minute video describing storm chasers in general and Beckman explained that AWIPS comprises an ag- the June 1995 outbreaks in the Texas Panhandle in gregate of seven subsystems: 1) Weather Forecast Of- particular. fice, 2) River Forecast Center, 3) National Center, 4) After Lisius's presentation, Chapter President Jerri Network Control Facility, 5) Satellite Broadcast Net- Johnson showed some additional severe weather-re- work, 6) Wide-Area Network, and 7) NOAAPOER lated videos. In the first of the monthly fund raising Receive System. The Network Control Facility is the raffles , Skip Ely was the winner; he received a main monitoring administrative system. It oversees "Twister" calendar.—Gary R. Woodall. the AWIPS Communications Network, which does monitoring, control, and reporting. Greater St. Louis Discussing AWIPS hardware, Beckman described The regular monthly meeting was held on 19 Sep- its communication processors, data servers, applica- tember 1996 in St. Louis, with 29 members and guests tion servers, switch panels, terminal servers, LAN, and in attendance. Chapter Vice President Jim Moore routers. He said that AWIPS software consists of three welcomed those present and reviewed the agenda for general classes: 1) PRC-developed (government con- the evening. He reminded the members about the tractors), 2) NWS-developed, and 3) commercial off COMET workshop to be held 12-14 November in St. the shelf. Louis. He mentioned that such subjects as "Forecast- Build 1 AWIPS capabilities are taking longer than ing Heavy Precipitation," "Straight-Line Wind Dam- expected as test sites are only just starting. Beckman age," and "Prestorm Convection" would be discussed. showed various slides of searching capabilities such as infrared and water vapor where the user can roam Moore introduced the speaker for the evening, Sam and zoom. The user can also do many color shadings Beckman. Beckman is a master instructor of AWIPS and overlay different maps with roads, rivers, coun- (Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System) ties, etc. There can be 30 windows open at a time. The for the NWS. audience was shown satellite enhancement curves and radar enhancement curves. People will need to set up their own parameters as so many choices are avail- able to the user. Intelligence and the Weather Beckman then discussed the WFO Hydrologic Observer s Chances of Forecast System (WHFS) and its three applications: Success Hydrobase, Hydro view, and Riverpro. The Hydrobase The Army General Classifi- application gives river and precipitation stations and cation Test helped in selecting their names, the Hydroview application provides a men who were to take special geographical viewpoint, and the Riverpro gives inter- trainin g in meteorology. active applications such as flood warnings. The "Among 1042 men in training NOAA Office of Hydrology runs the WHFS. as weather observers, it was found that the Beckman stated that the bottom line is for the user chances that a soldier would do average or bet- to become an expert on one or two parameters and ter in the course were only 3 in 100 if his AGCT models.—Susan A. Tarbell. standard score was 80 [i.e., in Army Grade IV (V being the lowest)]; 12 in 100 if his standard Texas A& M University score was 100 [i.e., in Army Grade III (middle The first meeting of the Fall 1996 semester was grade)]; 35 in 100 if his standard score was 120 held 10 September 1996 on the Texas A&M campus. (i.e., in Grade II); and 65 in 100 if his standard At the first meeting, Kelly Findeisen, chapter presi- score was 140 (Grade I, the top 6% of the dent, introduced chapter officers to members. Adam Army)."—Walter V. Bingham, in "Inequalities Houston spoke about Project TAMMSSDA (Texas in adult capacity—from military data "Science, A&M Mobile Severe Storm Data Acquisition). Sign- N.Y., Aug. 16, 1946, p. 150. (Contributed by C. ups for participation in TAMMSSDA were held. An F. B.) election for meteorology undergraduate representative was held, and Houston was selected. Also, Findeisen Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 27, 508. discussed forecasting for the school paper and play- ing intramural volleyball.—Lori Grimm. • 2806 Vol. 77, No. I I, November 1 99 6
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Nov 1, 1996
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