Classical synoptic meteorology involves the analysis of weather systems such as cyclones and anticyclones, waves and vortices on the jet stream, and tropical weather systems. We conduct research in these traditional areas, but are also active in defining new branches of synoptic meteorology that relate to predictability. There has been very little work on the "synoptic meteorology" of analysis and forecast errors; most of what is known relates to very large-scale, integrated metrics. In terms of documenting and understanding these errors, we at at the equivalent of the late 19th to early 20th century for the extratropical cyclone.

Recent Papers:

Patoux, J., G. J. Hakim, and R. A. Brown, 2005: Diagnosis of frontal instabilities over the Southern Ocean. Mon. Wea. Rev. 133,  863--875. (pdf)

Hakim, G. J., and A. Canavan, 2005: Observed cyclone--anticyclone tropopause vortex asymmetries. J. Atmos. Sci. 62,  231--240. (pdf)

Hakim, G. J., 2003: Developing wave packets in the North Pacific storm track. Mon. Wea. Rev. 131,  2824--2837.  (pdf)

Hakim, G. J., 2003: Cyclogenesis. Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences, J. Holton, J. Curry, and J. Pyle, Eds., Academic Press, 589--594.