September Meeting – September 26th

The Huntsville AMS/NWA Chapter will host  our first meeting of the year Monday, September 26th at 5:30 PM at the gazebo at Creekwood Park/Indian Creek Greenway.

There will not be a speaker for this meeting, however there will be food, games and a good time! The chapter will provide a sandwich tray and beverages, but we ask that those attending please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

A spreadsheet will be posted below to allow for some collaboration with the dishes, and to avoid too many people all bringing the same thing. If there is an issue with the spreadsheet, email us and we will fill it in for you.

Annual dues will also be collected at this meeting, which are $10.

Hope to see everyone there!

2016-2017 Officers

The 2016-2017 officers for the Huntsville area AMS/NWA chapter are:

President: Dan Gallagher

Vice President: Mariana Scott

Treasurer: BJ Barbrè

Secretary: Jordan Bell

Webmaster: Jonathan Beeson

May Chapter Meeting – May 23rd

Our May chapter meeting will be held Monday, May 23rd at Baron Services, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Mike Wilhelm will give a discussion about weather photography as well as share some of his work. Those in attendance are encouraged to participate in the meeting and share some of their photos and stories as well! If you plan on doing so, please email your photos before the meeting to

Who: Mike Wilhelm, storm hunter for WHNT News 19 and owner of

Where: Baron Services, 4930 Research Drive NW, Huntsville AL

When: Monday, May 23rd beginning at 5:30 p.m

December Chapter Meeting – December 7th

Our final meeting of 2015 will be held on December 7 at 5:30pm at HudsonAlpha (601 Genome Way Northwest, Huntsville, AL 35806). Our guest speaker will be a remote presentation by Greg Carbin, NOAA Storm Prediction Center Warning Coordination Meteorologist on the “Meteorological Memories of 2015”.
Who: Greg Carbin, NOAA Storm Prediction Center Warning Coordination Meteorologist via remote presentation
Where:  HudsonAlpha Auditorium (1st floor) 601 Genome Way Northwest, Huntsville, AL 35806
Park on the west side of the building. Enter the main doors at the center and proceed towards auditorium (forward and to your left).
When: Monday, December 7, 5:30pm

Next Meeting: Monday, October 26!

You are invited to the October Meeting of the Huntsville Area Chapter of the AMS/NWA on Monday, October 26 at 5:30pm. This meeting will be held at Below the Radar, located in downtown Huntsville (directions and details below).  We are delighted to have BJ Barbre, our treasurer, speaking on the “Application of Terrestrial Environments in Orion Assessments.”  We will also have the unveiling of the Huntsville Weather promotional video put together by Baron Services! This video is one of the many supporting materials for our bid to host the Annual National Weather Association Meeting. I will bring back any updates from the Annual NWA Meeting this week in Oklahoma City.
Meeting Details:
  • Time: 5:30pm, business meeting will start shortly after followed by our guest speaker.
  • Location: Private meeting room at Below the Radar, 220 Holmes Ave NE, Huntsville, AL 35801. You can view the menu online at There are many street parking spots available near the restaurant.
  • Speaker: BJ Barbre, “Applications of Terrestrial Environments in Orion Assessments”
  • Food: The chapter will purchase appetizers but you are responsible for your dinner and beverage.
We hope you will join us! Please invite your colleagues or friends in the weather industry or interested in weather. If they are unable to make the meeting, send us an email and we will add them to our email list.
Upcoming Meeting Dates:
Monday, October 26, 5:30 pm
Monday, December 7
Monday, January 25
Monday, February 22

Chapter Meeting: TONIGHT! September 28

Meeting Details:
When: Monday, September 28
                  6:00 pm social and snacks
                  6:30 pm Chapter business and Panel Discussion
Where: Huntsville Public Services Building (EMA Building) Downtown – 320 Fountain Circle, Huntsville. Parking available on street (after hours meters are free) or in parking garage.
What: Panel Discussion of “Realities of Non-Tornadic Severe Thunderstorms”
Who: Panelists include:
            Chris Darden, NWS – Huntsville
            Chris Reed, Madison County EMA
            Brad Travis and/or David Ernst, WAFF-TV
            Ryan Wade, UAH Atmospheric Science/SWIRLL

August 24th Meeting Details

I hope everyone has had a great summer!

Our chapter cabinet has been working on getting the meetings for this coming year set up to allow for more advanced planning. We would like to announce our first meeting of the fall will be this coming Monday. We apologize for the short notice as time got away from us with travel and vacations. We hope you will be able to make the meeting Monday night at 7pm, networking beginning at 6:30pm. We will be holding this meeting at UAH SWIRLL! We will be having tours of the facility as well as a guest speaker that will be announced by Friday. We ask that you RSVP if you will be able to attend the meeting so we have a good estimate of the number to accommodate on tours and meeting space.
Meeting details:
When: Monday, August 24, 6:30pm networking, 7pm meeting
Where: UAH SWIRLL, located behind NSSTC on UAH’s campus. See attached map.
What: Tours of SWIRLL and TBA guest speaker
2014-2015 Cabinet

Elise Schultz, President

Dan Gallagher, Vice-President

BJ Barbre, Treasurer

Mariana Scott, Secretary

Karl Schneider, Webmaster

Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 21

We hope you can joins us at the next chapter meeting:

When: Tuesday July 21 at 6pm
Where: Makers Local 256 (414 Stevens Ave NE, Huntsville, Alabama 35801), followed by dinner.
We will tour Makers Local, a non-profit makers space. They have warehouse space, tools, and resources for any type of project — from coding, to sewing, to welding. They even have 3d printers and laser cutters!
Following the quick tour we will have dinner at a nearby establishment.
For more information see our facebook event page at:
-Huntsville AMS/NWA Cabinet
2014-2015 Cabinet

Elise Schultz, President

Brian Carcione, Vice-President

BJ Barbre, Treasurer

Mariana Scott, Secretary

Karl Schneider, Webmaster

Next Chapter Meeting: March 3rd

You are invited!

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 3 at 7pm. Come early for networking and light snacks at 6:30pm. We will again hold the meeting at the NASA ETF at the US Space and Rocket Center.

Guest Speaker: 

Past, Present, and Future of Numerical Weather Prediction
Andrew Molthan, NASA SPoRT

Today’s modern numerical weather prediction systems provide near real-time and increasingly finer resolution predictions of our daily weather, ranging from relatively coarse, global models to higher resolution, regional simulations capable of capturing mesoscale phenomena. In addition, forecast capabilities have broadened from deterministic (single) operational models to larger ensembles of initial conditions and physics schemes that provide greater information about forecast uncertainty. Supporting these forecast systems requires large amounts of data from surface, upper air, and satellite networks, along with unique data assimilation systems to translate their data into model parameters. Our modern day forecasting system is built upon foundational work of scientists who developed the first schemes for computing dynamic and physical processes on a simple grid, and future systems will advance our capabilities further through more precise physics and numerical schemes. This presentation will briefly touch on the historical underpinnings of today’s NWP systems, the characteristics of some of our domestic NWP capabilities, some issues we still face today, and describe some ongoing work in our field to further advance NWP systems.

Thank you to the USSRC and NASA for allowing us to use the Education Training Facility!