Joining the club
If you are interested in joining the club, please contact one of the club officers. Public contact information may be found at the bottom of this page. Listed below are the membership requirements.
- All members pay yearly dues in the amount of $10.
- Interested members must be UWM students, faculty, staff, or alumni of the club.
- You do not have to be an Atmospheric Science major or minor to be part of the club.
Every semester the club generally holds 2-3 meetings to discuss various topics and upcoming activities. This usually includes topics such as the storm chase, brat sales, AMS conference, social events, etc... In addition to discussing club logistics, we are making an effort to have a speaker come to our events to give a presentation covering some aspect of the atmospheric sciences. Recent speakers have been Dr. Clark Evans and UWM Alumni Chris Spannagle. E-mail and Facebook messages are usually sent out to all members listing the time and date of the meeting. Typically, an effort is made to find a time that works best for everyone. For more information about upcoming events click here.
The club uses an email reflector to quickly send information to club members. The reflector may only be used for official club business or interesting weather-related information. All club members are added to the reflector when they join. To prevent spam, only members of the club are provided with the email address of the reflector. If you are a member of the club reflector and wish to be removed, please contact one of the club officers. In addition to the club reflector, you may communicate with the officers and other members via OrgSync or the club's Facebook page.
To be able to fund popular activities such as the storm chase and conference trips, brat sales are held every year. Generally, the club will hold three brat sales per semester. Brat sales are important because they are the primary source of income for the club. In addition, members who participate in the brat sales more often are more likely to be chosen to go on the storm chase.
Annual AMS Conference
Each year, a few students are selected to attend the national conference of the American Meteorological Society. The meeting provides a forum for presenting talks on recent research, new discoveries and general meteorological knowledge. The conference provides a great way for students to research career options, job opportunities, and network with scientists from all over the world.
The next annual meeting will be held in Austin, TX on January 6-10, 2013.
For more information, click here.
The UWM Journalism Department produces a weekly news program that is broadcast on local cable and PBS stations, as well as on televisions on Milwaukee Transit buses. Interested participants will write their own forecast, and then present the forecast on camera. Participants will need to travel to the Milwaukee School of Engineering downtown campus for tapings.
Besides the annual AMS conference, club members may wish to attend a number of other regional conferences. These conferences typically have a specific theme, and attract scientists and students with that particular interest. Recently attended conferences include:
- March 2007: National Bow Echo Workshop, Louisville, KY
- October 2005: Midwest Extreme & Hazardous Weather Conference, Champaign, IL
- Annually in April: Tom Skilling's Tornado & Severe Weather Seminar, Batavia, IL (sponsered by Fermilab / WGN-TV)
If anyone knows of any interesting conferences, please announce them at the next meeting or contact one of the officers.
The local chapter of the AMS also holds various seminars and presentations on campus. Professors may invite scientists and meteorologists to speak at UWM. These talks are announced through the club's email reflector.
The club will organize social events from time to time, depending upon the interest and schedule of the club. Past social events have been to tailgate and attend a Milwaukee Brewers game. Club members, professors, alumni, and significant others are all invited. If anyone has any new ideas for events or activities, we would love to hear from you! Please contact an officer or raise it at the next meeting.