This afternoon Dylan Steinkruger defended his M.S. thesis, “An Artificially Intelligent System for the Automated Issuance of Tornado Warnings in Simulated Convective Storms.” It was the first-ever online thesis defense in the long history of Penn State’s Department of Meteorology
In his first marathon, Shawn Murdzek ran the Philadelphia Marathon in 2:48:46 last Sunday (Nov 24). The blazing time qualifies him for the Boston Marathon. It is not yet known if his long-distance speed translates to the short bursts of
Dylan Steinkruger won first place in the College of Earth and Mineral Science Graduate Poster Competition for his poster entitled “Developing an Automated System to Predict Tornadoes in Nonclassical Convective Storms.” Way to go, Dylan! Read more here: https://twitter.com/gradschoolpsu?lang=en
This afternoon, Branden Katona passed his Ph.D. comprehensive exam, which is the last major hurdle before the Ph.D. defense. Branden is studying the effects of terrain on the development of low-altitude rotation in supercell thunderstorms.
The Markowski-Richardson team from PSU (Elissa Bartos, Branden Katona, Shawn Murdzek, Dylan Steinkruger, Paul Markowski, and Yvette Richardson) flew an unprecedented 175 airborne probes into three tornadic supercells on 17 May (near Stockville, NE), 20 May (near Blair, OK), and
The National Science Foundation just announced that Shawn Murdzek has been awarded one of their prestigious graduate fellowships to continue his graduate studies. Shawn will begin his Ph.D. studies at Penn State in the Fall 2019 semester, where he will
Congratulations to Shawn Murdzek, who defended his M.S. thesis this morning. His thesis is entitled “Processes contributing to tornadogenesis failure in the 26 May 2010 supercell near Prospect Valley, CO.” Way to go! One down, one to go!
Dr. Giovanni Jiménez-Sánchez was awarded his Ph.D. diploma on Saturday night at PSU’s Commencement. He was recognized for his significant contribution to the atmospheric science community’s understanding of the Orinoco low-level jet (OLLJ). The OLLJ is roughly a 2000-km long and
Katona, Murdzek, Richardson, and Markowski present their latest work at the AMS Severe Storms Conference
Branden Katona, Shawn Murdzek, Yvette Richardson, and Paul Markowski presented their latest work at the AMS Severe Storms Conference the week of 22-26 October in Stowe, Vermont. Dylan Steinkruger and Elissa Smith also were in attendance.
Dr. Giovanni Jiménez-Sánchez defended his Ph.D. dissertation, “The Orinico Low-Level Jet,” on Friday morning. Congratulations!!!
Monday, 16 April, was Michael Colbert’s first day of work at his new job at the National Weather Service office in State College. Congratulations Michael!
Michael Colbert defended his M.S. thesis today (“Exploring the sensitivity of convective storm characteristics and dynamics to grid spacing in convection-allowing North American Mesoscale Forecast System simulations”). Congratulations, Michael!
Markowski and Richardson fly dozens of airborne probes into three severe storms in Oklahoma and Kansas
Yvette Richardson and I just returned from the Great Plains, where we experimented with a novel method to obtain thermodynamic observations in severe storms above the ground. Nothing beats a radar when it comes to measuring the 3D wind fields
Paul Markowski and Yvette Richardson explain how tornadoes form, how to stay safe if you’re near one, and whether climate change is affecting tornadoes in this new article published online in The Conversation (click below).
This new article in the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences by Paul Markowski and Yvette Richardson sheds some light on why supercells so often fail to produce tornadoes in seemingly favorable environments (and why computer-simulated supercells are so sensitive to the
Jenell Markowski’s sister and fiance (aka Andrea and Blake) in Frisco, Texas, took one for the team last night—perfectly positioned to sample forward-flank baroclinicity just north of the updraft in the supercell that tracked north of Dallas. Here’s a photo of
Giovanni Jimenez successfully defended his Ph.D. research prospectus and passed his oral and written comprehensive exam. Great work, Giovanni!
Abdullah Kahraman capped off a big 3-month period this past weekend by getting married. He also just started a new job as a professor at Ondokuz Mayıs University in Samsun, Turkey, and back in November, he successfully defended his Ph.D.