Houston Local Chapter of the AMS


OCTOBER 2004 Newsletter


Next Meeting: Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Guest Speakers:

Paul Janish, Entergy-Koch Trading, LP

Jason Lynn, Duke Energy

Dave Margolin, Reliant Energy, Inc.

Greg Stanko, Dynegy, Inc.


Program Theme:


The varying aspects of meteorology careers in today’s energy trading market.

 The panel discussion will focus on the following questions:

1)     How has having a meteorologist at your energy company increased profits?

2)     How has the energy forecaster’s position changed over the past few years?

 Speaker Bios:

Paul Janish, meteorologist and forecaster with Entergy-Koch Trading (EKT).  Graduate of Texas A&M University BS (1989), MS (1991).  Former employee of the National Severe Storms Laboratory and the Storm Prediction Center, Norman, OK.  Employee of EKT since June 2002.

 R. Jason Lynn, Sr. Meteorologist with Duke Energy North America (DENA). Graduate of the University of Oklahoma, B.S. (1997), M.S. (2002).  Former employee of the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) and the NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC), Norman, OK.  Employee of Duke Energy since August 2002.

 Dave Margolin, meteorologist and forecaster for Reliant Energy. Graduate of Plymouth State U. BS (1997), Florida State U. MS (2000). Former employee of The Weather Channel (2001) and AccuWeather (2002).  Employee of Reliant since May 2002.

 Greg Stanko, Chief meteorologist for Dynegy, Inc. and graduate of the University of Oklahoma (2000). Previously worked at AccuWeather in State College, PA in various forecasting and broadcasting roles. Employee of Dynegy since June 2001.

 ** In addition to our panel discussion, Jill Hasling, President of Weather Research Center and board member for the National Council of Industrial Meteorologists (NCIM), will provide a brief presentation on NCIM and Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) certifications. Please see http://www.ncim.org/2004/ for further information on NCIM and CCM.


Times:   Dinner: 6:00 PM      Meeting: 7:00 PM.

 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: 

Our guest speaker at the September meeting was Dr. Courtney Schumacher from the Texas A&M Meteorology department.  We had a good showing and Dr. Schumacher gave an interesting presentation on the predictability and nature of convective intensity of tropical cyclones.  This was a timely discussion as Hurricane Ivan made landfall in the early morning hours that day. 

For the October meeting, we plan to have a panel discussion, which is something that we haven’t done in a few years.  Our featured panelists will be four meteorologists who are currently working at energy companies in Houston.  In addition, Jill Hasling, who is a member of the Continuing Education Committee for the National Council of Industrial Meteorologists (NCIM) will also give a brief presentation on NCIM and Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) certifications. 

We are always looking for new and interesting subjects, and if you have any ideas for topics or speakers please let me know.  See you on October 19th for the next meeting!

 Your President

Liz Murphy





 We want to capture all of our meetings, volunteer efforts, school science events, etc. for nostalgia’s sake and for possible entry in BAMS. We may even include them within this monthly newsletter. Please seek out an officer if you are interested in being a photographer.

 Chapter Announcements:

 1)     We would like to send a Houston representative to the ‘Committee on Local Chapter Affairs’ breakfast meeting at the 85th Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA (Tuesday, January 11, 2005). Please let one of the officers know if you will be attending the annual meeting.

 2)     We need a poster committee to create and display a Houston Local Chapter poster at the 85th Annual Meeting. This poster will relate to our local chapter history, as well as display current Chapter activities.

 3)     Also in San Diego, the 4th Annual AMS Student Conference and Career Fair, “Impact the World with a Career in the Atmospheric and Related Sciences” is scheduled January 8-9, 2005 in conjunction with the AMS Annual Meeting

 4)     Beginning October 5th, the US Postal Service will issue Cloudscapes commemorative postage stamps (limited time).

 Upcoming Conferences:

85th AMS Annual Meeting

9 —13 January 2005, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

National Hurricane Conference
21 – 25 March, 2005, Hilton
Riverside, New Orleans, LA


Upcoming Local AMS Meetings:

·         November 16th (6:00 PM): KPRC with speaker Frank Billingsley.

·         December 14th (Time TBA) : The Holiday Meeting. Everyone brings a dessert to pass.


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 Murphy
Ph: 713-621-4474
email: elm4wx@yahoo.com
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@sbcglobal.net

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