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.

Convective Snow Outlooks

Starting in October 2013, outlooks for convective snow will be produced. The purpose of the outlooks will be to inform users on whether TSSN should be expected in the U.S. during the ensuing 24-hour period and for what specific location(s), if applicable. Verification on these forecasters will also be performed. This idea was inspired by Patrick Market's Research on Convective Snows (ROCS) group, which can be found here.

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