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"The development and dissemination of the knowledge of meteorology in all its phases and applications and the advancement of its professional ideals."

Membership in the North Texas Chapter is open to anyone who has an interest in meteorology, pays chapter dues, and agrees to abide by the chapter's constitution.
Membership in the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association at the national level is encouraged, but is not required.

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Next Chapter Meeting:

Dr. Lisa Bucci

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm Noon
Speaker: Dr. Lisa Bucci
Bio: Hurricane Specialist at the National Hurricane Center
Topic: From space, aircraft, land, and sea to an NHC forecast
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas WFO - West Gulf RFC, 3401 Northern Cross Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137 | Map
and Online via Zoom

Chapter officers nominations and election are during the chapter meeting on May 14th, 2024.

Recent Chapter Meetings:

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Topic: Advances in Wildfire Warnings in the Southern Plains  YouTube
Speaker: Doug Spehege
Bio: Lead Forecaster at the NWS forecast office in Norman, OK

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Topic: The Mount St Helens eruption in 1980 was the first time the National Weather Service (NWS) had to deal with a major volcanic ash plume in the United states.  YouTube
Slides Mount_St_Helens-Stanley_Chrismtas-202403.pdf
Speaker: Stanley Christmas
Bio: North Texas AMS/NWA Chapter Treasurer, retired NWS Forecaster-in-Charge and retired Air Force Reserve Lt Colonel Weather Officer Bio (pdf)

Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2024
Topic: Is it Safe to Travel?: Addressing this Critical Winter Weather Question  YouTube
Speaker: Dr. Andrew Rosenow
Bio: University of Oklahoma - CIWRO Bio (pdf)

Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2023
Topic: Communicating Weather and Climate En Español  YouTube
Speaker: Joseph Trujillo Falcón
Bio: PhD student at the University of Oklahoma (pdf)

Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Topic: CASA DFW Network: Advancing Severe Weather Operations and Research  YouTube
Speaker: Brenda Phillips
Bio: Paros Research Professor, a hazards researcher at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her work focuses on bridging the physical, technical, and social components of weather warning systems. In collaboration with the NCTCOG, local emergency managers and other stakeholders, she established the CASA DFW Radar Network, a next-generation radars-to-people warning system that has operated in the region for almost 10 years. The network is centered around a network of x-band CASA radars that provides high-resolution data in the lowest levels of the atmosphere for detection of flash floods, tornados, high winds and hail.

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Topic: Future Evolution of Tornado Intensity Estimation  YouTube
Speaker: James LaDue
Bio: The acting Director of the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP) in the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Date: Tuesday, March 21st, 2023
Topic: Flash Flood Research at the National Severe Storms Laboratory  YouTube
Speaker: Steve Martinaitis
Bio: Research Associate from University of Oklahoma Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO) and NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) and current chapter president.

Date: Tuesday, February 21st, 2023
Topic: A New Era of Thundersnow Research  YouTube
Speaker: Sebastian Harkema
Bio: Sebastian Harkema is a PhD candidate at the University of Alabama in Huntsville working closely with the NASA Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) center at Marshall Space Flight Center.

Date: Tuesday, January 17th, 2023
Topic: Cold Pools: What’s the Big Deal?  YouTube
Speaker: Dr. Christopher Weiss
Bio: Dr. Chris Weiss is a professor at Texas Tech University and has been a member of the faculty there for the past 18 years. Prior to this position, he earned his B.S. from the University of Michigan and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oklahoma.

Date: Tuesday, December 13th, 2022
Topic: Time and Tornado Warning Performance  YouTube
Speaker: Dr. Harold Brooks
Bio: Senior Scientist from the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)

Date: Tuesday, November 8th, 2022
Topic: I Warn It That Way  YouTube
Speaker: Jill Hardy
Bio: University of Oklahoma Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO) and National Weather Service (NWS) Warning Decision Training Division (WDTD)

Date: Tuesday, October 11th, 2022
Topic: An Overview of West Gulf River Forecast Center Operations and an Introduction to Flood Inundation Mapping  YouTube
Speaker: Greg Waller
Bio: Service Coordination Hydrologist at National Weather Service - West Gulf River Forecast Center

Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 2022
Topic: Climate Change and Extreme Texas Rainfall  YouTube
Speaker: Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas A&M
Bio: Regents Professor; Texas State Climatologist; Director, Southern Regional Climate Center; Applied Climatology, Extreme Rainfall, Drought Monitoring, Local Circulations

Date: Tuesday, May 10th, 2022
Topic: Dr. Marshall Shepherd In 21 Pictures. Perspectives on Science, Society and More Along The Way  YouTube
Speaker: Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd

Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2022
Topic: The Making of a Weather Geek: Two Classic Storms in '75  YouTube
Speaker: Rick Mitchell NBC 5 DFW

Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2022
Topic: GIS Applications: Next Generation Tools to Analyze Weather Information from the National Weather Service  YouTube
Speaker: Derek Giardino, Lead Hydrologists West Gulf River Forecast Center

Date: Tuesday, February 8th, 2022
Topic: Coordinating Cascading Impacts during Historic Times - A Look at the February 2021 Winter Weather/Power Outage Event  YouTube
Speaker: Dr. Maribel Martinez-Mejia, Emergency Management Coordinator/City of Fort Worth future Emergency Preparedness Manager/Interim Director with the North Central Texas Council of Governments

Date: Tuesday, January 11th, 2022
Topic: An Analysis of Communication Using Twitter During the Historic February 2021 Texas Winter Storm  YouTube
Speaker: Juan Hernandez, Fort Worth NWS Meteorologist

Date: Tuesday, December 14th, 2021
Topic: Pressure Gradient Gone Wild March 13, 2019  YouTube
Speaker: Mark Fox, NWS Norman WFO MIC

Date: Tuesday, November 9th, 2021
Topic: Marching to the Heat of a Different Drum  YouTube
Speaker: Dr. Kevin Kloesel

Date: Tuesday, September 14th, 2021
Topic: Hurricane Ida  YouTube
Speaker: Timothy Marshall

Date: Tuesday, May 11th, 2021
Topic: Garland/Rowlett EF-4 tornado and the associated social science research we've done
Speaker: Dennis Cavanaugh

Date: Tuesday, April 13th, 2021
Topic: Improving Risk Communication for Tornado Threats  YouTube
Speaker: Dr. Kim Klockow-McClain

Date: Tuesday, March 9th, 2021
Topic: An introduction to the Minuteman Disaster Response organization  YouTube
Speaker: Greg Story

Date: Tuesday, February 9th, 2021
Topic: Chapter officers  YouTube

Date: Tuesday, September 8th, 2020
Topic: October 20th Dallas Tornado
Speaker: Jason Dunn, NWS Meteorologist

Date: Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
Topic: Challenges of being a TV met during Covid  YouTube
Speaker: Nestor Flecha from Telemundo in Dallas/Fort Worth

Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2020
Topic: How the city prepares for and responds to weather events
Speaker: Maribel Martinez from Fort Worth office of Emergency Management

Date: Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
Topic: 2019 major hazardous material incident in the Houston area
Speaker: Lance Wood, Science and Operations Officer from WFO Houston

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Topic: Warn on Forecast
Speaker: Dr. Chad Gravelle, Chief Research Scientist, NOAA/NWS Operations Proving Ground

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Topic: National Blend of Models
Speaker: John (JJ) Brost - Chapter President, Science and Training Branch Chief at Southern Region Headquarter

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Topic: CoCoRaHS and our need for more observers
Speaker: Greg Story, West Gulf River Forecast Center

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Speaker: KRLD Meteorologist Dan Brounoff

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Topic: Tornado Shelters
Speaker: Tim Marshall, P.E., Meteorologist, Principal Engineer Haag Engineering

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Topic: Expect an interesting topic, provided Tim can find his way back to Texas by Tuesday
Speaker: Tim Marshall, P.E., Meteorologist, Principal Engineer Haag Engineering

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Topic: Recent work in predicting lighting activity based on GOES-16 satellite data
Speaker: Cindy Elsenheimer, Souther Region Headquarters

Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Topic: Open
Speaker: Open

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Topic: The Unique Challenges of Weather Hazards Impacting a College Community
Speaker: Robyn Warren, International Risk Control Coordinator at University of North Texas

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Topic: The Making of An IMET
Speaker: Steve Fano, Forecaster from WFO Fort Worth

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Topic: Hillwood Middle School YES program
Speaker: JJ Brost and Gwynn Christmas

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Topic: The Evolution of Impact Decision Support Services (IDSS) and how Southern Region Headquarters has adopted the ICS structure to support large events.
Speaker: Chris McKinney, Impact-based Decision Support Services Program Manager

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Speaker: Alan Gerard, Division Chief, NSSL

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Speaker: Dr. Patrick Marsh, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Office of the Director, Storm Prediction Center (SPC)

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Topic: The nuts and bolts of weather models
Speaker: Ted Ryan, NWS Forecaster

Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Topic: Being an IMET
Speaker: Kurt Van Speybroeck - Emergency Response Specialist SRH ROC

Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Topic: Current river forecast operations, new and exciting tools on the horizon, and how River Forecast Center's conduct Decision Support Services with core partners
Speaker: Gregory Waller - Service Coordination Hydrologist West Gulf River Forecast Center

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Topic: Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Hazardous Weather
Trevor Boucher - Meteorologist for NWS at San Antonio TX

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Topic: Hurricane season forecast challenges, the resulting impacts, and some of the impressive statistics that came out of the season
Speaker: John (JJ) Brost - Chapter President, Science and Training Branch Chief at Southern Region Headquarters

Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2017
Topic: Risk communication, especially among a wide range of local, regional, and national partners
Speaker: Jennifer McNatt, MIC of the Southern Regional Operations Center

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Topic: Weather messaging and how messages are perceived
Speaker: Dr. Susan Jasko

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Topic: 2015 Floods
Speaker: Gregory Waller

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Topic: Overview of the big and small weather events of 2016
Speaker: Lamont Bain, Forecaster, Weather Forecast Office Fort Worth, TX

Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Topic: December tornadoes of 2015
Speaker: Tim Marshall, P.E., Meteorologist, Principal Engineer Haag Engineering

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Topic: Radar principles, radar data, and why the radar does what it does
Speaker: Lee Carlaw, (WFO FWD)

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Topic: A case review of the record hail (for the metroplex) in Wylie, in April 2016.
Speaker: Matt Stalley (WFO FWD)

Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Topic: Review of the Cool, Texas QLCS tornado from March 7, 2016. The event will be a review of the meteorological conditions and the warning decision making from that event
Speaker: Jennifer Dunn (WFO FWD)

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Topic: What's our role? Will we have one? A brief look at the future of operational meteorology
Speaker: Tom Bradshaw, Meteorologist in Charge, Fort Worth National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office

Date: Monday, April 25, 2016
Topic: December 26th tornado, including the lead up, the storm itself, and the aftermath
Speaker: Mollie Rivas, Emergency Manager for the City of Garland

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Topic: Dry line and the importance of the dry line in producing severe thunderstorms
Speaker: Ted Ryan, NWS Forecaster

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Topic: Analog Forecasting
Speaker: JJ Brost, Science and Training Branch Chief at Southern Region Headquarters

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Topic: We take a look back at the weather events of 2015. Record rains, record flooding, and record tornadoes. Plus, there will be a mini case study of the December 26th tornado.
Speaker: Mark Fox

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Topic: Joins us remotely to talk about a number of things, or "whatever he wants to talk about."
Speaker: Dr. J. Marshall Sheppard, University of Georgia Professor, host of Weather Geeks, and past President of the AMS

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Topic: Communications and Weather Forecasts
Speaker: Gary Szatkowski, MIC of the Philadelphia (Mt. Holly) WFO

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Topic: North/Central Texas Tornado Climatology & Applications
Speaker: Jennifer Dunn, Forecaster and Lamont Bain, Meteorologist Intern, Weather Forecast Office Fort Worth, TX

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Topic: Overview of the 2015 severe storm season, including the bigger tornadoes (Van, Cisco, Johnson County) and a special topic about tornado detection from longer ranges from the radar beam.
Speaker: Dennis Cavanaugh, Lead Forecaster
Weather Forecast Office Fort Worth, TX

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Topic: Flash Flooding: Observational Perspectives and Future Classification
Speaker: Dr. Amanda Schroeder, Meteorologist
Weather Forecast Office Fort Worth, TX

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Topic: Weather Myths that Refuse to Die
Speaker: Steve Lanore, Chief Meteorologist KXII Sherman TX; Author, Twister Tales: Unraveling Tornado Myths

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Topic: El Reno Damage Survey
Speaker: Tim Marshall, P.E., Meteorologist, Principal Engineer Haag Engineering

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Topic: The National Weather Service’s Emerging Technology Integrated Work Team and Its Role in Information Delivery and Communication via Social Media
Speaker: Corey Pieper - National Weather Service Southern Region HQ

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Topic: Connecting the dots: A communications model of the North Texas IWT
Speaker: Dennis Cavanaugh
Lead Forecaster
Weather Forecast Office Fort Worth, TX

Date: Thursday, December 11th, 2014
Topic: WFAA Channel 8 Tour

Date: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
Topic: Disseminating Accurate Weather Information in the Social Media Age
Speaker: David Reimer and Jenny Brown of The Texas Storm Chasers

Date: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
Topic: Communicating the severity of impacts - How bad is bad? Also tidbits from the Oct 2, 2014 storms.
Speaker: Mark Fox
Warning & Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service - Fort Worth /Dallas

Date: Date: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
Topic: An introduction of what can be seen at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Speaker: Krista Villarreal Moore
Communications and PR Manager
Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Date: Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
Topic: HailSTONE Research & Oklahoma Record Hail 23 May 2011
Speaker: Dennis Cavanaugh, WFO Fort Worth/Dallas

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Topic: Career events
Speaker: Rebecca Miller

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Topic: The El Reno, Oklahoma, Tornado of 2013
Speaker: Tim Marshall, Haag Engineering

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Topic: Combined field trip to the NWS Fort Worth Center Weather Service Unit and KXAS-TV (Channel 5)

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Topic: JetStream, the NWS Online Weather School.
Speaker: Dennis Cain, WFO Fort Worth/Dallas

Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Topic: Model Performance Leading up to the January 15, 2013 Winter Weather Event
Speaker: Dennis Cavanaugh, WFO Fort Worth/Dallas

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Topic: What Happens Behind the Cameras
Speaker: Colleen Coyle, WFAA Channel 8

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Topic: Severe Weather Warning Climatologies
Speaker: Patrick Marsh, Storm Prediction Center

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