Packerland and their responsibilities were explained to the poten- A joint meeting of the chapter and the Neville Pub- tial members. Dina Freedman, chapter president, in- lic Museum Astronomical Society was held on 9 Au- formed members of what the club does and provided gust 2000 at the museum. Nearly 40 members and details on how to join. She stated that the money guests attended a presentation by Jill Last, meteorolo- earned to join goes directly back to the members in the gist at the NWS Green Bay Office and board member form of events throughout the year. An explanation of of the local Astronomical Society chapter. what the Northeastern Storm Conference is and who attends this event was then given. Students may sign Last's presentation was titled "Weather on Other up to help out with this event by joining the Storm Planets." Although the focus of her talk was on the Conference Committee once they have become a chap- similarities and differences between Earth and Mars, ter member. she also described the atmospheres of the other plan- ets in our solar system. Upcoming chapter events, such as the hike up Earth's worst tornadoes and hurricanes pale in com- Mount Washington in New Hampshire and the club parison to large storms that continually traverse Nep- picnic, were mentioned and discussed. For a tune, Saturn, and Jupiter. The 1200 mph winds found fundraiser, the chapter will have a photo contest for on Neptune are the fastest recorded in our solar sys- students to enter. The grand prize will be the winner's tem. Saturn boasts winds of 1000 mph in the equato- photo used on the cover of the Northeastern Storm Con- rial regions of that planet. The Great Red Spot on ference booklet this year. Also, winning photos will be Jupiter has winds estimated at 400 mph. published in the Caledonia Record, the local newspaper. Last also emphasized the narrow temperature range Other photo entries will be on display on a bulletin board in which we thrive on earth (about 200°F), in contrast to on campus.—Tracy L. McCormick those planets with a thin atmosphere. For example, the Puerto Rico temperature on Mercury reaches as high as 800°F, and drops down to less than -250°F, a range of over 1000°. The August local chapter meeting took place at the Many charts and color pictures were used to describe library of the National Weather Service Forecast Of- the weather found on other planets. The meeting ended fice in Carolina, Puerto Rico. The following persons with a question-and-answer period.—Jeff Last. were present: Ada Rosa Monzon, Rafael Mendez Tejeda, Raphael Mojica, Daniel Melendez, Modesto Cap e Canaveral Vasquez, Israel Matos, Henry Laskosky, and Bradley Diehl. The meeting was called to order by Matos who The 24 August 2000 meeting featured Scott Spratt of the Melbourne NWS office who spoke on "Exam- stated that at the meeting a new chairperson, treasurer, ining the Prelandfall Environment of Mesovortices and secretary needed to be elected. The chapter elected with a Hurricane Bonnie (1998) Outer Rainband." The Melendez as chairman and Mojica as treasurer. well-illustrated talk examined several case studies Laskosky, the current secretary, agreed to remain in that using both airborne "hurricane hunter" and WSR-88D office. The decisions by the chapter were unanimous. radars to examine the environments conducive to pro- The outgoing treasurer, Monzon, agreed to serve as ducing destructive small-scale wind events in hurri- public relations specialist for the chapter and to ac- cane rainbands.—Frank Merceret. tively pursue the goal of increasing chapter member- ship. Melendez stated that the chapter needs to set up Lyndon State College a local Web site and Diehl volunteered to help start The chapter held a general business meeting on 7 the project. The local Web site will eventually be ex- September 2000 in order to welcome everyone back panded into a Spanish page due to the high level of for another year. The chapter officers were introduced Spanish speaking people.—Henry Laskosky. • Vol. 8 7, No. 12, December 2000
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Dec 1, 2000
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