Minutes of the High Plains AMS/NWA Chapter Meeting

July 18, 2006

This meeting was held at the Golden Ox Pavilion in Hays, KS, beginning around noon as various members and guests arrived and mingled. Lunch was served at noon, followed by a short business meeting, then by an engaging presentation by Dr. John Heinrichs of Fort Hays State University. This gathering drew 32 interested parties from various parts and professions within Kansas and Nebraska. This was by far the largest attendance at a HP Chapter meeting in years, and 4 new members joined our chapter that day!

Dr. Heinrichs’ presentation, “"Can the recent increase in reported tornadoes in Kansas be attributed to demographic changes?" was well received and generated plenty of discussion. Samuel Lane, a FHSU student, did much of the research and compiling of this paper, and was present at our meeting. Through a very thorough approach, Dr. Heinrichs showed statistically that the recent increase in tornado reports can not be directly related to the increase in population over the same time period. A link will be provided to our website soon, referencing this paper of Dr. Heinrichs and Sam Lane.

Call to order. The meeting was called to order at 12:55 PM. Secretary Tim Burke/DDC read the 5/18/06 meeting minutes; the minutes were accepted as read.

Treasurer’s report. Matt Masek/LBF Chapter Treasurer was unable to attend this meeting. He provided a financial statement to Secretary Tim Burke who gave the report. As of 7/18/06, both the Ledger and Checkbook balances were $1631.39. The only transaction since the last meeting was $0.70 in interest.

Old Business. Jim Johnson/DDC gave a status update on plans for the HP10 conference coming up on October 4th-6th, in Dodge City. An exciting and stimulating conference is shaping up, with 3 keynote speakers scheduled: Dr. Paul M. Markowski, the PSU; and both Dr. David M. Schultz and Dr . Erik Rasmussen from CIMMS/NSSL/OU. The conference will be held at the Dodge House Hotel and Convention Center on the west side of Dodge City , where a block of rooms has been reserved. All conference information, including registration, can be found via our website: www.highplains-amsnwa.org . This web site will be updated as needed with the latest conference information. New this year will be a conference poster section, to be viewed during breaks; so poster submissions are welcome. The student presentation contest was discussed, with $500 prizes most likely to be awarded to the top presenters in each of two categories, undergraduate and graduate. Committees are being set up to handle the respective parts of the conference, and an example of the conference t-shirt was shown. All chapter members are encouraged to join the Yahoo! on-line discussion group at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/highplains/ . Anything weather or chapter related can be posted and discussed on this page. There will be a pre-conference workshop at the WFO DDC Wednesday afternoon, mainly for NWS personnel to share and exchange ideas with the use of AWIPS, IFPS, etc. Email Ray.Burgert@noaa.gov if you want to attend this session.

President David Floyd/GLD looked into whether or not a person can make a donation to the chapter and claim it as a deduction on their federal income taxes. Since the NWA is organized as a 501c6 organization (or “Business League, Etc”), anyone wishing to donate to the High Plains chapter may do so, but may not claim it as a charitable deduction for tax purposes under IRS law.

The issue of changing the definition of a quorum to make it easier to conduct business at local chapter meetings was not pursued since the last meeting.

Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 1:20 PM. The next meeting will be held during the HP10 Conference at Dodge City in early October.


Dave Floyd, President

Tim Burke, Secretary