Next meeting of the Smoky Mountain Chapter
of the American Meteorological Society
This meeting will be held at the National Weather Service office in Morristown.
5:30 pm Dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings, 2843 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy. Morristown, TN 37814
7:15 pm AMS Meeting begins--Introductions; Welcome Guests
7:30 pm Weather Information Needs for On-Site Rescue/Recovery Agencies - Todd Jones, District Coordinator, TEMA East Region,
8:00 pm Efforts to Increase Climatology Curriculum and Establish a State Climate Office at ETSU - Dr. Andrew Joyner, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Geosciences, East Tennessee State University,
Johnson City, TN
8:30 pm "The Influence of Atmospheric Rivers on Extreme Precipitation Events Observed in the Southern Appalachians" -
David Hotz, Science and Operations Officer (speaker),
Jessica Winton, Meteorologist (co-author)
About our Speakers--
Todd J. Jones
- B.A. in Political Science from MTSU
- M.A. in Political Science from UT Knoxville
- Teaching Certificate in Government and History
- Worked in Customer Service and computer/network maintenance in lumber/hardware for over 15 years.
- Brief stint teaching Government at the Lincoln County Ninth Grade Academy.
- Currently into sixth year in Emergency Management at TEMA.
- Second year in State Watch Point.
- Todd serves as District Coordinator in the TEMA East Region for Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hawkins, and Hancock Counties, helping meet the needs of the local EMA in those counties. Todd also manages the TEMA-East HAZMAT training program.
Dr. Andrew Joyner
- Dr. Andrew Joyner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at East Tennessee State University and he currently serves as the Director for the Geoinformatics and Disaster Science (GADS) Lab and the Geospatial Exploration Lab (GEL).
- Dr. Joyner earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography from Louisiana State University (2008), a Master of Science in Medical Geography from the University of Florida (2010), and a PhD in Physical Geography with a minor in Disaster Science and Management from Louisiana State University (2013).
- Dr. Joyner is currently the Project Manager for the initial East Tennessee State University Campus Hazard Mitigation Plan and he served as the Assistant Project Manager for the 2014 Louisiana State Hazard Mitigation Plan.
- Dr. Joyner was also an editor for Selected Readings in Applied Climatology.
- He has teaching and research experience in the fields of physical geography, applied climatology, hazard mitigation and planning, spatial epidemiology, and geospatial analysis.
Jessica Winton (co-author)
- B.S. in Agricultural Meteorology from Purdue University, 1986
- Student Meteorologist with the Climate Analysis Center at Camp Springs, MD from 1985-86.
- Meteorologist Intern at the WSO at Bristol, TN from 1986-87.
Agricultural Forecaster at the Weather Service Center (AWSC) at Stoneville, MS from 1987-90.
- Journeyman Forecaster at the NWSO at Amarillo, TX from 1990-94.
- Journeyman Forecaster at the WFO at Morristown, TN from 1994-98
- Senior Forecaster at WFO Morristown, TN from 1998-2005
Science and Operations Officer (SOO) at WFO Morristown, TN, 2005 - present
- As the Science Officer, David leads the Forecast Office’s Operations as well as the Training for the Operational Staff. David has had numerous scientific journal publications, and often leads our hazardous weather briefings for Emergency Management and other critical agencies.
- B.S. in Meteorology from Mississippi State University in 2011
- M.S. in Meteorology from Mississippi State University in 2014
June 2010-Sept 2011--SCEP (Student Employee) at WFO Birmingham, AL
- Sept 2011-present: Intern at WFO Morristown, TN
- Jessica is the Program Manager for: Climate Information, Tropical / Marine Program.
- Jessica is a Program Asst. in: AWIPS (NWS Workstations), Webmaster, NWS (Internal) Chat.
- Jessica leads the MRX Forecast and Operations Team and is a member of the following teams:
GIS, Internet, Social Media, Impact Decision Support Services, and Outreach.