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Personal profile

Dr. Jeff Frame came to Illinois in 2010 and has held a life-long interest in the weather, particularly severe convective storms and winter weather. Originally from Royal Oak, MI, Jeff graduated with a BS in Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences from the University of Michigan in 2001, then moved to Penn State University for graduate school. At Penn State, Jeff worked with Dr. Paul Markowski and earned his M.S. in 2003 and Ph.D. in 2008. For his M.S. thesis, he examined simulated squall lines traversing mountain ridges and his Ph.D. dissertation investigated the affects of anvil shadowing on simulated supercell thunderstorms. In 2009, Jeff served as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.

Jeff is excited to share his passion for an knowledge of the weather with his students in the Atmospheric Sciences Department at the University of Illinois. He regularly teaches ATMS-100: An Introduction to Meteorology, ATMS-303: Synoptic-Dynamic Weather Analysis, ATMS-313: Synoptic Weather Forecasting, ATMS-314: Mesoscale Dynamics, ATMS-324: Field Studies of Convection, ATMS-491: Atmospheric Convection, ATMS-491: Advanced Forecasting, and ATMS-505: Weather Systems. He also advises numerous undergraduate students on capstone research projects.

Jeff is fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in several field projects. He studied thunderstorm formation during the International H2O Project (IHOP) in 2002, and chased tornadoes with the Doppler on Wheels radars during the Radar Observations of Tornadoes and Thunderstorms Experiment (ROTATE) in 2004 and 2005. Jeff was back with the DOWs as a part of VORTEX2 in 2009 and 2010, and returns to the Plains every spring to witness nature's majesty first hand. In 2010-2011, Jeff was a principle investigator on the Long-Lake-Axis Parallel (LLAP) lake-effect snow study and returned to Upstate New York in 2013-2014 as a principle investigator on the Ontario Winter Lake-effect Systems (OWLeS) project. His current research interests include observational and modeling studies of severe convective storms, as well as mobile radar studies of lake-effect snow. When he is not working or looking at the weather, Jeff enjoys traveling, photography, visiting friends and family, and is an avid sports fan, especially of college football.


  • ATMS-100: An Introduction to Meteorology
  • ATMS-303: Synoptic-Dynamic Weather Analysis
  • ATMS-313: Synoptic Weather Forecasting
  • ATMS-314: Mesoscale Dynamics
  • ATMS-324: Field Studies of Convection
  • ATMS-491: Atmospheric Convection
  • ATMS-491: Advanced Forecasting
  • ATMS-505: Weather Systems


  • Ph.D. Meteorology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2008
  • M.S. Meteorology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2003
  • B.S. Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences, University of Michigan, 2001

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Urbana, IL, 61801

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