Oregon Chapter – American Meteorological Society

A group welcoming weather professionals, enthusiasts, and those with an interest in science.


Mission Statement

The purpose of this society shall be to advance professional ideals in the science of meteorology and to promote the development, exchange, and application of meteorological knowledge.

About Us

We are the largest non college based chapter in the American Meteorological Society. Our year runs September to June, only taking a brief break to celebrate summer. We host technical meetings, social events, and dinner presentations. The Oregon AMS is always looking for topic ideas. If you have something that you want to hear about, please let us know!

On May 13th, 1947, following the effort of Professor Fred Decker, the national AMS council recognized the organization of a “meteorological seminar group at Oregon State College as a branch of the AMS.”

Branches were later labeled as chapters. Professor Decker served as Chairman for ten years.

In February 1955, Professor Decker advised the national AMS of plans to reorganize the OSU group as a state-wide branch, with meetings to be held around Oregon. At that time in Oregon there were 45 members of the national AMS.

The first meeting of the redesigned Oregon Branch was held on January 13th, 1956 in Portland with 36 present. Other meetings in 1956 where held in Salem, and Portland.

Members were eager to promote the fledgling field of meteorology. Individuals were ambitious and professional ideals were paramount. To help bind the small group, quarterly meetings were planned as dinner meetings with invitation for spouses and guests.

A strong democratic tradition has prevailed as hundreds have volunteered over the years to serve as Oregon Chapter officers.  There are currently 150 members in the Oregon AMS.


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