About

Thomas Galarneau is a research scientist III and team lead for the Observations and Processes Team at the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma in support of NOAA/OAR National Severe Storms Laboratory. He received a B.S. in atmospheric science in 2001, M.S. in basic classroom teaching (earth science) in 2003, M.S. in atmospheric science in 2007, and Ph.D. in atmospheric science in 2010, all from the University at Albany. Thomas has broad research interests in synoptic-dynamic and mesoscale meteorology, with an emphasis on phenomenological and process studies of severe convective storms, extreme rainstorms, tropical cyclones, and midlatitude bomb cyclones. His work uses a combination of observations and numerical models to advance understanding and update conceptual models with the overarching goal to contribute to improvements in the forecasting of these phenomena.

Prior to joining CIMMS in June 2019, Thomas was a project scientist in the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Laboratory at NCAR from 2011-2015 and an assistant professor in the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Arizona from 2015-2019. Thomas is a two-time recipient of the University of Arizona’s Award for Excellence at the Student Interface (2016 and 2018). He also received the American Meteorological Society Editor’s Award for Monthly Weather Review (2016) and the NCAR Recognition Award for Outstanding Publication (2013). Thomas served as the chair of the AMS Committee on Mesoscale Processes from 2016-2019 and has served as an associate editor for Monthly Weather Review since 2012.

Thomas’ recent research foci include (1) analysis, evaluation, and development of the NSSL Warn-on-Forecast modeling system, (2) dynamics and prediction of long-lived mesovortices in quasi-linear convective systems, (3) dynamics and prediction of post-landfall TC evolution and hazards, and (4) continued work on the life cycle of tropical and extratropical cyclones.

Contact Thomas by email: tgalarneau “at” ou.edu

Honors and awards:

  • 2018: Award for Excellence at the Student Interface, Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, The University of Arizona
  • 2016: Award for Excellence at the Student Interface, Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, The University of Arizona
  • 2016: American Meteorological Society Editor’s Award for Monthly Weather Review
  • 2013: NCAR Recognition Award for Outstanding Publication for the paper “Diagnosing Forecast Errors in Tropical Cyclone Motion”
  • 2011: Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award, College of Arts & Sciences, University at Albany
  • 2011: Narayan R. Gokhale Distinguished Research Scholarship Award, Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University at Albany
  • 2009: Advanced Study Program Graduate Student Visiting Fellowship, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • 2008: Bernard Vonnegut Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University at Albany

Current committees and special positions:

  • 2019-present: Designated Campus Colleague, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2019-present: Member of the CIMMS Awards Committee, University of Oklahoma
  • 2019-present: Member of the CIMMS Peter Lamb Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee, University of Oklahoma
  • 2018-present: Guest Editor for special issue “Advancements in Mesoscale Weather Analysis and Prediction” for the journal Atmosphere
  • 2012-present: Associate Editor for Monthly Weather Review

Graduate students:

  • J. P. Fowler, M.S. 2017
  • T. Kranz, M.S. 2017 (co-advisor with Kenneth Cummins)
  • M. A. Redman, M.S. 2018 (co-advisor with Lon Hood)
  • D. Zhang, Ph.D. 2019 (co-chair with Kenneth Cummins)
  • M. B. Powell, M.S. 2019

Extent of teaching:

  • Application of Meteorological Theory to Severe Thunderstorm Forecasting (METR 4403/5403), University of Oklahoma, spring 2021
  • Mesoscale Meteorology (METR 4433), University of Oklahoma, spring 2020
  • Dynamic Meteorology II (ATMO 441b/541b), The University of Arizona, spring 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019
  • Tropical Meteorology (ATMO 580), The University of Arizona, fall 2017
  • Introduction to Weather and Climate (ATMO 170a1), The University of Arizona, fall 2016 and 2018
  • Progress in Atmospheric Sciences (ATMO 596a) and Hydrology & Water Resources (HWRS 495a/695a) seminar courses, The University of Arizona, fall 2016 through spring 2018
  • Introduction to Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics (ATOC 4720), University of Colorado at Boulder, spring 2011
  • Synoptic Meteorology I (ATM 400), University at Albany, fall 2006 and 2007

Academic lineage:

Thomas J. Galarneau (University at Albany, 2010) –> Lance F. Bosart (MIT, 1969) –> Frederick Sanders (MIT, 1954) –> Thomas F. Malone (MIT, 1946) –> Hurd C. Willett (George Washington University, 1929) –> William J. Humphreys (Johns Hopkins University, 1897) –> Henry A. Rowland (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1870) –> Hermann von Helmholtz (University of Berlin, 1842) –> Johannes Peter Muller (University of Bonn, 1822) (source)