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Brian Jewett

Research Scientist

Research Interests

My research interests include weather analysis and forecasting, computational fluid dynamics / numerical weather prediction, severe convective storms including thunderstorms and tornadoes; the role of microphysical processes in mesoscale convective systems (MCSs), and hurricane track and intensity prediction.

Research Description

I am currently (Spring 2021) gathering audio, video and weather data in the vicinity of severe storms and tornadoes.

I have participated in 12 field experiments so far: IMPACTS (2020, forecast support), SOCRATES (2018, forecast support), PECAN (2015, NOAA P-3 microphysics scientist, forecast support), PLOWS (2009-10, co-PI, C130 flight scientist and mission science director), CLASIC (2007, ER-2 flight planning and coordination from Galveston), BAMEX (2003, NOAA P-3 aircraft scientist and mission science director), SNOWBAND (1997-8, aircraft scientist), VORTEX (1994, the first one! - ground intercept and film documentation), STORM-FEST (1992, radar scientist), FIFE (1987, forecast support from NOAA/FSL), TOTO (1981-2, ground intercept and deployment with Univ. Oklahoma team), SESAME (1979, ground intercept and documentation with NSSL team, storm suppression!).


  • Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. Meteorology, University of Oklahoma
  • B.S. Meteorology, University of Oklahoma

Awards and Honors

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences - LAS Staff Award (2007)
  • Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence Award (2008)

Courses Taught

  • ATMS 502 / CSE 566 - Numerical Fluid Dynamics
  • ATMS 301 - Atmospheric Thermodynamics
  • ATMS 305 - Computing and Data Analysis

Additional Campus Affiliations

Graduate Faculty, 2002-present

Recent Publications

  • Composite in situ microphysical analysis of all spiral vertical profiles executed within BAMEX and PECAN mesoscale convective systems,
    by Daniel Stechman, Greg. M. McFarquhar, Robert M. Rauber, Brian F. Jewett and Robert A. Black.  J. Atmos. Sci., 2020.
  • Visual representation of the Joplin tornadic storm.  Proceedings, Practice and Experience on Advanced Research Computing (PEARC18),
    by David Bock and Brian F. Jewett.  PEARC18 visualization discussed in NCSA news, and hpcwire.
  • Elevated potential instability in the comma head:  Distribution and development,
    by Andrew A. Rosenow, Robert M. Rauber, Brian F. Jewett, Greg M. McFarquhar, and Jason M. Keeler.  Mon. Wea. Rev., 2018.