Minutes of the High Plains AMS/NWA Chapter Meeting

December 5, 2012

The High Plains AMS/NWA Chapter met via a teleconference, accompanied by a webinar, on Wednesday, December 5th, at 1:30 PM CDT.  A very respectful number of 33 members were dialed into this teleconference call.  President Bill Taylor, of North Platte, NE, called the meeting to order and quickly turned the phone over to Treasurer Scott Bryant, of Hastings, NE.  The Chapter Ledger balance was $5853.12, the Jim Johnson Scholarship Ledger was $2130.00, while the Checkbook Ledger balance was $3723.21.  There was one check for $212.18 written since our October 30th meeting, to reimburse Bill Taylor for the Weather Loan Box.   Next discussed was the Jim Johnson Scholarship Program, explained by Scott Bryant.  Basically, we award a $500 scholarship to a worthy high school student in our respective Forecast areas, who is intending to pursue a degree in a physical science.   Solicitations were made to recruit one member from each of the 4 area NWS offices, to serve on the 2013 Jim Johnson Scholarship committee.  Members came forward and volunteered for this committee, and were Scott Bryant of Hastings, NE, Scott Mentzer of Goodland, KS, Shawn Jacobs of North Platte, NE, and (most likely) Matt Gerard of Dodge City, KS.  Announcements to area students need to be sent out in January, the selection made during April, and the scholarship presented to the winner by May 1st. 

The webinar was presented by Greg Carbin, WCM of the SPC in Norman, Okl.  His title was “Meteorological Memories of 2012.”  Greg reviewed his top 10 weather events for the U.S. for 2012, in no particular ranking order.  These events ranged from the record warmth of this Winter, from January through March; to the very busy tornado season so early in the year, during January through March; to the biggest tornado outbreak of the year during April; to the hotter than normal period of late June to Early July; to the mild hurricane season, except for Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall in the mid-Atlantic states during late October.  Several High Plains members commented how much they enjoyed the presentation and commended Greg on a job well done.

Bill Taylor, President
Tim Burke, Secretary