William Gommel and the University of Indianapolis Jerry Hill has recently been named chief of the Bureau were recently honored by the Indiana Astronomical of Air Quality Control in Houston, Texas. This Bureau Society for their service to the society over the past in the city's Health Department is responsible for all 22 years. Gommel has played host to and been an activities involving air monitoring, permit review for active member of the Indiana Astronomical Society, new sources, compliance, data analysis, and report- which is comprised of professional and amateur ing of air quality information. Hill, a certified con- astronomers. sulting meteorologist, is retired from the National Gommel was also recognized recently as "Citizen Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the Year" by the Indianapolis Lions Club. Gommel and has been actively engaged in consulting for the was nominated for the award by William Green who past ten years. • stated, "As an educator of 26 years, very involved Christian gentleman, and a truly fine teacher, I can think of no one more deserving of being recipient of this honor." The award is given each year at the Lions Club's annual gathering. news from our chapters Ashville Daniel Smith, chief of the National Weather Service's Ten members and guests attended our 123rd regular Southern Region Scientific Services Division in Fort meeting held Tuesday, 9 May 1989 in the Highsmith Worth, Texas, talk about the modernized Weather Center private dining room on the University of North Service of the 1990s, the advent of doppler, profilers, Carolina-Asheville campus. and the new technology that the Weather Service will be working with during the next decade. Richard Heim announced that Ann Lazar was the winner of the Snowflake Contest for February and Our second meeting in October 1988 took us to Dan Denton was winner for March. The Raindrop the Southern Electric International, Inc. Research Contest winner for April was Harold Crutcher. His Center. Here Larry T. Coffeen demonstrated man- prediction of the total monthly rainfall of 4.02 inches made lightning strikes. Coffeen talked about the and the greatest daily rainfall of 0.87 inches came lightning damage to power transformers and other closest to the observed values of 4.0 inches and 0.80 equipment and the research being conducted by the inches respectively. A Heat Wave contest will be Southern Company to build better quality products held in August and September. This will consist of that will withstand direct hits. the highest temperature reading for each month. In November, Bill Dobes, a dermatologist from Atlanta, and Edith Kelman, a well-known artist, gave The guest speaker for the evening was Ed Facet who is a veteran of the World Meteorological Orga- a very innovative presentation on the ozone and skin nization. Facet gave a talk about what the WM O is, cancer. The presentation included a light show that how it is organized, and how the Secretariat works. Kelman uses in her school talks. He concluded his talk with a slide show of life in In January 1989, ATL-AMS president Ed Marston Switzerland. spoke about the armed forces world network of data Heimbach announced that this was the last meeting collection. The presentation explained how one can of the season. The next meeting will be held the 2nd at times correlate "political hot-spots" with increased Tuesday in September. demand for weather data at any one time. Georgia Tech hosted the February meeting and Atlanta Fred N. Alyea talked about freons and other gases. This chapter held six meetings since September 1988 In his talk "Just Whos e Lifetime Are W e Talking About and capped off the year with its Annual Awards Anyway? " Alyea recapped the experiments and work Banquet in May 1989. done on determining the atmospheric lifetimes of During our first meeting in September 1988 at the several halocarbon compounds of commercial inter- National Weather Service Forecast Office, we heard est. His views, which differ from some of those being Vol. 70, No. 9 , September 1989
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Sep 1, 1989
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