Current Members

Alumni

Angel Adames - AGEP Summer Research Experience Undergraduate (2009)

Current Affiliation: Graduate Student, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Research at NCSU:
Investigating the drizzle cases from the VOCALS project utilizing transitional periods, diurnal cycles and detection of reflectivity and radial velocity values

Personal Interests: sleeping, music, chocolate, meteorology and physics, good laughs and eating skydiving, swimming with sharks, dancing with wolves, cliff diving, fire breathing, spelunking, race car driving, threatening and hazardous things that can kill me but has not done so, j/k

Current Hometown: San Sebastian, PR

Education: B.S. Theoretical Physics, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus (2010)

Favorite Movies: Scarface, The Godfather, Independence Day, Rambo, Die Hard, Mission Impossible, Armageddon, The day after Tomorrow, The Perfect Storm, Godzilla, Kung Pow!, Airplane!, Strange Wilderness, Ace Ventura, Jay and Silent Bob, Harold and Kumar, The Lion King, Shrek

Favorite Quote: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger", "A falta de pan galletas (in absence of bread there's crackers)"


Christina Aldereguia - Undergraduate Research Assistant (2009-2010)

Current Research:
Investigating the drizzle cases from the VOCALS project utilizing transitional periods, the diurnal cycle, and blob detection.

Personal Interests: Tennis, warmth, baseball, and other sports, eating good food.

Current Hometown: Cary, NC

Attended: Apex High School

Education:
B.S. Meteorology - N.C. State University - 2010

Favorite Movies: Titanic, Jumanji, Frailty, the Librarian, October Sky

Favorite Quote: "If you are not to be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing." - Ben Franklin


Megan Amanatides - Undergraduate Research Assistant(2014-2015)

Current Affiliation: Graduate Student, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Current Research:
I am currently working on processing radar data for the Northeast United States as well as forecasting and operating radars for the Denver area.

Education:
B.S. Mathematics - Meredith College - May 2015

Personal Interests: I enjoy playing soccer for Meredith.

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Favorite Quote: “Sometimes I wish that I was the weather, you'd bring me up in conversation forever.”


Sara Berry - Undergraduate Research Assistant (2014-2015)

Current Affiliation: Graduate Student, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Current Research:
Examining storm formation along the Colorado Front Range through radar observations and creating informative visualizations of collected data. Studying rain rate time series and drop size distributions.

Education:
B.S. Physics with minors in Meteorology and Mathematics - N.C. State University - May 2015

Personal Interests: Physics, video games, swimming, martial arts, painting, cats.

Hometown: Mebane, North Carolina

Favorite Quote: “When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all.” -Futurama


John Boyer - Undergraduate Research Assistant (2008)

Current Affiliation: TV Weathercaster Fox23 Tulsa, OK

Research:
Processing archived radar data for winter storms in Pacific Northwest, will participate in data processing and analysis for VOCALS 2008. Also maintains a weather blog with Kevin Smith.

Education:
B.S. Meteorology - N.C. State University - 2011

Personal Interests: John adds to his weather studies by actively participating in the AMS, as well as forecasting for the Technician, WolfBytes, and WKNC-FM. He also co-hosts a public affairs show on WKNC, Failure to Refrain. Other interests include nature, travel, football, and radio and television history.

Hometown: Roanoke, VA

Favorite Quote: "Nothing ever happens in contradiction to nature, only in contradiction to what we know of it." - Dana Scully (The X-Files)

Favorite Website:

  • http://ncweathercenter.blogspot.com
  • http://www.slatev.com/blog.html
  • http://www.youtube.com/roanoketv
  • http://www.tv-ark.org.uk


  • Casey Burleyson - Graduate Research Assistant (2009-2013)

    Current Affiliation: Scientist II, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Richland, WA

    Research Interests:
    I am working to better understand the relationship between physical precipitation processes and the patterns that manifest from their occurrence. Along the way I am analyzing in-situ and remotely sensed observations of marine stratocumulus in the southeastern Pacific from the VOCALS experiment. My previous work has involved virga observed by vertically pointing radar and the enhancement of precipitation by small islands in the tropical open ocean.
    NASA Earth System and Space Science Fellowship

    Education:
    B.S. Meteorology - N.C. State University - 2007
    M.S. Applied Physics - Columbia University - 2008
    Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences - N.C. State University - 2013

    Personal Interests:
    Outside of meteorology I enjoy reading non-fiction books, mainly post-WWII political history and biographies. I'm an avid fan of The Beatles (particularly John Lennon) and some may argue that I'm obsessed with baseball - although I prefer to think of it as maintaining a healthy curiosity.

    Hometown: Mt. Pleasant, NC

    Favorite Quotes: ""To become really good at something, everyone needs a time in their life where they put their heart and soul into it" Chuck Doswell
    "Symmetry is nice but asymmetry." Anonymous


    Jake Crouch - Graduate Research Assistant ( 2007-2009)

    Current Affiliation: Physical Scientist, Climate Monitoring Branch, NOAA National Climate Data Center, Asheville, NC

    Research at NCSU:
    Comparing radar observations to model output for winter storms in the US Pacific Northwest.

    Hometown: Beckley, West Virginia

    Education:
    B.S. Atmospheric Sciences/Weather Forecasting - University of North Carolina - Asheville - 2007
    M.S. Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences - North Carolina State University -2009

    Personal Interests:
    Being outdoors, hiking, Scrubs, music, pleasure reading, seeing movies on the big-screen, winter-time precipitation, mountains and mountain weather.

    Jake's Comments :
    Growing up in West Virginia I fell in love with the mountains and the weather associated with them. Orograpic snowfall events in the region were often under-forecast, and my curiosity of why this happened spawned my interest in the weather. Getting my undergraduate degree in Asheville, my affinity for the mountains and their weather grew. Having the opportunity to work at the National Climatic Data Center for two years gave me a unique expereince as an undergraduate to see how a career in a weather related field will be and encouraged me to pursue a graduate degree. Now that I live in Raleigh and research orographic precipitation, I look for every reason to make a trip back to the mountains.

    I am excited about living in the different climate of the Triangle area, although the summer heat and humidity will take some getting used to.

    Favorite Websites :


    Jeff Cunningham - Graduate Research Assistant (2009-2012)

    Current Affiliation: USAF, NOAA Radar Operations Center, Norman, OK

    Research at NCSU:
    Broadly--radar meteorology. Future research will likely include the use of radar observations in the Pacific Northwest to improve our general understanding of orographically induced precipitation.

    Education:
    B.S. Meteorology - United States Air Force Academy, CO - 2002
    M.S. Meteorology - Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA - 2006
    PhD Meteorology - North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC - 2012
    Thesis: Applying Ensemble Prediction Systems to Department of Defense Operations

    Publications:
    Eckel, F. A., J. Cunningham, and D. Hetke, 2008: "Weather and the Calculated Risk: Exploiting Forecast Uncertainty for Operational Risk Management" Air and Space Power Journal, 22, 71-82.

    Career:
    I am a Weather Officer in the United States Air Force and have been on active duty since commissioning in 2002. I've been assigned to various locations across the world and have enjoyed roles as an operational forecaster, weather briefer, and scientist during those assignments.

    Personal Interests:
    I love spending time with my beautiful wife and lovely daughters. I also enjoy the outdoors, hiking, biking, and gardening.

    Hometown: Ocala, FL

    Favorite Quote: "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." - John 15:13


    Jennifer Dean - Undergraduate Research Assistant (2012-2013)

    Current Affiliation: Graduate Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

    Research at NCSU:
    Analysis of orographic snowfall using Micro Rain Radar data

    Hometown: Nokesville, VA

    Education:
    B.S. Biology - Coastal Carolina University - 2001
    B.S. Meteorology - N.C. State University - 2013

    Personal Interests:
    Bowling, reading, road trips, entertaining my dog, and relaxing near any body of water (bonus points if an umbrella drink is involved). Shamefully addicted to all BRAVO reality shows.


    Jason Endries - Undergraduate Research Assistant (2014-2015)

    Current Affiliation: Graduate Student, Applachian State University, Boone, NC

    Current Research: Controlling radars in Colorado and obtaining data on the lifecycle of storms. Analyzing data sets from snow storms.

    Education:
    B.S. Meteorology - N.C. State University - May 2015

    Hometown:Richmond, VA

    Personal Interests:
    Ever since I was little, I have loved watching the weather, and for my whole life it has been my goal to make that passion into a career. In middle and high school, I participated in track and cross country, and my love of running and staying healthy has carried with me ever since. My exposure to Spanish in high school, which included studying in Mexico during a summer, sparked my love for Latin America, travel, y el idioma espanol. A couple of my more quirky interests are the art of bonsai and (some may say I’m obsessed) Halloween.

    Favorites:The House on Mango Street; Life In A Day, Sweeney Todd; Lady Gaga, Imogen Heap, Carbon Leaf

    Favorite Quote:“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a Heaven for?” – Robert Browning

     


    Margaret Frey - Graduate Research Assistant (2011-2013)

    Research at NCSU:
    Creating a climatology of drizzling Stratocumulus cells using a remotely-sensed data set.

    Hometown: Reston, VA

    Education:
    B.S. Meteorology - University of Oklahoma- 2010
    M.S. Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Science - North Carolina State University - 2013

    Personal Interests:
    Hiking, skiing, running half-marathons, camping in National Parks, and cooking scrumptious food.

    Favorite Quote:
    "It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult." - Seneca


    Jeremy Freeman - Undergraduate Research Assistant (2009-2010)

    Current Research:
    Investigating the paths of convective cells using blob detection.

    Hometown: Madison, NC

    Personal Interests:
    Aikido, Hiking, Augmented Reality, Video Games, Entrepreneurship

    Education:
    B.S. Computer Engineering - North Carolina State University - 2010

    Favorite Movies:
    V for Vendetta, Batman Begins, Watchmen

    Favorite Quote:
    "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'"--Asimov


    Andrew Hall - Graduate Research Assistant (2011-2014)

    Current Affiliation: Teacher-Scientific and Technical Visualization, Leesville Rd High School, Raleigh, NC

    Current Research:
    Developing techniques to process and catalog vertically-pointing radar data. Radar cell tracking algorithm development.

    Hometown: Winter Park, FL

    Education:
    B.S. Meteorology - N.C. State University - 2011
    M.S. Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences - N.C. State University - 2014

    Personal Interests:
    Board games (real ones...), video games, disc golf, listening to podcasts, camping, swimming

    Favorite Books/Movies/TV/Music:
    Ender's Game, the Shannara series, Make magazine, watching all 6 episodes of Star Wars in order, Stargate the TV series, West Wing, Friends, Good Eats, Dinner Impossible, Guster, DMB, 80's music!

    Favorite Quote:
    "Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works." -Carl Sagan


    Nathan Hardin - Graduate Research Assistant (2010-2013)

    Current Affiliation: Technical Support Branch, National Hurricane Center, Miami FL

    Current Research: Discrete cell contributions to precipitation in the Pacific Northwest. Controls on orographic snow in Steamboat Springs, CO and Boulder, CO.

    Education:
    B.S. Meteorology - N.C. State University - 2006
    M.S. Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences - N.C. State University - 2008

    Personal Interests:
    All things good - Saltwater fishing, Hunting, Gardening, the Outdoors, and delicious food.

    Hometown: Greenville, NC

    Favorite Quote:
    "It is not length of life, but depth of life." -Ralph Waldo Emerson


    Chris Holder - Graduate Research Assistant (2005-2007)

    Current Affiliation: Research Associate, ICF International, Durham, NC

    Research at NCSU:
    Teleconnections between synoptic equatorial waves and tropical convective structures.

    Hometown: Broadway, NC

    Education:
    B.S. Atmospheric Sciences - North Carolina State University - 2005
    M.S. Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences - North Carolina State University - 2007

    Selected Publications:
    Christopher Holder, Ryan Boyles, Peter Robinson, Sethu Raman and Greg Fishel. 2006: Calculating A Daily Normal Temperature Range That Reflects Daily Temperature Variability. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society: Vol. 87, No. 6, pp. 769–774. [URL]

    Christopher Holder, Ryan Boyles, Ameenulla Syed, Dev Niyogi and Sethu Raman. 2006: Comparison of Collocated Automated (NCECONet) and Manual (COOP) Climate Observations in North Carolina. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology: Vol. 23, No. 5, pp. 671–682. [URL]

    Personal Interests:
    drum corps, John Williams soundtracks, jogging and weight lifting, politics, Star Trek, arranging music

    Chris's Comments :
    Hello! I grew up in Broadway, NC and graduated from Lee County High School (Sanford, NC) in 2001 as salutatorian. I was in the high school marching band as a snare drummer and as drum major. I also took piano lessons for seven years and played piano at a church for two years. Obviously, music is an important part in my life. I’m an avid drum corps fan (Go Cadets!), and I collect John Williams movie soundtracks.

    Like most meteorologists, I’ve wanted to be a weatherman since I was probably three or four years old. If there’s one thing that elementary school teachers remember about me, it’s that I wanted to be a meteorologist. I don’t have any specific events that drew me to it, but I remember events like Hurricanes Hugo and Fran, a tornado outbreak in kindergarten during lunchtime, and snow and ice storms in 7th and 11th grades that definitely left impressions on me. There was a period of time in high school where I thought of going into music education, but when it came time to apply for college, I applied for only one – NC State University.

    When I graduated with my B.S. in meteorology in 2005, I decided to continue into graduate school to get my M.S. at NC State. I’m a bit uncertain about my career path, but I think it will be broader than just the science of meteorology. I have (probably quite amateurish) interests in politics and policy, environmental conservation and protection, and the communication of science to the public through writing and graphics.

    Favorite Websites :
    Drum Corps International
    Drum Corps Planet Forums
    CNN
    WRAL
    LiveJournal
    National Weather Service


    Clay McGee - Undergraduate Research Assistant (2008-2010)

    Current Affiliation: Senior Consultant, Advanced Analytics and Modeling Grooup, Deloitte Inc., Chicago, IL

    Current Research:
    Investigating how topographic roughness enhances precipitation in the Pacific Northwest United States, processing Parsivel disdrometer data and inferring characteristics such as the drop-size distribution of rain events.

    Education:
    B.S. Meteorology - N.C. State University - 2010
    M.S. Atmospheric Sciences - Colorado State University - 2013

    Personal Interests:
    Drum and bugle corps, playing the trumpet, politics, N.C. State football and basketball, seeing mixed precipitation make it to the ground in North Carolina.

    Hometown: Charlotte, NC

    Favorite Movies:
    What About Bob?, The Emperor's New Groove, My Cousin Vinny

    Favorite Quote:
    "Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." --Joshua 1:9


    Lara Pagano - Undergraduate Research Assistant (2007-2008)

    Current Affiliation: National Weather Service, Morehead City, NC

    Research: Investigating the accuracy of freezing level heights within winter storms in the Portland, Oregon region.

    Hometown: Charlotte, NC

    Education:
    B.S. Meteorology - N.C. State University - 2008
    M.S. Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences - N.C. State University - 2010

    Personal Interests:
    Besides starring at the radar, I enjoy outdoor water sports such as swimming, sailing, and kayaking. Other sports such as skiing, hiking and biking are high on the list. I am a big supporter of the Yankees, Canes and the Carolina Panthers.

    Favorite Quote:
    "Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up." --Jesse Jackson


    Jordan Payne - Graduate Research Assistant (2006-2007)

    Current Affiliation: Weather Inc., Norman Oklahoma

    Research at NCSU:
    Comparing radar observations to model output for winter storms in the US Pacific Northwest.

    Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC

    Education:
    B.S. Atmospheric Sciences - North Carolina State University - 2005
    M.S. Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences - North Carolina State University - 2007

    Personal Interests:
    Following NC State sports, basketball, football, rock concerts, social gatherings, movies, television, vacations


    Kate Rojowsky - Graduate Research Assistant (2008-2010)

    Current Research:
    Refining and applying a cell tracking algorithm to WSR-88D radar data from Portland, OR to study the lifecycle of intermittent convective cells that propagate over the Cascade Mountains.

    Education:
    B.S. Atmospheric Sciences - Stony Brook University - 2008
    M.S. Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences - North Carolina State University - 2010

    Personal Interests: Volleyball, billiards, fishing and gluten-free fine foods.

    Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

    Favorite Movies: Anchorman, The Dark Knight, Finding Nemo

    Favorite Quote: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." (Mark Twain)


    Barrett Smith - Graduate Research Assistant (2007)

    Current Affiliation: Lead Forecaster: National Weather Service Forecast Office,
    Raleigh, NC

    Research at NCSU:
    Moisture flux and orographic precipitation over northern California associated with landfalling atmospheric rivers.

    Hometown: Asheboro, NC

    Education:
    B.S. Atmospheric Sciences - North Carolina State University - 2005
    M.S. Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences - North Carolina State University - 2007

    Personal Interests:
    Music, people, rugby, football, traveling

    Favorite Quote:
    "The sound of weather is heaven's ragtime band" - Jimmy


    Kevin Smith - Undergraduate Research Assistant (2008)

    Current Research:
    Collecting and organizing precipitation and storm data from a vertically-pointing radar and weather station in Stony Brook, NY, creating a storm events database integrating this data with field reports, weather computer model output, and other information, analyzing the vertical profile of storms, and monitoring data quality control.

    Education:
    B.S. Meteorology - N.C. State University - 2011

    Personal Interests: Weather forecasting, storm chasing, lake effect snow, severe convection, writing poetry, camping, hiking, abandoned railroads, The X-Files, youth ministry, traveling, Star Trek, M*A*S*H, Harry Potter, community service, reading.

    Hometown: Syracuse, NY

    Favorite Movies: A Few Good Men, Crimson Tide, My Cousin Vinny, Backdraft, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, It's A Wonderful Life, Patton, Groundhog Day, My Fair Lady, Apollo 13, Miracle on 34th Street, the Untouchables, The Hunt For Red October, 300, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

    Favorite Website:

  • http://ncweathercenter.blogspot.com
  • NOAA's National Weather Service
  • PSU Electronic Map Wall
  • Abandoned Rails.com
  • Wegmans.com


  • Catherine Spooner - Research Assistant (2005-2007)

    Research at NCSU:

    • Dual Doppler analyses
    • Kwajalein rain gauge comparisons

    Education:
    B.S. Atmospheric Sciences - University of Washington -
    M.S. Atmospheric Sciences - Texas Tech University -

    Personal Interests:
    hiking, reading, computers, computer games, cats

    Hometown: Seattle, WA


    David Stark - Research Assistant (2007-2009)

    Current Affiliation: National Weather Service, Upton, NY

    Current Research:
    Investigating winter storms in the southern Appalachians using a vertically pointing radar located at Poga Mountain, NC.

    Hometown: Cary, NC

    Education:
    B.S. Atmospheric Sciences - North Carolina State University - 2008
    M.S. Atmospheric Sciecnes - Stony Brook University - 2012

    Personal Interests:
    Forecasting, Storms, Baseball, Hockey, Roller Skating

    Favorite Quote:
    "There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather" -John Ruskin

    Favorite Websites:
    The Weather Underground
    WRAL
    NWS Raleigh Office
    Eastern US Weather Forum
    Plymouth State Weather Center
    New York Yankees
    Yankees Blog
    Carolina Hurricanes


    Matt Wilbanks - Graduate Research Mendicant (2011-2013)

    Current Research: My overarching task is to investigate the role of boundary layers circulations in the formation and maintenance of marine stratocumulus. I've primarily used ship-based data, especially Doppler LiDAR, from the 2008 VAMOS Ocean Atmosphere Land Study (VOCALS) campaign in the Southeast Pacific. I hope to characterize the evolution of the surface mixed layer in coupled-decoupled boundary layer transitions, as well as investigate the role of advection in cloud and boundary layer processes in this region.

    Education:
    B.A. Physics - Case Western Reserve University - 2004
    B.A. Philosophy - Case Western Reserve University - 2004
    M.S. Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences - North Carolina State University - 2013

    Personal Interests: Raja and Kundalini yoga; poetry and fiction writing; film, music, and culture; vegetarian cooking; people watching; getting lost, especially in exotic places; walking; dancing; synthesizers; 'le mot juste' and witty or otherwise engaging conversation; perseverance in the pursuit of absurdity.

    Favorite Books/Movies/Music:
    I'm very likely listening to repetitive electronic music in my office as you read this. Don't err in thinking it ends there. Art and I get along swimmingly, when I'm not too busy being particular.

    Favorite Quotes:
    "The name of this bow is life, but its work is death"-Heraclitus

    "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it."-W.C. Fields


    Matthew Woelfle - Undergraduate Research Assistant (2010-2012)

    Current Affiliation: Graduate Student, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

    Current Research:
    Analysis of orographic precipitation and associated velocity fields.

    Personal Interests:
    Habitat for Humanity, Camping, Ultimate Frisbee, Hockey

    Hometown: Wake Forest, NC

    Education:
    B. S. Civil Engineering - North Carolina State University - 2012

    Favorites:
    1984, Ender's Game, Gladiator, Star Wars: A New Hope, The Dark Knight, Journey

    Favorite Quote:
    "Humanity isn't a physical description, it's a spiritual goal. It's not something we're given, it's something we earn."-Richard Bach