The High Plains NWA/AMS Chapter Minutes

19 Apr 2016


The NWA/AMS High Plains Chapter held a meeting on Tuesday, April 19th at the Library in Norton, KS and began at 1145AM.There were a total of 10 chapter members that made the trip to Norton.Jeff Halblaub gave a presentation before the meeting and an explanation is found below.Cory Martin started off the meeting with a progress report on the High Plains Conference in August.They have obtained the facility located at the University of Nebraska extension office.It will be located just south of the Holiday Inn Express where a block of rooms have been set aside for anyone joining the conference.The Banquet will be at the Holiday inn Express and will start at 5PM on Wednesday August the 10th.It was decided that the registration fee will once again be $75 with the banquet fee at $25. One way North Platte is cutting some costs this year is to have local speakers that will not need to fly in for the event.As of now, Martha Shulski, the Nebraska State Climatologist, and Aaron Johnson, Science and Operations Officer of Dodge City, will be two of the Key Note speakers. Chris Strager, the Central Region Director, will also be joining the conference once again and giving a presentation. Call for abstracts will be sent out soon for the conference. Invitations have been sent out to Universities and Media outlets to see if anyone would be interested in presenting.Early registration for the conference will be at the North Platte Office the night before with an informal open house for anyone who wants to attend. Rick Ewald, Science and Operations officer of Hastings, then talked about the Jim Johnson scholarship in which about 6 applications have been submitted.Designated people from each office will be looking through these applications over the next month or so.Jeff Halblaub last gave a treasury report to the group informing the total balance is sitting right around 8K. Jeff also informed the group that there have only been 19 members that have paid their dues this year.So if you have not paid your dues yet, please do as soon as possible.Members from each office will be asking around if anyone else would be interested in joining. No other new business was brought up and the meeting adjourned around 1230PM. The next meeting is expected to be held sometime in June depending on peopleís availability.


This monthís presentation was presented by Jeff Halblaub, General Forecaster from the Hastings, Nebraska office. The topic of his presentation was on Tornadoes and Flash Flooding occurring in close proximity.He became interested in this topic after reading a paper from Erik Neilson at Colorado State dealing with this same topic. Jeff went on to explain how Flash flooding events and tornado events usually donít occur simultaneously and forecasters should have great situational awareness to see when these two weather phenomenon may occur.Jeff also went on to say there isnít much literature out there about these two events happening together but he did find one study that showed events that had at least 2 tornadoes and flash flooding occurring around the same time. One of these events was located in the Hastings forecast area and he elaborated on what occurred during that day.


William Taylor††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Wesley Hovorka

President †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Secretary