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.
David Zierden began his talk by giving a little bit of background information about the Center for Ocean Atmospheric Interaction Studies at Florida State University, which is his official employer.
The talk began with a brief review of the discussions about El Niño, La Niña and the Southern Oscillation. He stressed that Southern Oscillation annual variations were the primary cause of the annual climate variability in the southeastern part of the United States. El Niño events tend to last about one year, while La Niña events are likely to last multiple years.
There was a brief discussion about how climate change will affect Southern Oscillation cycles, which led to the comments about the improvements needed in our long-range climate modeling.
We have pictures and a write up of our October 2016 Meeting that featured a tour of NOAA Aircraft Operations at MacDill AFB.
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