at the Earth and Atmospheric Building at Georgia weather conditions such as major floods and droughts Technical Institute. will be further enhanced. Rainfall will be more vio- Harold "Buzz" Bernard Jr., a meteorologist and lent, with 100-year floods occurring at greater fre- technical writer, was the guest speaker. In his presen- quency, perhaps every 25-30 years. tation, Bernard spoke about "Global Warming— To underscore his conviction in global warming, Where Are We? And Where Are We Going?" Bernard noted there has been a 11% loss in ice of the Bernard began his presentation by showing the world's alpine glaciers in just the last 100 years. Ber- audience that, globally, 1995 was the warmest year nard noted that these changes are not the end state— since records have been kept. He said that the 10 only part of a transient phase. He said to expect more warmest years of the last 116 years have all occurred changes in patterns, frequency, and intensity of since 1980. With the exception of a dip in tempera- weather events not simply a benign warming of the ture following the June 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, planet. global temperatures have been climbing since the late After a question-and-answer session at the conclu- 1800s. sion of Bernard's presentation, members were given According to Bernard, during the early stages of a tour of The Weather Channel. global warming, a slower rate of warming in the high Jenny Dean, chapter vice president, opened the 11 latitudes versus the low altitudes will occur. He ex- April meeting at the Delta Weather Department. Dur- plained that the resulting thermal contrast between ing the business portion of the meeting, Dean dis- high and low latitudes will increase, setting up a ther- cussed the chapter's annual banquet, chapter offices, mal drive that will usher in more violent clashes be- chapter awards, and the AMS/Teacher's Weather tween air masses. Bernard suggested that extreme Education Workshop. Jim Archer, senior meteorologist, and Ron Schubert, duty director of Delta's new Operations Control Center (OCC), presented a tour of the facili- ties. Schubert led the group through the various OCC departments, such as flight dispatch, maintenance, reservations, and flight control. He mentioned that the mission of the OCC is to bring together the different departments that have an influence in the operational The following are the new e-mail addresses for the staff control of an aircraft in order to coordinate actions and in the Washington, D.C., office. solve problems. Archer guided the group through the OCC Meteo- AMS Offices rological Department. Chapter members were able to Richard Hallgren hallgren @ dc. ametsoc. org Yale Schiffman schiffman @ dc. ametsoc. org see OCC's new computerized work stations, upper- tolson @ dc. ametsoc. org Monica Tolson air plots, and the large amount of weather data and ams @ dc. ametsoc .org General stream of automated PIREPs. Archer said that these Audio/Visual aud vis @ dc. ametsoc. org and other tools are used to make recommendations to Exhibits email@example.com other OCC departments concerning weather issues, such as, turbulence, icing, storms, and severe weather. Project ATMOSPHERE geer @ dc. ametsoc. org Ira Geer Both men pointed out that winter has a direct im- Bernard Blair blair @ dc. ametsoc. org pact on operations. They explained that when the Kathleen Ventre ventre @ dc. ametsoc. org "domino effect" begins—when three of four major Robert Weinbeck firstname.lastname@example.org hubs go down due to airline traffic, runway conditions, Tom Wells email@example.com or a lack of deicing capability—the OCC becomes Katy Ginger ginger @ dc. ametsoc .org Don McManus firstname.lastname@example.org proactive and cancels flights. They said that the OCC General amsedu @ dc. ametsoc .org tries to prevent problems before they occur.—Larry Moore. UCAR Offices Bob White white @ dc. ametsoc. org Anchorage Ginny Frost frost @ dc. ametsoc. org The April meeting/luncheon was held at the General email@example.com Elmendorf Air Force Base Officers Club. The meet- 132 4 Vol. 77, No. 6, June 7 99 6
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Published: Jun 1, 1996
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