Huntsville Area Local Chapters

of the American Meteorological Society & National Weather Association


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2018 – 2019 Meetings Announced

Mark your calendars! The 2018-2019 schedule of the Huntsville Area Local Chapter of the AMS/NWA have been announced.

All meetings will take place on a Tuesday evening from 6pm to 8pm. The 6pm start is for fellowship/catching up with other attendees, and the business portion of the meeting will take place from 7pm to 8pm.

September 25 — Chapter pot luck and announcements for the next year, to be held at Big Spring Park (good weather) or Keegan’s Irish Pub (in the event of inclement weather; Keegan’s entrance is in the basement of the AL.com building in the downtown Huntsville Madison County Courthouse Square). Please monitor the Chapter Facebook Page and bring a dish!

October 23 — First aid training for chapter with refresher of Dixie Alley and forecast for this season.

November 13 — Pathways to Certified Consulting Meteorologist; we are hoping to hold this meeting in the Shoals area.

December: None. Enjoy your holidays!

January 6-11 — National AMS meeting in Phoenix.

January 22 — Joint meeting with and Emergency Management Agency. While Madison County is always a welcoming host, we are also considering meeting with the Marshall County EMA in the Guntersville area. Location TBA.

February 19  — Location and topic TBD, but please mark your calendar since this will be the meeting date!

March 19 — How to set up a personal weather station (PWS); topics include which brands are the best, how to get the PWS to relay data to the NWS or wunderground.com, etc.

April 5-6 — University of South Alabama’s Student Chapter is hosting their Southeastern Coastal & Atmospheric Processes Symposium (SeCAPS) in Mobile, Alabama in the John Counts Room in the Mitchell Center. Cost is $10 to attend.

April 16  — Are honey bees able to predict the weather? We will be joining (cross-pollinating) with the Jackson County Beekeepers Association to learn more about the intersection of meteorology and melittology (the study of bees). (We will also need to solicit nominations for next year’s officers, the election will need to be held in May.) 

May 14  — Ornathology and meteorology: When weather radar detects more than just hydrometeors and how to determine whether reflectivity is showing birds, bats, or bugs. Location TBD, but highly likely at the UAH SWIRLL building. (Elections for next year’s officers will be held at this meeting.)

Spring/Social — Storm Spotter Training and Biergarten at the US Space and Rocket Center. Date/Time dependent on NWS Huntsville’s schedule.

Other/Social: Chapter Brunch meeting at Humphries to be determined

Special Meetings (weekend)

Our goal is to host a few weekend meetings for those who would not otherwise be able to attend a weekday evening meeting. These meetings may occur during brunch and may include the following topics:

  • Satellite Primer (what is p there, instruments, resolution, lifetime/mission, non-weather with weather capabilities, GPS for moisture retrieval, etc.
  • NWA Annual Meeting in Huntsville (what is necessary to get the NWA to accept Huntsville as a meeting location, etc)
  • Other topics that can be used for Continuing Education Units (CEUs)


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July 22nd is Child Vehicular Heatstroke and Awareness Day in Huntsville!

Our chapter has chosen child vehicular heatstroke awareness and prevention as our outreach event for the year.  At our request, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle has declared that Saturday, July 22nd, will be Child Vehicular Heatstroke and Awareness Day in Huntsville.

Please join us for our outreach event on this day at the Baby and Kit Expo (BAKE) at Parkway Place Mall in Huntsville, from 10 AM until 4 PM.  We will share information and discuss prevention tips at the event.

Link to our Awareness Page


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June 2017 Meeting–Tonight

Our June meeting is TONIGHT at 7 PM!

We will check back with our chapter’s efforts related to educating north Alabama about the national “Where’s baby? Look Before You Lock!” initiative and also have an update on our organization’s tax status, followed by a tour of the TV station.

Please do not arrive before 6:45 PM, as we won’t be able to get in the building before Christina Edwards is off the air.
We look forward to seeing you!
What: June meeting — WHNT tour, chapter updates
When: June 12 at 7:00pm-8:00pm
Where: WHNT, 200 Holmes Ave NW, Huntsville, AL 35801-4903, United States


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April Meeting is TODAY

Just a reminder that the AMS/NWA meeting is TODAY.  The chapter will be providing pizza and beverages, starting at 5:30 PM.  Business meeting starts at 6 PM.
The topic of the meeting will be the national “Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat” initiative that our chapter will undertake locally in the Huntsville area.

We also have important chapter business to conduct, including a 501c3 update and elections!

We are still looking for nominations for chapter officers!  Nominations may be sent to the chapter email address and we will also take nominations at the meeting.  All officer positions are up for election, so please send us the name of the nominee (you may nominate yourself!) and the position.

It is very important that we have a quorum for this meeting, so please make every attempt to attend!

What: April Meeting – “Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat” initiative, ELECTIONS, 501c3 update

Where: Baron, 4930 Research Drive, Huntsville, AL 35805 (enter to the immediate left of the satellite dishes)

When: Food at 5:30, business meeting at 6 PM on Monday, April 24th


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April 2017 Meeting

The April meeting will be on Monday, April 24th.  It will be an important meeting, as we will have elections, review changes we need to make to the organization for our 501c3 status application, and engage in our community outreach effort for this year – Beat the Heat, Check the Back Seat!

Officer terms are one year length, so the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer are up for election.  Nominations will be accepted through the chapter email account as well as at the meeting.  You may nominate yourself or someone else.  Please specify the individual and the office for the nomination.  Nominees have the opportunity to accept or reject the nomination.

For more information on the Beat the Heat campaign, see https://www.weather.gov/lmk/beat_the_heat_and_check_the_back_seat.

We hope to see you on April 24th!


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March 2017 Meeting

The Huntsville Chapter of the AMS/NWA is pleased to announce that we have arranged an educational opportunity for you! Brian Carcione, the Science and Operations Officer at the National Weather Service in Huntsville, will be leading a workshop on hand drawn analysis.

We are also very excited to announce that AMS Certification Holders will receive 1 professional development point for attending this workshop!
With an emphasis on automation and increasing demands on a forecaster’s time, hand drawn analysis is starting to fade away, so this two-hour, interactive course will serve as a refresher for some and an introduction for others. Hand drawn analysis is one of the most useful tools to a forecaster. It allows a forecaster to thoroughly understand the ongoing weather situation. Advantages, specifications, terminology, and common errors will be reviewed for surface maps, upper air maps, and mesoscale analysis through the use of case studies.

Our chapter will provide a light lunch, maps, and colored pencils, but if you have your own colored pencils, please bring them! We hope to see you there!

 

In order to make sure we have enough maps and lunch for everyone, we ask that you please RSVP no later than Thursday evening, March 23rd, at the link below, or in our Facebook group.

https://goo.gl/forms/QypSoCtaDcB4yMj03

What: Hand Drawn Analysis Workshop

Who: instruction by Brian Carcione, SOO at NWS-Huntsville

When: Saturday, March 25th from 11 AM to 1 PM

Where: Hudson Alpha campus in Research Park. Classroom 1011 in the main building.

601 Genome Way Northwest, Huntsville, AL, 35806


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Nothing But Noodles Chapter Fundraiser

We will be holding a fundraiser at Nothing But Noodles, located at 6125 University Drive NW, in Huntsville, on Thursday, March 9th.

If you tell the cashier that you are there to support the Huntsville AMS/NWA, we will get part of the proceeds of that sale.

This fundraiser will last the entire day. Please participate and spread the word!

As we have mentioned at the past few meetings, our chapter is in need of funds to apply for 501c3 tax status. We have everything that we need to file except for the funds to apply. If you can help out in any capacity, we would be very appreciative!