better educating the Congress. Chapter members will of satellites (east and west) with launches of the first attempt to further Baker's goal by distributing to each pair in 1994/95 and the second in 1998/99. NASA and senator and house member copies of The Weather Space Systems/LORAL are building five spacecraft, Book by Jack Williams if funding assistance can be allowing for the possible loss of one. The spacecraft obtained. will be of a new generation, with better and more In other business, Gird proposed chapter support sensors on a 2-ton, nonspinning vehicle stabilized by for a new project by AMS President and WRC-TV internal 4500 rpm gyros. Imagery channels will in- Channel 4 meteorologist Bob Ryan, entitled "4WINDS." crease from two to five, and visible data will increase In this project, WRC-TV, Hughes Corporation, and from 6-bit to 10-bit (rendering a scale of 1024 gray Giant Food will collaborate to provide 40 weather shades versus 64 shades now). Imagery resolution observing stations for local schools. Aimed at grades will improve from 8 km to 4 km and navigational four and above, the project (plus a copy of The accuracy will go from 20 km to 2 km. The sounders will Weather Book by Jack Williams) will be free to the also be improved, going from 12 to 19 channels and schools, and the observational data will be fed to WRC from 10-bit to 13-bit data resolution. for their nightly telecasts. Ryan will have a kickoff Chesters revealed that although the GOES I launch meeting for teachers in January. Chapter members is scheduled for April 1994, the project is 45 days will be asked to serve as mentors or technical assis- ahead of schedule. Due to difficulties in the launch tants for the schools. Gird also discussed education- vehicle queue, actual launch is expected no sooner related expenses, such as prizes for science fair than 6 April 1994. GOES J will be launched in March winners and our support to the Virginia teachers' 1995. The principal hazard to the project is the launches, statewide severe weather conference in Richmond in which have a success record of 80% to 90%. He noted March 1994. that this is comparable to free-throw shooting odds in Chapter Vice Chairman Floyd Hauth discussed the the NBA—sometimes even the pros miss. There is 17 November 1993 chapter meeting at the Navy Ice also a concern with the resistors used in the space- Center in Suitland, Maryland, the 6-10 December craft; six have failed this year in testing, but none since 1993 National Weather Association meeting in Ra- July. There are 7000 of the high-precision resistors on leigh, and the 23-28 January 1994 AMS Annual board. If all goes well, said Chesters, GOES I will Meeting in Nashville. return its first image in May 1994, and new capabilities will become operational over the course of a year, in Gird introduced the evening's featured speaker, step with operational user training. Dennis Chesters, NASA's GOES project scientist for GOES I. Chesters discussed various aspects of the At the conclusion of Chesters's presentation and GOES project. He said that as a part of the NWS question-and-answer period, Floyd Hauth presented modernization program, GOES l/M will provide pairs him with a Geosphere cup in appreciation. National University Forecast Competition The national university forecast competition, initiated by students at Florida State University and directed by H. Michael Mogil, forecast contest chairman, is again underway with eight universities participating. The conflict of holiday and vacation periods has necessitated the continuation of a division of the eight schools into two forecast leagues, the QFL (Quarter Forecating League) and the SFL (Semester Forecasting League). The QFL consists of three universities: Florida State, Oregon State, and Pennsylvania State. The SFL has five schools: City College of New York, New York University, St. Louis Univer- sity, San Jose State College, and University of Oklahoma. The contest is open to all faculty and students of the partici- pating schools. Maximum surface temperature and precipi- tation are forecast for varying periods of 10 to 14 days. The QFL is forecasting for two periods each at Atlanta, Ga., Portland, Oreg., Pittsburgh, Pa., Montgomery, Ala., Seattle, Wash., and Philadelphia, Pa. The SFL is forecasting for Harrisburg, Pa., Syracuse, N.Y., St. Louis, Mo., San Francisco, Calif., Oklahoma City, Okla., New York City, Albany, N.Y., Kansas City, Mo., Seattle, Wash., and Amarillo, Tex. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 49,1183. 2442 Vol. 74, Vol. 12, December 1993
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Published: Dec 1, 1993
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