I am an Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science at Purdue University in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS). I am the leader of the STorMLab group (Storm and Tornado Modeling Laboratory). Our group studies the physics and dynamics of severe convective storms and tornadoes from both a numerical modeling and observational perspective. We also investigate ways to use the knowledge gained to improve short-range numerical prediction of severe convective storms and their associated hazards.
Prior to coming to Purdue, I was a Research Scientist at the Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS) in Norman, OK. CAPS is associated with the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma where I also received my M.S. and Ph.D. During my time in Norman, I also worked as an NRC and NSF Postdoc at the National Severe Storms Laboratory, and as a Research Scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Studies.
I collaborate extensively with other colleagues in EAPS, including Drs. Dan Chavas, Mike Baldwin, and Robin Tanamachi. Professor Tanamachi, who heads the Weather Radar Research Laboratory and is lead-PI on the recently-acquired XTRRA radar (weather.eaps.purdue.edu/xtrra) is also my wife. Together, we teach EAPS 59100 Severe Storms Field Work, where we introduce students to severe weather forecasting and hands-on collection of data in and around severe storms. We have two wonderful young children, and in our spare time love to travel and chase storms!
Daniel T. Dawson II, Ph.D.
Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Purdue University 550 Stadium Mall Drive, HAMP 4277A
West Lafayette, IN 47907