Who are we?

We are a small team consisting of two University of Oklahoma undergraduate students, a University of Oklahoma graduate student, and are supervised by a research meteorologist, Michael Douglas, who works for the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). We are based in Norman, Oklahoma, in the south-central Great Plains of the United States of America. All of us are working on some aspect of tropical and mesoscale meteorology/climatology. Our activities have concentrated on the tropical Americas where we have participated in numerous field campaigns and related research such as the South American Low Level Jet Experiment (SALLJEX), the North American Monsoon Experiment (NAME) and the Pan American Climate Studies Sounding Network (PACS-SONET). Most of the group's activities have been associated with developing and maintaining the PACS-SONET from early 1997 through 2006. The goal of this project was initially to determine the atmospheric circulations associated with wet and dry spells in Central America during the rainy season. As the project grew, the objectives were extended to motivate countries with small budgets for meteorological observations to carry out routine upper-air measurements using the relatively inexpensive technology of pilot balloons. The PACS-SONET has involved 13 countries in the Americas and has installed and operated a total of 66 pilot balloon stations (not all at once!), without counting special sites established for short field experiments carried out in Panama, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia. We have also participated on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Activities (NAMMA), which is somewhat different from our previous activities, and applies a blend of simple and high technology approaches to address problems in tropical meteorology.

Our team consists of:

Michael Douglas
Ph.D. in Meteorology and NOAA research Meteorologist at NSSL
Mike carries out research in a variety of areas of mesoscale and tropical meteorology. His graduate work involved analysis of GATE and MONEX field experiment data, but then proceeded into high latitude winter storm studies with research aircraft. In 1990 he returned to tropical research topics.

Abdul Dominguez
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Abdul is from Chihuahua, Mexico and is currently working on his B.S. in Meteorology. He joined the team during the summer of 2008 after transferring from the University of Texas at El Paso. He has been working with MODIS cloud climatology and participated in the 2nd International Summer School in Kumasi, Ghana during the summer of 2010. In the past Abdul worked with the Mexican Weather Service as an observer and as a forecaster for different media outlets in Mexico. His interests include agro meteorology, forecasting and instrumentation.

Matthew Jay
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Matt is originally from Moore, Oklahoma and joined the team in 2010. He is pursuing a B.S. in Meteorology and a Masters after that. Matt has an avid interest in mesoscale processes in the atmosphere and severe weather phenomena, including tornadoes and hurricanes. Matt assists with the web development and data processing as well as other research-related tasks.

Former Team members

John Freddy Mejía
M.Sc. in Water Resources Management and Graduate Research Assistant
John is from Medellin, Colombia. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a M.S. in Water Resources Management. John is pursuing a PhD in Meteorology at OU. He, as the rest, has participated in all of the research and field experiment projects. His research interests goes from atmospheric mesoscale processes to tropical meteorology. His primary research interest in the mesoscale processes of the North American Monsoon System. The last four years have been dedicated to active participation on field experiments, research development and helping with project proposals. He has very good programming skills and deals mainly with data analysis and modeling of mesoscale weather systems.

Javier Murillo
B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Research Assistant at CIMMS
Javier, originally from Mexico, had been working with us since late 1999. He worked for many years in the Mexican Weather Service. Javier had been overseeing the daily logistics, communications and overall coordination of the PACS-SONET activities.

Yusif Nava
B.Sc. in Meteorology and Graduate Research Assistant
Yusif is from Xalapa, Mexico and he was working on his Masters in Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma since August 2005. He started working with us during the NAME experiment, was involved on all of the projects, in particular NAME until 2006.

José Manuel Gálvez
M.Sc. in Meteorology and Graduate Research Assistant
Jose's from Lima, Peru. He's working on his PhD in Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. His interest concentrates on tropical weather and climate, especially on understanding rainfall processes over mountainous areas of the tropical Americas. Jose's master research focused on exploring the effects of Lake Titicaca and Salar de Uyuni on the Altiplano rainfall using observations and the WRF Model. He has also participated in all of the group's projects (NAMMA, PACS-SONET, NAME and SALLJEX) and his work included data processing, programming, mesoscale modeling, webpage and educational material design, observer training and field experiment logistics and operations.

Raquel Orozco
B.Sc. in Meteorology and Graduate Research Assistant
Raquel is from Lima, Peru. She has a bachelors degree in Meteorology from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina and she's pursuing a Masters in Geography at the University of Oklahoma. She is involved in all the projects as well. Her work initially concentrated on the SALLJEX project, in particular organizing, carrying on and analyzing the altiplano studies, and then expanded into the PACS-SONET, NAME and NAMMA projects. Raquel has very good organizational and artistic skills. She has worked on and off with us since 2002 and started her studies in August 2004. Her work includes data processing, programming, webpage, observer training and field experiment logistics and operations.

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