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I never get sad when people abandon Wikipedia. It probably means they got a girlfriend.

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This week in weather history...

July 16

1997: Hurricane Danny formed as Tropical Depression Four, eventually dropping 36.71 inches (932 mm) of rain on Dauphin Island, Alabama. This was the most rain ever recorded from a tropical cyclone in the state.

July 17

2006: An active period of derechos begins across the Midwestern United States and eastern Canada, with four large derechos spanning five days.

July 18

1986: Hurricane Estelle reached peak intensity over the open Pacific Ocean. Despite never directly impacting land, the storm would bring unusually rough surf to Hawaii that destroyed several homes and killed two people.

July 19

1977: The Laurel Run Dam in West Taylor Township, Pennsylvania was overtopped and subsequently failed due to heavy rains, killing 40 people. This was just part of the second great flood of Johnstown which killed 84 people in total.

July 20

2008: Hurricane Bertha, the longest-lived July Atlantic hurricane on record, dissipated over Atlantic Canada.

July 21

1961: Hurricane Anna reached peak intensity over the Caribbean Sea, with peak winds of 115 miles per hour (185 km/h).

July 22

2006: Hurricane Daniel reached peak intensity over the open Pacific Ocean, with maximum sustained winds of 130 knots (150 mph; 240 km/h).

No situation needs the drama that humans bring to it.

I'm actually a really nice person. If you disagree with something I have done, I will be willing to discuss and reconsider my actions. I do not tolerate assuming bad faith or being overly harsh to new editors. But I am also slow to block and quick to forgive honest mistakes.


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My academic background

To-do: (completed tasks)

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the spring of 2008. I completed my Major Qualifying Project around the same time: a search for sand dune movement on Mars. I hope to turn it into an article at some point (see User:Runningonbrains/Aeolian processes on Mars if you'd like to help).

My main interest, however, is in meteorology, and I do a lot of research on the topic. At Texas A&M University I received my Master of Science in atmospheric science in August of 2011. My research involved baroclinic waves the Martian atmosphere, and my results were published in the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences.

I currently work as an Associate Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), working in the Research Applications Laboratory. I work on a bunch of different projects, including work on the operational NWP models, HRRR and GFS-FV3.

As far as my time on Wikipedia, my contributions will mainly be towards meteorology articles (especially tornadoes and other meso- to microscale phenomena), Mars, computer modeling and related subjects. I am the primary maintainer of Portal:Weather, however, I am currently fairly inactive due to my continuing adult responsibilities and recreations. I may become more active one of these days, but I'm probably kidding myself: there's too many things to do in this world that don't involve sitting behind a computer.

Here's what I've done:

What I do/Who I am:
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FPCs needing feedback
Remarks from Ground Zero on September 14, 2001
  Equestrian Portrait of Cornelis and Michiel Pompe van Meerdervoort
  SMS Arcona

Peer reviews having minimal or no feedback at all:
January 11Wikipedia:Peer review/Digital dependencies and global mental health/archive1
January 15Wikipedia:Peer review/Mustafizur Rahman/archive1
January 15Wikipedia:Peer review/Bengal famine of 1943/archive2
February 2List of Hypericum species
February 11Ruby Payne-Scott
February 14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
March 29Eddie Linden
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Featured Articles

My first two major projects

Tornado articles

During and after my project to improve Tornado, I created a long list of tornado-related articles.

Working on these

Tornado lists

Later on, I began a very ambitious effort to make a series of nation-wide lists of tornadoes by state (currently, I've only done two + DC)

Working on these

Other articles created

Big surprise, more weather-related articles!

Articles re-written


Was highly active in restarting WikiProject Meteorology, and created a new sub-project WikiProject Severe Weather.


Overhauled the Weather Portal, eventually improving it into a Featured Portal. I am currently actively maintaining this portal.


Other Contributions

Gallery of my images

Recognition for accomplishments

All contributions...

Works in progress


I have witnessed a few major storms, including one of the most intense tornadoes ever observed near El Reno, Oklahoma on May 24, 2011.

So, about me, huh?

As I said, I have a BS in Physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After graduating, I attended Western Connecticut State University part-time for a year, taking atmospheric/oceanic science courses, before transferring to Texas A&M University's atmospheric science program. I graduated with a MS in atmospheric science in 2011, and in 2012 got a job at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. I've been obsessed with nature, especially meteorology, since I was very young. My first storm experience was in utero, when my mom was in the eye of Hurricane Gloria. At 10 a tornado skipped over my house, downing several trees in my back yard. Among my craziest childhood experiences were sitting outside with a -40ºF wind chill to watch blowing snow, climbing a mountain during a Nor'easter with 60 mph winds at the top, and getting caught in a hailstorm which formed right on top of me. As an adult, I now am lucky enough to live right next to tornado alley, and have been on dozens of storm chases that have yielded so many tornadoes I have lost count.

I also enjoy skiing, hiking, camping, and rock climbing.

Hopefully, someday, I'll get to sit through a good hurricane.

My randonimity*

*No, randonimity is not a word, but it sounds cool