Washington, D. C. mately 1500 nautical miles north of the South Pole. He The May chapter meeting was held on 26 May at the said that this area is called the "banana belt" because Weather Service Forecast Office and Test Center in of its relatively warm climate compared to other Ant- Sterling, Virginia. The meeting's hosts were Jim Belville, arctic stations. Summertime temperatures can climb meteorologist in charge at WBC, and Bob Strickler, into the 40s and 50s, but the weather is not always so chief, Equipment Test and Evaluation Branch. Chap- mild. He said that the station endured 30 days of 100- ter members were able to tour the grounds and watch foot ceilings and minimum winds of 45 mph before he a radiosonde launch. During the meeting and tour, a arrived. hamburger/hot dog picnic was available to members Horstmeyer said that his group traveled around the and guests. Palmer area in rubber Zodiak boats, but because of The chapter held its annual banquet on 17 June at the changeable weather conditions, they had to be the Non-Commissioned Officers' Club in Fort Myer, constantly escorted and could not stray more than a Virginia. This banquet was held to
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