Atlantic tropical cyclones often form from easterly waves generated over Africa. Although these waves are not completely understood, we know a lot about how they form. In short, they exist during Northern Hemisphere (i.e. boreal) summer because of the temperature difference between the hot, dry Saharan desert and the relatively cool and wet surface near the equator. The large deserts of western Australia should provide similar conditions during the Southern Hemisphere (i.e. austral) summer, but I never hear anyone talking about “Australian easterly waves”. I decided to look into this the other day and share what I found. Continue reading
I am what you might call a “round-earth”-er, and I was surprised to see this recent resurgence of people claiming that the earth is flat. I started reading more about this and inevitably ended up on the site of the Flat Earth Society (as well as aplanetruth.info). As a disclaimer, I still think the earth is round, but I do find the skeptical nature of flat-earthers interesting.
I came up short on a few of my resolutions for 2015. I wanted to submit 2 journal articles, but I only submitted 1. I actually submitted another one at the start of 2016, so I almost made it! I also haven’t fixed my password problem… but I’m still working on it. On the other hand I’ve been pretty good about putting content up on this website, which I feel great about. I’ve been getting good feedback and some people have contacted saying that my CESM debugging notes have been helpful. Continue reading
The subject of available potential energy (APE) in atmospheric science is a bit abstract, but it’s very interesting once you get past some of the subtle complexities. Any dynamics textbook should have a better explanation than I can give, but in short APE is the amount of total potential energy that can be converted into kinetic energy. Continue reading
This probably one of the driest topics I could write about, but I’ve changed my system a lot over the last year and it has had some notable advantages. I wish someone had told me how cluttered my files were going to get when I started in science! So hopefully this post will get other people thinking more “long term” about their file organization. Continue reading
I’ve been a Microsoft Word user for a long time, and overall it’s a really great piece of software in many respects. However, there are a few small issues that are starting to bug me more and more as time goes on. Continue reading
Last week I posted this reading list from a professor on my PhD committee. This week I learned that the atmospheric science department at CSU is offering an experimental course just for reviewing seminal papers! The class is being taught by Dr. Thomas Birner (thanks Thomas!). I wish I could have taken a class like this when I was at CSU. The reading list for the class is pretty thorough and organized, so I thought I’d post it in case anyone wants some more direction with what papers they should be reading. I made an attempt to collect PDF files of the original articles, but I couldn’t find all of them. Luckily I found most of them on a great page maintained by Dr. Geoff Vallis (thanks Geoff!). If anyone has any of the ones I’m missing, I’d appreciate getting a copy. Continue reading
When I was a first-year graduate student at Colorado State, my dad advised me to get an early start on the seminal literature of the field, but I wasn’t sure where to start. I tried searching online for an atmospheric science “reading list”, but I couldn’t really find anything relevant. So I ended up asking one of my professors, Dave Randall, if he had a list of important papers that he felt every student should read. It took him a day or so for him to sort out what he thought were the “top” papers over the last 50 years, but he got back to me with this list: Continue reading