H a r o l d B r o o k s
When I finished at Illinois, I got a National Research Council post-doctoral appointment at NSSL and continued working on modeling of supercell thunderstorms. I started doing more and more with operational forecasting problems and in 1992, I became a full-time employee of NSSL.
Since then, Ive worked on a number of problems, including observations of the environments of supercells, the distribution of heavy rain in the United States, forecast evaluation, how we use numerical models in weather forecasting, and Ive been a part of forecast support for field experiments. Im interested in a wide range of problems, so Im never sure what Ill be doing next. Besides my research, Ive been involved in training forecasters and severe weather spotters and I spend quite a bit of time doing public presentations about severe weather, both to the general public and via the media.
I play golf occasionally, basketball (horribly), and Ive played softball for the last 23 years on a variety of teams. I really enjoy reading history. Some of my favorite books Ive read recently are Barbara Tuchmans "A Distant Mirror," Shelby Footes Civil War trilogy, Antonia Frasers "Faith and Treason," and John Barrys "Rising Tide." I love touring battlefields, particularly from the US Civil War.
Ed. Note: Harold appears in LIVE FROM THE STORM program 2 to describe the destruction caused by the May 3, 1999 Oklahoman City tornadoes. He'll also be answering questions on-air and online as part of RESEARCHER Q&A.