Dr. Steven Smith
NOAA VLab Director
Dr. James Marquis
Center for Severe Weather Research
I am a research scientist at the Center for Severe Weather Research and the University of Colorado in Boulder. I use high-resolution radar and in situ observations, as well as numerical simulations and data assimilation analysis, to understand a variety of convective-scale phenomenon, including: mesoscale details of environments supporting convection initiation and maturation, and supercell and mesoscale convective system dynamics.
I received my bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. degrees from the Pennsylvania State University department of meteorology, studying environments and dynamics of deep moist convection. During my masters work, I examined mobile radar observations of convective boundary layer heterogeneity and kinematic air mass boundary features during the International H 20 Project to study daytime thunderstorm initiation. My Ph.D. and postdoc work entailed a dissection of tornadic supercell dynamics using high-resolution dual-Doppler and storm-scale ensemble data assimilation of observations collected during the second Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment and other storm-chasing field efforts.
My current research utilizes mobile radar, radiosonde, profiler, and satellite observations, all combined with convective-scale data assimilation to understand the mesoscale environments of both daytime and nocturnal thunderstorm initiation and evolution. Since 2002, I have participated in eight field research experiments studying convection and other phenomena. Most recently, I was a PI during the RELAMPAGO project, with a focus on understanding the mesoscale processes controlling storm development in northern Argentina. In the field, I took occasional breaks from consuming Malbec and grilled meat to design instrument deployments to study convection initiation.
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Former WFO Goodland MIC
Lead Forecaster at Weather Prediction Center
Patrick is a Lead Forecaster at WPC, and has been a forecaster there since 2012. He is the Team Lead for Excessive Rainfall Outlooks and co-lead for Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts. In this role, he has experienced many of the nation’s noteworthy flash flood events in operations while working across the agency to improve collaboration and strengthen ties between the meteorology and hydrology sides of NWS. Patrick has a passion for deep convection, and spent the first ten years of his career in the Great Plains at WFOs in North Dakota, in Goodland, Kansas, and in his hometown of Norman, Oklahoma. While in Goodland, Patrick served as President of the High Plains Chapter of the AMS/NWA in 2004 and 2005.