Minutes of the High Plains AMS/NWA Chapter Meeting

06 Aug 2014


The AMS/NWA High Plains Chapter held a short meeting Tuesday evening, August 6th, after Dr. Karen Kosiba’s pre-conference presentation.   The meeting began a 5:40 PM, and was over by 5:46 PM.  There were 19 Chapter members present.  Treasurer Scott Bryant will send an updated treasurer’s report after the conference.  Secretary Tim Burke reported that he sent a $50 Visa card with a Thank You card to our long time webmaster, Jared Guyer, who recently resigned.  Jared sent a thank-you email to the chapter.  .


The 16th High Plains Conference was a success, with 70 attendees, 7 which were undergraduates, 1 was a graduate student, and 2 attendees were in the Air Force.  There were 2 college students in the Student Paper Competition; both from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and both gave excellent presentations.  This year’s winner of the $500 award was Holly B. Obermeier, who presented “Verification and Analysis of Impact-Based Tornado Warnings in Central Region of the National Weather Service”, which was a synopsis of her thesis.


The speakers were highlighted by three keynoters:   Dr. Karen Kosiba from the Center for Severe Weather Research in Boulder, CO (Tuesday evening), speaking on “Tornado genesis, evolution and structure from fine-scale DOW (Doppler On Wheels mobile radar observations:  What we learned, implications, and future challenges”;  Dr. Matthews Bunkers, the SOO at NWS Rapid City, SD (Wednesday morning), speaking on “Choosing a Universal Mean Wind for Supercell Motion Prediction: Application for Low-Topped and Elevated Storms”; and at the Wednesday evening banquet, Richard Smith, WCM at NWS Norman, OK, gave an entertaining briefing on the “WFO Norman & The May 2013 Tornadoes”.


The treasurer’s report was sent after our meeting, via email.  As of Aug 6th, our Treasury had $5,563.04 in it, with $1,430.00 designated to the Jim Johnson Fund, leaving $4,033.04 as the balance.  The conference had 70 attendees, 32 presenters, 60 attended the banquet and 27 ordered T-shirts.  The income from the conference was $5,585.00 and the expenditures were $4,646.71 (surplus of $938.29!).  Nice job, Hastings staff!  It was decided the 2015 HP conference would be held in Goodland, KS.


The next meeting will be in Norton, and details will be sent.




William Taylor                                                                                                            Tim Burke

President                                                                                                                     Secretary