Senior research scientist recently awarded prestigious honor

Alexander Ryzhkov accepted the award of Fellow during the annual American Meteorological Society in January in Austin, Texas. (Photo by AMS)

The NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory is proud to announce the American Meteorological Society named one of its senior research scientists a Fellow, recognizing his outstanding contributions to the atmospheric sciences during a substantial period of years.

Alexander Ryzhkov was one of more than 30 individuals recognized by AMS during a recent announcement of 2018 award winners and Fellows. Ryzhkov was awarded the prestigious honor during the annual meeting in January in Austin, Texas.

Fellows are nominated by their peers and elected each year by the AMS Council.

Ryzhkov has worked for The University of Oklahoma Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at NOAA NSSL for more than 20 years. His primary research goals are developing operational algorithms for quantitative precipitation estimation, hydrometeor classification, and microphysical retrievals using polarimetric radars, and utilizing polarimetric radars for the improvement of Numerical Weather Prediction model performance.

He received a Ph.D. in radio science and a Master’s degree in physics.from St. Petersburg University.

Ryzhkov is in the company of other AMS fellows including NSSL Director Steve Koch and NSSL researchers Harold Brooks, Don Burgess and Dusan Zrnic.

For a full list of 2018 awards and fellows, visit AMS.

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NSSL/CIMMS researchers to present at AMS annual meeting

AMSlogo-compact-final.ashxNSSL and CIMMS staff are preparing to receive honors and present recent research at the 2014 American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga., February 1-6.

NSSL’s Doug Forsyth, retired Chief of the Radar Research and Development Division, has been elected an AMS Fellow and will be honored at the meeting.

Presentations and poster topics include the first real-data demonstration of the potential impact from an MPAR observing capability for storm-scale numerical weather prediction, using cloud top temperatures in numerical weather prediction models to forecast when thunderstorms will form, and crowdsourcing public observations of weather.  Real-time flash flood modeling, understanding forecasters’ needs to improve radar observations using adaptive scanning, and aircraft detection and tracking on the National Weather Radar Testbed Phased Array Radar will also be presented.

Preliminary analyses of research data collected during the 2013 May tornado outbreaks in Oklahoma will be a special focus at the meeting.

NSSL staff will also serve as session chairs.

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NSSL researcher elected AMS Fellow

The American Meteorological Society (AMS)  has announced the election of NSSL’s Don MacGorman to AMS Fellow.  Awardees will be honored at the AMS Annual Meeting on January 22-26, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

MacGorman is a lightning researcher, author, numerical modeler, and academician.  His more than 30 year career in storm electrification includes work with early cloud-to-ground lightning detection networks, installation and research from the Oklahoma Lighting Mapping Array (OK-LMA), co-authorship of the book “The Electrical Nature of Storms,” and advocating use of lightning in forecasting, as well as leadership in field campaigns.

Those eligible for election to Fellow have made outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences or their application during a substantial period of years.

MacGorman joins seven current NSSL scientists (Brooks, Doviak, Jorgensen, Koch, Lewis, Stensrud and Zrnic), and seven retired scientists (Burgess, Davis-Jones, Holle, Kessler, Kimpel, Maddox and Rust).

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