Houston Local Chapter of the AMS
September-October 2005 Newsletter
Dinner & Meeting Location:
Boudreaux’s Cajun Kitchen
5475 West Loop S
Houston, TX 77081-2288
Time(s): 6:00 PM (Dinner) / 7:00 PM (Meeting)
Meeting’s Theme & Topic:
The Houston AMS Chapter’s 2005-6 season opening meeting’s theme….
Obviously, with the recent devastation & evacuation brought on by Katrina and Rita, this month’s topic will re-focus on the decision-making process when threatened by a land-falling tropical cyclone. The atmosphere of Boudreaux’s, with its Cajun flare and New Orleans’s spirit, should remind us of what was for those unfortunate residents in Katrina’s path. Chances are you experienced the pre-Rita evacuation nightmare (either directly or indirectly); only to eventually draw a sigh of relief when she tracked further north. How will we in the Houston area handle the situation when once again called upon to evacuate? What goes, or should go, into the decision-making process in determining the necessity of a large scale evacuation?
Regardless of prior outcomes, Preparation is the key…….the personal decisions we make will ultimately reward or punish us in consequence.
Speaker: Mr. Lance Wood, Senior Forecaster with the Houston/Galveston National Weather Service, will present his Decision Tree. He will demonstrate how to use this flow chart-like tree which could aid decision-makers on how to assess the forecast track confidence while being able to find a realistic forecast error. Mr. Wood will also show examples of how the tree performed during the 2005 season.
Hurricane Katrina Information:
Hurricane Rita Information:
Notes from the President:
Autumn is here and time to resume our Houston Chapter of the American Meteorological Society activities. Your officers have met and planned what we feel will be a series of interesting speakers and social activities for the coming year.
The historic events still unfolding along the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina & Rita have, I’m sure, been in the hearts and minds of you all; both as concerned citizens and as fellow professionals in the field of meteorology. The area hit happens to have a large concentration of meteorologists. Our NWS Forecast office is in Slidell, LA, the NOAA Data Buoy Center, Navy Weather Service Headquarters, and Air Force Hurricane Hunters all on the coast of MS, private consulting companies, and television meteorologists in New Orleans have gone through trying times. Of our folks in Slidell, at least 10 have had their homes completely destroyed.
As far as I know, none of the staff have lost their lives to Katrina. Tragically, the mother of an employee at our regional headquarters was killed in the storm surge in Bay St. Louis, MS.
In recognition of the great impact a hurricane can have on us, our first meeting will focus on the tropics. Lance Wood will present an update on a study he has led concerning evaluating the confidence level for NHC tropical cyclone track forecasts in the Gulf. We chose Boudreaux’s as a fitting venue in recognizing the impact Katrina had on Cajun Country. I hope to see you there!
Reminder: DUES ARE DUE!
Upcoming 2005 Conferences:
11th Conference on Mesoscale Processes
24-28 October 2005, Albuquerque, NM
32nd Conference Radar Meteorology
24-29 October 2005, Albuquerque, NM
86th Annual AMS Meeting
January 29 - February 2, 2006, Atlanta, GA
Chapter Web-site: www.amshouston.org
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)
Vice President – Anthony Yanez
Secretary – Patrick Blood
Ph: 281-337-5074 (Ext:304)
Treasurer – Brian Planz
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