UNC Asheville Meteorology

UNC Asheville Meteorology The atmospheric sciences program at UNC Asheville prepares students for careers in weather forecasting, climatology, and broadcast meteorology.
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Professor Hennon and a number of atmospheric science students traveled to Charlotte to meet and interact with hurricane ...
05/15/2019

Professor Hennon and a number of atmospheric science students traveled to Charlotte to meet and interact with hurricane hunter pilots, support personnel, National Weather Service forecasters, and hundreds of school kids and their parents

UNC Asheville Meteorology's cover photo
05/13/2019

UNC Asheville Meteorology's cover photo

This year we send off six new graduates into the real world.  They're a close knit group and are sure to do great things...
05/13/2019

This year we send off six new graduates into the real world. They're a close knit group and are sure to do great things!

Our end of year party where we recognize graduating seniors and their achievements.
05/06/2019

Our end of year party where we recognize graduating seniors and their achievements.

Two ATMS students presented their research at the UNC Asheville Undergraduate Research Symposium this week.  Senior Alex...
04/24/2019

Two ATMS students presented their research at the UNC Asheville Undergraduate Research Symposium this week. Senior Alex Flynt verified Storm Prediction Center 1-day convective outlooks. His talk was followed by Junior Ryan Jenkins, who presented his investigation on why the forecasts for Hurricane Michael (2018) were so poor. Congratulations to both!

This week the Atmospheric Dynamics class learned about the Omega Equation, one of more useful relationships for determin...
04/17/2019

This week the Atmospheric Dynamics class learned about the Omega Equation, one of more useful relationships for determining vertical motion in the atmosphere. There's a lot of Greek in there!

If you didn't feel quite fulfilled with the vorticity equation, how about a little quasi-geostrophic vorticity?
04/11/2019

If you didn't feel quite fulfilled with the vorticity equation, how about a little quasi-geostrophic vorticity?

Last week, nearly 3 dozen alumni joined with current students to celebrate 40 years of atmospheric sciences at UNC Ashev...
04/03/2019

Last week, nearly 3 dozen alumni joined with current students to celebrate 40 years of atmospheric sciences at UNC Asheville. It was amazing to hear about all of the success stories and to learn about the excellent work and research that our alumni are engaged in.

It's vorticity equation day in dynamics!  Looking forward to a week of recuperation next week.
03/07/2019

It's vorticity equation day in dynamics! Looking forward to a week of recuperation next week.

All alumni are invited to register for the ATMS Alumni conference, taking place March 29-30 on campus.https://unca-atms-...
01/15/2019
Atmospheric Sciences Alumni Conference- Celebrating 40 years of ATMS

All alumni are invited to register for the ATMS Alumni conference, taking place March 29-30 on campus.

https://unca-atms-40.eventbrite.com/

The Department of Atmospheric Sciences at UNC Asheville is excited to invite all of its alumni and their families back to campus to celebrate our 40th anniversary as a program. This two-day event will feature informative presentations by current faculty and students, research and career talks from a...

The Department of Atmospheric Sciences at UNC Asheville was founded by climatologists almost 40 years ago.  Our students...
12/27/2018
How Asheville, North Carolina Became 'Climate City'

The Department of Atmospheric Sciences at UNC Asheville was founded by climatologists almost 40 years ago. Our students today take advantage of many of the opportunities that the Asheville climate community offers.

Asheville, North Carolina, known for its vibrant culture, has also become an important hub of climate expertise.

12/26/2018
Newswatch 12 Today

Happy Holidays! If you get a chance, check out recent graduate Tyler Moore's broadcast debut this week!

Meet the newest member of our Newswatch 12 Today morning crew, Tyler Moore!!!

12/07/2018
Professor Doug Miller will provide a winter storm briefing live this Friday at 1 pm EST right here.  Will this be the "o...
12/06/2018

Professor Doug Miller will provide a winter storm briefing live this Friday at 1 pm EST right here. Will this be the "once in a generation" winter storm that some forecasters are predicting, or should "cooler" heads prevail?

Busy days as we move toward the end of the Fall semester.  Junior Tori Gibson staffs the department table at "Discovery ...
11/12/2018

Busy days as we move toward the end of the Fall semester. Junior Tori Gibson staffs the department table at "Discovery Day" this past Saturday as potential students visit from around the southeast United States. And students in the meteorological instruments class were focused today as they calibrated several tipping bucket rain gauges.

10/12/2018
1 minute GOES East IR imagery following Hurricane Michael

Quite an amazing satellite animation of Hurricane Michael. It is clearly evident from the loop that Michael was at its peak intensity right at landfall.

1 minute GOES East ABI channel 13 (IR) imagery centered on Hurricane Michael from 00 UTC Oct 8 - 18 UTC Oct 11, 2018. 30 second imagery from 06 UTC 10 though...

ATMS student Justin Condry and Professor Hennon were featured on the local ABC affiliate discussing the landfall of Hurr...
10/11/2018
UNCA meteorology students watch Hurricane Michael make landfall during class

ATMS student Justin Condry and Professor Hennon were featured on the local ABC affiliate discussing the landfall of Hurricane Michael. Justin, a member of the Tropical Meteorology class, briefed the department as the storm came ashore.

As Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday, it made for a unique teaching moment for UNC Asheville meteorology students. News 13 sat in their class Wednesday afternoon as they tracked the storm. The class solely focuses on hurricanes and is only offered every other year during the fall semester. S...

09/14/2018

Hurricane Florence briefing (Friday, Sept. 14, 2018)

09/13/2018

Hurricane Florence briefing (Thursday, Sept. 13, 12:30 pm EDT)

09/12/2018

Hurricane Florence briefing (Wednesday, Sept. 12, 12:30 pm EDT)

09/11/2018

Hurricane Florence briefing (Tuesday, Sept. 11)

Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 11:30 am EDT as Dr. Hennon provides a Hurricane Florence briefing on Facebook Live.
09/10/2018

Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 11:30 am EDT as Dr. Hennon provides a Hurricane Florence briefing on Facebook Live.

Inside UNC Asheville: Following the Tornado’s Path with Atmospheric Sciences | News Center
07/04/2018
Inside UNC Asheville: Following the Tornado’s Path with Atmospheric Sciences | News Center

Inside UNC Asheville: Following the Tornado’s Path with Atmospheric Sciences | News Center

Tuesday, Jul 3rd, 2018 slider image option one : Body: “I am a total weather nerd,” said recent atmospheric sciences graduate Chase Graham. As a kid watching the Weather Channel, Graham said he was always fascinated by what he saw. “I always thought one day, I want to be out there chasing th...

Congratulations to students Katy Hudson, Conor Mulderrig, Forest Beaudet, and Sam O'Donnell for presenting their researc...
04/24/2018

Congratulations to students Katy Hudson, Conor Mulderrig, Forest Beaudet, and Sam O'Donnell for presenting their research at the UNC Asheville Undergraduate Research Symposium. All four did a fantastic job!

Congratulations to senior climatology student Conor Mulderrig, who recently earned a 10-week paid internship at The Coll...
04/13/2018
Climate Leaders | UNC Asheville

Congratulations to senior climatology student Conor Mulderrig, who recently earned a 10-week paid internship at The Collider for winning a climate business and policy pitch competition. His research focuses on the effect of climate change on annual rainfall and changes in its inter-annual variability in India as a way to combat increases in farmer suicide. https://www.unca.edu/climate-leaders

UNC Asheville swept the competition at the Summit for Emerging Climate Leaders at the 2018 ClimateCon, held in March at The Collider in Asheville, a nonprofit innovation center focused on the environmental and climate sciences industry. From among numerous undergraduate students and young profession...

Meteorological observations from UNC Asheville are about to get real - our new tower has been installed at Lookout Obser...
04/04/2018

Meteorological observations from UNC Asheville are about to get real - our new tower has been installed at Lookout Observatory and instruments will be put on there soon. Thanks to Dr. Godfrey for his hard work to get this done!

Busy week for weather and climate in Asheville.  Several of our students are attending the National Weather Service (NWS...
03/20/2018

Busy week for weather and climate in Asheville. Several of our students are attending the National Weather Service (NWS) Integrated Warning Team workshop hosted by UNC Asheville today. Downtown this week is ClimateCon, a conference which explores innovative climate solutions and business opportunities. Pictured is Tony Sturey, Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) for the Greenville-Spartanburg NWS office. Tony provided an overview of the NWS "Weather Ready Nation" initiative this morning. #gspiwt #ClimateCityAVL

02/19/2018

Congratulations are in order for Alex Flynt, who finished 1st in the nation for all juniors and seniors in the WxChallenge for Madison, WI. Alex also finished 3rd overall out of over 1,100 forecasters.

Alumnus Dr. Chris Zarzar ('11) was recently featured in the AB Tech Community College Education Journal for his drone, G...
01/09/2018

Alumnus Dr. Chris Zarzar ('11) was recently featured in the AB Tech Community College Education Journal for his drone, GIS, and Weather Forecasting courses. Dr. Zarzar is a licensed commercial drone pilot. He's used a drone in several research studies, including his graduate work. His fiance (Caitlyn Kawell) will be teaching our broadcast meteorology class this spring.

https://www.abtech.edu/sites/default/files/Library/Communications/lrEdJournal_Fall2017FINAL.pdf

Congratulations to senior Shelby Ingram, who was selected as a research intern for the NASA DEVELOP program!  Shelby wil...
01/04/2018
DEVELOP

Congratulations to senior Shelby Ingram, who was selected as a research intern for the NASA DEVELOP program! Shelby will be completing her internship this spring, then on to graduation. DEVELOP is a NASA Applied Sciences Program that conducts research projects applying NASA Earth observations to environmental and policy issues around the globe. #NASADEVELOP

Cultivating teamwork, multi-disciplinary solutions, and open communication to bridge the gap between science and society.

What a great surprise to see Joel Siegel ('08) back home in ATMS today.  He was wearing the wrong shirt, but we'll give ...
09/28/2017

What a great surprise to see Joel Siegel ('08) back home in ATMS today. He was wearing the wrong shirt, but we'll give him a pass.

Congratulations Kara!
09/17/2017

Congratulations Kara!

Meet Kara Thompson, the newest member of the KLST weather team! Tune in at 10 for Kara's debut!

Senior Chase Graham presented his NOAA Hollings Scholar summer internship work today at the National Centers for Environ...
07/28/2017

Senior Chase Graham presented his NOAA Hollings Scholar summer internship work today at the National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville. Before the summer is out Chase will travel to Silver Spring, MD to present his work with dozens of other Hollings scholars from around the nation. Great job!

Welcome home Severe Weather Field Experience students!
05/26/2017

Welcome home Severe Weather Field Experience students!

We had a big day of visitors in the Office, yesterday. We had a group of meteorology students from the University of North Carolina - Asheville in the morning. They toured our office and a few even issued their own warnings on our training simulator. Then, in the afternoon we hosted a delegation of meteorologists from the Chinese Meteorological Administration. We explained our severe weather operations and answered a lot of questions about how we go through the process of issuing warnings.

10 students, led by Drs. Chris and Elaine Godfrey, are heading west for the 2017 Severe Weather Field Experience.  In be...
05/15/2017
Christopher M. Godfrey — Severe Weather Field Experience (ATMS 373)

10 students, led by Drs. Chris and Elaine Godfrey, are heading west for the 2017 Severe Weather Field Experience. In between chasing storms, students will visit the National Weather Center, Storm Prediction Center, and the National Severe Storms Laboratory. Follow their progress from our website!

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Students on the 2013 Severe Weather Field Experience intercepted several tornadoes during their trip to the central plai...
05/15/2017

Students on the 2013 Severe Weather Field Experience intercepted several tornadoes during their trip to the central plains

Students witnessed a fantastic lightning show on their 2013 Severe Weather Field Experience
05/15/2017

Students witnessed a fantastic lightning show on their 2013 Severe Weather Field Experience

Congratulations to these special ATMS graduates!  It's a little sad to see them go but we're proud of what they accompli...
05/15/2017

Congratulations to these special ATMS graduates! It's a little sad to see them go but we're proud of what they accomplished and looking forward to all of the great things they will do. Best of luck!

The forecasting class was not too impressed with the potential of the coming snow "storm".  It's certainly a difficult f...
03/10/2017

The forecasting class was not too impressed with the potential of the coming snow "storm". It's certainly a difficult forecast.

Dr. Godfrey and students are featured in this story, which highlights their work with the VORTEX-SE tornado experiment. ...
02/24/2017
Tornado Detectives

Dr. Godfrey and students are featured in this story, which highlights their work with the VORTEX-SE tornado experiment. Definitely worth a visit to get a glimpse at some of the great work they do.

Tornadoes aren’t common here western North Carolina, but they are in the southeast and when they strike, they tend to be deadlier and more destructive than

01/06/2017
SEMPE 1617

How do you know that snow is on the way? No, not an appearance by Jim Cantore. Professor Miller and his SEMPE student team will be out launching balloons!

Purpose of the weather balloon launches…

Why should California have all the ‘fun’ during this pseudo-moderate El Niño winter pattern? A surface low pressure system will track along a baroclinic zone located in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The system will bring abundant moisture into the southeastern U.S., already entrenched in relatively cold air. Of interest will be to examine the strength of water vapor transport into western NC, linked to the Gulf low intensity and track. Computer weather models have varied in both characteristics, so an opportunity exists for capturing a unique weather event.

Check out their data beginning a bit after 1500 UTC Friday at:
http://www.atms.unca.edu/sempe/rt_sempe1617.html

UNC Asheville atmospheric science students visited the Miami National Weather Service in fall 2016 as part of the Miami ...
10/13/2016

UNC Asheville atmospheric science students visited the Miami National Weather Service in fall 2016 as part of the Miami Field Experience trip.

Students and Professor Hennon visited the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida as part of the 2016 Miami Field Ex...
10/13/2016

Students and Professor Hennon visited the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida as part of the 2016 Miami Field Experience

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