The High Plains NWA/AMS Chapter Minutes
23 February 2018
The NWA/AMS High Plains Chapter held an in person meeting at the Norton Library on Friday, February 23rd and began around 1130am. There were a total of 9 chapter members that were able to attend this meeting. The meeting started out with a treasury report with a current balance of about 5,000 dollars in the general fund and about 2800 dollars in the Jim Johnson Scholarship fund. Chapter dues are currently being collected and will increase the amount in the bank account accordantly. The next topic discussed was about the 20th High Plains Conference in Hastings, Nebraska. Dates for the event will be August 7-9 with a severe weather workshop on the night of the 7th. The conference will continue the next day with a full day of presentations on the 8th and half of a day of presentations on the 9th. A planning and logistics committee has been established for the conference. As of now, invites to keynote speakers have been sent to Dr Uccellini (the director of the NWS), Jared Guyer (from SPC), and Mark Roberson (from University of Nebraska in Lincoln). Instead of having a 4th keynoter, Hastings is thinking of having a panel consisting of Chris Strager (director of Central Region NWS), Hasting’s Warning Coordination Meteorologist, a school superintendent, an emergency Manager, and possibly a few other partners. Questions will be to see how the NWS can better serve them during Decision Support Service events. The last part of the meeting consisted of Jeremy informing the group that an e-mail will be sent out asking what we should do with extra money in the General fund and Jim Johnson fund. Before the meeting adjourned, a presentation was given by Brian Waren (Observation Progam Leader from NWS Goodland). His presentation was about the Winter Talks he gives to his observers and anyone else interested in learning more about winter weather. Just like the severe weather talks in the spring, they consisted of what weather occurs during the winter as well as how to send the NWS reports. In addition to the instructions on how to measure the snow/ice via computer, Brian and other NWS staff created mock observation stations for people to have a hand on approach. They used shaved ice to simulate snow and had the observers take snow observations and melted liquid equivalent. The observers also took turns reporting this information to the NWS via phone call, e-mail, and social media. After the presentation, the meeting then came to a close around 1230pm. The next High Plains Chapter meeting is expected to be in a couple of months.
Jeremy Martin Wesley Hovorka