2012 Meetings

Winter Meeting

Date/Time: Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 10:30 am.

: Stormwater Management in Northeast Ohio

: Cheryl Soltis-Muth, Supervising Chemist, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Location: Strongsville Public Library, 18700 Westwood Drive, Strongsville, OH 44136. Click here for a map.

Lunch: Romano's Macaroni Grill, 17095 Southpark Center, Strongsville, OH 44136.

February Meeting

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm.

Topic: Tragedy Strikes the 2011 Chicago-Mackinac Sailboat Race

Speaker: Mark Thornton, LakeErieWX

Location: Fairview Park Public Library, Room A, 21255 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, OH 44126

Abstract: The Chicago Yacht Club sponsored the first sailboat race from Chicago to Mackinac Island, Michigan, in 1898, earning it the distinction as the oldest freshwater race in the world. Affectionately known as “The MAC”, the race’s 300 nautical mile course begins near the mouth of the Chicago River and takes the competitors northeast across Lake Michigan, past the Fox Islands and Beaver Island and under the majestic Mackinac Bridge to the finish line near Mackinac Island, Michigan. The MAC continues to grow in popularity, with approximately 350 boats answering the starting gun in 2011.

The 300-mile race is a test of sailing skills and endurance. In addition, weather conditions in the Great Lakes during the summer can be volatile. Observing the weather and managing the boat and crew in threatening conditions is part of the challenge. Prior to 2011, not a single weather-related fatality had occurred in the race’s 103 year history. This extraordinary safety record ended when a strong storm system crossed upper Lake Michigan late on Sunday, July 17, 2011 and resulted in the deaths of two competitors. This presentation offers an analysis of the initial development of the storms, their transition into an organized system, and their transit across the lake.


Spring Meeting

: Saturday April 28, 2012 at 10:30 am.

: Potential Local Impacts of Global Climate Change

: Dr. Joseph Ortiz, Kent State University

Location: Room 234, McGilvrey Hall, Kent State University, Kent, OH

Lunch: Guacamole’s, 1888 State Route 59, Kent, OH 44240

Directions: Kent State University is near the intersection of Ohio State Routes 43 and 59. McGilvery Hall is at the corner of South Lincoln and East Summit Streets. From the south (and from I-76) take Route 43 north for 4 miles into town. Turn right onto East Summit Street by the CVS. From the north and Route 59, head south on Route 43 (called South Water Street in Kent) and make the first left at the light onto East Summit Street. On East Summit, turn left at the first light and park in the parking lot on your right. The parking lot is at the rear of the DuBoise Bookstore and is usually free on the weekend. McGilvery Hall is across the street from the bookstore.

Summer Meeting

Date/Time: Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 10:30 am.

Topic: Findings from the Joplin Missouri Tornado Assessment

Speaker: Gary Garnet, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service-Cleveland

Location: Strongsville Public Library, 18700 Westwood Drive, Strongsville, OH 44136. Click here for a map.

: Romano's Macaroni Grill, 17095 Southpark Center, Strongsville, OH 44136.

Fall Meeting

Date/Time: Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 10:30 am

Topic: Tour of the First Energy Meteorological Operations Center

Speaker: Fred Starheim, Pete Manousos and Brian Kots

Location: 76 S. Main Street, Akron, OH 44308. On street parking is available on Main Street, Mill Street or the parking garage behind the First Energy office building. Click here for a map of the meeting location.

Lunch: Spaghetti Warehouse, 510 S. Main Street, Akron, OH 44311 (330.374.0025) Click here for information regarding the restaurant.

Christmas Get Together

Date/Time: To Be Announced

Topic: To Be Announced

Location: To Be Announced