Our last chapter meeting was held virtually on January 8. Our speaker was Greg Carbin of the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK. Greg remotely presented his "Meteorological Memories of 2013". Meeting minutes are available. The next meeting is tentatively planned for March.
We are pleased to announce that the 16th Annual High Plains Conference will be held August 6-7, 2014 on the campus of Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. Abstracts are now being accepted with an deadline of July 4, 2014. Oral and poster presentations are solicited on all topics related to weather that affects the Central and High Plains regions of the U.S. In addition, presentations on decision support services, weather-related sociology, and the use of geographic information systems and social media are also welcomed. See the Call for Papers announcement for more details.
The High Plains Chapter of the AMS/NWA is pleased to announce that the 2012 Jim Johnson Scholarship has been awarded to Connor Dennhardt. Connor just graduated from Grand Island Northwest High School and will attend the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (U.N.L.) beginning this fall. He will major in meteorology and hopes to gain employment as an operational forecaster upon graduation from U.N.L. The Jim Johnson Scholarship Selection Committee received several strong candidates this year, but the committee found Connor's essay to be most impressive and inspiring. Through his essay, Connor demonstrated a deep-rooted passion for weather which could be traced to his early childhood. In addition, his essay also proved Connor possesses a great deal of vision both for his future career, and the science of meteorology. Connor stopped by WFO-Hastings for a visit and during that time many of us in the office had the chance to meet this outstanding young man. We wish Connor the best of luck as he embarks on his journey to becoming a meteorologist.
The officers for 2014 are:
President - Bill Taylor (North Platte)
Vice-President - Jeremy Wesely (Hastings)
Treasurer - Scott Bryant (Hastings)
Secretary - Tim Burke (Dodge City)
See our officers page for contact info and "mug shots."
Here are our officers, constitution, and members.