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Video of Global Warming Meeting Now Posted

The Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) hosted an all-time record of 500 attendees at last week’s AMS meeting in Portland. The much-talked-about and often very polarized topic of anthropogenic (human-caused) global warming was the focus of the meeting on January 25th at the Portland Airport Shilo Inn. As billed, all three guest speakers at the meeting (Meteorologist Chuck Wiese, Physics Dr. Gordon Fulks and former Oregon State Climatologist George Taylor) spoke from the standpoint that humans are not the main drivers behind global warming. The meeting lasted nearly three hours and featured a lively Q&A session that was undertaken in a professional manner at the end of the evening.

From a logistical standpoint, the meeting was a success. Nearly all of the cost associated with the cancellation of the meeting last November at OMSI was recovered by a combination of door donations, new memberships and renewals. Simply put, those who attended the meeting, paid for the meeting. Since the meeting, the Oregon AMS chapter executive council has been contacted by those interested in perhaps setting up a debate style meeting in the months to come. The executive council will take this into consideration as we plan the remaining meetings of our 2011/2012 season which ends in June. There is no doubt that the subject of global warming continues to be a very energized topic in which people continue to seek out more information. The Oregon AMS is committed to upholding its mission statement, as well as bringing its members the highest quality meetings possible. This is part of what makes the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) the single largest and most active chapter in the country. Sometimes we host meetings where our members will simply “agree to disagree” on the topic at hand. This is all part of the democratic process in which our chapter is proud of since its inception back in the 1940’s.

We now have full length video and PowerPoint presentations posted on the Oregon AMS web site. Please feel free to share the following link with colleagues. It is recommended that you open the PowerPoint presentations and following along with the video playing in the background, for ease of viewing. There is also a link to a free PowerPoint viewer for those who do not have PowerPoint installed. The video is approximately 2 hours and 45 min in length, so grab some popcorn, sit back and relax. Special thanks to AMS members Erik Holm for the video and Tyler Mode for the still pictures.

For a complete wrap-up of the evening, including guest speaker presentations and a full length video, please see —
http://www.ametsoc.org/chapters/oregon/Minutes/2012/2012_1_25_Meeting/2012_1_25_Minutes.html

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Steve Pierce

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Steve Pierce

Steve Pierce

Steve Pierce is widely known as Oregon and Washington's "go-to-guy" when it comes to fast, accurate historical meteorological research and forecasts. Steve is currently the President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Steve is also recognized as a regional weather commentator and blogger who can be heard on local radio stations and seen in print media outlets across the Pacific Northwest. His Weather Blog is hosted by the Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Check it out! He is a third generation resident of Vancouver, Washington and holds a degree in Communications. Both sets of Steve's grandparents migrated to Vancouver during World War II. One set traveled from Lenox, Iowa to work in the Kaiser Shipyards supporting the war effort. The other set came to Vancouver from Olympia, Washington to work as educators for the rapidly expanding Vancouver School District. When the war was over, both sets of grandparents decided to stay in Vancouver and continue raising their families, as did thousands of other families at the time. Those who are most familiar with Steve can attest to the fact that weather is his true passion. His love for "all things weather" began at the age of 7 when Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980. He was fascinated with which direction the ash plumes were headed. Then came the very powerful windstorm of Friday, November 13, 1981, also referred to as the "Friday the 13th" storm. This was the strongest storm to hit the Portland / Vancouver area since the great Columbus Day Storm of 1962! At age 11, he was asked to publish an extended weather forecast for his elementary school's weekly newsletter. In the 1980's, at age 14, Steve was the youngest of KGW-TV's local "weather watchers" and would phone in his daily Vancouver weather stats to then television meteorologist Jim Little for use on-air. Steve has lived through all of the major Pacific Northwest weather events of the past 30 years, and then some. The most notable events include; the bitterly cold winter of 1978-1979, the record setting snow storms of January 1980, the summer heat wave of August 1981, the windstorms of November 1981 and December 1995, the severe arctic blast of February 1989, the record flood of February 1996, the historic ice storm of January 2004, the Vancouver tornado of January 2008 and the record setting snow storm of Christmas 2008. Not to mention every Mt. St. Helens volcanic eruption in between. With access to the most extensive set of historical weather records available to date, Steve has personally designed and integrated a proprietary system that gives him the ability to quickly locate and manipulate weather data as far back as the 1800's. As one local Meteorologist put it, "Steve has fast access to historical weather data that is needed for media, agriculture, business, personal, historical and other climatological needs. He can quickly manipulate the data in many different ways. His forecasts are also quite accurate, especially at longer lead times." Steve also provides local storm assessments, narratives and weather presentations to the general public, as requested. In his spare time, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors, vacationing at his family's coastal cabin and just relaxing! By the way, do you like your weather on the "extreme" side? So does Steve! Whether it is collecting damage assessment data & photos after record setting 125 mph winds at the coast in December 2007, being one of the first on the scene after the January 2008 Vancouver tornado, or feeling (literally) the awesome power of 100 mph wind gusts at Oregon's Crown Point in January 2010, Steve has experienced it all! As Steve says, "don't just love weather, live weather!" Check out Steve's personal weather website at: http://www.piercevideo.com/weather.shtml