The Washington DC Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (DC-AMS) invites you to


An evening with the new Director of the Hurricane Center



NOAA - National Weather Service - National Hurricane Center

“Challenges in Warning and Prediction of Tropical Cyclones”


When:              Wednesday, April 11,  2007 -- 7:00 pm


Where:            The new Rockville Library at the Maryland Center

                        21 Maryland Ave, at Beall Ave, Rockville, MD  20850.

                        Tel.  (240) 777-0140. 

                        Public meeting room


RSVP:             By Monday, April 9, 2007, to DC-AMS e-mail box,  (preferred) or by calling Michael Fortune at (301) 754-1766 (you may leave a message).



Cost:   $15 per person (members), $20 non-members.  Payable at the door.



                5:30             Optional tour of Rockville library

    6:00             Reception with light dinner

                6:45             Announcements

                7:00             Presentation by new NHC Director Bill Proenza

                7:45             Questions and Discussion

                8:15             Adjourn



Mini sandwiches, Caesar salad, mini quiches, meatballs, fruit/cheese platters, dessert platter and soft drinks


Bill Proenza


            A graduate of Florida State University, Proenza began his career in tropical meteorology at the National Hurricane Center as a “hurricane hunter” in the mid 1960s.  He continued a career in the Weather Service for more than three decades, finally serving as Director of the Southern Region of the NWS from 1998 to 2007.   The NWS Employees Association recognized him as a Manager of the Year for his collaborative leadership.

      In 2001, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) recognized him with its “Francis W. Reichelderfer Award” for outstanding environmental services to the nation.  In 2003, Proenza was elected as a Fellow of the AMS, and in 2006 was elected to the Council of that organization.



About the new Rockville Library:  Architectural Highlights

“In the design for the new library, Grimm and Parker sought to find a way to commemorate a significant local occurrence -- the mapping of the human genome -- on a large public scale that would subtly and respectfully pay homage to this very important, historical discovery.” Pictures and more information at the site:




By Metro to the Rockville metro station, on the Red Line (toward Shady Grove). On exiting the station, cross the highway (Rockville Pike) either at the East Middle Lane, or on a pedestrian bridge.  If you go over the bridge, turn right at Monroe Street, and go one block to East Middle Lane.  In either case, turn left on East Middle Lane, and proceed to Maryland Avenue. Turn right onto Maryland Avenue.  The library is on the plaza on your left at 21 Maryland Avenue.


By car from Rockville Pike (Maryland route 355):  At the intersection of E. Middle Lane, turn onto Middle Lane, go one block to Maryland Avenue. Turn right, and look for a parking garage on the right. The library is on the left. 


By car from Interstate 270:    Exit on Falls Road, toward Rockville Town Center. Follow Maryland Avenue arrows. Go straight through the first traffic light after you leave I-270. You will be on Maryland Ave. Continue on Maryland Ave. past East Middle Lane. The garage entrance will be on your right. The library will be on your left.


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