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Precipitation is a necessary component of life on Earth and is a key component of the Earth’s water and energy cycles.  Precipitation, and its extremes, including droughts and floods, have wide-ranging impacts on the environment and society.  Precipitation arises from a plethora of types of weather systems that occur within the background of Earth’s climate, yet the millions of individual hydrometeors that form even in an individual thunderstorm arise from microphysical processes occurring on molecular to micrometer-scales.  Processes work together across this tremendous range of scales, with the stage set by globally-varying atmospheric dynamics, to provide the energy that powers severe storms, devastating floods, tropical cyclones, and gives rise to two-thirds of the energy that drives the Earth’s winds.  This incredibly complex system provides the motivation for my observationally and model-based research investigating how precipitation processes operate in and impact the Earth System. The goals of this work include improving predictions of precipitation and its many impacts, including understanding the potential impacts of climate variability and change on precipitation processes and our life-giving water resources. 


My research group's primary research interests include:

(1) improving measurements of clouds and precipitation,

(2) using satellite, ground-based, and aircraft-based observations and models to study the physical and dynamic processes in clouds and precipitation in weather systems, including in high-impact weather, 

(3) understanding the complex connections between clouds, precipitation, and climate, and

(4) improving global societal resilience to extreme weather and hydrometeorological hazards.   

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Education/Academic qualification

Meteorology, PhD, University of Utah

Meteorology, MS, Texas A and M University

Meteorology, BS, State University of New York College at Oswego

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Research Output 2000 2019

A novel approach for characterizing the variability in mass-dimension relationships: Results from MC3E

Finlon, J. A., McFarquhar, G. M., Nesbitt, S., Rauber, R. M., Morrison, H., Wu, W. & Zhang, P., Mar 21 2019, In : Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 19, 6, p. 3621-3643 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
water content
remote sensing

Improved parameterization of ice particle size distributions using uncorrelated mass spectrum parameters: Results from GCPEx

Borque, P., Harnos, K. J., Nesbitt, S. W. & McFarquhar, G. M., Aug 2019, In : Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. 58, 8, p. 1657-1676 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

particle size
water content

Técnicas de clasificación supervisada para la discriminación entre ecos meteorológicos y no meteorológicos usando informacion de un radar de banda C

Translated title of the contribution: Supervised classification techniques for discrimination between meteorological and non-meteorological echoes using a C-band radarSuarez, S. R., Sued, M., Vidal, L., Salio, P., Rodriguez, D., Nesbitt, S. & Skabar, Y. G., Jan 1 2019, In : Meteorologica. 44, 1, p. 45-65 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

image classification

The Microphysics of Stratiform Precipitation During OLYMPEX: Compatibility Between Triple-Frequency Radar and Airborne In Situ Observations

Tridon, F., Battaglia, A., Chase, R. J., Turk, F. J., Leinonen, J., Kneifel, S., Mroz, K., Finlon, J., Bansemer, A., Tanelli, S., Heymsfield, A. J. & Nesbitt, S., Jan 1 2019, In : Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. 124, 15, p. 8764-8792 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Convective storm life cycle and environments near the Sierras de Córdoba, Argentina

Mulholland, J. P., Nesbitt, S., Trapp, R., Rasmussen, K. L. & Salio, P. V., Aug 1 2018, In : Monthly Weather Review. 146, 8, p. 2541-2557 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

life cycle
convective system
wind shear