Houston Chapter

of the

American Meteorological Society

                                                                                                                                                  November 2006

Text Box: Notes from the President: Anthony Yanez
Are you going to the AMS conference in San Antonio in January?  Do you want to volunteer on behalf of our chapter?
 
We need two people to represent our chapter at the “Chapter Breakfast Meeting” Tuesday January 16th from 7:00-9:00am.  The first two people who e-mail me at Anthony@kprc.com get the spots.
 
We also need volunteers to help with WeatherFest.  This is a hands-on science and weather show.  There will be sixty five science exhibits, weather equipment, and scholarship information.  WeatherFest is Sunday January 14th from noon to 4:00pm.  If you want to help represent our chapter please e-mail me at Anthony@kprc.com.
 
I know many of you cannot attend the conference but you can still be a big part of it.  Here’s how. In San Antonio we will be presenting our local chapter poster.  The theme will be, “Houston AMS: Diversity working together to keep the public safe, clients informed and customers satisfied.”  Our chapter boasts one of the most meteorologically diverse memberships in the county.  We will be putting that diversity on display in January. 
 
 
Here is what we need from you…
 
E-mail pictures of you and your place of business in action.
E-mail your company’s logo.
E-mail your company’s mission statement to Anthony@kprc.com
 
We will put all of our member’s photos and information together and create our Houston Chapter Poster.  We will begin this process at our meeting in November and complete it in December.  Remember you can’t be represented if you don’t send me your stuff.       
 
Hope to see you all November 9th,
Anthony Yanez
Houston AMS Chapter President

Cost
Group-priced tickets are $12.00.

 

Dinner

A light dinner will be provided.  Anyone interested in bringing drinks (2-liter bottle of drink), cups, ice, plates please e-mail Anthony@kprc.com and let him know what you are interested in brining.

 

Meeting Topic

During his many transatlantic voyages, Franklin noted changes in water temperature, atmospheric conditions and the presence of whales feeding on plankton in warm water.  He also noticed that similar ships taking different routes across the Atlantic made the crossing at different speeds—and that the shortest course was not necessarily the fastest.
 

Dr. Joyce Chaplin is a professor of history at Harvard University.  Her research interests include Benjamin Franklin as the first scientific American and his work on charting the Gulf Stream.

 

The talk on Tuesday evening will focus on:

1. Franklin’s dependence on information from sailors in order to bring the Gulf Stream to the attention of the public,
2. His life-long interest in physical circulation around the Atlantic Ocean (including weather systems),
3.  How his interpretation of the Atlantic, and Gulf  Stream, was very much influenced by the politics of his day.

 

Parking
Parking is available in the 6-story garage located on Caroline, just south of Hermann Drive. Parking is $5 for museum members, $8 for nonmembers with Museum ticket stub and $10 for all others. In addition, some curbside parking is available near the Museum entrance and in Hermann Park.

 

Text Box: Benjamin Franklin, Charting the Gulf Stream –              Dr. Joyce Chaplin
Tuesday 07 November
5:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Houston Museum of Natural
 
Science
 
One Hermann Circle Drive
Houston, TX 77039
(713) 639-4629
 

Cost
Group-priced tickets are $12.00.
 
Dinner
A light dinner will be provided.  Anyone interested in bringing drinks (2-liter bottle of drink), cups, ice, plates please e-mail Anthony@kprc.com and let him know what you are interested in brining.
 
Meeting Topic
During his many transatlantic voyages, Franklin noted changes in water temperature, atmospheric conditions and the presence of whales feeding on plankton in warm water.  He also noticed that similar ships taking different routes across the Atlantic made the crossing at different speeds—and that the shortest course was not necessarily the fastest. 
 
Dr. Joyce Chaplin is a professor of history at Harvard University.  Her research interests include Benjamin Franklin as the first scientific American and his work on charting the Gulf Stream.
 
The talk on Tuesday evening will focus on: 

1. Franklin’s dependence on information from sailors in order to bring the Gulf Stream to the attention of the public, 
2. His life-long interest in physical circulation around the Atlantic Ocean (including weather systems), 
3.  How his interpretation of the Atlantic, and Gulf  Stream, was very much influenced by the politics of his day.
 
Parking
Parking is available in the 6-story garage located on Caroline, just south of Hermann Drive. Parking is $5 for museum members, $8 for nonmembers with Museum ticket stub and $10 for all others. In addition, some curbside parking is available near the Museum entrance and in Hermann Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Text Box: Membership Information
The Houston Chapter boasts of one of the most diverse memberships in the country.  Due to our location we have meteorologists and scientists working for many different types of industry, government, private and media.  These people are involved in forecasting and monitoring weather world-wide, right from Houston. 
In addition, we welcome everyone and anyone who is interested in weather and weather-related topics. 
Our dues are only $10 per year.  Funds are used to pay for dinner and thank you gifts for our speakers, and provide awards for the winners of the Houston AMS Special Awards at the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston held each spring.  
If you’d like to become a member, please fill out the form below with your most recent information, include $10 cash or check and turn it into any officer.  If you prefer, you can mail the form and money to our Treasurer.  Please see the address below.  Checks should be made out to: Houston Chapter of the American Meteorological Society
Mail to: 
Brian Planz 
c/o Wilkens Weather Technologies, Inc. 
2925 Briar Park Drive, 7th Floor 
Houston, TX 77042 
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Text Box: Chapter Website                        National Website
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Text Box: Contact Information
President – Anthony Yanez
Ph: 713-778-8950
Email:AYanez@kprc.com
Vice President – Patrick Blood
Ph: 281-337-5074 (Ext:304)
email: pgblood@yahoo.com
 
Secretary – Dorri Breher
Ph: 713-947-5798
email: dorri_breher@yahoo.com
 
Treasurer – Brian Planz
Ph: 713-430-7400
email: penst8wx@houston.rr.com
 
Or e-mail the Local Chapter: houstonams@houston.rr.com
Feel free to contact any of the officers for comments, questions, suggestions or even additions to the newsletter.  We would appreciate hearing from you.
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Text Box: Calendar of Events
Houston AMS December Meeting
Annual Meeting Organization/Coordination
Date TBA
Location TBA
87th Annual AMS Annual Meeting
San Antonio, TX
14-18 January
H.B. Gonzalez Convention Center