Huntsville Area Local Chapters

of the American Meteorological Society & National Weather Association

2018 – 2019 Meetings Announced

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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 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, 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)

Author: Christina Edwards

Meteorologist Christina Edwards joined the WHNT News 19 Weather Team in September 2015. Prior to moving to Huntsville, Christina was a longtime resident of Atlanta, Georgia, where she experienced a wide range of wild weather. In fact, Christina will never forget her first experience observing thundersnow as the Blizzard of '93 (also known as the "Storm of the Century") dropped nearly 3 feet of snow in her neighborhood. Fifteen years later, Christina vividly recalls watching an electrified thunderstorm heading south along I-75 on a warm, March evening; minutes later, that thunderstorm produced an EF-2 tornado in the heart of Atlanta, just two miles from where she lived. Christina's passion for science began at a young age, when she would watch the clouds for signs of changing weather patterns and produce homemade "weather forecasts" on poster boards for family and friends. That passion helped propel Christina towards a B.S. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the Georgia Institute of Technology. After graduating from college, Christina worked as a digital meteorologist for The Weather Channel and as well as a weather producer for WSB-TV in Atlanta. Christina is active in the weather community as a Boy Scout Weather Merit Badge counselor as well as a member of the American Meteorological Society. When Christina is not watching the skies, she enjoys watching college football. Her favorite teams are the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets... and whoever is playing the University of Georgia. No matter the school, Christina always cheers on the marching band: She marched the sousaphone in her high school as well as college bands, and she is a member of the co-ed marching band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi.

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