Cloud and Precipitation Processes and Patterns Group

People   Publications

Current Research

     Orographic Precipitation

NSF--Collaborative Research: The Wasatch Hydrometeor Aggregation and Riming Experiment [9/2011 - 8/2014]

NOAA CICS NC--Spatio-temporal patterns of precipitation and winds in California [8/2011 - 7/2014]

     Marine Clouds and Precipitation

NASA--Global Characteristics of Marine Stratocumulus Clouds and Drizzle [2/2011 - 2/2014]

DOE--Collaborative Research: Cloudiness Transitions in Marine Stratocumulus Clouds Near the Azores [9/2011 - 8/2014]

     Geoscience Education

NSF--Collaborative Research: Flipping the Script: Using Short Videos to Promote Learning in Introductory Geoscience Classes [10/2013-9/2016]

NSF--Real Examples of Classic Storm Structures for Classroom Use Based on Data from FRONT [funded]

MicroRainRadar (MRR) Resources

See our MRR Resources Page for links to software and storm perusal web pages from our MRR deployments.

Educational Videos

What's your weather research, Casey Burleyson? (part1)

What's your weather research, Casey Burleyson? (part2)

Virtual Hallway Poster Presentations

2014

Radar Observations of Storms for Education
poster by Megan Amanatides and Sara Berry
presented at the 2014 Summer undergraduate Research Symposium, July 30, 2014

2013

A Six-Year Climatology of Precipitation within Major Storms in Northern California
poster by Nicole Corbin
presented at the 2013 Summer undergraduate Research Symposium, July 31, 2013

Understanding the Variability of Low Marine Clouds in Three Oceanic Regions
poster by Jason Endries
presented at the 2013 Summer undergraduate Research Symposium, July 31, 2013

Observations of the joint variability of snow storm vertical structure and near surface snow particles
poster by Spencer Rhodes
presented at the 2013 Summer undergraduate Research Symposium, July 31, 2013

Tornadoes Do Not Have a Weekly Anthropogenic Cycle and Supercells Have Minimal Susceptibility to Aerosol Influence
poster by Matthew Miller
presented at the DOE ASR Science Team Meeting, March 2013

2012

A New Method to Evaluate Cloud Fraction within Marine Stratocumulus Clouds
poster by Casey Burleyson
presented at the AGU Fall Meeting, December 2012

Regional Comparisons of Marine Stratocumulus Precipitation Patterns
poster by Margaret Frey
presented at the AGU Fall Meeting, December 2012

A New Instrument for High-Speed, High Resolution Stereoscopic Photography of Falling Hydrometeors with Simultaneous Measurement of Fall Speed
poster by Tim Garrett, University of Utah
presented at the AGU Fall Meeting, December 2012

A New Instrument for High-Speed, High Resolution Stereoscopic Photography of Falling Hydrometeors with Simultaneous Measurement of Fall Speed
poster by Tim Garrett, University of Utah
presented at the CloudSat Science Team Meeting, June 2012

Regional Comparisons of Marine Stratocumulus Characteristics
poster by Margaret Frey
presented at the MODIS Science Team Meeting, 7-9 May 2012, Silver Spring, MD

Characteristics of Low Cloud Variability over the Azores and Marine Stratocumulus Regions
poster by Margaret Frey
presented at the DOE ASR Science Team Meeting, 12-15 March 2012, Crystal City, VA

2011

The Spatial Distribution of Precipitation Frequency for Atmospheric River Storms in Northern California
poster by Jeff Cunningham
presented at the AGU Fall Meeting, 5 December 2011, San Francisco, CA

Graduate Student Experiences in a Geoscience Teaching and Learning Research Seminar
poster by Casey Burleyson
presented at the 4th National Forum for the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning, 10-11 October 2011, Madison, WI

Observed vertical structure of snowstorms in Steamboat Springs, CO: Orographic enhancement in a high altitude environment
poster by Nate Hardin
presented at the AMS Mesoscale Conference, Los Angeles, CA in August 2011

Spatial Distribution of Precipitation for Winter Storms in Northern California
poster by Cam White
presented at the 10th Annual North Carolina State University Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium in August 2011

Cool-season intermittent precipitation cells in the Pacific Northwest
poster by Andrew Hall
presented at the 2011 AMS Annual Meeting, Weather and Forecasting Conference, 24 Jan 2011, Seattle, WA

Observed vertical structure of snow storms in Steamboat Springs, CO: Orographic enhancement in a high altitude environment
poster by Nate Hardin
presented at the 2011 AMS Annual Meeting, Weather and Forecasting Conference, 24 Jan 2011, Seattle, WA

2010

Observations of the Diurnal Cycle of Marine Stratocumulus During the VOCALS Regional Experiment
poster by Casey Burleyson
presented at the 2010 AGU Fall meeting, 17 Dec 2010, San Francisco, CA

Ship Observations of Southeastern Tropical Pacific Stratocumulus Clouds Along 20 deg S
poster by Simon deSzoeke
presented at the 2010 AGU Fall meeting, 17 Dec 2010, San Francisco, CA

Determination of relative radar calibration for multi-sampled storm volumes
poster by Andrew Hall
presented at the 9th Annual North Carolina State University Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium in August 2010

Quantitative comparisons of 3-D operational radar observations and model output over the Oregon Cascades
poster by Jeff Cunningham
presented at the 14th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, 30 August - 3 September 2010, Lake Tahoe, CA

2009

Near-LES Modeling of Eastern Pacific Stratocumulus Drizzle and Cloud Variability in VOCALS
poster by David Mechem
presented at the 2009 AGU Fall meeting, 14 Dec 2009, San Francisco, CA

Ship observations of stratocumulus and drizzle in VOCALS
poster by Simon deSzoeke
presented at the 2009 AGU Fall meeting, 14 Dec 2009, San Francisco, CA

Rain on small tropical islands
poster by Adam Sobel
presented at the 2009 NASA Precipitation Measurement Missions Science Team meeting, 26-29 Oct 2009, Salt Lake City, UT

Analysis of diurnal trends in stratocumulus drizzle from the VOCALS field campaign
poster by Angel Adamses
presented at 8th Annual North Carolina State University Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium in July 2009

Radar observations in drizzle cell transitions from the VOCALS field campaign
poster by Christina Aldereguia
presented at 8th Annual North Carolina State University Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium in July 2009

2008

Orographic precipitation and kinematic flow structures of winter storms in the U.S. Pacific Northwest
poster by David Stark
presented at 13th Conference on Mountain Meteorology in Whistler, BC, Canada, August 2008

Identifying terrain conducive to enhanced orographic precipitation using wavelet analysis of Pacific Northwest Topography
poster by Clay McGee
presented at 7th Annual North Carolina State University Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium in July 2008

Storm structure, freezing level height, and precipitation in the US Pacific Northwest
poster by Jake Crouch
presented at 5th European Conference on Radar in Meteorology and Hydrology in Helsinki, Finland, June 2008

Atmospheric controls on snowfall density in the southern Appalachian mountains, USA
poster by Baker Perry
presented at Eastern Snow Conference, Fairlee, VT in May 2008

Characteristics of Mixed Precipitation Storms
poster by David Stark
presented at NCSU Undergraduate Research Symposium in April 2008

Spurious Precipitation in TMI Retrievals within Marine Stratus
poster by Matthew Miller
presented at the 3rd NASA/JAXA International TRMM Science Conference, Las Vegas, NV in February 2008

Joint Variability of Airborne Passive Microwave and Ground-based Radar Observations Obtained in the TRMM KWAJEX Experiment
poster by Sandra Yuter and David Kingsmill
presented at the 3rd NASA/JAXA International TRMM Science Conference, Las Vegas, NV in February 2008

2007

Observation and Analysis of 19 Winter Storm Events in the North Carolina Mountains
poster by Casey Burleyson and Tai Bryant
presented at NCSU Undergraduate Research Symposium in April 2007

Storm Structures and Precipitation Characteristics of Snow Events in the Southern Appalachian Mountains
poster by David Stark and Tai Bryant
presented at NCSU Undergraduate Research Symposium in August 2007
presented at AMS Mesoscale Conference, Waterville Valley, NH in August 2007

The Mesoscale Characteristics of Tropical Oceanic Precipitation During Kelvin Waves and Mixed Rossby-Gravity Wave Events
poster by Chris Holder
presented at AMS Mesoscale Conference, Waterville Valley, NH in August 2007

The Collapse of the Ancient Akkadian Empire and Climate Change
poster by Felisha Whitehead
presented at 3rd Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium,
Greensboro, NC in November 2007 for MEA 213 Honors Project

Climate-driven Impacts on the North Carolina Coast
poster by John Boyer
presented at 3rd Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium,
Greensboro, NC in November 2007 for MEA 213 Honors Project

Joint Variability of Airborne Passive Microwave and Ground-based Radar Observations Obtained in the TRMM Kwajalein Experiment
poster by Sandra Yuter and David Kingsmill
presented at 2007 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA in December 2007

2006

Statistical Analysis of Vertical Profiles of Precipitation
poster by Casey Burleyson
presented at NCSU Undergraduate Research Symposium in August 2006

The effects of equatorial Kelvin and mixed-Rossby gravity waves on the mesoscale structure of tropical oceanic convection
poster by Chris Holder
presented at 4th European Conference on Radar in Meteorology and Hydrology in September 2006

Microphysical and dynamical structures of winter storms in the U.S. Pacific Northwest: Comparisons between regional mesoscale model output and operatonal weather radar observations
poster by Jordan Payne
presented at 4th European Conference on Radar in Meteorology and Hydrology in September 2006

Master's Theses

The Mesoscale Characteristics of Tropical Oceanic Precipitation During Kelvin and Mixed-Rossby Gravity Wave Events
Christopher T. Holder, July 2007

Three-dimensional Microphysical and Dynamical Structures of Winter Storms in the U.S. Pacific Northwest
M. Jordan Payne, August 2007

Evaluation of TRMM Satellite Retrievals and Satellite-observed Characteristics of Marine Shallow Clouds
Matthew A. Miller, November 2007

The Interaction of Moisture Fluxes and Orographic Precipitation over Northern California Associated with a Land-falling Atmospheric River
Barrett L. Smith, November 2007

Multi-season Observational Study of the Thermodynamic, Kinematic, and Precipitation Structures within Flooding and Typical Storms in the Oregon Cascades
Justin A. Crouch, August 2009

Regional and Interannual Comparions of Marine Stratocumulus Precipitation
Margaret L. Frey, April 2013

Near Surface Density Currents in the Southeast Pacific Stratocumulus-Topped Marine Boundary Layer
Matt C. Wilbanks, July 2013

Lifecyle Characteristics of Marine Stratocumulus Precipitation in the Southeast Pacific
Andrew M. Hall, December 2013

Ph.D. Dissertations

Satellite Observations of Low Marine Clouds
Matthew A. Miller, July 2010

Atmospheric Characteristics of Cool Season Intermittent Precipitation near Portland, Oregon
Jeffrey G. Cunningham, July 2012

Environmental Controls on Stratocumuls Cloud Fraction
Casey D. Burleyson, November 2013

Portable Meteorological Observatory

Poga Mountain, NC Winter Season 2006-2009 observations, a collaborative effort with Dr. Baker Perry of Appalachian State University.

Instrument staging at Holly Springs, NC in preparation for deployment to Poga Mountain on crest of Appalachian Mountains