The High Plains NWA/AMS Chapter Minutes

6 June 2016


The NWA/AMS High Plains Chapter held a virtual meeting on Wednesday, June 6th over the phone and began around 205 pm.  There were a total of 21 chapter members on the call.   This meeting consisted of an update on the High Plains Conference in August and a treasury report.  Cory Martin from the North Platte office informed the group that there are 4 keynote speakers confirmed for the conference as well as the possibility of Josh Wurman (Center for Severe Weather Research) to be the speaker at the banquet.  He mentioned that there are about 15 talks lined up for the conference and hopefully more will come in by the deadline of July 1st.  In addition, the High Plains Chapter website shows the banquet cost of $20.  This is a typo and it will actually be $25. An e-mail will be sent out to everyone who has registered for the banquet to inform them of this typo and for food options in the near future.  Cory last informed the group that breaks during the conference will be longer this year at 20 minutes.  William Taylor then reminded everyone to register for the event if you are going.  Last, Jeremy Wesely gave a treasury report for the chapter with $4779 in the bank account and $3100 for the Jim Johnson Scholarship fund.  The meeting concluded around 215pm with the presentation below following the meeting.


This month’s presentation was presented by Dave Floyd, Meteorologist in Charge from the Goodland, Kansas office.  The topic of his presentation was on a severe weather event that occurred on May 26th.  How this event was different than others is that the fiber optic line was cut in the afternoon severing communications to and from the office. To rectify this problem, the ITO from the Goodland office first transferred land lines to the office cell phones. They also backed up to the V-Sat so products could be sent out to the world.  Everything else seemed to be working fine until later in the afternoon when severe weather started to occur close to the Goodland Office.  Data transmission to and from the office was blocked due to these storms.  The Pueblo, Colorado office tried to backup Goodland at this time, but since the fiber line was cut and the storms blocked the signal from products being sent out, they could not see Goodland’s Radar images.  Since Goodland was still able to see the radar data from the office, the solution to this problem was to call Pueblo each time they wanted to issue a warning and describe to them where they wanted the polygon to be located and for what duration. This went on until around 9-10pm when severe weather exited the area. The fiber optic cable was later fixed around midnight that night.



William Taylor                                                                                                           Wesley Hovorka

President                                                                                                                             Secretary