The American Meterological Society (AMS) conference began on time and with a bang despite the chilly and icy weather outside the San Antonio H.B.Gonzalez Convention Center. On Monday evening, NOAA Administrator Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Director of the National Weather Service David L. Johnson, Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Rick Spinrad, and Deputy Secretary of Commerce Dr. David Sampson helped AMS President Franco Einaudi cut the ribbon to officially open the expo hall to the attendees.
As hundreds of students and professionals poured into the exhibit hall, NOAA’s booth was hard to miss. The colorful display celebrated the history and stewardship of NOAA with posters on the 200th Celebration, literature on current projects, artifacts from early coast surveying, and even a simulator that blew winds up to a Category 1 hurricane. Those who were brave enough to get in the hurricane simulator had their picture taken and printed out to take home.
The American Meteorological Society promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences and the advancement of their professional applications. The AMS Annual Meeting is the host to the largest exhibit program anywhere in the atmospheric, oceanic, and related sciences. Exhibitors come from the United States and abroad with over 100 organizations showcasing a wide range of products, publications, and services.
It was fun to photograph this huge event, but San Antonio was covered in ice and snow! I had to leave two days later than I was supposed to. What a fab first trip to Texas… oh well!