Houston Local Chapter of the AMS

     March 2005 Newsletter

 

Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

 Dinner Location:

Luther’s BBQ Restaurant
Address: 20794 Gulf Freeway
Webster, TX 77598
Phone: 281-332-1285

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Location:

National Weather Service / Galveston County OEM Facility (#)
Address: 1353 FM 646 Rd W (Suite 202) *
Dickinson, TX 77539
*From I-45: Exit 20 (Santa Fe)
Phone: 281-337-5074

 

 

Time(s):

 

6:00 PM (Dinner) / 7:00 PM (Meeting)

 

The Agenda:

6:00-6:45: Dinner at Luther’s Bar-B-Q.

6:45-7:00: Travel to the NEW Houston-Galveston National Weather Service.

7:00: Meeting promptly starts at top of hour

·         Chapter business

·         Tour of the new facility given by M.I.C. Bill Read.

7:30: 2005-06 Officer Elections.

7:45-8:30: Guest Speaker: Mr. Ed Rappaport: Deputy Director of the Tropical Prediction Center in Miami, Florida.

 

 

 (#) NOTE:

THE NEW NWS OFFICE IS IN THE GALVESTON COUNTY EMERGENCY FACILITY AT
1353 FM HIGHWAY 646 IN LEAGUE CITY. THEY WILL BE CO-LOCATED ON THE
SECOND FLOOR WITH THE GALVESTON COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT. THIS NEW FACILITY WILL ALSO HOUSE THE GALVESTON COUNTY
COMMUNICATIONS DISTRICT ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES AND A CONTINGENT OF
THE TEXAS DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. THE NEW FACILITY IS
DESIGNED TO WITHSTAND THE MOST INTENSE HURRICANE...THUS ENABLING
UNINTERRUPTED SERVICE FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, COUNTY
AND STATE EMERGENCY MANAGERS IN ANY WEATHER SITUATION.

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Notes from the President:

 

Our featured speaker at last month’s Local Chapter meeting was Mr. Ed Russell, Regional Manager of CenterPoint Energy.  Mr. Russell led the crews in helping Florida utility companies restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses after Hurricanes Ivan and Jeanne struck in September.  CenterPoint Energy first sent crews to the state in August to help to assist utilities after both Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Charley took out power to millions of Floridians.  Mr. Ed Russell detailed his personal experiences and the challenges in dealing with Florida’s devastating 2004 Hurricane Season. 

This month’s meeting will feature is Ed Rappaport, Deputy Director of the Tropical Prediction Center (TPC).  Ed Rappaport is the keynote speaker from the Houston/Galveston NWS Hurricane Workshop and will speak on hurricane forecasting and tropical weather to our chapter.  In addition to our speaker, the meeting will be hosted at the new Houston/Galveston NWS Forecast Office.  The National Weather Service successfully moved to its forecast office in mid-April and we will enjoy a tour of the new facility. 

Officer elections for next year will also be held at this meeting.  Our last meeting of the 2004-05 season will be Wednesday night, the 25th, the day of the NOAA/NWS’ new facility ribbon-cutting ceremony with their Galveston County OEM partners. The Hurricane Workshop sponsored by the National Weather Service and Centerpoint Energy will be held the following night, Thursday the 26th. We will invite all meeting attendees to this annual workshop in Pasadena. See you on the 25th!

 Your President,

Liz Stanko

 

 

 

2005 Houston/Galveston Hurricane Workshop

 

                                  

Thursday, May 26th

4:30 PM - 9:00 PM

 

Pasadena Convention Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2005 National Weather Service Hurricane Workshop, presented by CenterPoint Energy, will take place on May 26 from 4:30-9:00 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, Texas. The theme of the 2005 Workshop will be "Florida 2004: It Can Happen in Texas."


The 2005 Workshop will focus on the 2004 Hurricane Season, in particular the impact on Florida. We will also try to imagine what the impact of four hurricanes in one season would have on Texas. The workshop will consist of a main session with several keynote speakers along with several breakout sessions covering hurricane-related topics. A vendor area will also be available for companies involved in hurricane preparedness and protection.


The Houston/Galveston National Weather Service is proud to announce that CenterPoint Energy will be the presenting sponsor for the 2005 Hurricane Workshop. CenterPoint Energy, the company that maintains the electrical lines throughout the Greater Houston area, is very involved in preparing for, and recovering from, major hurricanes.
 

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Winners of the 2005 Science Engineering Fair of Houston:

 

 

Senior Division

Place

Name

Project Title

Address

School

1st

James Taggart

 

Twister II

 

15111 Harness Lane

Webster, TX 77598

Clear Lake HS, Clear Creek ISD

2nd

Kelly Hamilton

Ozone Electricity & Water

3506 Rushwater Lane

Friendswood, TX 77546

Clear Brook HS, Clear Creek ISD

3rd

Sarah Leonard

Water Quality on Galveston Island

38 Lakeview Drive

Galveston, TX 77551

Ball HS

Galveston ISD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ninth Grade Division

Place

Name

Project Title

Address

School

1st

Kimberly Potter

 

Storm reform: Creating an Atmospheric Chamber to Develop New Hurricane Modification Techniques

3710 Birnham Bend

Spring, TX 77386

The Academy of Science and Technology, Conroe ISD

2nd

Kai Urushihara

The Effects of Disasters on Galveston

6505 Heards Lane

Galveston, TX 77551

Ball HS

Galveston ISD

3rd

Alice Yu

The Effect of Ozone on Mold (In Schools)

30 Merit Woods Place

Woodlands, TX 77382

The Academy of Science and Technology, Conroe ISD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Division

Place

Name

Project Title

Address

School

1st

Thinh Nguyen

 

Cooling Houston

 

11822 Peach Grove Dr.

Houston, TX 77099

Harmony Science Academy, Houston ISD

2nd

Sara Merrifield

Get The Most of Your Coast

4222 Olive Oak Court

Houston, TX 77059

Space Center Intermediate, Clear Creek ISD

3rd

Scott Roberts

A Breezy Alternative

15918 Heatherdale

Houston, TX 77059

Webster Intermediate, Clear Creek ISD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming 2005 Conferences:

 

13th Conference on Middle Atmosphere
13—17 June 2005,
Cambridge, MA

 15th Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics

13—17 June 2005, Cambridge, MA

 17th Conference on Climate Variability and Change
13—17 June 2005,
Cambridge, MA

15th Conference on Applied Climatology
20—24 June 2005,
Savannah, GA

13th Symposium on Meteorological Observations and Instrumentation
20—24 June 2005,
Savannah, GA

34th Conference on Broadcast Meteorology
21st Conference on Weather Analysis and Forecasting
17th Conference on Numerical Weather Prediction
1-5 August 2005, Washington, D.C.

NOAA/EPA Golden Jubilee Symposium on Air Quality Modeling and Its Applications
20—21 September 2005,
Durham, NC

12th Conference on Mesoscale Processes
24-28 October 2005, Albuquerque, NM

32nd Conference Radar Meteorology
24-29 October 2005, Albuquerque, NM

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Chapter Web-site: www.amshouston.org

 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 Liz Stanko
Ph: 713-621-4474
email: elm4wx@yahoo.com

 

Vice President Anthony Yanez
Ph: 713-778-8950
Email:AYanez@kprc.com

 

Secretary Patrick Blood
Ph: 281-337-5074 (Ext:304)
email: pgblood@yahoo.com

 

Treasurer Brian Planz
Ph: 713-430-7100
email: penst8wx@sbcglobal.net

 

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

  

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c/o Wilkens Weather Technologies, Inc.
2925 Briar Park Drive, 7th Floor
Houston, TX 77042

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