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The February 2011 Meeting of the Wichita AMS/NWA Chapter
February 2011 Newsletter (February 2011 Newsletter)
The February meeting was held on Monday, February 28th at the Sedgwick
County Emergency Operations Center in downtown Wichita. There were 16
members and 9 guests in attendance.
President Jerilyn Billings called the meeting to order at 7:10 with an
update on the chapter's new web site at www.wichita-amsnwa.org. She also
brought members and guests up to date on the latest for the 15th Annual
High Plains Conference, The Past, Present and Future of Weather to be
held at the Wichita Marriott from August 4th through the 6th of 2011.
Updates were given on the logo design and the fact that shirts would be
available, the banquet with storm photographer Jim Reed, the last-day
storm chaser extravaganza and the student competition and career fair.
Next, member Dick Elder (MIC Wichita NWS) gave an update on the Dual-Pol
upgrade now scheduled to take place in July.
Jerilyn invited members and guests to a meeting of the OU Club of
Wichita which would feature a free presentation by Dr. Kevin Kloesel,
Associate Dean of the OU College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences
and featuring OU student and Kansas native Caitlin Taylor to be held at
Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School on March 11th at 7 p.m.
The next meeting was announced to be in either early July or late June
but a date was not yet established.
The presentation portion of the meeting featured a look back on the 20th
anniversary of the Andover Tornado. First to present was Dick Elder who
gave the meteorological setup of the day and the technological
challenges that were present at the time of the deadly tornado. Jim
Schmidt, Director of Butler County Emergency Management then spoke on
the challenges that the county faced 20 years ago when faced with a
mass-casualty severe weather event and how far things had come since
then. Both ended with encouraging words that we are better prepared for
the next disaster than we were 20 years ago.
The meeting adjourned at 9:15.