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What got me hooked into meteorology was that once
in awhile, I would go windsurfing with Mr. Parrish across the street
after finishing work. (The NOAA/AOML Hurricane Research Division is
located on an island east of downtown Miami.) I thought, wow, work for
a few hours and then go windsurfing, being a weatherman is for me! Eighteen
years later, here I am working at the same place that I got my start
at in high school. While it has turned out to be a bit more work than
my experience back in 1982-83, it still is hard to believe that I actually
get paid a good salary to do all of the fun hurricane flying and research.
became interested in and learned to respect hurricanes by growing up
in South Florida. After college, I moved back to Miami in 1995 with
my wife, Donna Bahr-Landsea, to try and understand more about these
storms. During the off-season, I enjoy South Florida's outdoor lifestyle
by playing water polo and beach volleyball.
of Trustees, Biscayne Nature Center, 1998-Present.
of the American Meteorological Society, 1985-Present.
of the American Geophysical Union, 1992-Present.
UCLA Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon, 1986-1987.
goalie on UCLA Varsity Water Polo team, 1983-1987.
as alternate team member of US Olympic Festival, 1985, 1986, 1987.
Scout Award earned in 1982 from the Boy Scouts of America.
1994 Doctoral Degree in Atmospheric Science Colorado State University,
Advisor, Prof. William M. Gray. Dissertation: "Climatic Variability
of Intense Tropical Cyclones"
1987 Bachelor's Degree in Atmospheric Sciences University of California,
research into the seasonal and climatic relationships of Atlantic
tropical cyclones, African Sahel rainfall and the El Nino-Southern
Oscillation. I am lead author on eight of the 21 refereed articles
that my colleagues and I have published.
seven months as a Visiting Scientist at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology
Research Centre in Melbourne and Macquarie University in Sydney. I
investigated the association of the Australian monsoon with the tropical
cyclones of the region.
in the Tropical Cyclone Motion-1990 (TCM-90) experiment in the Northwest
Pacific. Responsibilities included launching rawindsondes in Saipan
and monitoring ship observations while in Guam.
with Profs. William M. Gray, Paul W. Mielke, Jr. and Kenneth J. Berry,
seasonal hurricane and Sahel rainfall forecasts and their verifications.
flown into over a dozen hurricanes including Hurricanes Gilbert (1988)
and Opal (1995) aboard the NOAA P-3 aircraft and into Supertyphoon
Flo (1990) aboard the NASA DC-8 jet.
AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS
of the American Meteorological Society's Banner I. Miller Award along
with William M. Gray, Paul W. Mielke, Jr., and Kenneth J. Berry for
our paper "Predicting Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Activity 6-11 Months
in Advance" at the May 1993 meeting of the 20th Conference on Hurricanes
and Tropical Meteorology. The award was given for the "best contribution
to the science of hurricane and tropical weather forecasting published
during the years 1990 - 1992."
of NASA Graduate Student Fellowship in Global Change Research, 1991
to 1994 to support doctoral research while at Colorado State University.
of the American Meteorological Society's Max A. Eaton Prize for the
Best Student Paper given at the 19th Conference on Hurricanes and
Tropical Meteorology in May 1991.