Meteorology Research

The Meteorology Program at SUNY Oswego is involved in several research projects. The following are current and past grants:

National Science Foundation Grant (current):

"Collaborative Research: The Kinematics, Microphysics, and Dynamics of Long-fetch Lake-effect Systems in the Ontario Winter Lake-effect Systems (OWLeS) Project"

A major project ($4 million in total; Oswego portion $320,000) involving 11 institutions from across the country along with the University of Wyoming King Air aircraft, 3 Center for Severe Weather Research Doppler on Wheels radars, five rawinsonde (weather balloon) systems, and many more facilities.  Twenty SUNY Oswego students were hired for the field project and four will be hired for data analysis projects over 3 summers.  See for more information.  

National Science Foundation Grant (recent - within last 5 years):

 "Collaborative Research: Dual-polarimetric Doppler-on-Wheels Observations of Long Lake-Axis-Parallel Lake-effect Storms over Lakes Erie and Ontario"

Ten undergraduate meteorology majors observed intense lake-effect snow storms during the 2010-11 winter season with a Doppler-on-Wheels (DOW), a heavily instrumented truck, tornado pods, rawinsonde system, and other equipment.  We observed never-before seen detail of these storms, including many circulations.  The findings from this grant will fuel our next proposal to involve two DOWs and aircraft to study these storms in the next several years.

Overview Presentation

National Science Foundation Grant (recent):

 "Upper-Air and Surface Observing Systems for Weather Research and Instruction at SUNY Oswego"

The meteorology faculty was awarded a grant to modernize our surface meteorological stations and to obtain new mobile rawinsonde and tethersonde tracking systems.

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training Grant (past):

 "Improving the Understanding and Prediction of Lake-Effect Snowstorms in the Eastern Great Lakes Region"

Students analyzed radar and model data to improve lake-effect snow forecasting using the WRF modeling system. We also studied the inland extent of snowfall and the diurnal variability of these storms.

National Science Foundation Grant (past):

 "Research Experiences in Meteorology - Science, Mathematics, and Technology (REM-SMT)"

This grant involved training teachers to do meteorological research in their high schools.

MM5 Output

National Science Foundation Grant (past):

 "Study of the Structure and Dynamics of Great Lakes Winter Storms"

This grant involved modeling lake-effect snow storm events using the PSU/NCAR Mesoscale Model MM5. We adjusted the physics to get the best simulations.

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training Grant (past):

 "Improving Operational Forecasting of Lake Effect Snowstorms in the Eastern Great Lakes"

This grant was run in cooperation with the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast offices in Buffalo and Binghamton. We ran MM5 twice a day over the eastern Great Lakes and sent the output to NWS to help them in forecasting lake-effect snow.

The Environmental Protection Agency through Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (current):

 "Operate the Bennett Bridge, NY National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) Monitoring Site"

In this grant we collect rain samples weekly and dry deposition samples every eight weeks, perform preliminary chemical analysis on the rain samples and send all the samples to a central lab where they do further analysis.

For more information on NADP see: NADP Home Page

The Federal Aviation Administration through Rutgers University (past):

 "Determine the effect of Anti-Icing Fluids under Different Weather Conditions"

Different aircraft anti-icing fluids were tested on the roof of Piez hall under different snow, temperature and wind conditions to simulate their effect on aircraft.

Our undergraduate students have been hired to work on all of these projects.


Peer-reviewed Publications & Conference Presentations with students