19th Annual Winter Weather Forecast Conference In Portland
Hot off the press — here is the announcement for the BIG winter weather forecast meeting on October 29th at OMSI. If you enjoy following the weather, you won’t want to miss this.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Steve Pierce, President
Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)
Skype interviews also available upon request
Oregon AMS web site: http://www.ametsoc.org/chapters/oregon
Regional Experts Will Once Again Descend On Portland To Predict This Coming Winter’s Weather!
Portland, Oregon (October 7th 2011) – La Nina is coming back again! Last winter saw record setting snowfall at several mountain locations across the Pacific Northwest as well as multiple snowfalls in both Portland and Seattle. Will this winter be a repeat? The Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) is proud to announce the 19th annual “Winter Weather Forecast Conference” in Portland. This year’s event will once again be held at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), located at 1945 S.E. Water Avenue in Portland on Saturday, October 29th 2011 from 10 AM to 3 PM. The year’s meeting has been expanded to include an exciting / new afternoon session, along with a weather-related raffle, valued at $300. As always, the conference is free and open to the general public. In keeping with tradition, regional news media is again encouraged to advance and cover this event. Please note – seating is limited. This year’s expanded rundown is as follows:
Morning “winter weather forecast” session 10am-12pm
Opening comments / welcome – Steve Pierce, President Oregon AMS
OMSI update – Jim Todd
Last year’s weather recap – Mark Nelsen, Chief Meteorologist, KPTV Ch.12 Portland
1st Winter Forecast – Pete Parsons, Meteorologist, Oregon Department of Forestry
2nd Winter Forecast – Dave Elson, Meteorologist, NOAA / National Weather Service
3rd Winter Forecast – Kyle Dittmer, Meteorologist / Hydrologist, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
4th Winter Forecast – Jim Little, Meteorologist, Oregon Department of Forestry
5th Winter Forecast – George Taylor, Meteorologist / Former Oregon State Climatologist, Retired
Lunch break for all conference attendees from 12-1pm. A no host lunch is available in the OMSI food court.
NEW afternoon session 1-3pm
Special AMS raffle @ 1pm. You must be present in order to win this great weather-related item, valued at nearly $300. Raffle tickets will be available during the lunch break in the OMSI auditorium.
1st Speakers – Jeremiah Pyle and Shawn Weagle – Meteorologists, NOAA / National Weather Service. Topic: Introduction to the exciting / new dual-polarization technology upgrade to our local radars in Southwest Washington (new coastal radar) and Northwest Oregon (Portland radar).
2nd Speaker – Wolf Read – PhD candidate, Forest Science, University of British Columbia. Topic: Diminished windstorm frequency and possible association with the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) regime shift of 1976-77.
3rd Speaker – Thyra Bishop – Meteorologist / Lieutenant Colonel, Oregon National Guard. Topic: Combat meteorology. An overview of the Air Force weather career field and how combat meteorologists impact the military decision making process.
4th Speaker – Chuck Wiese – Meteorologist. Topic: Human caused climate change? A real look at the physics and evidence. A demonstration of the lack of evidence both empirically and physically, of human caused climate change.
Conference adjourns @ 3pm