15th Annual Northern Plains Convective Workshop » Keynote Speakers

15th Annual Northern Plains Convective Workshop

3M Auditorium ° University of St. Thomas ° St. Paul, Minnesota

March 22-23, 2011

Guest Speakers

David Dowell, Ph.D.

David Dowell is a meteorologist in the Assimilation and Modeling Branch at NOAA/ESRL/GSD in Boulder, Colorado. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma and worked previously at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. His research interests include data assimilation, numerical weather prediction, radar-data analysis, severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes. His primary project is convective-scale Warn on Forecast, a program to develop probabilistic numerical weather prediction models to improve warnings about convective-scale hazards. During May and June of 2009 and 2010, David served as co-Field Coordinator of the Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment 2 (VORTEX2), a multi-agency program to study tornadogenesis, near-ground winds in tornadoes, relationships between tornadic storms and their environments, and numerical prediction of supercells and tornadoes.


Catherine A. Finley, Ph.D.

Dr. Finley is currently a Sr. Atmospheric Scientist at WindLogics with expertise in wind energy forecasting, numerical modeling and severe convective storms. She received a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from Colorado State University where she modeled flow over complex terrain, supercell thunderstorms and tornadoes. Prior to joining WindLogics, Dr. Finley was a tenured Associate Professor of Meteorology at the University of Northern Colorado. She was the co-director of project ANSWERS (Analysis of the Near-Surface Wind and Environment Along the Rear Flank of Supercells) and is currently the co-director of project TWISTEX (Tactical Weather Instrumented Sampling in/near Tornadoes EXperiment), both field project designed to collect high spatial and temporal resolution surface data in and along the rear flank downdraft/downdraft boundary in supercells.


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