the room to introduce themselves. Peter Olssen, who experiences in Idaho where he provided fire forecast heads the Alaska Experimental Forecast Facility support. (AEFF), gave a brief update on the current status of Peronto put out a call for meteorology-related pa- the AEFF program. The AEFF is a joint effort between pers. The papers will be posted on the chapter Web the NWS, the Federal Aviation Administration, and site. This is a great forum for gaining recognition both the University of Alaska in Anchorage to develop new locally and nationally. Olssen suggested using Adobe forecast techniques and products to provide scientific Acrobat for paper formats. support for operational forecasters. The AEFF will be Other topics discussed included the intent of the getting two more staff members in the near future, and chapter to submit an awards package to AMS at the they just received funding to run the Regional Atmo- end of the year, as well as the implementation of a spheric Modeling System forecast model, with future Chapter Member of the Year award, which will be pre- plans to use a relocatable window. The other main goal sented at the last meeting of the year. It was noted tht of the AEFF is education through the University of membership cards will be given to all members who Alaska at Anchorage. paid their yearly dues. Peronto then announced the chapter will get in- Peronto then introduced the guest speaker, Captain volved in the upcoming jo b fair in February and asked DeLeon Narcisse, from the 11th Operational Weather for volunteers to participate. Chapter Treasurer Arleen Squadron, Elmendorf AFB. The speaker's topic was Jancic gave the treasurer's report and announced there space weather, with an emphasis on its impact on po- are still a few T-shirts left for sale. The current amount lar latitudes. Narcisse described the space weather phe- in the bank is $542.93, which includes 14 paid dues, nomena, why we should care about what is happening four T-shirts sold, and $5.00 in forecast contest dues. out in space—specifically how space weather affects Peronto then described the current Anchorage military and civilian operations—and briefly described Chapter Constitution revisions and noted that the con- some things we can do to mitigate the effects of space stitution has not been updated since 1995. The revi- weather. sions will be posted on the chapter Web site for all After the presentation Narcisse fielded some ques- members to review. Acceptance or rejection of the re- tions from the audience. In gratitude for the presenta- visions will be voted on at an upcoming meeting. tion, Peronto presented him with a free chapter All chapter information will be posted on the Web membership and a 2001 Alaska weather calendar do- site for members who are unable to attend the meet- nated by Jim Green, who is also a chapter member.— ings. All meeting information will also be e-mailed to Gail Weaver. members, and meetings will be tape recorded and put Lyndon State College on the Web site. The next meeting was planned for 24 October 2000 with speaker Larry Van Bussum, the A general business meeting was held on 12 Octo- chapter vice president. He planned to talk about his ber 2000. Chapter President Dina Freedman started out by welcoming everyone and reported that the chapter was chosen as AMS Student Chapter of the Year (1999-2000). The chapter was recognized for out- standing efforts in activities including hosting the an- nual Northeastern Storm Conference, cohosting an annual science fair, planning club events throughout the year (including hikes, ski trips, and picnics), and doing many fund-raising activities (including the an- 1163 Dennis Drummond 2000 nual campus wide Winter Ball). 1164 Christy Dreyer 2000 Freedman also mentioned that hotel arrangements 1165 Chikage Windier 2000 are in the process of being made for the storm confer- 1166 James Weber 2000 ence in March. The proposed banquet speaker, Daphne 1167 Ryan Goswick 2000 Zaras, has informally written that she plans on being 1 168 Denis Phillips 2000 our banquet speaker. This, however, must still be con- firmed. There was a storm conference alumni mailing and a call for papers mailing on 17 October 2000. Justin Arnott, chapter vice president, mentioned that Vol. 82, No. 1, January 2001
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Published: Jan 1, 2001
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