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Jeffrey Frame

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Contact Information

3078 Natural History Building
1301 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL, 61801

Teaching Associate Professor


Dr. Jeff Frame has taught at the University of Illinois since 2010 and has held a life-long interest in the weather, particularly severe storms and winter weather. Originally from suburban Detroit, Jeff graduated with a B.S. in Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences from the University of Michigan in 2001, and then attended Penn State University for graduate school, where he 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. After graduation, 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 and knowledge of the weather with his students in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois. He regularly teaches courses in introductory meteorology, synoptic meteorology and weather analysis, weather forecasting, mesoscale meteorology, atmospheric convection, advanced forecasting, and a graduate-level course on weather systems. His favorite course to teach, however, is Field Studies of Convection, in which he leads groups of undergraduate students on two-week excursions to the Great Plains every spring to forecast and observe severe thunderstorms. For his work in the classroom, Jeff was honored with a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences teaching award in 2018 and a University-wide award in 2022. In addition to teaching, he also advises graduate and numerous undergraduate students on research projects.

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


  • 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

Awards and Honors

University of Illinois, List of Instructors Rated as Excellent/Outstanding by their Students, numerous semesters/courses.

Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Specialized Faculty, 2021-22.

WxChallenge, Category 1 (faculty/staff) overall winner, 2021-22, Individual Tournament Final Four, 2021, Group 1 winner/runner-up, various locations, 2010 – present.

University of Illinois Department of Atmospheric Sciences Outstanding Teacher in an Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Course, 2020-21 (chosen by students).

University of Illinois Department of Atmospheric Sciences Outstanding Teacher in an Atmospheric Sciences Undergraduate Course, 2019-20 (chosen by students).

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Instructional Staff, 2017-18.

Hans Neuberger Award for Excellence in Teaching Meteorology at the Introductory Level, 2008.

National Collegiate Weather Forecasting Contest, First place, Graduate Student Division, 2004 – 2005, First place, graduate student division, various locations, 2003-2005.

American Meteorological Society National Weather Service Graduate Fellowship, 2001 – 2002.

Chi Epsilon Pi (Meteorology Honor Society) 2001 – present.

University of Michigan College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award, 2001.

National Weather Service Special Service Award, 2000.

Courses Taught

  • 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

Additional Campus Affiliations

Teaching Associate Professor, Climate, Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences

Recent Publications

Gray, K. T., & Frame, J. W. (2023). Investigating the Development and Characteristics of Streamwise Vorticity Currents Produced by Outflow Surges in Simulated Supercell Thunderstorms. Monthly Weather Review, 151(12), 3089-3111.

Gray, K., & Frame, J. (2021). The Impact of Midlevel Shear Orientation on the Longevity of and Downdraft Location and Tornado-Like Vortex Formation within Simulated Supercells. Monthly Weather Review, 149(11), 3739-3759.

Gray, K., & Frame, J. (2019). Investigating the transition from elevated multicellular convection to surface-based supercells during the tornado outbreak of 24 august 2016 using a WRF model simulation. Weather and Forecasting, 34(4), 1051-1079.

Kristovich, D. R., Clark, R. D., Frame, J., Geerts, B., Knupp, K. R., Kosiba, K. A., Laird, N. F., Metz, N. D., Minder, J. R., Sikora, T. D., Steenburgh, W. J., Steiger, S. M., Wurman, J., & Young, G. S. (2017). The Ontario winter lake-effect systems field campaign scientific and educational adventures to further our knowledge and prediction of lake-effect storms. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 98(2), 315-332.

Mulholland, J. P., Frame, J., Nesbitt, S. W., Steiger, S. M., Kosiba, K. A., & Wurman, J. (2017). Observations of misovortices within a long-lake-axis-parallel lake-effect snowband during the OWLeS project. Monthly Weather Review, 145(8), 3265-3291.

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