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About the AMS/NWA - Memphis Chapter

The American Meteorological Society is a scientific and professional organization serving those in the atmospheric and related sciences fields. There are approximately 100 local chapters across the United States that increase the awareness of meteorology among the general public, as well as providing a mechanism for local gatherings of professionals and weather enthusiasts.


The National Weather Association has over 30 local chapters which serve as forums to aid in the sharing and dissemination of the information regarding operational meteorology and related subjects between local media weathercasters, NWS meteorologists, private-sector meteorologists/consultants, college students, Emergency Managers, storm spotters, and others interested in weather and weather support services.


In that vein, the Memphis Chapter was formed in 1970 as an autonomous organization of the national AMS organization to serve those interested or employed in the atmospheric sciences in the Memphis area. In 2008, our chapter applied for, and was granted, status as a joint AMS/NWA chapter. Lasst year, we celebrated our 40th anniversary as a local AMS chapter, serving weather professionals and enthusiasts continually throughout those 40 years. Our members comprise both weather enthusiasts that are employed in non-weather fields, as well as those in Meteorology and other related professions. Some of our over 50 members include employees of the National Weather Service, FedEx, military personnel, public school teachers in the local area, local media outlets, as well as storm spotters and ham radio operators, and weather enthusiasts. Though we primarily serve the metro area, we also have active members from throughout the Mid-South!


The Memphis Chapter collects annual dues of $10 from each member ($5 for students), which are used to fund chapter activities such as opportunities to reach out to young people in the community, guest speakers, and chapter mailings. Members of the local chapter are not required to be members of the national organizations, though membership is encouraged. The chapter normally meets 5 times a year for formal meetings. They usually occur on Tuesday nights in September, November, January, March, and May, with informal "Dutch treat" lunches at local restaurants during the months that no formal meeting is scheduled. Typically, there are no meetings during the summer months, however a mid-summer lunch has become a tradition. Each regular meeting begins with a business session and dues collection, followed by a featured speaker for the evening.


Past presenters have focused on topics including how weather plays a role in air traffic control and flight operations, including a trip to the FedEx Global Operations Center and a ride aboard an MD-11 simulator, the effects of weather on air pollution levels, case studies of recent weather events, weather warning alert systems, descriptions of new products or services offered by the NWS, severe storm chasing, visits to weather centers at local TV stations, and presentations by the educational outreach coordinator for Mt. Washington Observatory in New Hampshire and the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the NWS Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK! Anyone interested in weather, or employed in a related field, is encouraged to contact one of the officers for more information, or simply come to the next meeting and see what we have to offer!


The objectives of the Memphis Chapter, as stated in our Constitution, are to promote the communication of ideas on current meteorological issues among its members, provide an opportunity for meteorologists in the area to meet and become acquainted, and stimulate the professional development of its members.

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