Houston Local Chapter of the AM

FEBRUARY 2006 Newsletter



Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 22, 2006



Guest Speaker:


Mr. Ron Neighbors: The Subsidence Districts, General Manager



Program Theme:


        Houston, We Are Sinking……..

    The Houston – Galveston Subsidence Issue



Dinner:  6:00 PM


Meeting: 7:00 PM




“I am delighted to have the opportunity to present our Subsidence Update to your group. I will try to keep it short to allow as much time for questions as you like. My colleagues, Tom Mitchell and Jace Houston, may help answer some of the more difficult questions. The best approach seems in giving you a brief history of subsidence in the Houston and Galveston areas while providing some history of the districts that were created to deal with subsidence prevention.  While regulations are what we do, there are some other efforts that include the measurement of the change in elevation that provides very useful information to the overall community. Likewise, our efforts are involved in ensuring water is there for our growing region; meeting water consumption demands as well as teaching and pushing the philosophy of water conservation.  
It is our goal to pursue these varying parts of our mission in a fair and equitable manner.” 
– Mr. Ron Neighbors

Dinner Location: Guadalajara Mexican Grill & Bar


Address: 2925 Southwest Freeway

               Houston, TX 77098

Phone: (713) 942 - 0772


Map to the Guadalajara Mexican Grill & Bar:























Notes from the President (in absentia J):


Our primary goal for the Chapter this year was to bring new and timely programs for our meetings.  For those of you who have made our meetings in November and January, I hope you found the speakers and topics relevant to our goal for the year. In light of the current debate surrounding recovery from Katrina in southeast Louisiana, in regards to the degree of subsidence that has already occurred and is expected to occur in the near future, a discussion of the same issue for the Houston-Galveston area is very apropos.


Alas, I am again going to miss the meeting, as I have a prior commitment in College Station.  While I regret missing the meeting, the availability of Mr. Neighbors and the topic are of greater importance.  My hat’s off to Anthony Yanez, Patrick Blood, and Brian Planz for stepping up and taking care of the business of running the Chapter while I’ve been unavailable.



Your President

Bill Read





Got Pictures?


We want to capture all of our meetings, volunteer efforts, school science events, etc. for nostalgia’s sake and for possible entry in B.A.M.S (which, by the way, has given national attention to a couple of last year’s meetings in their Local Chapters section sans photos). We may even include your pics within this monthly newsletter. Please seek out an officer if you are interested in being a photographer in closing out this already eclectically-themed year!




Upcoming Conferences:



27th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology

24–28 April 2006, Monterey, CA


23rd Conference on Severe Local Storms

6–10 November 2006, St. Louis, MO



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Contact Information:

Feel free to contact any of the officers for comments, questions, suggestions or even additions to the newsletter.  We would appreciate hearing from you.

President Bill Read

Ph: 281-534-2157 (Ext:222)

email: bill.read@noaa.gov


Vice President Anthony Yanez

Ph: 713-778-8950



Secretary Patrick Blood

Ph: 281-337-5074 (Ext:304)

email: pgblood@yahoo.com


Treasurer Brian Planz

Ph: 713-430-7100

email: penst8wx@houston.rr.com


                     Or e-mail the Local Chapter: houstonams@houston.rr.com


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Please include dues with the form below and turn it into any officer. If you prefer, you can mail the form and check to our Treasurer, Brian Planz. 

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Houston, TX 77042

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