Department News

2017

December

The 2018 WNC weather calendar has been posted online.  The calendar will no longer be distributed in paper form.

July

Senior Chase Graham presented his NOAA Hollings Scholarship research at the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) in Asheville and the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) in Silver Spring, MD. 

May

Rising senior Rachel Dunn is awarded the Kate Sweely Endowed Scholarship award for 2017-2018.

2016

December 2016

  • Weather and Forecasting has published Estimating enhanced Fujita scale levels based on forest damage severity by Dr. Godfrey and a colleague at the University of Georgia, Dr. Chris Peterson.

May 2016

  •     Dr. Hennon has won UNC Asheville's 2015–16 Scholarship and Creative Activity Award.
  •     Andrea Fenoglio is this year's recipient of the Kate Sweely Endowed Scholarship award.

2015

August 2015

  • Attention alumni: The department will participate in the "Change the World" Expo on Friday, 18 September 2015 and we would like to produce several posters that illustrate your professions and what you have accomplished. Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey. Please contact Dr. Huang if you have any questions.
  • The Pillars of Climate sculpture has been placed in the lobby of Robinson Hall. Here is an explanation of the installation.

July 2015

May 2015

  • Congratulations to Kyle Noel for winning the newly-established Fernandes-Friedenberg Award! This award supports junior-year undergraduate research by an outstanding student who demonstrates a history of overcoming challenges.
  • Dr. Godfrey has won UNC Asheville's 2014–15 award for Excellence in Teaching in the Natural Sciences.
  • Jacob Radford is this year's recipient of the Kate Sweely Endowed Scholarship award.

April 2015

The Asheville Citizen-Times published this story about atmospheric sciences alumnus Randy White and his new solar energy company.

March 2015

2014

September 2014

The Asheville Citizen-Times published this story about the ACES Scholarship Program.

August 2014

The ACES Scholarship Program, funded by the National Science Foundation, will award 3 four-year scholarships per year for first-year students and 1 two-year scholarship per year for transfer students in the ATMS Department. A student can carry the scholarship through graduation, provided he or she maintains a minimum GPA. Selection will depend upon certain academic qualifications and demonstrated financial need. Please contact the department for details.

July 2014

Atmospheric sciences and mathematics alumna Lauren Gunter '12 discusses her career in emergency management and gives some advice to current students in this piece from the UNC Asheville Career Center.

June 2014

Atmospheric sciences alumna Sandy LaCorte '08 discusses her path to the National Weather Service and gives some advice to current students in this piece from the UNC Asheville Career Center.

2013

May 2013

  • The Journal of Climate has published Tropical Cloud Cluster Climatology, Variability, and Genesis Productivity by C. Hennon and twelve of our students. The article details the results of an extensive global analysis of tropical cloud clusters.
  • UNC Asheville News feature: Eyes on the Storm: Students get close-up views of tornadoes, careers in meteorology
  • UNC Asheville Magazine feature: Taking Oklahoma City by storm: Alumni cover news and weather at KOCO
  • UNC Asheville Magazine feature: Weather Data Mission Control: NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, UNC Asheville enjoy a healthy symbiosis
  • UNC Asheville Magazine feature: Adventures in Meteorology: From the tropics to northern Russia, Jenny Hibbert '09 puts her education into action
  • Kelly Gassert is the next recipient of the Kate Sweely Endowed Scholarship award.
  • Recent graduates Gustavo Riggio and Adam Schnapp are coauthors on A pressure-based analysis of the historical western North Pacific tropical cyclone intensity record, published in Monthly Weather Review.

March 2013

The Department of Atmospheric Sciences will host an advanced Skywarn spotter training session on April 9 at 7 p.m. Please see the flyer for details.

2012

November 2012

  • UNC Asheville News feature: Storm Trackers: Citizen scientists assess hurricanes from the safety of their computers
  • Weather and Forecasting has published "Near-term effects of the lower atmosphere in simulated northwest flow snowfall forced over the southern Appalachians" by Dr. Miller.

October 2012

Dawn Wedig won a National Weather Association award for the best undergraduate student oral presentation at the National Weather Association's Annual Meeting.

September 2012

Climate scientists, including our own Dr. Hennon, need help classifying over 30 years of tropical cyclone satellite imagery. The global intensity record contains uncertainties caused by differences in analysis procedures around the world and through time. Scientists are enlisting the public because patterns in storm imagery are best recognized by the human eye. To help, please visit the Cyclone Center.

June 2012

Zack Hargrove won both the overall outstanding oral presentation award for science and the outstanding oral presentation award for ecology, geography, and earth sciences at the Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium.

April 2012

  • UNC Asheville News feature: Sunny Days Ahead: Future weathercasters become masters of the green screen
  • The Birmingham News: April tornadoes legacy: Weather scientists hope to learn from extraordinary events (mentions Dr. Godfrey's tornado research).
  • The Department of Atmospheric Sciences will host an advanced Skywarn spotter training session on April 12 at 7 p.m. Please see the flyer for details.
  • Candice Boling is the first recipient of the Kate Sweely Endowed Scholarship award. The scholarship is given in honor of Kate Sweely, an atmospheric sciences student at UNC Asheville who valued the pursuit of knowledge related to the weather as a way to get to know more about her Creator. The scholarship has been made possible by a generous grant from Kate's parents, Dr. H. Douglas Sweely and Mrs. Lori Crum-Sweely, along with other generous donations from Kate's extended family and friends.

2009-2011

November 2011

  • UNC Asheville Magazine feature: Blowing in the wind: Professor searches for answers where tornadoes touched down in the mountains
  • The 2012 Western North Carolina Weather Calendar is now available. Please see the flyer for details.

August 2011

The Journal of Geoscience Education has published "Severe Weather Field Experience: An Undergraduate Field Course on Career Enhancement and Severe Convective Storms", by C. Godfrey, B. Barrett, and E. Godfrey. The article discusses the instructional approach of our severe weather field course.

January 2011

UNC Asheville News feature: UNC Asheville Students and Faculty Help Unravel Mysteries of Recent Severe Winter Weather

April 2010

Abstracts and presentations for the recent Severe Weather Workshop are available here.

January 2010

Register now for the Severe Weather Workshop. The workshop will take place on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at UNC Asheville.

November 2009

UNC Asheville Magazine feature: Bulldogs chase tornadoes across the Great Plains

September 2009

The deadline to submit payment for The Weather Channel tour is Wednesday, October 7.

August 2009

  • The Introduction to ATMS Undergraduate Research meeting is on Thursday, September 3, 2009 from 12:30—1:40 p.m. in Robinson Hall room 238. If you wish to participate in undergraduate research, this meeting is a requirement. See the postings in the department for more information.
  • The Atmospheric Sciences Department has launched a new Web site!
  • Congratulations to our summer graduate: Anna Wilson
  • Look up atmospheric sciences alumni on Facebook here.
  • UNC Asheville News feature: What do horses, bears and insects have to do with meteorology?