It has been a busy summer and fall for our research group, and this section has been long overdue for an update. Some of the news from the last six months includes:
- Two new graduate students, Sam Childs and Nathan Kelly, joined the research group in August 2015. Welcome to both of you!
- Greg Herman and Erik Nielsen successfully defended their MS theses in November 2015. Both students intend to continue for a PhD. Congrats!
- Numerous new papers, including several student-led articles, were accepted for publication and are shown on the updated publications page.
- Recent PhD graduate John Peters was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. John will remain at CSU to conduct his postdoctoral research.
- Our group was featured in a National Geographic story and video about the PECAN field campaign.
- Prof. Schumacher was featured in the video on flash floods in NBC Learn's educational series on natural hazards, "When Nature Strikes"
Our research group will be taking part in PECAN (Plains Elevated Convection at Night), a major field campaign to better understand the processes governing nocturnal storms and rainfall. CSU's overview of the project can be found here.[06.01.2015]
A belated welcome to the research group to Stacey Hitchcock, a new Ph.D. student who started at CSU in the spring semester of 2015. Stacey earned her M.S. degree from the University of Oklahoma, and her Ph.D. research will include analyzing data collected during the PECAN field project.[04.21.2015]
Congratulations to John Peters, who successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation on heavy-rain-producing mesoscale convective systems![03.30.2015]
A new paper exploring the sensitivity of convective rainfall to the specifics of the environmental moisture profile was recently accepted for publication in Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences.[01.02.2015]
The research webpage has received a long-overdue update to include current and recent research projects. Also, look for members of our research group at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in January![10.27.2014]
The publication list has been updated and includes a recent publication by former undergraduate student Stephanie Stevenson, an analysis of the meteorological conditions leading to the Waldo Canyon Fire, and an investigation of different ensemble configurations for the prediction of extreme precipitation.
The publication list has been updated and includes recent publications by graduate students Sammy Lynch and John Peters!
Vanessa Vincente successfully defended her M.S. thesis in December 2013 -- congratulations, Vanessa![08.26.2013]
Three new graduate students joined our research group: Greg Herman, Erik Nielsen, and Bob Tournay. Read more about their backgrounds here. Welcome!
Our group's research collecting data near the destructive Moore, Oklahoma tornado was highlighted in the Denver Post.
Our group will be participating in the Mesoscale Predictability Experiment (MPEX) during May and June of 2013. We will be involved in collecting mobile upsonde data, and are also running a 4-km real-time WRF forecast in support of the forecasting efforts for the project.[01.16.2013]
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting an interdisciplinary workshop for graduate students studying precipitation and floods, June 16-21, in Fort Collins. For more information, visit our website! If you are a graduate student in these areas, please consider applying.
The research group has been busy presenting at several recent conferences and workshops! Sammy Lynch gave a talk at the AMS Severe Local Storms Conference on her work on the Nashville flood of May 2010, and John Peters presented on his Masters research at SLS. Dr. Schumacher also presented at SLS on the climatology of extreme rainfall. Dr. Schumacher also presented two posters at the AMS Annual meeting in Austin, one on the CSU forecast efforts for DC3, and one on high-resolution ensemble forecasts of heavy rainfall.
Sammy Lynch and Charles Yost both successfully defended their Masters theses during the fall semester. Congratulations Sammy and Charles!
Former graduate student Kelly Keene's research on the "bow and arrow" was accepted for publication in Monthly Weather Review!
Dr. Schumacher was honored to be selected by the students as the department's Outstanding Professor of the Year.
John Peters, who recently finished his M.S. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, joined the group as a new Ph.D. student. Welcome John!
A new paper was published in Monthly Weather Review, which used global ensemble forecasts from the TIGGE archive to diagnose the effects of moisture transport ahead tropical cyclones on midlatitude heavy precipitation. The full list of publications has also been updated.
Dr. Schumacher, along with several CSU graduate students and CIRA staff, will be providing forecasting support for the Colorado region of the Deep Convective Clouds and Chemistry (DC3) field experiment. DC3 seeks to understand the impact of deep convective clouds on the microphysical and chemical characteristics of the upper troposphere. Our group at CSU and CIRA will be giving forecast briefings each morning of the experiment on the potential for convection in eastern Colorado.
Several members of the research group presented at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Graduate students Charles Yost and Sammy Lynch presented posters on their graduate research, Vanessa Vincente presented on her SOARS research from last summer, and undergraduate researcher Stephanie Stevenson presented a poster as well. (Click on the links above to download PDF files of the posters.) Russ Schumacher also gave a presentation, a link to the recording will be posted when it is available.
We have developed a website that includes some real-time weather data, monitoring of heavy precipitation, and a web-based archive of past extreme precipitation events. Please check them out and send along any comments or suggestions!
A new paper was published in Monthly Weather Review on the heavy rainfall and floods that occurred in the southern Plains in late June of 2007.
Three graduate students started in the research group at CSU--Charles Yost and Samantha Lynch, who transferred from the graduate program at Texas A&M, and Vanessa Vincente, a new M.S. student from Valparaiso University. Find out more about them here.
Dr. Schumacher and the research group began work in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University!