Minutes of the High Plains AMS/NWA Chapter Meeting

April 18, 2007

Nineteen members came from far and wide to gather in Phillipsburg, KS at the Frisky Brisket golf course club. We met in the dining room at 11:30 AM, enjoyed a period of lunch and visiting, and then reconvened in a lower room for a presentation.  John Stopkotte/ SOO from North Platte, NE, briefed the group on an unusual “Anticyclonic Tornado near Rushville, NE on June 20th, 2006.”  This was a left moving storm, which normally would not have developed into a tornado, but moved into an environment favorable for anticyclonic rotation.  John stressed that this does not fit any of our conceptual models, and takes a different approach (looking upside down) to recognize these potentially dangerous storms.

Call to order.
  The meeting was called to order at 12:15 PM.  Secretary Tim Burke/DDC read the minutes from the previous meeting on 01/24/07; accepted as read. 

Treasurer’s report.  Treasurer Matt Masek/LBF sent a report in his absence, which Christina Henderson reported.  The previous balance of $1551.81 had deposits of $1017.37 from dues and scholarship donations, for a current balance of $2569.18.  Of this balance, $690.00 is earmarked for the Jim Johnson Scholarship, leaving a “usable” balance of $1879.18.

Old Business.  The Jim Johnson Scholarship committee, made up of a representative from each NWS office in the chapter, met to discuss the judging process.  Four applications had been received, and each committee member was a given copy of all the applications.  A winner will be selected by May 1st. 

New Business.  The 11th High Plains conference will be held August 16th and 17th, Thu/Fri in Hastings, Nebraska at Hastings College.  There may be a meeting on the Wednesday afternoon prior (Aug 15th), designed for NWS personnel to exchange ideas.  Three hotels have been reserved, with 50 rooms blocked off for conference attendees.  Keynote speakers thus far include Jon Davies from Wichita, and Ron Przybylinski/SOO from the St. Louis NWS office.  Presenters are encouraged to submit a paper, and our conference is known for its friendliness, especially toward first time presenters.  More information will soon be on our Chapter webpage:  www.highplains-amsnwa.org 
It was announced that a HP Chapter member, Jon Finch from Dodge City, has been invited to be the guest speaker at the Kansas City AMS meeting on May 15th.  Jon will present a talk on the 50th Anniversary of the deadly (F5) Ruskin Heights Tornado, May 20, 1957.    

Adjournment.  The meeting adjourned at 1:25 PM.  The next meeting will be the end of June, and members will be notified of the date and location.

Rick Ewald, President
Tim Burke, Secretary