Minutes of the High Plains AMS/NWA Chapter
August 7, 2008
members traveled from near and far to attend the August 7th
High Plains Chapter meeting in Norton, KS. The
group gathered at 11 am at Attitudes Restaurant for lunch, held a
meeting, and then followed with presentations from each NWS office
summarizing their recent severe weather season. For both the
Dodge City (DDC) and Goodland (GLD) offices, the severe events of May 22nd-23rd
climaxed their respective offices’ severe weather seasons.
DDC had 61 tornadoes in their CWA during those two days, while
GLD reported 21 tornadoes in their CWA. Of
note, the widest tornado was 1.8 miles wide, in Clark County, and was
rated EF3. Four other tornadoes were at
least 0.9 miles wide. Those two days put
both DDC and GLD above their yearly average for number of tornadoes. Farther east in Hastings’ (HSI) CWA, Spring
and Summer were highlighted with flooding events. To
date, HSI is 9 inches of rain above normal. April
25th was unique in that there was a tornado around midnight
3.5 miles north of Beloit, KS. May 29th
was very active with 16 tornadoes, including
an EF3 which struck Jewell, KS, and in Kearney, NE which was hit by 3
tornadoes! The North Platte
(LBF) office was not in attendance and did not report a summary.
Call to order. The
business meeting was called to order at
12:05 PM. After a round of
introductions, Secretary Tim Burke read the minutes of the previous
meeting. The minutes were accepted as
Treasurer’s report. Treasurer
Matt Masek sent the treasurer’s
report via email, and President Rick Ewald read the report. Basically,
$4112.09 in our account; $940.00 in the Jim Johnson Scholarship fund,
$3172.09 in our checkbook.
Old Business. It is now looking
doubtful the Wichita chapter will host one of our annual conferences,
specifically the 2009 conference. If
not, the LBF office should start planning ahead to host the 2009
conference. Our chapter did award this
year’s Jim Johnson Scholarship to High School student Jordan Carroll.
try to get his picture on the website as soon as possible.
New Business. Treasurer Matt Masek
sent an email
suggesting we should perhaps hold a teleconference Chapter meeting
summer, with more members likely available to attend.
We still need to meet (physically) at least 4
times per year, but this idea is worth looking into.
12th annual High Plains conference is set for Hays, KS
September 4th-5th. It
will be held at the Holidome Convention
Center, 3603 Vine Street. All
registration, lodging, agenda, and other information is available via
had an overwhelming response to our Call for Papers, with over 30
submitted. To accommodate all who
submitted, we cut each speaker's time to 15 minutes (vs. 20), and
breaks a bit. Look at our agenda – many
great speakers will be there. Register
Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at
12:45 PM. The next meeting will be held
conference in Hays.
Rick Ewald, President
Tim Burke, Secretary