On the October 3rd meeting we introduced AMS student opportunities, and we talked about our upcoming Albany trip. A meteorology club jacket sign up sheet was sent around. We then talked about the upcoming Lake Effect Conference, and about individual committees geared towards different aspects of the conference. It was a short meeting because we then re-organized and cleaned up our meteorology lab.

On the October 17th meeting we first announced a new astro physics and fluid dynamics class that was being offered in the spring of 08. Information on the science fraternity's annual meeting was provided to members. Members were then reminded how to dress and act for the Lake Effect Conference. Conference committees were asked to stay after the meeting to help make final preparations for the conference. A reminder about the Albany weather service and TV station trip was issued. The October 31 meeting was moved from 7 o-clock pm to 6 o-clock pm.

On the October 31st meeting we first introduced the Annual snowfall contest. The person that guesses the correct day of the year that the Oswego campus will receive three inches of snow wins. We had a short question and answer session about the Lake Effect Conference, and how members liked it, and what they would like to see changed in the future. Final details about the Albany trip were given. We then took a list of students who planned on attending the NESC. We talked about our spring fundraiser which will be selling T-shirts. Students were encouraged to become a student member of the AMS if they hadn't done so already.---Ted Letcher.



October 10, 2007

Meeting Called to Order at 4:49 pm


Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker was Peter J. Robinson, a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and the director of the Southeast Regional Climate Center.  Dr. Robinson’s talk was titled “Climate Change and You.”  He stated that questions coming from the public have shifted from “What is climate change and when it is coming?” to “How will climate change effect me?”  

Dr. Robinson noted that it is very difficult to predict the future based on past trends, however a few trends are being noticed and will continue.  Among those trends are fewer rain days in the summer, possibly due to an increase in the Bermuda high, and more rain days in the autumn which may be from an increase in the frequency of cyclones (both tropical and mid-latitude).  Temperatures are showing a slight upward trend however there will continue to be year-to-year variability.

In his conclusions, Dr. Robinson made mention that people may hardly notice the differences going on around us, due to slow progression.  And you can be sure that technology, including agriculture, and society will often adapt to any changes.


Meeting adjourned at 5:50 pm---Erik D. Kabela.



October meeting minutes: 

PSUBAMS had two informative, productive, and successful meetings this month. The first meeting which took place early in the month was the yearly graduate school meeting, which featured Dr. Eugene Clothiax, Penn State Meteorology Professor and the graduate school admissions officer for the Penn State Graduate Meteorology Program. The meeting was fueled by a wide range of questions from the PSUBAMS members in attendance.  Most crucial elements of graduate school were touched upon during this meeting, including the application time frame, undergraduate GPA requirements, research experiences possibly needed, the Graduate Recorder Exam score requirements, and letters of recommendations. Dr. Clothiax was also able to share his personal experiences and knowledge to the audience so that both academic and personal aspects of graduate school were discussed. 

Our second meeting in October was also incredibly informative. Twelve current Penn State undergraduates and PSUBAMS members spoke about their summer internship experiences.  The internships spanned across the country, as far as Alaska and as close as Central Pennsylvania.  There was a robust mix of meteorological career options represented by these internships.  Opportunities arose from the private sector, the government, nonprofit organizations, and the broadcast field and truly allowed students to understand the many opportunities available in the field of meteorology.

In addition to our meetings, a beneficial lecture was presented to PSUBAMS, the Penn State Campus Weather Service, and the Penn State Department of Meteorology in late October.  Dr. John G. W. Kelley, a research meteorologist for the Marine Modeling and Analysis Programs at NOAA's Coast Survey Development Laboratory and Penn State Alum, presented a special seminar titled "NOAA's GIS Web Mapping Portal to Real-Time Coastal Observations and Forecasts." This seminar was a great opportunity for PSUBAMS members to learn more about the connection between GIS tools and Meteorology.

October proved to be a month full of knowledge and growth for PSUBAMS and its members. We are looking forward to the many more opportunities to come throughout the rest of fall and into the start of winter.--- Maria Zatko.



All Members Meeting Agenda

Date: October 4, 2007

Minutes: 7:00pm-8:00pm

Board Members in Attendance: Melissa P, Katie P, Norm, Jeff, Heather, Peter, Josh

Attendance: 60


         To start the meeting, an introduction of the new exec board members was given. Peter Austin is the new Webmaster and Josh Fisher is serving as a Junior representative along with Lindsay Ventura. In addition, Andy Desrosiers is the new First Year representative.

            Norm discussed the Meteorology Open House event to be held Saturday, October 13th from 11am-2pm. A sign-up sheet to help out with this event will be available after the meeting.

            Jeff reminded members to pay their $10 dues!

            Heather discussed the upcoming event at Dr. Koermer’s house on Saturday, October 20th at 9am. Volunteers are needed to help do some yard work. In exchange, the Koermer’s are making a sufficient donation to the AMS as well as providing lunch on the day of the event. A sign-up sheet will be available after the meeting.

            Katie displayed the long-sleeve shirt design to members and asked for input. The majority of members showed approval of the design. It was stressed that new design ideas for the shirts are welcomed.

            Melissa spoke about the Snowfall Contest to be held October 15th through October 26th in the HUB from 10am-2pm. The object is to guess the date when the first 3” of snow will fall in Plymouth, NH. A full day can be purchased for $3 or a 1/3 of a day is $1. Volunteers are needed to sell slots in the HUB. A sign-up sheet will be available after the meeting.

            Melissa also mentioned the Photo Contest which will tentatively be held in November. She urged members to start collecting photos for submission.

            Dr. Hoffman made an announcement about a guest speaker, Mr. John Caffrey of WSI on Thursday, October 11th at 4pm in Boyd 306. The speaker will be discussing internships and potential work positions with the company.

            To conclude the meeting, guest speaker Chris Gloninger gave insight into the realities of the “TV world” through an excellent presentation.--- Heather Dinon.



Meeting Minutes

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The meeting was called to order by chapter president Phillip Marzette at 5:36 pm PDT.

Map discussion:  Chapter president Phillip Marzette led the evening’s map discussion.

Evening’s program:

Chapter president Phillip Marzette led the evening’s program entitled “Is Global Warming a Threat to Us or is it Purely Media Sensationalism?”  Phillip gave an excellent background on the science of global warming.

Chapter members then gave their views on the subject.  Lupita Paredes-Miranda discussed how both the daytime and nighttime temperatures in Mexico City have become warmer during the past 10 to 15 years.  Subhashree Mishra discussed changes in fuel use in India which may have also contributed to a rise in CO2 levels in the region.  Lance Soule pointed out that it may be difficult for many people to completely change over to more environmentally-friendly modes of transportation.  Because of the sheer size of many metropolitan areas many residents would find it difficult to transition to such modes of transport as bicycles.  The chapter had an interesting discussion on global warming and it was clearly seen why this is such a contentious topic for many members of the public and media.

Officer reports:  There were no officer reports this meeting.

Committee reports:

Brian O’Hara (of the weather calendar committee) reported that the 2008 weather calendar projects continue to move forward.  Borders Bookstore, Sundance Bookstore, and the UNR Bookstore have agreed to sell our calendars.  We are still waiting to hear from Barnes & Noble Bookstore on whether they will carry them.  Some chapter members plan on selling calendars at the National Weather Association (NWA) annual convention here in Reno the week of October15-18, and at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in December.

Continuing business:

Brian Billings gave an update on the upcoming chapter “Fantasy Weather League” for this winter.  As mentioned at the September meeting, participants will choose various National Weather Service forecast offices from across the contiguous U.S.  They will get points for various weather events such as record low temperatures, precipitation and snowfall amounts, etc.

President Marzette also mentioned that the chapter still plans on viewing an evening weather broadcast at a local news station, and watching a weather balloon launch at the Reno National Weather Service office.

New business:

Shar Samy informed the members that a local elementary school teacher would like to work with the student chapter in order to introduce students to weather and general science.  Members felt that this would be a great form of outreach for the chapter.  Shar said that he would keep the chapter updated on this ongoing project.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:14 pm PDT.---Brian O’Hara.



October 11, 2007 



Southwest PA Chapter of the AMS October 2007 The Southwest Pennsylvania Chapter of the AMS participated in the Light the Night Walk in Pittsburgh on October 4, 2007. Nearly $500 was raised to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at this charitable activity, and students were honored for their donations.

During our first meeting of the month, the chapter unanimously voted to approve honorary membership of three former student members of the chapter. Carrie Carstater, David Shallenberger, and former Vice President Chris Gilson were all given honorary membership.

On Friday, October 12, the chapter welcomed Dr. Scott Sheridan of Kent State University to speak to the club on his recent research. Dr. Sheridan gave a presentation entitled “Heat Related Mortality – Forecasting and Mitigation.” Dr. Sheridan has become internationally renowned for his research in applied climatology and has also helped develop a widely used spatial synoptic climatology scale (SSC) for various types of air mass/circulation patterns. Several students inquired about graduate school and research ideas with Dr. Sheridan.

During the period of October 14-19, ten student members of the chapter attended the National Weather Association (NWA) conference in Reno, NV. Students agreed it was a successful and enjoyable conference and in addition, was beneficial in helping with future career goals. Several contacts were made with potential colloquia speakers in the future. The highlight of the conference was the presentation of the 2006-07 NWA Student Chapter of the Year to the Three Rivers Chapter of the NWA. We are very appreciative to be held in such high esteem and thankful to receive this honor.---Reece Todd.



We opened the second meeting of the year with a discussion about our upcoming trip to Austin/New Braunfels to visit a TV station and the National Weather Service. We will be leaving October 12 and getting back to College Station on the 13th. We also voted on a new t-shirt color and design. We had Zachary Glenn come and speak to our club about broadcast meteorology. He graduated from Texas A&M in 2005 and is currently the weekend meteorologist for KETK in Tyler, Texas.---Beth Bange.



The October 2007 meeting of the Twin Cities chapter of the American Meteorological Society was called to order at 7:02 pm on September 18, 2007 by President Chris Bovitz.  Secretary/Treasurer Lori Bovitz was also in attendance along with approximately 10 members and potential members.

Introductions were made and the secretary and treasurer reports were read.

A report about Scout Day at the National Weather Service office was provided by Matt Friedlein. Chapter member Lisa Schmid was also in attendance at the event. Scout Day provided tours and experiments to help local Boy and Girl Scouts meet the requirements for their weather merit badges. It was well attended with over 350 scouts. The NWS plans to do this event again in 2008. The local chapter of the AMS will try to have a presence as well.

A report about the 3M science workshop was provided by Doug Dokken. The event provided science exposure to almost 350 elementary and middle school teachers on Friday October 5th. On Saturday, a program was held for 3M employees and their families. It was noted that next year they would like some employees of NWS to attend and the local chapter will also try to have an expanded presence. At the event, Dokken displayed some numerical weather simulations and radar data for the St Peter tornado of 1998 and the Oklahoma City tornado in 1999.

Several upcoming events were discussed. The Northern Plains Winter Storm Conference will be held on the 24th and 25th of October in St Cloud. Members Chris Bovitz and Karen Trammell will be presenting. The next meeting will be November 13th at the Bloomington Steak n’ Ale. Retired NWSFO SOO Rich Naistat will be presenting his interpretations of the Rogers, MN tornado Inspector General report.

The business portion of the meeting was adjourned at 7:17 p.m.

After the meeting, Lt. (jg) Pat Didier and Lt. David Demers gave a presentation on the snow surveys done by the National Operation Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center in Chanhassen, MN.  The meeting was held in the hanger of Executive Aviation at Flying Cloud Airport where the planes used to do the snow surveys are housed.

Didier and Demers are pilots who fly the flight lines to determine the snow water equivalent in the snow pack during the winter. Both pilots are part of the NOAA Corps aviation program. They started out the presentation with a brief description of NOAA corps.

Next, Didier and Demers described the snow survey program. The program was started in the 1970s by Dr. Tom Carroll. The snow survey program measures the amount of water contained in the snow pack by measuring the amount of gamma ray reduction from the ground.  The soil contains different isotopes of uranium, potassium, and thallium. Water attenuates the emission of these isotopes and the amount of attenuation indicates the amount of water contained in the snow overlying the soil and the top 20 centimeters of the ground.

The pilots fly one of two planes along predetermined flight lines about 500 feet above the ground. Based on measurements made just before the soil freezes and the measurements made during the flights after snow has fallen, the amount of water in the snow pack can be determined.  There are currently about 2400 flight lines in the United States, southern Canada, and Alaska. In some areas, flights are done just before the soil freezes to get a baseline radiation measurement and this baseline is compared to the radiation measurements taken after the snowfall. The pilots fly about 12 to 15 missions per year. Each mission lasts 3 to 4 hours and about 5 to 10 minutes are spent on each flight line.

Measurements are taken using sodium crystals onboard the plane. These sodium crystals detect the gamma radiation from the soil. The information gathered from the sodium crystals is run through a computer onboard the plane to determine the amount of water in the snow pack. Five sodium crystals are carried on the plane with two facing up to help strip out the amount of background cosmic radiation, and five facing down to detect the radiation in the soil.

The presentation concluded with a question and answer session and a look at the two planes and their instrument packs. ---Lori Bovitz.



Monthly Agenda

October 29, 2007  11:30am



Treasurer Report -- $362

Results from previous Bake Sale - $160

Holiday Bake sale Dec 4th

Calendars – tabled until next year

Educational Outreach –

Severe Weather Poster Contest – letters being sent out within next couple weeks

Sally Ride Science Festival – showed pictures of where we made anemometers with the girls and provided handouts. Had posters and a computer animation of the 2005 Hurricane Season

Outreach Chair – Cabinet appointed Christina Crowe as Public/Educational Outreach Chair.  Christina plans to create a box of tools to use for school talks, science festivals, etc.  The box will have workbooks to provide schools, projects and experiments, and a flash drive with PowerPoint presentations for different age groups as well as other good learning tools.  If interested in helping Christina contact her at  Also, she’s looking to see if there’d be interest to bring in someone from the Red Cross to train us as Red Cross emergency responders.  This could be useful for us to see what people need and how to help when the weather impacts their lives. Contact Christina if you are interested.


Becoming student chapter – the paper work is in the process of being completed.

Report from Annual Meeting – Elise gave a report on the Annual NWA meeting that she attended Oct 15-18 in Reno.  She is also the newly appointed NWA Council – student representative and looking for input from the students on how the NWA can be better serve the students.  Contact her at Johnson@nsstc with any ideas or suggestions.

Annual AMS Meeting –

Chapter Abstract and Poster – Email Elise is you want to help work on the poster

Dept funding available – Contact Chris Schultz at Schultz@nsstc if you are interested in taking advantage of this funding.


Website –

Suggestions to Jon Fairman fairman@nsstc

Future Meetings –

What would you like to see at meetings?  We have lots of scientists in this building that all have stories of how they have got to where they are at.  If you want to hear someone’s story of their career path send the cabinet the name and we’ll see about getting them to present at one of our meetings.--- Holly Searcy.



Thursday, October 25, 2007


We are now an official student chapter of the American Meteorological Society.  Additionally, our application to become a Registered Student Organization within the university has been accepted.  Now that the student chapter is official, we are planning to have meetings much more frequently (approximately once a month), and we eventually hope to invite speakers to our meetings.  Anyone who would like to join can pay $2 in student AMS dues to Amanda.


The university restricts the way its name is used by student organizations, limiting our options in creating a name.  After a vote, our official name is the Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (SCAMS@UIUC).

Constitution Update:

Now that we are an official student chapter, we need to create an official constitution.  This constitution will completely separate SCAMS@UIUC from DASSO.  The constitution is currently still in draft form, but the basic outline of officer duties and voting procedures should remain the same.  The draft constitution was used in order to run elections at the end of the meeting.  An official constitution will have to be finalized and voted on soon.

Logo and T-Shirt Design Contest:

We held two separate contests, one for an official logo for the student chapter and one for a design to go on a t-shirt.  Michelle’s designs won both the logo and the t-shirt contests—congratulations!  The winning designs, along with all of the submitted designs can be viewed at  We are working on making apparel available with these designs on them, hopefully in time for the holidays.

Committee Updates:

Forecast Contest Committee—The entry deadline for the snow pool was October 30th…now all we have to do is get some snow!

Social Committee—Earlier in the month the social committee organized a trip to a Haunted House.  Continuing with the Halloween theme, on Halloween they sponsored pumpkin carving in front of the department.

Community Outreach Committee—We are looking into working with local scout troops on their weather badges and participating in some aspect of Science Olympiad.

Website Committee—The website is still a work in progress (  Pages are planned highlighting members of the club, a history of student organizations within the department, information about the area for incoming grad students, and ways to live greener in Champaign-Urbana.

Fundraising Committee—Among other ideas, they are thinking of organizing a weather photo contest.  More details to come.

AMS Annual Meeting:

Wendi has been keeping everybody updated on anticipated costs associated with attending the meeting this January in New Orleans, as well as potential ways to get assistance with those costs.  We are in the process of applying for funding through the university, so we will have a much better idea of the actual total costs after we hear back from them.  If you are planning to attend and have any questions regarding logistics, please contact Wendi.

Officer Elections:

2007-2008 SCAMS@UIUC Officers

              President: Wendi Kaufeld

              Vice President: Nick Vercellotti

              Secretary: Faye Barthold

              Treasurer: Amanda Wisdom

              Webmaster: Brittany Deterding

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, November 15th.--- Faye Barthold.



October 25, 2007

**Meeting was held in L.C. 160 at 8pm due to our special guest lecture.**

Don’t forget to send in your pictures for the contest! Send pictures to by the end of October.

SEND IN ADDRESSES for fundraising!  We need these NOW.  This is the call.  If we don’t get them in soon, we will have to abandon the idea of a storm chasing trip.  Please send your addresses to Scott or the Atmo club email.   Again, these are addresses of people (family, friends, and neighbors) or businesses that you think will donate to us.  Thank you.

Also, don’t forget about our TAILGATE at the Orange Bowl on November 10th at the game versus Virginia.  This is the historic last home UM football game in the Orange Bowl.  You won’t want to miss out.  The tailgate is located under the I-836, and directions will be given out next month.  There will be lots of food and drinks.

Special Guest Lecture:

Meteorologist John Gerard from NBC 6 News came tonight and gave us a one hour lecture on “Weather vs. Climate.”  A 30 minute question and answer section followed.

John Gerard forecasts on television and radio.  He started out as a private sector meteorologist forecasting for numerous companies.  He will be teaching two classes at Miami next (Spring 08) semester.  If you are interested in public speaking, communications, or broadcast meteorology you should really consider these classes.  His classes are:

              - MSC120 à 1 CREDIT (Section P)

              - MSC306 à 3 CREDITS (Section KY)

*The 3 credit course contains a lot of camera work during class.  Also, books that Mr. Gerard recommends for this class or reading are “The Weather Book” and “Meteorology Today.”

Some quotes from John Gerard during his lecture:

“Take the science of meteorology and present it in an easy understandable way.” (He said this is what he does everyday.)

“We don’t want to ignore global warming.  It is what it is.” (While talking about his stance on global warming.)

“It has become very political, which is a shame.” (Concerning the California wildfires.  When reporting the weather, only state the facts. Don’t politicize.)

Mr. Gerard also spoke on how today we (American meteorologists) are still only 85% accurate in our forecasts, and he believes we can do better than that.  One way of improving our forecasts is by using better computers, called supercomputers, which Europe currently owns.  He also said that when forecasting the weather, “make sure you are both clear and visually appealing.”--- Dianna Francisco.



Student Organization of Meteorology (STORM) presents Dr. Bill Gray:  Global Warming and Hurricane Changes

October 12, 2007          3:00 PM EDT    UNC Charlotte Fretwell Building Room 100

This meeting featured a talk from Dr. Bill Gray of Colorado State University.  His talk, hosted by STORM and the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, argued against the idea of human-induced global climate change and its impact on tropical cyclones.

Overview of Dr. Gray’s speech

Question and Answer Period:



Minutes from:

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Clifford Hall, Rm. 264

5:00 p.m.

Members Present:

              Alan Borho, Advisor

   Kira Dordal, President

              Katy Olson, Vice President

              Becki Legatt, Secretary

              Kelly Kramlich, Treasurer

              Erin Bertschi

              Kevin Skow

              Dan Koller

              Leah Tatarak

              Matt Saari

              Andrea Neumann

              Kelsey Watkins

              Chris Hammer

              Angelle van Oploo

              Shawn Palmquist

              Chris Krupp

              Ashton Singhal

              Matt Ham

Call to Order:

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


Past Minutes:

            Last meeting our committees met and planned out things for the semester.    

Officer Reports:

              Secretary’s Report: Past meeting’s minutes were read.

              Vice Pres Report: national AMS scholarship applications are coming up, for more information see the following webpage:

One of the graduate students is volunteering to provide tutoring on 4th floor.  We will have his office hours available at the next meeting. 

              Treasurer’s Report: As of right now, our balance is: $561.13.

Dues are $30.  All members should get them in asap to Kelly. 

Guest Speaker: none this week


Old Business:

              No old business for the first meeting.

New Business:

              Committees met to discuss what’s going on and then shared everything with the entire group. 



-Concessions at the Ralph … possibly next year or filling in for another group this year.  Approx $1200 for the whole season. We discussed this as a group and decided it may not be the best idea because our group has many true Sioux hockey fans. 

-Cookie dough flyer… looking into this and will get more information for the next meeting. 

-Sign up to bake goodies to sell on 4th floor.  Try to vary what you bring.  Bring items to Al on 4th floor on Monday of your week and make sure the items individually wrapped.  Put $0.50 worth of goodies in a package.

-Alerus Nov 3rd selling concessions sign up passed around.  Time commitment 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM.



-Photo contest …October’s theme is non-convective clouds.  Send photos to the ams email account.  Photos are due midnight on october 15th,  , and voting will take place October 15th to the end of the month.

-Girl Scout badge workshop on October 26th.  A sign up sheet was passed around.  There will be 5 stations and 5 groups of girl scouts will go around to each station.  We have 4 Station leaders so far and a few group leaders… one more station leader needed for the cloud station.  If you sign up YOU MUST COME! We will meet the Wednesday before at 7:30 PM to plan the details and to let everyone what’s going on at Clifford Hall  somewhere.  

-Halloween Trick-or-Treating at professor’s house.  That Wednesday evening around 4:30ish.  We’ll be talking with professors to set up times to stop by. 


-In process of finding a speaker.  We received information about 2 possible speakers from Brad, one of the grad students.  The possible speakers were Courtney Schumacher and Sarah D. Brooks, both are Assistant Professors at Texas A&M and both have their Ph D’s.  Another long shot possibility for a speaker would be Susan Solomon.  She’s the woman who led the research concerning the ozone hole depletion in Antarctica.  Her research led to the banning of CFC’s in the US in the 1990’s. 


-We aren’t doing anything screen printed because we have a nice logo that is already saved with the company for embroidery.

-This year we will sell embroidered polos in black, fleece (full or quarter zip to be determined based on cost) in black and green, and hooded sweatshirts in black and forrest green.  All items will be embroidered with the AtSc UND logo from 2 years ago.

-We’re checking into other things including fleece blankets, sports bags, winter knit hats, and knit scarfs.

-Making up an order form that will be sent out through list serv… and copies will also be available on 4th floor.  Anyone can fill out their own order form attach a check once they’re available…hopefully out next week.



              -Interested Jan 20-24th AMS annual meeting?  Students working at the conference can get free hotel and per diem. The drawback is that you room with one or two other people.  Applications are due the 19th of October.  They would pay for all but plane ticket and cab to from airport.  For travel grant must be senior or 1st year grad student.  See the AMS website for more information.



              Meeting was adjourned without objection at 5:45.


Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Clifford Hall, Rm. 264

5:00 p.m.

Members Present:

              Alan Borho, Advisor

   Kira Dordal, President

              Katy Olson, Vice President

              Becki Legatt, Secretary

              Kelly Kramlich, Treasurer

              Erin Bertschi

              Kevin Skow

              Dan Koller

              Leah Tatarak

              Matt Saari

              Andrea Neumann

              Kelsey Watkins

              Chris Hammer

              Angelle van Oploo

              Shawn Palmquist

              Chris Krupp

              Matt Ham

              Peter Johnson

              Aaron Hommerding

              Michael Phillips

Call to Order:

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


Past Minutes:

            Last meeting our committees met and planned out things for the semester.    

Officer Reports:

              Secretary’s Report: Past meeting’s minutes were read.

              Vice Pres Report: none

              Treasurer’s Report: As of right now, our balance is: $561.13.

Dues are $30.  All members should get them in asap to Kelly. 

Guest Speaker: none this week


Old Business:

              No old business for the first meeting.

New Business:

            - Anyone interested in an internship at studio one should consider applying.  Applications are due this Friday, October 26th.  If anyone is interested in just coming to a show to see what goes on behind the scenes should talk with one of the AMS officers or a studio one weather team member. 

              -Committees briefly to discuss what’s going on and then shared an update with the entire group. 




-Photo contest is continuing, go to the website and vote for your favorite! 

-Trick-or-Treating at the professor’s houses will take place on Oct 31st .  The time and schedule will be determined in the coming week and an email will be sent out on list serv.

-The Girl Scout workshop will take place this Friday at 6:30 – 8:30.  Volunteers need to arrive at 5:30 PM at the Girl Scout council (2525 Demers Avenue by the police station and Burger Time).  A practice run-through will take place this Wednesday at 8 PM in the Met 110 room.

-Who’s Who wall will hopefully be up first week in November on 4th floor of Clifford Hall. 


-We’re still in the process of looking for a banquet speaker.  We will be

sending out a list-serv email in the coming week to seek input from everyone in the atmospheric science department.  By next meeting we will compile an official list of possible banquet speakers and begin writing a formal letter to send out to each speaker candidate.  Our ultimate goal for this year is still to find a female speaker for the banquet. 


-Everyone should have received an email through list serv with the options

for this year’s clothing items.  Print off the order form and bring it to Mary Ann by October 31st.   



              -This Friday at 2:15 PM there will be a 3 hour power outage in Clifford Hall as the local energy company does something with the power connections in the building.



              Meeting was adjourned without objection at 5:26.---Becki Legatt.



Activities for the month of October 2007 

Service, Outreach & Recruiting:



Fund Raising:



Monthly Minutes-October

Hot dog Sale
On October 1st we had a hot dog sale as a fund raising activity for our 2nd initiation at the Physics Department‘s lobby.

Monthly Meeting
On October 11th our chapter had a monthly meeting at 10:53 am. A total of 32 people attended. We discussed the last details of our 2nd initiation. Alina del M. Nieves, the magazine committee’s president, mentioned that our 1st edition of our magazine would be released on November 8th . In addition, our members voted to choose our magazine’s name. The meeting concluded at 11:46 am.

2nd UPRM Student Chapter Initiation
The second initiation of the UPRM Student Chapter of the AMS was on October 19th, 2007 at the Ramón Figueroa Chapel Amphitheatre. We counted on the presence of some members of the Puerto Rico Professional Chapter of the AMS, Rafael Mojica, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the NWS Weather Forecasting Office of Puerto Rico, Althea Austin, Service Hydrologist at the NWS in Puerto Rico, Ada Monzón, Broadcast Meteorology of Univision Puerto Rico, university officers, professors, and students’ family members. A total of 27 new members were initiated. During our initiation we made the official presentation of our 1st magazine’s edition, who was presented by Alina del M. Nieves, the magazine committee’s president. The activity also included musical performance by two members of our chapter: Patricia Sánchez and María d. Marrero. After the initiation finished, snacks were served.

Beach Clean-up and Reforestation
On October 27th 2007 a delegation of AMS students collaborated with “El Banco Popular” of Puerto Rico and other organizations, and volunteers of the Estela’s Community to clean Playa Rincón at Rincón, Puerto Rico. After cleaning the beach, we helped with the reforestation of different types of trees.

Weather Today
Our 2nd Weather Today of the semester was held on October 25th at 10:45 am. A total of 15 people attended. We had the opportunity to see one of the series titled The Weather which portrays the phenomena that comes with winter such as avalanches and ice storms and also about communities who live under extreme cold during the entire year.--- Nestor Flecha.



October activities:  

Oct. 1- Officers meeting at 4:30.

Oct 3- Meteorology Club Flag Football "Jet Streaks" practice

Oct 4- Meteorology Club meeting. We discussed upcoming activies. We also had a guest speaker who talked to us about our upcoming Habitat for Humanity project in November.

Oct 10- Jet Streaks Flag Football practice

Oct 17- Jet Streaks Flag Football Game at 8:30.

Oct 22- Officers meeting at 4:30

Oct 24- Jet Streaks Flag football games at 8:30 and 9:30. The Jet Streaks won tht 8:30 game.

Oct 29- SeCAPS meeting for all committee heads and officers at 4:30pm.---Miranda Hayes.



Cool Season Heavy Rainfall Events Over West Central Florida

Cool season, non-tropical rainfall events were the topic of discussion for the October meeting of the West Central Florida chapter of the AMS. Research on this topic was done by Anthony Reynes, and John McMichael, along with Charles Paxton, who was also the presenter at this meeting. Paxton (Science and Operations Officer at the NWS, Tampa Bay Area) explained the criteria which were used for discerning which cases were included in the study. These were that it had to be a non-tropical event, there had to be a recorded amount of 5 inches of rain fallen in a particular area during the event, and the event had to occur between the months of September through May during the years 1948 through 2006. Paxton noted that nearly stationary bands of precipitation caused these rainfall events with cells moving toward the northeast from the Gulf of Mexico. He also noted that for the 26 cases which were studied, the events usually lasted anywhere from 4 to 12 hours. Paxton then went on to show specific examples of these rainfall events, and their relationship to El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO).

The 8th May, 1979 event was used as the first case study, with Tampa International Airport receiving over 11 inches of rain. The occurrence on the 3rd February, 2006 was another example of the typical rain event being researched. This event occurred when a cold front stalled over the area, dumping 8 inches of rain in 5 hours, and just over 13 inches of rain total in Pinellas County, according to satellite estimates. By studying the soundings for this event, it was noted that the atmospheric conditions were moderately unstable, along with low level veering, and increasing winds aloft. It was noted by using the base velocity product within GR2Analyst (GRLevel2 Analyst Edition is an advanced Nexrad Level II analysis application) that there was an area of convergence located directly over Pinellas County, which caused a bow in the frontal system (see Figure 1). Paxton hypothesized that it may have been this convergence which helped stall the front in this area, allowing it to dump such an incredible amount of rain in such a short period of time.

Paxton then discussed how the 26 total rain events compared to ENSO. Most events occur in neutral phases, with 15 cases falling within this category. 8 cases occurred in the warm ENSO phase, and 4 occurred in the cool ENSO phase. Although there was not a strong statistical connection, there was some indication of a positive correlation between the events and warm ENSOs, as there were four events from 1997 through 1998.

Paxton then presented composites of certain atmospheric conditions as the day of the event approached. The first composite showed that low sea level pressure strengthened and moved toward Florida. The next composite showed that at 1000 hPa, the wind vectors strengthened, and moved from southeasterly to southerly for the day of the event. The third composite showed wind vectors at 250 hPa, and showed upper divergence over the Tampa Bay area. The fourth composite was that of specific humidity at 700 hPa. This showed that an area of higher specific humidity became consolidated and gradually more intense as it came to rest over central Florida on the day of the event. Another composite which was viewed showed that there was an area of divergence aloft over Florida and convergence at the surface. Paxton also averaged the sounding parameters for the 26 events and stated that the values indicated convective scenarios.

Paxton concluded his presentation by stating the average conditions necessary for such a heavy rainfall event to occur. He stated that these events most likely occurred when there was a “Mid to upper level trough far west of Florida, a surface low pressure to the west, and elongated slow moving surface trough over Florida.” Paxton also stated that the Gulf of Mexico was a source of moisture and instability, and that coastal convergence amplified the rainfall by strengthening the convection. Although it is still difficult to predict exactly when and where these rainfall events will occur, this research has provided forecasters with a more detailed understanding of the atmospheric conditions prior to rainfall events. Therefore, Paxton’s research may be used as a generalized guide in order to predict such rainfall events. More information on this research can be found at and a link to view the presentation can be found on the chapter’s website at M. Collins.



October Newsletter.--- Paul Gehred.


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