Meeting of January 27, 2011

PHOTOS BY BILL DOWD

RAY O’KEEFE, METEOROLOGIST IN CHARGE OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE’S ALBANY STATION, SPEAKS TO THE CLUB.

Attendance (18): Terry Brewer, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Bill Dowd, Dick Drumm, Russ Edberg, Debra Brown, Peter Brown, Doris Calamaras, Pat Bailey, Phil Egan, Charlie Foote, Len Leonidas, Rommel Tolentino, Steve Phelps, Ron Annis, Jim Mandrysa, Rob Mangold.

Guests (1):
Raymond O’Keefe.

Announcements:

• Help celebrate Rotary’s 106th birthday from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, February 23, at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum in Glenville. (Scroll down for details.)

• Charlie Foote informed us about the Motorcycling Rotarians who will be coming from all over the U.S. and even Europe just before the RI Convention in New Orleans in June. They will ride together and also be raising funds for Polio Plus. Contact Charlie if interested in joining him.

• We may have future joint meetings with the Kinderhook club at our respective meeting places. Details are being worked out.

• The Rotary Run will continue as a club event, with longtime coordinator Rick Hannaman stepping down and several other members handling the event.

Speaker:

Raymond O’Keefe, National Weather Service meteorologist

Ray is the Meteorologist in Charge of the NWS’s Albany region. He explained that the NWS is under the Department of Commerce, and that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was begun in 1970 during the Nixon administration. There are six regions, including Hawaii and Guam.

Ray showed us slides of the regions, the offices in Albany (Center for Emerging Science on Fuller Road) and numerous other details about the service in Albany. He demonstrated the information they use to provide warnings and forecasts. In Albany they launch weather balloons twice a day. The NWS also has a collaborative role with the University at Albany which includes students in training and students doing graduate level work. This winter weather models have not been in agreement making forecasting even more challenging. Ray also discussed serve weather such as hail, snow, and lightning, flooding, and showed slides of what not to do in some dire situations. The mission of NOAA, he emphasized, is to protect life and property. Tours of the facilities in Albany are available.

NEXT MEETING: Ron Annis will present a program on “Optimum Health,” at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, February 3.

[Go here for the Events Calendar.]

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