"Los Angeles Floods of February 1992," at the Univer- tion, MacCready discussed the use of alternate en- sity of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Some of the ergy in transportation. He showed slides of his inven- worst flooding in the city's history was analyzed for the tions: the Gossamer Condor and Gossamer Alba- roles of local convergence and topography. Runoff tross—man-powered airplanes now housed in the patterns showed the effects of dense urbanization and Smithsonian Institution. He also designed the Arrow, poor infiltration. Morris focused on the forecasting an early ultralight; the Roc, a collapsible airplane; and process and why amounts were underestimated. the Pathfinder, a solar aircraft. He designed the Sunraycer that won the solar car race in Australia, as On 18 November 1992, Mel Zeldin of the South well as the 36-foot flying pterodactyl used in the IMAX Coast Air Quality Management District presented the film On the Wing. Los Angeles and Riverside-San Bernadino chapters On 21 April 1993, Dolores Taylor, a Ventura County with the topic "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know hydrologist, presented "Flood Forecasting and the about Dust but Were Too Hazy to Ask." Zeldin spoke 'ALERT (Automated Flood Monitoring and Forecast- about PM10 (particulate matter of 10 microns or ing Alert System)' System in Ventura County." Taylor smaller) in the South Coast District and some of the showed how the automated ALERT flood warning sys- programs aimed at reducing dust levels, especially in tem was developed and how vital it has become in this the desert regions. Zeldin also discussed some of the rugged, flood-prone area. agency's PM10 models and some of the problems in forecasting dust levels. The Los Angeles County Science Fair took place A tradition with the Los Angeles chapter is the 26-28 April 1993, and the chapter provided judges December pot-luck dinner at Charles and Marilyn and awarded prizes to the top weather-related projects McClellan's. On 16 December 1992, members en- in the junior and senior high categories. joyed food, slides, and weather videos. Since Los The annual awards banquet was held 22 May 1993 Angeles rarely has any interesting weather, most of at Choices Restaurant on the California State Univer- the exciting scenes were imported. sity, Los Angeles (CSULA), campus. Chivey Wu, of The chapter cohosted the AMS 73rd Annual Meet- the Civil Engineering Department, CSULA, presented ing at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. Several mem- "Solar Energy and the Solar Eagle (car)." Wu pre- bers worked the registration or audiovisuals for the sented a video on CSULA's Solar Eagle I solar car, meetings. On Wednesday night the chapter invited which came in fourth in the national solar car race for Fritz Coleman, KNBC weathercaster and funnyman, North American universities, and finished in the top ten to speak on "Life as a TV Weather Forecaster," at the in the World Solar Challenge (a 2000-mile race across hotel. Coleman showed why he is one of the most Australia sponsored by universities and international popular newscasters and a regular at the Comedy car makers, like Honda). Chapter members were taken Store. He admitted not having any meteorology back- on a tour of the Solar Eagle lab and even took a seat ground, but most will agree that he has learned the behind the wheel. The meeting concluded by installing weather lingo well enough to be informative as well as new officers: Steve LaDochy, chair; Larry Bregman, highly entertaining. vice chair; Charles McClellan, secretary; and Marilyn The 17 February 1993 meeting took place at UCLA, McClellan, treasurer. where Warren Blier, of UCLA's Atmospheric Sciences Department, spoke on numerical weather prediction. Colorado State University Blier gave an overview of the history and development Officers for the 1993/94 season were presented at of weather modeling, including the strengths and the 8 July 1993 meeting. They include Joseph Eastman, weaknesses of the various models, as well as some of president; Walt Peterson, vice president; Jay Smith, treasurer; and J. Christopher Clarke, secretary. After the most recent improvements. a discussion of upcoming fall events, Steven Finley, There were two meetings in March 1993. On 5 research associate in the Atmospheric Science Depart- March, Laura Haston, of California State University's ment at Colorado State University, gave a presenta- Geography Department, presented "California Cli- tion of the Comet PC Workstation and Realtime Video matic Change and Tree Rings" to a joint meeting with Projection system. the Los Angeles Geographical Society. Haston traced a 700-year record of tree rings, emphasizing the unique patterns of droughts and wet spells in the state, as derived from her own tree-ring research. 50 years ago: On 17 March, Paul MacCready, president of Editor's note: From 1938 to 1957 there was no AeroVironment, hosted the meeting at AeroVironment August issue of the Bulletin. in Monrovia, with his talk on "Transportation and the Environment in Southern California." In his presenta- Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
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Published: Aug 1, 1993
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