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Email: tomjr@ucar.edu
Phone: 303-497-8210
Shipping Address: PO Box 3000, Boulder, CO, 80307

Professional Interests

Tom received his B.S. in atmospheric science in 2001, M.S. in basic classroom teaching (earth science) in 2003, M.S. in atmospheric science in 2007, and Ph.D. in atmospheric science in 2010, all from the University at Albany. His Ph.D. thesis advisor was Prof. Lance Bosart, and the thesis entitled "Tropical Cyclogenesis Associated with Extratropical Precursors in the North Atlantic Basin". In August 2010, Tom began his postdoctoral appointment with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder. His work focused on the dynamics and predictability of heavy rainfall events, and involved collaboration with scientists in the Physical Sciences Division at the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory. In June 2011, Tom joined NCAR as a Project Scientist I in the MMM division of NESL. His recent research efforts at NCAR have focused on dynamical aspects of high-impact weather events (such as Hurricane Sandy) and examining factors that influence the forecast of hurricane motion in numerical weather prediction models, such as the NCAR WRF-ARW and the operational NCEP HWRF, GFS, and GEFS. He is also interested in (i) the dynamics of mesoscale warm core seclusion, (ii) structure and variability of the subtropical jet and its impact on severe convection and heavy rainfall east of the Rockies, and (iii) sea breeze circulations and convection along the Gulf of Mexico coastline.

Recent Publications

To search my complete list of publications, please see The NESL Publications Search.

Papers in process

  • Galarneau, T. J., Jr., and T. M. Hamill, 2014: Diagnosis of track forecast errors for Hurricane Rita (2005) using GEFS reforecasts. Wea. Forecasting, in preparation.
  • Drews, C., and T. J. Galarneau, Jr., 2014: Directional analysis of the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy 2012, with Applications to Charleston, New Orleans, and the Philippines. PLoS ONE, submitted.
  • Weisman, M. L., R. J. Trapp, G. Romine, C. Davis, R. Torn, M. Baldwin, L. Bosart, J. Brown, M. Coniglio, D. Dowell, C. Evans, T. J. Galarneau, Jr., J. Haggerty, T. Hock, K. Manning, P. J. Roebber, P. Romashkin, R. Schumacher, C. S. Schwartz, R. Sobash, D. Stensrud, and S. B. Trier, 2014: The Mesoscale Predictability Experiment (MPEX). Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., submitted.
  • McTaggart-Cowan, R., E. L. Davies, J. G. Fairman, Jr., T. J. Galarneau, Jr., and D. M. Schultz, 2014: Revisiting the 26.5C sea surface temperature threshold for tropical cyclone development. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., in revision.

2014:

  • (22) Galarneau, T. J., Jr., R. McTaggart-Cowan, L. F. Bosart, and C. A. Davis, 2014: Development of North Atlantic tropical disturbances near upper-level potential vorticity streamers. J. Atmos. Sci., in press.

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Recent Presentations (2012-present)

  • 2014: Global Climatology of Vertical Wind Shear near Tropical Disturbances: The World Weather Open Science Conference, Montreal, Quebec, 18 August.
  • 2014: Diagnosing Forecast Errors in Tropical Cyclone Motion in HWRF: Invited seminar at the Developmental Testbed Center, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, 24 April.
  • 2014: Diagnosis of GFS Height, Wind, and TC Motion Errors during 2012 North Atlantic Hurricane Season: AMS 31st Conf. on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, San Diego, CA, 4 April.
  • 2014: Analysis of Hurricane Rita (2005) Track Forecasts using Ensemble Reforecast Data: AMS 31st Conf. on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, San Diego, CA, 4 April.
  • 2014: Intensification of Hurricane Sandy (2012) through Extratropical Warm Core Seclusion: Superstorm Sandy and the Built Environment: New Perspectives, Opportunities, and Tools, Atlanta, GA, 6 February.
  • 2014: Diagnosis of Track Forecast Errors for Hurricane Rita (2005) Using a High-Resolution Regional Reforecast Ensemble: AMS 26th Conf. on Weather Analysis and Forecasting, Atlanta, GA, 5 February.
  • 2014: Influence of a Predecessor Rain Event on the Track of Hurricane Isaac (2012): NCAR-NOAA-CSU Tropical Cyclone Workshop, Boulder, CO, 8 January.
  • 2013: Intensification of Hurricane Sandy (2012) through Extratropical Warm Core Seclusion: Invited seminar at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 6 December.
  • 2013: MPEX Analyses with Dropsondes: MPEX Workshop, Boulder, CO, 19 November.
  • 2013: Intensification of Hurricane Sandy (2012) through Extratropical Warm Core Seclusion: Seminar at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, 22 August.
  • 2013: Hurricane Sandy (2012): Vortex Intensification during Warm Core Seclusion: AMS 15th Conference on Mesoscale Processes, Portland, OR, 6 August.
  • 2013: Tropical Cyclone Track Forecast Characteristics in the NOAA/ESRL GEFS Reforecast Dataset: HFIP Awards First Year Review, HFIP Telecon Meeting, 10 July.
  • 2013: Late Season Tropical Cyclogenesis in the Western Caribbean Sea: The Development of Tropical Cyclone Ida (2009): AMS Special Symposium on Advancing Weather and Climate Forecasts: Innovative Techniques and Applications, Austin, TX, 9 January (poster).
  • 2013: NOAA's Second-Generation GFS Ensemble Reforecast Dataset: Description and Application to Tropical Cyclones: AMS Special Symposium on the Next Level of Predictions in Tropical Meteorology: Techniques, Usage, Support, and Impacts, Austin, TX, 8 January.
  • 2013: Interannual Variability of African Easterly Waves in the NCAR Nested Regional Climate Model: AMS 25th Conference on Climate Variability and Change, Austin, TX, 9 January.
  • 2012: Using the NCAR Nested Regional Climate Model the Examine North Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Variability: Invited seminar at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 15 November.
  • 2012: Interannual Variability of African Easterly Waves in NRCM: NCAR-NOAA-CSU Tropical Cyclone Workshop, Boulder, CO, 16 August.
  • 2012: Diagnosing Forecast Errors in Tropical Cyclone Motion: 13th WRF Users' Workshop, Boulder, CO, 28 June.
  • 2012: Factors Contributing to Extreme Rainfall over Northern Pakistan in 2010: Invited presentation at the ASP Summer Colloquium, The Weather-Climate Intersection: Advances and Challenges, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, 19 June.
  • 2012: Diagnosing Forecast Errors in Tropical Cyclone Motion: AMS 30th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, 16 April.
  • 2012: Climatology of Tropical Cyclogenesis Pathways in the NCAR Nested Regional Climate Model: AMS 30th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, 17 April (poster).

Conference Papers and Other Non-Refereed Publications


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