Teaching Assistant/M.S. Student
University at Albany - SUNY
Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
Hi everyone. I received my B.S. in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. I am now a first year graduate student in the department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the University at Albany - SUNY. I am currently participating in the Collaborative Science, Technology, and Applied Research (CSTAR) program under the supervision of Dr. Lance Bosart and Dr. Daniel Keyser. The CSTAR program is a collaborative effort between the university and the National Weather Service (NWS), through which graduate students, faculty, and NWS staff conduct research on various meteorological topics pertinent to operational forecasting. Specifically, my research is focused on thundersnow, which often occurs in conjunction with mesoscale snowbands and may be associated with regions of locally heavy snowfall and intense snowfall rates. Given the sensible weather impacts inherent in these storms, a further examination of their dynamic and thermodynamic characteristics will benefit weather forecasters. Three goals of this research are to: 1) construct a climatology of thundersnow events from 1994-2013, 2) construct composite analyses of thundersnow events over the Northeast U.S., and 3) provide forecasters with a greater awareness of the dynamic and thermodynamic processes that govern the evolution of thundersnow.