The September 2016 Chapter meeting was held in St. Petersburg, FL. Our members met for dinner and fellowship at the Getaway Restaurant on Gandy Boulevard. Typical September late afternoon temperatures near 90 with upper 70s dewpoints did not bespoil the ambiance nor the camaraderie experienced at the old-Florida style open air bar and grill on Tampa Bay. It was great to see some of our chapter members from Pinellas, those who are new and those who have been members for quite some time.
Afterward, members received a tour of Channel 10 WTSP Studios, hosted by chapter member and on-camera WTSP Meteorologist Bobby Deskins. Bobby explained the process that goes into making a forecast. He also highlighted the various weather computer systems the studio employs to make the graphics that get displayed on air. He talked about the importance of communicating to your audience in a way that is not only easy to understand in the short time available for the weather segment, but also meets the viewers needs for accurate and timely weather information for their community.
Thank you to all of our members who attended. We hope to see you again in October.
The West Central Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society chartered in 1961, we have about 100 members. Meetings are held in various places around the Tampa Bay Area including The National Weather Service office in Ruskin, local Television Stations, USF, Museum of Science & Industry, MacDill Air Force Base, and Hillsborough Community College. Meetings focus on the science of meteorology, meteorological tools, exchange of information and friendship.