in April 1996 when Congress failed to provide fund- Jerry Hill, air program ing for all NWS agricultural weather services. manager for the Bechtel AWIS uses the latest computer and communica- Corporation in Houston, tions technologies to provide frost/freeze forecasts Texas, was recently services to nurserymen, citrus growers, fruit produc- named a diplomat of the ers; agriculture weather forecasts, IPM forecasts, crop- American Academy of specific forecasts, and information (chill hours and Environmenta l Engi- growing degree days); as well as weather information neers. The academy is for managing poultry and livestock. sponsored by the National Society of Professional Services are available for all states except Alaska Engineers and was found- and Hawaii. AWIS also collects, quality controls, and ed for the purpose of el- archives weather observations from around the nation. AWIS's services are available via fax, e-mail, or the evating the standards and World Wide Web. advancing public recogni- tion of environmental en- Jerry Hill Getz is the former chairperson of the AMS Com- mittee on Agriculture and Forest Meteorology. gineering. Hill is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist and a Alan Sealls, AMS Sealholder and meteorologist at registered professional engineer. At Bechtel, an en- WGN-TV in Chicago, has completed an independent gineering, construction, and environmental service educational video for children called, Severe Weather company, Hill serves as the technical sponsor for air Safety: Watch for the Warning. This national release quality services, such as air permitting, dispersion teaches children how to be safe from lightning, flash modeling, and air pollution control. He has been a floods, tornadoes, and high winds. It also provides in- member of AMS for more than 30 years and has formation for school administrators on creating safety served as president of local chapters in Houston, procedures. Watch for the Warning comes with a Texas, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. teacher's a guide and exercises for students. In addition to AMS, Hill is a member of the Air & Waste Management Association, where he serves on Climatronics Corporation of Bohemia, New its AB-3 Meteorology Committee. He also serves on York, has designed a new ultrasonic anemometer for the American Petroleum Institute's Air Modeling the measurement of horizontal wind speed and wind Task Force. direction. The two-axis unit was designed as a direct replacement for conventional mechanical anemom- Chandrakant Bhumralkar, a member of the Se- eters in both performance and cost. The low-power, nior Executive Service of the U.S. government, has sealed anemometer has no moving parts and requires been named acting deputy assistant administrator, no routine periodic maintenance or calibration. Both Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, NOAA/DoC, at a heated and an immersible unit are available, extend- Silver Spring, Maryland. Formerly, he was the direc- ing its range of application from offshore marine en- tor of the government's Sea Grant College Program. vironments through urban pollution, blowing desert sand, and Arctic winters. Sensor output is both ana- log and digital. K 4 The sensor operates on the established principle of the measurements of the speed of sound in the air. The . n transducers are located well inside the sealed sensor y \ head. The unit is 4 inches in diameter and weighs less than 1 pound. Typical applications are drifting and moored buoys; climatological, agrometeorological, and hydrological stations; highway and aviation meteorological sta- tions; and portable military meteorological require- 56 4 Ernest J. Null 199 6 ments. 2800 Vol. 77, No. 1 1, November 7 996
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Nov 1, 1996
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