Minutes of Meeting
February 21, 2017
The meeting was attended by 12 members and approximately 32 guests:
KA5PVB Chuck Alpine W5NPR Bill Alpine N5NYM Allen Alpine KE5WCP Stephen Fort Davis KB5R Rusty Alpine K5AHI Bob Alpine KF5KMB Polly Alpine KE5OG Bill Alpine KD5KBU Jim Fort Davis N5HYD Doug Fort Davis KX5SP Steve Alpine KE5KNQ Rob Alpine
Interested in Ham Radio but not licensed:
Alex Lopez Van Horn
Walt Frerck Alpine
Others attending the session included law enforcement police officers, students of Sul Ross State University and area residents.
The meeting was the annual SKYWARN session presented by Mark Strobin of the Midland office of the National Weather Service. He presented weather statistics, weather events in the recent past, cloud formations and types, storms, thunderstorms, tornadoes, down bursts, lightning and the dangers present for each category of hazardous weather. He discussed the recommended location of storm chasers, stressing that 3-5 miles southeast of tornado producing cloud formations is generally the best location, but that escape routes must also be considered. The SPOTTER HOTLINE was announced as 1-800-597-3320 and encouraged the use of the line to inform the NWS of weather events, stating complete and accurate information as to location, time, date and type of event.
The SKYWARN session, which was held at the Sul Ross-Turner Range Animal Science Building, began at 7:00 PM and ended shortly before 9:00 PM. Area sessions were also scheduled for Monday, April 17 in Marfa and Wednesday, April 26 in Fort Davis.
Bill Roberts W5NPR, Secretary