June 12, 1997 Meeting

The meeting was held at the Plaza Hotel in Jackson. The guest speaker was Steve Corfidi from the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

Meeting Minutes

The final meeting for the 1996/97 academic year was held Thursday evening, 12 June 1997, at the Plaza Hotel in North Jackson. Chapter President Paul Croft called the meeting to order with 16 members present. The annual election of members was held and with no opposition the same officers were reelected for a second term (with the exception of Pat Fitzpatrick, treasurer, who resigned due to scheduling conflicts). Paul Croft will again serve as president, Alan Gerard as vice-president and acting treasurer, and Rusty Pfost as secretary.

Croft introduced Steve Corfidi, of the National Weather Service Storms Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, as the speaker for the meeting. Corfidi gave a presentation on the history of SELS/SPC, in light of its latest move to Norman from Kansas City.

He showed how technological advances have made severe storms forecasting better int he last few years and how additional improvements will be forthcoming. A discussion of the watch decentralization policy followed, and Corfidi also showed the latest trends in watch/warning verification statistics for different sections of the country.

Minutes submitted by Rusty Pfost.

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