Charles A. Doswell III

Charles A. Doswell III (born November 5, 1945)[1][2] is an American meteorologist and prolific severe convective storms researcher. Doswell is a seminal contributor, along with Leslie R. Lemon, to the modern conception of the supercell, which was developed originally by Keith Browning.[3] He also has done research on forecasting and forecast verification, especially for severe convective storms, and is an advocate of ingredients-based forecasting.

Chuck Doswell
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Born (1945-11-05) November 5, 1945 (age 77)
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison,[1] University of Oklahoma[1]
Known forSevere convective storms and tornado research
Scientific career
InstitutionsNational Severe Storms Forecast Center, Environmental Research Laboratories, National Severe Storms Laboratory, C. Doswell Enterprises
ThesisThe Use of Filtered Surface Observations to Reveal Subsynoptic Scale Dynamics (1976)
Doctoral advisorYoshikazu Sasaki
Notable studentsRoger Edwards, Richard Thompson

Doswell was an early storm chaser; in fact, among the first scientific storm chasers, and still actively chases recreationally. He was a forecaster for the first project VORTEX in 1994/1995 and has produced more than 100 refereed publications and several contributions to books and encyclopedias. He edited the American Meteorological Society Monograph Severe Convective Storms as well as coauthored two papers therein.

Doswell is a semiprofessional photographer, with a special emphasis on storm photographs and also is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM). Doswell hosts the blues program Juke Joint and co-hosts with Gene Rhoden the severe storms program High Instability on the ShockNet internet radio station.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Chuck Doswell. "Career History of Chuck Doswell". Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Curriculum Vitae of Charles A. Doswell III". 4 August 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  3. ^ Lemon, Leslie R.; C.A. Doswell (Sep 1979). "Severe Thunderstorm Evolution and Mesocyclone Structure as Related to Tornadogenesis". Mon. Wea. Rev. 107 (9): 1184–97. Bibcode:1979MWRv..107.1184L. doi:10.1175/1520-0493(1979)107<1184:STEAMS>2.0.CO;2.
  4. ^ ShockNet Radio Archived January 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine

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