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Leanne Blind-Doskocil

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4064-J Natural History Building
1301 W Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Graduate Research Fellow
Advisors: Drs. Robert J. Trapp and Stephen Nesbitt


Howdy! I'm a NSF graduate research fellow co-advised by Drs. Robert J. Trapp and Stephen Nesbitt in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. I earned my MS degree in the department in August 2023. My graduate research examines the dynamics and environmental conditions that produce tornadic quasi-linear convective systems (QLCSs). I am primarily interested in the factors that cause a QLCS mesovortex to become tornadic and how QLCS forecasting techniques can be improved. Part of my research has investigated the predictability of tornadic QLCSs using the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) atmospheric model. In the springs of 2022 and 2023, I participated in the Propagation, Evolution, and Rotation in Linear Storms (PERiLS) field campaign that collected data on QLCS events throughout the SE U.S. In this project, I assisted in assembling, operating, and disassembling the quickly-deployable C-band On Wheels (COW) radar. Currently, I am analyzing in-situ pod and COW data to determine the characteristics that differentiate tornadic from non-tornadic mesovortices within linear systems.

Before attending UIUC, I received my BS in meteorology and minor in oceanography at Texas A&M University in May 2021. As an undergraduate, I launched weather balloons during the Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes EXperiment- Southeast (VORTEX-SE) field campaign and maintained weather instrumentation at the Texas A&M Mesonet. I also conducted a virtual internship with the NWS WFO in Juneau, AK where I investigated the varying strengths and impacts associated with atmospheric rivers (ARs) across SE AK to aid forecasters in predicting AR events.


M.S. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (August 2023)

B.S. Meteorology, summa cum laude, Texas A&M University (May 2021)

Awards and Honors

2022 NSF Graduate Research Fellow

2019 NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

Leadership Experience

Student Member, American Meteorological Society Radar STAC Committee, 2023-Present

Treasurer, Department of Atmospheric Sciences Student Organization, 2022-2023

Ambassador, Department of Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Student Ambassador Program, 2021-2022

Recent Presentations

Blind-Doskocil, L., R. J. Trapp, S. W. Nesbitt, K. A. Kosiba, J. Wurman, and M. D. Parker, 2023: Radar-based characteristics of tornadic and nontornadic QLCS mesovortices during PERiLS. 40th Conference on Radar Meteorology, Minneapolis, MN.

Blind-Doskocil, L., R. Trapp, and S. Nesbitt, 2023: Characteristics of tornadic and nontornadic QLCS mesovortices during PERiLS. Oral presentation, Department of Atmospheric Sciences Seminar, Urbana, IL.

Blind-Doskocil, L., R. Trapp, and S. Nesbitt, 2023: The differentiating characteristics of tornadic, winddamaging, and non-damaging QLCS mesovortices during PERiLS 2022. 103rd AMS Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Blind-Doskocil, L., R. Trapp, and S. Nesbitt, 2022: Evaluating the predictability of QLCSs and embedded TLVs using the HRRR. 30th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Santa Fe, NM.

In The News

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