November 14, 1996 Meeting

The meeting was held at Jackson State University. The guest speaker was David Arnold, assistant professor and director of the Climatology Laboratory at Mississippi State University.

Meeting Minutes

The 14 November 1996 reorganizational meeting of the local chapter in Jackson, Mississippi, was the first meeting since the early 1980s. Elections were held and new business (including dues structure, meeting frequency and location, and local chapter activities) was discussed. Twenty-two people attended the meeting, which was held at Jackson State University (JSU). New officers elected included Paul Croft, JSU faculty, president; Alan Gerard, NWS lead forecaster, vice president; Pat Fitzpatrick, JSU faculty, treasurer; and Rusty Pfost, NWS science operations officer, secretary.

The speaker for the meeting was David Arnold, assistant professor and director of the Climatology Laboratory at Mississippi State University (MSU) in Starkville. Arnold discussed meteorology programs at MSU, which are contained in the Department of Geosciences. He described the MSU Climatology Laboratory, which was formed in 1987 to supply the university and surrounding community with real-time weather information and is the focal point of the school’s Broadcast Meteorology and Mesoscale Climatology Programs. Arnold then talked about his experiences with the North Mississippi Severe Storms Intercept Team (NOMISSIT), which is a storm-chase organization dedicated to improving the quality and timeliness of severe local storms information in the MSU area. He explained that NOMISSIT comprises about 50 MSU students and faculty. Arnold showed a videotape and a number of slides of severe storms and developing tornadoes taken in Mississippi and the Great Plains states.

Minutes submitted by Rusty Pfost.

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