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RAP opportunity at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration     NOAA

Understanding of Severe Convective Weather to Improve Hazardous Weather Forecasting


National Severe Storms Laboratory

opportunity location
26.76.00.B7468 Norman, OK 73072


name email phone
Michael C Coniglio 405.325.6227
Thomas James Galarneau 405.325.6862


This research focuses on the understanding of severe convective weather utilizing both state-of-the-art observing systems and numerical model simulations of thunderstorms in order to improve the prediction of hazardous weather. Topics include the full spectrum of severe convective weather, including supercells, tornadoes, long-lived damaging convective windstorms (derechos), large hail, and heavy precipitation. The research can be performed through diagnostic studies using routine operational data and/or data obtained from experimental observing platforms (e.g. NSSL CLAMPS) or those from well-focused field projects. One approach is to assimilate radar data (from WSR-88Ds, fixed and mobile research platforms), along with surface, rawinsonde, and profiler observations into numerical model simulations of thunderstorms and convective systems using an ensemble Kalman filter. Another approach is to composite gridded mesoscale analyses or other observations to refine our knowledge of precursor conditions of severe weather phenomena in the pre-convective and near-storm environments.  Emphasis is placed on understanding the dynamics and interaction of severe convective weather events with the environment, including storm-environment feedbacks.


key words
Severe weather; VORTEX2; Supercells; Tornadoes; Derecho; Model verification; Severe storm environments; Thunderstorms; Forecasting; MPEX; PECAN; Field programs; Doppler Lidar; AERI; Data Assimilation; mini-MPEX


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$60,000.00 $3,000.00

$24,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Electrical Engineering

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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