Minutes of the High Plains AMS/NWA Chapter Meeting

April 22, 2013

The High Plains Chapter of the AMS/NWA held a teleconference and a webinar, on Monday, April 22nd, at 12:30 PM CST.  There were 23 members dialed into the teleconference. President Bill Taylor/North Platte, Neb. welcomed everyone to the phone call, and started a brief business meeting.  Treasurer Scott Bryant/Hastings, Neb. reported there was $5,884.44 in the Ledger Balance, with $2,140.00 in the Jim Johnson Scholarship Fund, leaving $3,724.44 available in the Chapter’s checkbook.  Your 2013 dues are due – check within your office to see who is collecting the dues, and give them $15 by May 15th.  Each office representative will then mail the collected dues to Treasurer Scott Bryant/Hastings, Neb. after May 15th.  The Jim Johnson Scholarship chairman, also Scott Bryant, summarized that program.  The committee has received 5 to 6 good candidates, and will select the winner by April 30th.  The High Plains conference was addressed, and for now, we will keep thing as they are.  No conference will be hosted this year due to limited funds.

Our guest speakers were Aaron Johnson/SOO/Dodge City, Kan. and Kelly Sugden/ Dodge City, Kan.  Their subject was “Evaluation of Numerous Thermodynamic and Wind-Related Hail Parameters from RUC-2 Soundings.”  Many examples were shown to determine the vertical temperature profiles and wind regimes to forecast the size of hail possible.  There were numerous questions and Aaron Johnson/Dodge City, Kan. has an application available to anyone who wants it, which helps predict the size of hail possible.

The business meeting ended at 12:40 PM CST, and the presentation ended at 1:17 PM CST.
The next meeting will be in June, with more details later.

Bill Taylor, President
Tim Burke, Secretary