2011 Meetings

Winter Meeting

Date/Time: Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 10:30 am.

: Assessing the Influence of Weather During Wintertime High Mortality Days (abstract)

: Michael J. Allen, Kent State University PhD Student

Abstract: The relationship between weather and human health has been studied from various perspectives in the fields of climatology and epidemiology. However, this geographic study is the first to focus solely on individual mortality spike days which represent the individual days during the winter season with the highest mortality. For five U.S. cities, human mortality is related to atmospheric conditions including temperature, pressure, precipitation, and the Spatial Synoptic Classification. Comparing atmospheric conditions on mortality spike days and non-spike days, consistent differences in some of these variables are evident. On spike days, temperatures are warmer, pressure is lower, and there is a greater likelihood of precipitation than non-spike days. By classifying map patterns based upon synoptic characteristics, similar patterns on some mortality spike days are also observed

: Brunswick Library (Sycamore Meeting Room-A), Brunswick, Ohio.

: Brunswick Community Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick, OH 44212. From I-71 exit west at Route 303. Turn right (north) on Center Road at a traffic light after just a few minutes on Route 303 west. The Sycamore Room is immediately on your right upon entering the library.

Lunch: Winking Lizard, 3634 Center Road, Brunswick, OH (330-220-9944).

Spring Meeting

: Saturday April 30, 2011 at 10:30 am.

: Recent Storm Interrogation Methods at the National Weather Service

: Charles Woodrum, Journeyman Forecaster, NWS Pittsburgh, PA

Location: Meeting Room A, Strongsville Public Library, 18700 Westwood Drive, Strongsville, OH 44136 (The library is behind the Strongsville Police Station).

Lunch: Romano's Macaroni Grill, 17095 Southpark Center, Strongsville, OH (440-872-3000)

Summer Meeting

Date/Time: Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 10:30 am.

Topic: Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation's (LEEDCO) Wind Turbine Project

Speaker: Carolyn Boyce, Community Outreach, Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCO)

Description: LEEDCO was founded in August 2009 as a private, nonprofit regional corporation to initially build wind turbines in Lake Erie, and eventually help stimulate an entire offshore freshwater wind industry. As a regional economic development corporation, LEEDCo is bringing together the necessary constituencies and stakeholders from Lake Erie's coastal counties of Ohio, creating a single point of contact. LEEDCo efforts are focused in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake, and Lorain Counties. (Click here to visit LEEDCO's website.)

Location: Brecksville Public Library, 9089 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, OH 44141. The library is located south of Route 82 in the Brecksville Municipal Complex. (Click here for a map)

: Lunch will be at Simon's Restaurant, 7770 Chippewa Road (Route 82), Brecksville. The restaurant is located just around the corner from the public library.

Fall Meeting

Date/Time: September 24, 2011 at 10:30 am.

Topic: The Current Status of Lightning Safety Knowledge and the Effects of Lightning Education Modes on College Students

Speaker: Melissa Phillips. Melissa is currently a Ph.D. student at Kent State University in the Department of Geography.  Her area of research and interests involves primarily natural hazards but also includes climate change.  She received a Master of Arts in Geography from Kent State University in 2011 and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Oklahoma in 2008.  In addition, Melissa is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the Association of American Geographers.   

Abstract: Lightning is a natural hazard occurring frequently within the United States causing injury, damage, and death.  To avoid this hazard, citizens need to self mitigate their risk by taking action. To determine if citizens have the tools to mitigate their risk, the level of lightning safety knowledge must be known.  No studies have previously explored the status of lightning safety knowledge.  Lightning safety information is readily available throughout the country in many forms; however different modes of educating about lightning have never been tested for level of efficacy.  Therefore, we are unaware if citizens understand their risk, have the knowledge to mitigate their risk, or if current safety programs are effectively educating citizens.  This study distributed surveys to college students in three states with variable risk, Florida, Ohio, and Colorado.  Following the pre-mode survey, students were shown videos, given brochures, or both with lightning safety information.  A follow-up survey was then distributed.  Chi-square analysis was used to analyze the data.  This study provides a current status of lightning safety knowledge, discusses the most misunderstood areas of lightning safety, analyzes the relationship between past deaths and current knowledge as well as variable risk and the presence of lightning safety education programs, explores several lightning education modes as well as the role of gender, and finally, determines vulnerabilities for the study areas. 

: Berea Public Library, 7 Berea Commons, Berea, Ohio 44017-2524. The library is located next to the Berea Police Station. (click here for map)

Lunch: After the meeting, we will adjourn to Tony K's for lunch. The restaurant is located at 841 W. Bagley Road in Berea.

Special Late Fall Meeting

Date/Time: November 19, 2011 at 10:30 am.

Topic: Ice Breaking on the Great Lakes

Speaker: Chief David Garrido from the 140 foot Coast Guard ice-breaking tug Neah Bay.  

Location: Brunswick Public Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick, OH 44212

Directions: Brunswick Community Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick, OH 44212. From I-71 exit west at Route 303. Turn right (north) on Center Road at a traffic light after just a few minutes on Route 303 west. The Sycamore Room is immediately on your right upon entering the library.

Lunch: Winking Lizard, 3634 Center Road, Brunswick, OH (330-220-9944).


Christmas Get Together

Date/Time: Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Topic: Social Gathering/Christmas Dinner, no chapter business.

: Lone Star Steakhouse, 24941 Country Club Boulevard, North Olmsted, OH 44070. Click here for map.