Tornado Research Presentation by Mish Michaels Organized by Two Local Amateur Radio Clubs

As posted in SKYWARN Newsletter #263:

The Massasoit Amateur Radio Association and the Whitman Amateur Radio Club
will be co-sponsoring a Skywarn presentation by meteorologist Mish Michaels
(formerly from WBZ) on Wednesday November 18th, 2009 at 7:00pm at the
Whitman-Hanson Regional High School on Route 27 in Whitman. Mish has
indicated that she will be discussing her recent research on tornadoes in
New England. While there will be NO CHARGE for this event, seating is
limited. Therefore we are requesting that if you are planning on attending,
please pre-register with NWS Taunton Assistant SKYWARN Coordinator Carl
Aveni-N1FY at as he is tracking a list for pre-registration.
In addition, there will be other events going on at the school that same
night so parking may be an issue. The Whitman and Massasoit Amateur Radio
Clubs ask that you carpool if you can.

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Dave Vallee Presentation on El Nino-Southern Oscillation and How it Impacts Hurricanes & Our Winter Weather

As posted in SKYWARN Newsletter #263:

Similar to a previous talk given in late August by Northeast River Forecast
Center Hydrologist-In-Charge and former NWS Taunton Science Officer and
Senior Forecaster Dave Vallee, a new talk will be given on how El Nino
and the Southern Oscillation impacts hurricanes and our Winter Weather.
Details follow below:

Recent news reports have stated that an “EL NINO” is developing in the
Pacific. Have you ever wondered exactly what El Nino is, how it can affect
the Atlantic Hurricane Season, or if it could have an impact on our coming
winter in Southeast New England?  If you are looking for answers to these
questions, then we invite you to attend a special presentation at the North
Providence Public Library.   On Thursday evening September 17th, at 7 pm,
Mr. David Vallee, Hydrologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service’s
Northeast River Forecast Center, and life-long resident of the Ocean State,
will give an informative and entertaining discussion on the El Nino-Southern
Oscillation. David will discuss how this complex Ocean-Atmosphere
phenomenon occurs, how it can impact our Atlantic Hurricane Season and what
it might mean for our upcoming winter.

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Southern New England Weather Conference – Saturday October 24th, 2009

Hello to all..

The Southern New England Weather Conference will be held on Saturday October 24th, 2009. Early-bird registration, which is at the lowest registration prices, is now available. Details on the weather conference can be seen at the following link:

A link to a flyer for the weather conference is listed below:

Early-Bird Registration has opened and will remain open through September 14th with a registration fee of $65 dollars and for those who come to the dinner, an additional $30 dollars for the optional dinner in the evening. Regular registration between September 15th through October 17th is $75 dollars with an additional $30 dollars for the optional dinner in the evening, and late registration between October 18th-25th of $85 dolalrs with an additonal $30 dollars for the optional dinner in the evening. It is noted that students and teachers are given a $10 dollar discount and their affiliation should be listed on the registration.

While this conference does have a cost associated with it, it is high value for the money with speakers coming from other parts of the country to give talks at the conference. The registration fee does include breakfast, lungh and snacks. Of note, Julio Ripoll-WD4R, Assistant Amateur Radio Coordinator for the National Hurricane Center Amateur Radio station WX4NHC will be giving a presentation on the 29-year history of their operations at the Hurricane Center and the role they play in National Huricane Center operations and is coming up from Miami Florida. Additional presentations of topics include:

The July 24, 2008 New Hampshire Tornado (Mish Michaels)
Hurricanes Affecting Atlantic Canada (Peter Boyer, Canadian Hurricane Center)
How Weather Affects Aviation
An Analysis of Waterspout Development in Southern New England
(NWS Forecasters)
Ice Storm 2008 (NWS forecasters, National Grid, US Dept. of Agriculture, Amateur Radio SKYWARN Coordinator)

After the optional dinner, Reed Timmer from the Discovery Channel’s Storm Chaser program will be the after dinner speaker. He will discuss what he has seen and his experiences on the program.

This is one of the best Southern New England Weather Conference line-ups in the last couple of years. It is hoped that many can attend. This will be posted again via a SKYWARN Newsletter in the coming weeks.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
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Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
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