Current Research Topics
Thunderstorms that produce hail accumulations pose a substantial risk to life and property resulting in motor vehicle accidents, road closures, airport delays, urban and river flooding, and water rescues. The overarching goal of CHAT is to analyze the microphysical and dynamical conditions surface hail accumulations…
This research addresses longstanding uncertainties regarding the effectiveness of cloud seeding. The overarching goal is to understand the natural processes by which precipitation forms and evolves within orographic winter storms and to determine the physical processes by which cloud seeding impacts the amount and spatial distribution of snow…
Strong and variable winds in thunderstorm outflow boundaries interact with wildland fires, often spreading flames faster to threaten firefighter safety and amplify economical destruction. The overarching goal of the proposed research is the validation of the WRF-Fire model’s capability to accurately predict thunderstorm outflow boundaries in complex terrain….
Near-freezing precipitation events have large impacts on human and natural systems. However, fundamental challenges remain in our ability to adequately observe, diagnose, simulate, and predict these events. The overarching goal of this research is to study the multi-scale processes influencing the variability and predictability of p-type (rain, drizzle, freezing rain, freezing drizzle, wet snow, ice pellets, and snow) and amount under near-freezing surface conditions.
- Reservoir Evaporation,
- Alpine Weather and Climate,
- Convection Initiation,
- Dropsize Distributions in Severe Thunderstorms,
- Innovative Radar Technology (bistatic radar and dual-polarization in mountains).