March Officer Meeting

March 3, 2020

Amendment Update: We revised Article XI, and voted it in unanimously. We are also taking a look at our active membership, by attending 66% of all of our general meetings and be a part of a service project once a semester has been revised to be 66% attendance of general meetings and at least one service project a year. On top of this, any additional service projects done will makeup one missed meeting. Next, the conference travel fund will be a monetary value of $400 up front with specific criteria to be determined. We hope to get this sorted out by AMS 2021. Our current budget is in fine standing, and we are looking to stock up on more merchandise (specifically pet tornadoes) as well as fund food for our last two general meetings. In other news, our time capsule will be postponed to next year to celebrate our 60th anniversary. Elizabeth, in charge of Outreach, is looking to Adopt-A-Highway, be on the look out for that!

The next meeting is March 11h at 6pm in room 1313 with Gina Dixon over Mental Health in STEM. This will be open and free for ALL STEM majors, and pizza and soft drinks will be provided. 

Our April Social Event will be various tour times for RIL throughout the first full week of April. 

The April General Meeting will be April 15th or 16th at 6:30pm in 1313 with David Bodine/Matt Flournoy. This will also be the meeting in which officer positions for 2020-2021 are voted on. To run for an officer position you must be an active member, and to run for President you must have served on the board 2019-2020. Food will be announced closer to the meeting time. 

February General Meeting

February 11th, 2020

Dr. Somer Erickson is the National FEMA liaison to the Storm Prediction Center. After starting out in a different career path within meteorology looking at research and the NWS, Dr. Erickson was more interested in the impact side of the weather. Her duties as FEMA Liaison to the SPC include monitoring threats, conducting a daily FEMA headquarters briefing, writing reports, giving regional briefings, using GIS support networks, and NRCC responses. The creation of FEMA is a ‘newer’ government branch, and one that has taken some time to perfect. There are a multitude of jobs and careers within emergency management, varying from different aspects of weather to health, to environment, law enforcement, GIS, and more. She made a point to talk about volunteerism within emergency management, as most offices are always busy and could use whatever help they can get. This is beneficial to those wanting to get involved in the field. She urges you to contact your local offices if you want to learn more!”

February Officer Meeting

February 4, 2020

Our poster feedback was received recently from AMS this past January, and our judges loved the clean design! An amendment is being looked at for dissolution of chapter in which the chapter will no longer exist if 66% of all active members vote to dissolve. This will be revisited at our next officer meeting. 

We received some feedback from Ground Hog Day the biggest complaint was that it was hosted on a Tuesday. We will remember this next year to improve Ground Hog Day 2021’s attendance. Glancing at our budget, we will be good to go hosting a hurricane workshop with the Oklahoma Weather Lab(which was postponed to February 19th), food for the next 3 general meetings, and restocking t-shirts! February 11th at 6:30pm is our next general meeting with Dr. Erickson and COCAMS. We’ll provide pizza and COCAMS will supply drinks.

We also need materials for our time capsule, which we may combine with the School to promote. Further information will be given later. Looking ahead to Big Event, Tyler spoke with the Big Event org and decided to make the group a wider label ‘meteorology’. The March 10th general meeting we decided to let members decide who they want to hear in a poll! Possible speakers include the NWS, WDTD, An Indecent Meteorologist, Climate, The Weather Channel, and RIL. Food will be pizza again, and name of speaker will be announced soon. 

Our resume help session on critiquing and editing resumes in prep for career fair speaker: Leslie Illston will be held both Monday, February 24th and Wednesday February 26th. There is a SCAN Volunteer Opportunity 10-11:30am set up for the Career Fair February 28th 1-5pm. 

January Officer Meeting

January 21, 2020

Our officer meetings this semester will be the first Tuesday of every month at 6pm in the board room (NWC 1120). 

A Tiebreaker Clause was proposed to our Constitution in the case of ties during our general elections, and will be voted on tonight. A unanimous decision (11 yays, 0 nays) was made to pass this clause, and it is now accepted into our Constitution. Soon the Constitution will be available on the SCAN website for anyone to read. 

REU and Hollings workshop is nearing, January 24th at 3pm with Daphne Ladue, Liz Leitman, and past REU/Hollings scholars. It’s structured similar to the Grad App help sessions, and will provide information and a run down on how to be a good candidate.

Groundhog Day is also coming up Tuesday, January 28th at 6:30pm at O’Connell’s Irish Pub on Campus Corner. Karaoke and a DJ will be present, with plenty of food options, and drinks for those 21 and up. 

February 5th is our next event, co-hosted with the Oklahoma Weather Lab. It’ll be a Hurricane Forecasting Workshop through Skype with Dr. Michael Brennan, and food/drinks will be provided. It will be a packed few weeks, because we also have a general meeting February 11th with Dr. Somer Erickson, the FEMA Liaison to the SPC, over Disaster Risk and Response, co-hosted with COCAMS/NWA. Food and drinks will also be provided with this meeting.

A 10 year time capsule will be put together by the February 11th meeting, more info to come later.

We have many objectives for this coming year, and we are excited to accomplish more as a growing Student Chapter in 2020.

November General Meeting

November 19, 2019 


Addison Alford speaks on the SMART Radar trucks and more at the SCAN November General Meeting:

The SMART Radars offer high-resolution observations of storm-scale evolution of hurricanes, severe continental convection, and lightning. Goals of landfall observations within hurricanes for the SMART team include convective processes that can lead to intensification, rainfall/wind distribution, dynamic processes during landfill,, and near-surface evolution. They observed Hurricane Harvey in a long deployment, as they were ~10 miles inland from Rockport, Texas. Harvey’s landfall proved successful for the Smart Radar Truck team. It was recognized that the storm was propagating against the mean wind, consistent with VRWs. In a partnership with NSSL, Sean Waugh suggested the release of soundings into the hurricanes they deploy into. This was conducted in Hurricane Harvey, showing notable precipitable water into the interior edge of the eye wall of Harvey, likely reaching a record level (3.26 inches) for the United States. The team has also been deployed to Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Dorian, and more. Wrapping up he talks more about the Vortex Southeast campaign with the radar trucks. He speaks on different chases they experienced, and goes over the mesovortices in QLCS events that they were able to see in the radar imagery the trucks generated. April 14th, 2018 they showed that mesovortex tracks can last long periods of time and produce multiple localized tornadogenesis events in additions to straight line wind events. In summary, the utility of mobile radars lies in their ability to get close to their targets, maximizing resolution. “

November Officer Meeting

November 14, 2019

Presented the new tiebreaker clause to the board to be voted on in the January officer meeting.

Made the board member aware of the updated member list and inventory counts. Reviewed September and October financial status. Recouped 2/3 of the cost for the t-shirts. Reviewed attendance of the October meetings, which were significantly up. We received $350 dollars for the rest of this semester from SGA. We also discussed the future of the travel fund.

Gave an update on the YouTube channel. We reviewed what remained in terms of events over the next semester and looked going forward. We confirmed the hurricane forecasting workshop jointly with OWL. We discussed our November General Meeting catering as well as the 100 member celebration.

October Officer Meeting

October 3, 2019

Master list of inventory is up to date. Reviewed finances and inventories in preparation for National Weather Festival.

September’s general meeting and social event was reviewed. O’Connell’s was $610 for the event and largely successful. The management showed interest in hosting Groundhog Day. Most well attended social event thus far.

Discussed AMS centennial 100 member movement. This would be record-breaking membership levels. Discussed the breakdown of membership among classes and potential areas for improvement.

Discussed current financial health. Dr. Disaster will be added to the weather friends’ shirts line up for NWF this year. It will cost $556 in total. 15 YS-YL, 15 S-L, 10 XL. Due to the new shirts and general rising cost, we voted to increase t-shirt prices by $5 (11 for, 3 abstain).

YouTube channel has hit a snag that is currently under investigation. The weather friends will be making their first visit to Wilson Elementary on October 17, we are looking into having a live-stream of this event.

Discussed remaining events for the semester and ideas for the October social event, ended up canceling October social event. Discussed recruiting volunteers for NWF. People working the table or a Weather Friend have them fill out the form and they will be pulled later. Volunteer forms are due on October 11.

We changed the topic of the November meeting to be about the SMART Radar team because COCAMS was unable to meet at the new date. We are going to try to coordinate in the spring. Discussed the date of the graduate application workshop and set up for the pie the professor event. We also decided to order from Pizza Shop for the October general meeting, with the order identical to the one for September. Gave an update on the chapter poster.

Meteorology Career Mini-Conference

September 10, 2019

Joseph Trujillo, a masters student, spoke on communication in science. “Science isn’t finished until it’s communicated”- Sir Mark Walport. He shared his research called KPHI TV which strives to interpret the way broadcast meteorologists communicate during severe weather. Email joseph.trujillo@noaa.gov for anyone interested in meeting the broadcast meteorologists coming to do research this October with KPHI. Find him on twitter: @LatinWx

Meteorologist Damon Lane spoke about how he got to be the Chief Meteorologist in OKC, giving the advice to have thick skin, and go where the job is after college. He emphasized the struggle of broadcast meteorology jobs out of college, and working up the market. He discussed the issues with the schedule of a broadcast meteorologist, not knowing when you’ll need to be called in the station. An interesting aspect he revealed about a television station is that they lose a lot of money if they can’t display commercials, so it isn’t for ratings that meteorologists hype up events. His final advice for students, keep your social media clean.

Roger Edwards spoke on his unconventional path in meteorology as the SPC lead forecaster. He talked about being transfixed by severe weather, and how meteorology was his calling. He attended OU, stating that the best thing to do in school is time management. “Be sure you learn as much as you can from the people you meet in this profession.” He worked with the NHC, and the NSSFC-SELS before coming back to Norman with the SPC. He mentioned respecting storms, saying its ok to love them but respect the damage they can do. His final words: put in the effort, self-discipline, take advantages of opportunities, have integrity, life balance, and pay it forward. Find him on twitter: @SkyPixWeather, and email: roger.edwards@noaa.gov.

Dr. Connor J. Flynn is a Senior Research Associate with the (CL)^2EAR Group with a unique career track. He was very into cooking from a young age, and translated that to science. He earned a B.S. in Physics from Eastern Washington, and later got his PhD in atomic physics to teach and conduct research from University of Idaho. A piece of academic advice: “If you take a punch in the nose [in terms of grades] don’t give up.” He talked about suppressing your pre-conceptions, trusting the science. He was employed by PNNL with the Atmospheric Radiation Measurements program, specifically with Aerosol Translator. He is very well-versed in field campaigns. He worked with NASA before Dr. Redemann invited him to work with (CL)^2EAR at OU.

September Officer Meeting

September 5, 2019

Measurable precipitation contest for 2019 will be announced announcing at next week’s General Meeting, submissions are due by the end of the October general meeting. The WxChallenge form will also be handed out on Tuesday along with the precipitation contest.

Constitutional proposal

Address tie-breaker protocols in elections (see Elections article)

Objectives:

  • Be sure to keep the SCAN Master List up to date in terms of inventory and budgeting. 
  • Promote the UCLA Watch Party @ O’Connell’s (September 14)
  • We are looking to replace Jens on the meeting next week, most likely going to use his recommendation as a fill in. Pizza will be the food of choice.

SCAN/OWL Collaborative Meeting Results:

  • 105 people in attendance
  • 71 paid members

Things to improve on for the next meeting include: accounting for more percent error within RSVPs in regards to food, and remembering everything to set up (e.g. remember paper towels). 

In terms of budget, catering costs have to be knocked down this year. There’s no room for error with the current budget.

Dates for upcoming meetings have mostly been arranged around Freshmen-Seniors exam schedule through this Fall semester.

The Hurricane Relief Fundraiser will be the three core SoM organizations (SAC, SCAN, and OWL). Someone needs to man the table at all times, whether we have a bake sale or just a donations box. 

The Chapter Poster for AMS should be started shortly by board members who are interested to help.