American Meteorological Society / National Weather Association
Memphis, TN Chapter 
Meeting Minutes

18 May 2010

The May 2010 meeting of the Memphis, TN chapter of the American Meteorological Society/National Weather Association took place at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, May 18, in the National Weather Service Conference Room at Agricenter International.

President Erik Proseus opened the meeting with several topics of business, including:

         FedExís Department of Meteorology will have a full-time position opening in the near future, as well as starting an intern program in their department.The POC is Melvin Bradley, Manager of Meteorology.

         University of Tennessee-Martin is starting a Meteorology degree program this coming fall.POC for more information is Dr. Robert Simpson at UTM.

         The Scholarship Committee has completed the scholarship packet for the inaugural AMS/NWA-Memphis Scholarship, to be offered for the 2010-2011 academic year, and sent it to many regional universities with Atmospheric Science Programs.Applications are due June 1.Proceeds from sales in our CafePress online store will go towards future scholarship funds.

         Erik indicated that the officers had had recent discussions with the Memphis Convention and Visitorís Bureau and the NWA regarding the possibility of hosting the NWA Annual Meeting in Memphis in 2014.Should Memphis receive the bid, the chapter would serve as the Program Committee for the meeting and volunteers would be required in order to make the week-long even successful.There were no objections from the membership and Erik will let the NWA and Memphis CVB know that the chapter will fully support a potential bid.

         Officers for 2010-2011 were nominated and voted on by the chapter.The 2010-2011 officers will be Erik Proseus (President), Mike Wroten (Vice-President), and Tom Salem (Secretary/Treasurer).

The evening discussion focused on recent severe weather and flooding in the Mid-South on May 1-2, 2010, chaired by Science and Operations Officer of NWS-Memphis, Tom Salem.The first weekend in May brought severe weather, including several tornadoes, to the Memphis CWA, as well as a very rare widespread flooding event.Tom began by discussing the model setup heading into the weekend, particularly the GFS computer model.The approaching system was a slow mover, heading into a moisture-rich environment, with plenty of available dynamics.

Several tornado tracks were reviewed with radar data presented from an EF-3 tornado that struck Ashland, MS, as well as a supercell thunderstorm that narrowly missed a Memphis in May outdoor event in downtown that tens of thousands of people were attending.That storm ended up producing a short-lived weak tornado in Millington, TN, minutes after bypassing the event.

Besides severe weather, flooding rains brought devastation to areas from Millington to Dyersburg, TN, and along/north of I-40 all the way to Nashville, which received national media attention.Most areas along this stretch ended up with 500-1,000 year floods.Finally, Tom described briefly the NWS office staffing during widespread, prolonged events such as that weekend.Attendees enjoyed getting to ask many questions and discuss the impacts of the recent event.

Respectfully Submitted,
Erik Proseus, President