Convective Storm Dynamics Group

School of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma

May 2022

Congratulations to Emily Luschen!! Emily was awarded not once, but in two conferences at the 102nd AMS Annual Meeting for her poster presentation: “Updates to the GOES-16 Split-Window Precipitable Water Satellite Product.” This is work that Emily did as an NSF/REU student at Colorado State University/CIRA with Jack Dostalek and Lewis Grasso.

Congratulations also to Andrew Muehr!! Andrew presented his undergraduate research on “The Effect of Mid-Level Shear on Supercell Characteristics and Evolution” at the First Year Research Experience (FYRE) spring poster session.

This summer, three of the group members – James, Theresa, and Emily – will be embarking on a field campaign in Taiwan and Japan as part of the PRECIP 2022 field campaign (Prediction of Rainfall Extremes Campaign in the Pacific) to study extreme rainfall. After two years of pandemic delay, we’re excited to have this opportunity to learn more about what drives heavy tropical rainfall, thanks to the National Science Foundation!

First semester conquered

I think I’m safe in saying that each of our group members have earned their 2021 winter holiday for conquering the Fall ’21 semester, which brought many challenges and many firsts. Grad students Emily and Theresa conquered their first semester of grad school, in what is still an abnormally challenging situation due to the pandemic.

And for some shameless self-promotion, I conquered my first full instructional duty as an assistant professor, where I led 45 enthusiastic students on a journey of developing the equations of motion in METR 3113: Intro to Atmospheric Kinematics and Dynamics. I only get to claim this first once, so I’m not missing the opportunity! Below is a snapshot of one of the interactives we brought into the classroom, a rotating tank (thanks DIYnamics!).

I’m also very excited to welcome two new undergraduate researchers to our team: Emily West and Andrew Muehr. Emily is studying the interactions between mesoscale atmospheric slope flows and upwelling in Lake Tanganyika (working also with Mike Soreghan of OU/Geosciences). Andrew is exploring the influence of vertical wind shear on supercell thunderstorm behavior through idealized model experiments.

With gratitude that I get to call this my job and to have the phenomenal people of OU/SoM as my colleagues, students, and friends, looking forward to what 2022 will bring!

—James

The group is official!

For the group’s first official post, I am thrilled to welcome the first students of the group – Emily Luschen (left) and Theresa Lincheck (right) – who will begin graduate research this coming fall on cloud–radiation feedback in the tropics.

Emily completed her B.S. here in OU’s School of Meteorology, so is already right at home here. She conducted capstone and honors research projects related to midlatitude hailstorms and lightning, and is now completing an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) sponsored by NSF at Colorado State University, where she’s gaining experience working with satellite remote sensing data.

Theresa is coming to OU from Cleveland State University, where she completed both a B.S. in physics and a B.M. (Music Performance), as a virtuoso with the clarinet. Although Theresa comes from physics, she has always had a passion for atmospheric science. She got to pursue this passion through an REU here at OU in the summer of 2020 using observational data to examine arctic boundary layer behavior.

Both Emily and Theresa are ambitious and excited for their next steps in research, which will involve examining the nature and role of cloud–radiation feedback in the context of tropical dynamics. I’m thrilled to have them as part of the team!

—James

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