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)