About

Thomas Galarneau received his 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. His Ph.D. thesis advisor was Prof. Lance Bosart, and the thesis entitled “Tropical Cyclogenesis Associated with Extratropical Precursors in the North Atlantic Basin”. Thomas spent 2010-2015 in Boulder, Colorado. From 2010-2011, he was a visiting fellow at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado and the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory. From 2011-2015, Thomas was a project scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and from 2015-2019 was an assistant professor at The University of Arizona. Thomas returned to the laboratory environment by joining the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma and the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in June 2019 as a research scientist.

Thomas has broad research interests that include synoptic-dynamic meteorology, mesoscale meteorology, and extreme weather, with an emphasis on tropical cyclones (TCs), heavy rainfall, and the life cycle of extratropical cyclones. Research efforts include examination of the dynamical aspects of high-impact weather events such as TC Sandy (2012), and examining factors that influence the forecast of TC motion in numerical weather prediction models. As part of TC motion-related research conducted in collaboration with Dr. Chris Davis, he developed a diagnostic equation that can be used to quantitatively assess factors that influence TC motion errors in numerical weather prediction model forecasts. More recently, Thomas has investigated a wide variety of processes and phenomena, such as (1) the importance of convective-scale circulations in the life-cycle of warm seclusion cyclones, (2) the influence of soil moisture conditions on post-landfall TC intensity and rainfall, (3) the mutual interaction of multiple simultaneous TCs in the North Atlantic, and (4) the source of low altitude water vapor during the North American monsoon. He has published 34 peer-reviewed journal articles and has an h-index of 19.

Thomas is currently a research meteorologist (Scientist III) at CIMMS/NSSL, with research foci including (1) analysis, evaluation, and development of the 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 linkage between convective-scale circulations and 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
  • 2018-2019: Co-chair (with Gretchen Mullendore) of American Meteorological Society Special Symposium on Mesoscale Meteorological Extremes: Understanding, Prediction, and Projection, Phoenix, Arizona, January 2019
  • 2018-present: Guest Editor for special issue “Advancements in Mesoscale Weather Analysis and Prediction” for the journal Atmosphere
  • 2017-present: Science Advisory Board member for Developmental Testbed Center
  • 2014-present: Emeritus Chair of the American Meteorological Society Committee on Mesoscale Processes (served as Chair in 2016-2019)
  • 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:

  • 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