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Welcome

I am a graduate student in the department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.

I work with Dr. Lynn McMurdie and Dr. Angela Rowe as part of the mesoscale group. My research interests broadly encompass properties of precipitating clouds from a synoptic to a microphysics scale. Currently, I am working to better understand how ice-phase precipitation processes are modified within storm clouds as they encounter mountain ranges. I use field campaign data to assess how orographically modified ice-phase precipitation processes affect remote sensed estimates of rain and snow over complex terrain from satellite-based platforms.

Projects

Some of the projects I have associated with

OLYMPEX

Olympic Mountains Experiment. A field campaign in the Olympic Mountain range of Washington state during the 2015-16 winter that was designed to study maritime storms as they encounter a coastal mountain range. My interest in this project is in improving our understanding of how ice-phase precipitation growth evolves from the upstream ocean to over the windward slopes and how that may impact precipitation reaching the surface.

IMPACTS

Investigation of Microphysics and Precipitation for Atlantic Coast-Threatening Snowstorms. Aircraft-based field campaign focused on snowstorms over the eastern United States during the 2020, 2022, and 2023 winters. IMPACTS studies microphysical and dynamical processes that form banded snowfall, improving remote sensing of snowfall and the prediction of snow bands by numerical weather prediciton models.

Publications and Presentations

Some of my previous work

Orographically-modified ice-phase precipitation during OLYMPEX

Ground-based radar and in-situ aircraft measurements are used to describe a region of enhanced radar reflectivity above the melting layer, termed a "secondary reflectivity maximum". Submitted to Journal of Atmospheric Sciences

Evaluation of extremes in Alaska

A look at the synoptic scale patterns that are often associated with the extreme temperature and precipitation events at 5 locations in the state of Alaska. International Journal of Climatology

Climate model application

Some considerations in application of climate model output, particularly in high latitude regions. (In preparation for journal submission)

Curriculum Vitae

Contact Me

adelaf@uw.edu