The High Plains NWA/AMS Chapter Minutes

25 April 2017


The NWA/AMS High Plains Chapter held a meeting on Tuesday April 25th at the Library in Norton, KS and began around 1140am.Due to unforeseen obligations there were only 7 chapter members at the meeting.This meeting consisted of an update on the Jim Johnson Scholarship, 2017 High Plains Conference, and a brief treasury report.Rick Ewald informed the group there were 12 applicants for the Jim Johnson scholarship.A member from each office will go through these applications and together pic a winner of the 500 dollar scholarship.Next, Wesley Hovorka gave an update on the 2017 High Plains Conference in Dodge City, KS.All of the information from previous meetings was repeated.One notable change was the time period to book hotel rooms has been extended to July 25th. I have included a Google document with the latest information on the conference. Jeff Kelley then gave a quick treasury report where there is around 4000 dollars in the general fund and around 7000 total in the checking account. A full treasury report will be presented at a later meeting. Last there was a discussion on where we could donate extra money if the amount keeps on increasing.If there are any ideas from other members, please let one of the officers know. There was no other new business for the meeting and the meeting adjourned around 1210pm. You may listen to the full recording located in the Google Drive folder.


This monthís presentation was presented by Dave Floyd, Meteorologist in Charge from the Goodland, Kansas office. The topic of his presentation was on a severe weather simulation at the Goodland office. To make this simulation work, the ITO transmitted an old severe weather event on the TVís in operations and in the conference room. In addition to the severe weather simulation, 4 Emergency Managers (EMs) came into the office to interact with the NWS employees during the simulation. The meteorologists were placed in the operations area and the Emergency Managers were placed in the conference room to simulate what conditions would be like in real time. The Meteorologists would call or chat via NWS Chat with the EMs and inform them of what the weather conditions were in their designated counties. After the simulation finished, the EMs and Meteorologist talked about what they liked and didnít like about the simulation and what could be changed in future events. The presentation ended around 1230pm. You may listen to the full recorded presentation located in the Google Drive folder.




Jeremy Martin††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Wesley Hovorka

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