1301 W Green Street
Champaign, IL 61820
I am a first-year M.S. student in the Department of Atmospheric Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
My research interests lie in better understanding the entrainment zone and its impacts on lake-effect snow formation. I am analyzing LIDAR data from the Ontario Winter Lake Effect Systems (OWLeS) project, a field campaign done from December 2013 to January 2014 located in upstate New York off of Lake Ontario. The goal is to better understand what controls the rate of local mixing in the boundary layer as well as how deep the entrainment layer is in lake effect snow events.
Prior to joining the department, I attended Valparaiso University for my bachelor’s degree in meteorology with a minor in mathematics as a member of the honor’s college.
- Boundary Layer Impacts on Lake Effect Snow
- Entrainment Zone Impacts on Precipitation
- Remote Sensing
Using Python 3.8, I have taken data from a LIDAR on the ground and one on an aircraft that flew over Lake Ontario to see where the boundary layer is located for specific lake effect snow events. This is evident based on how far the LIDAR was able to sense before it found a maximum beta value (the backscatter coefficient of the LIDAR). This value will be compared to wind speed and intensity of the snow to number ratio to see how it changes over the span of multiple hours during a lake-effect snow event. The hope is to locate the top of the boundary layer to see the local mixing rate and how it is intertwined with entrainment depth.
- M.S. Atmospheric Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (in-progress)
- B.S. Meteorology, Mathematics Minor, Valparaiso University (2017-2021)