Houston Local Chapter of the AMS

SEPTEMBER 2004 Newsletter

Next Meeting: Thursday, September 16, 2004

Speaker: Dr. Courtney Schumacher, Assistant Professor at the Texas A&M Department of Atmospheric Sciences.


Program: Dr. Schumacher will be discussing the predictability, along with the nature of convective intensity, of tropical cyclones. 

Speaker Bio: Dr. Schumacher’s research and main area of expertise are in tropical and radar meteorology. Her tropical work focuses on the environmental factors that affect precipitation production and convective organization. She utilizes radar as the key tool in creating climatologies to aid in the understanding and forecasting of tropical convective processes.

Her complete bio is at: http://www.met.tamu.edu/personnel/faculty/courtney.html

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

 Dinner Location: Olive Garden Italian Restaurant


Address: 10830 Northwest Freeway
                Houston, TX 77092

Phone:       (713) 682-1465


Map to the Olive Garden Restaurant:











Meeting Location: We have reserved the Olive Garden’s meeting/banquet room.


Notes from the President:

Welcome to the 2004-2005 year for the Houston Chapter of the AMS!  A brain-storming session was held in July that offered some great ideas for upcoming speakers and meeting topics.  For those of you who could attend, we introduced our new Vice-President, Anthony Yanez.  Anthony is the weekend meteorologist at KPRC Channel 2.  

My focus this year will be on getting involvement from all of the members of our large and diversified chapter.  The Houston Chapter thrives on the large meteorological community across southeast Texas.  From private sector businesses and consulting meteorologists, to areas of government including NOAA, NASA and the NWS, the Houston Chapter has a wide-ranging membership.  The chapter is also represented by emergency managers from industry and governmental agencies, various media outlets and educational associations including the University of Houston and Texas A&M.  With such variety we should be able to participate in many activities throughout the community.  We plan on continuing educational outreach programs this year including the Science Olympiads, Science/Engineering Fair of Houston, interaction with the TAMSCAMS, and visits to local schools.  Please inform one of the officers for new and upcoming programs.  

A variety of meeting topics are planned this year, which correspond to the different season.  If you have any ideas for topics or speakers please let me know.  Meetings will be set on the third week each month, dependent on speaker availability.  We also plan to take photographs each month, which will be sent with meeting minutes to AMS (and hopefully will get into BAMS).  If you would like to volunteer to take pictures, please notify one of the officers. 

We are looking forward to an extraordinary year but we need your to help make it great.  Remember this organization is yours and only with your participation will we have a successful year.  See you on September 16th when Dr. Courtney Schumacher from the Texas A&M Meteorology Department will be our guest speaker.

Your President

Liz Murphy


Fall 2004 Cleanup



September 18th

9 AM – Noon

All along the Texas Coast!









As Liz mentioned above, 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.


Upcoming Conferences:

13th Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography
20 – 23 September 2004, Norfolk, VA


11th Conference on Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meteorology – 22nd Conference on Severe Local Storms
4 – 8 October 2004, Hyannis, MA


29th Annual NWA Meeting
16-21 October 2004, Double Tree Hotel Portland - Lloyd Center, Portland, OR


85th AMS Annual Meeting
**(Please begin thinking about ideas for the Annual AMS Meeting poster)
9 —13 January 2005, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA


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


Next Local AMS Meeting: We will introduce a panel of energy meteorologists who will discuss the varying aspects of their forecasting careers in today’s fast-paced energy trading market. Meeting is next month with times and location TBA. 

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
Email: AYanez@kprc.com


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


Treasurer Brian Planz
Ph: 713-430-7400
email: penst8wx@sbcglobal.net


Or e-mail the Local Chapter:  houstonams@sbcglobal.net


E-mail Preferred

The use of email helps us cut down on costs.  If it is available to you, we would like to add you to our e-mailing list.  If you have changed your address, prefer another address, or no longer want to receive this newsletter, please let us know by filling out the form and giving it to any officer. 



We are looking for sponsors for the 2004-2005 Houston Local Chapter of the AMS.  Please contact one of our officers above if you or your company would like to sponsor the newsletter.


Reminder: DUES ARE DUE!


Dues/Address Change

Don't forget to pay your $10 annual dues which are due this September. 

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. 

 Checks should be made out to:  Houston Chapter of the American Meteorological Society.

Send to:

Brian Planz
c/o Wilkens Weather Technologies, Inc.
2925 Briar Park Drive, Suite 710
Houston, TX 77042

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