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NASA IMPACTS Winter 2020 field phase begins

During January and February 2020, group members Matthew Miller, Sandra Yuter, Laura Tomkins, Ronak Patel, and Daniel Hueholt will spend time at NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia supporting mission science and forecasting for the NASA Investigation of Microphysics and Precipitation for Atlantic Coast-Threatening Snowstorms (IMPACTS) field program. Matthew Miller will also go to Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia to work in mission science support for the NASA ER-2 aircraft. Image: Meteorology majors Daniel Hueholt and Ronak Patel standing in front of the P3 research aircraft at NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility. Both students did winter storm forecasting and P3 aircraft data collection for the NASA IMPACTS field program.

Rhodes M.S. Thesis Defense

Spencer Rhodes celebrates with cake on 30 October 2019 after his successful oral defense of his Master’s Thesis “Large-scale environments associated with southeast Atlantic marine stratocumulus cloud-eroding boundaries”.

July 2019 Conferences

Laura Tomkins and Spencer Rhodes in Savannah, Georgia for the AMS Mesoscale Conference.

Group members presented their research at two conferences in July.
Matthew Miller presented a poster on the influence of gravity waves on clouds and precipitation at the Gordon Research Conference on Climate and Radiation in Lewiston, ME.
At the 18th AMS Mesoscale Processes Conference, Spencer Rhodes and Laura Tomkins presented talks describing their respective M.S. thesis research on cloud-eroding boundaries in the southeast Atlantic. Sandra Yuter presented a talk on local environments for ice growth in storms.

Undergraduates present posters at 2019 AMS Annual Meeting

Undergraduate research assistants Daniel Hueholt, Lindsay Hochstatter and Ronak Patel presented posters on their research at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ on 6 Jan 2019. Research topics were: the motion of cloud-clearing boundaries in the southeast Atlantic, velocity waves in Colorado snowstorms, and the variability of the urban heat island in Raleigh, NC.

Rhodes wins National Association of Geoscience Teachers Outstanding TA Award

Graduate student Spencer Rhodes has been selected as a recipient of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers Outstanding TA Award. This award honors undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated excellence as Teaching Assistants. Spencer was nominated by Professor Sandra Yuter for his work in MEA 215 Spring 2018 and MEA 421 Fall 2018.

Poster presentations at NCSU Summer 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium


On 31 July 2018, Lindsay Hochstatter, Ronak Patel and Daniel Hueholt presented posters on their research at the North Carolina State University Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Luke Allen and Levi Lovell served as mentors for all three students. Research topics were: the speed of cloud-clearing transitions, the internal structure of snow storms, and air temperature variability within urban heat islands.

Paper in AAAS Science


Our research paper on “Abrupt cloud clearing of marine stratocumulus in the subtropical southeast Atlantic” by Sandra Yuter, John Hader, Matthew Miller (current and former members of the Environment Analytics research group) and David Mechem (University of Kansas) was released today by AAAS Science.
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University of Kansas Press Release
This work is based in part on John Hader’s M.S. thesis.