The High Plains AMS/NWA Chapter Minutes

24 Mar 2015


The AMS/NWA High Plains Chapter held a meeting on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in Norton, KS.  We met at the Norton Library at noon and had a presentation by P. Grady Dixon, Chair and Associate Professor from Fort Hays State University.  Professor Dixon presented a talk “Tornado Alley, Dixie Alley and other examples of How We Confuse the Public About Tornado Risks.”  He showed how the tornado climatology varies to whomever looks it up online.  Professor Dixon demonstrated how different sources display the “Tornado Allies”, and how this misleads the public on the tornado risks.  Professor Dixon reported tornadoes with respect to their length, per season, and storm speeds.  One notable fact that came out is that tornadoes move considerably faster in the southeast.  His conclusions were:  1. Tornado risk can not be measured by simply counting them.  2. The path length, speed, and seasonality are more important to the tornado risk.  3. Tornado climatology is historically bad, and hard to be believable.  4. There are seasonal differences in tornado occurrences.   The presentation was followed by an open question/answer period.


The group then migrated over to the Destination Kitchen, where we took part in a delicious lunch.  After lunch, we moved to a small meeting room in the Destination Kitchen.  The meeting began at 1:37 PM.   There were 14 members present, with 2 new ones from Goodland, KS and 1 new member from North Platte, NE.  The upcoming High Plains Conference was updated by Scott Menzter, GLD MIC.  The conference web page, has been updated with conference information.  A location has been reserved, Conference registration will be $75, and keynote speakers for the Conference and the Banquet have been secured.  High Plain offices are encourage to let know soon about any group travel, so orders can be produced.  Members were encouraged to participate in the PECAN project this summer (Plains Elevated Convection At Night) project, from June 1st to July 14th..  The treasurer’s report showed $6,032 in our account, with $2,038 in the Jim Johnson Scholarship fund.  We then voted to apply for the Chapter of the Year award.  Further, we voted to pay the national dues to the AMS and NWA for our President, William Taylor.  The meeting adjourned at 1:55 PM.


The next meeting will be held around the end of June.



William Taylor                                                                                                            Tim Burke

President                                                                                                                     Secretary