Addison Alford


Phased Array Radar & Meteorological Analysis Studies Team (PAMST)

Job Title:Research Physical Scientist


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Addison is a Research Physical Scientist in the Phased Array Radar and Meteorological Analysis Studies Team. His research interests primarily revolve around leveraging phased array and conventional radar observations to understand meso- and storm-scale processes in severe weather.

Degree (Ph.D, M.S, B.A, etc.) Major Subject University or College Name Year (YYYY) (optional)
Ph.D. Meteorology University of Oklahoma 2021
M.S. Meteorology University of Oklahoma 2016
B.S. Meteorology University of Oklahoma 2014
Research Interests
  • Radar Meteorology
  • Phased Array Radar
  • Mesoscale Dynamics
  • Cloud Microphysics
  • Tropical Cyclone Hazards and Landfall
  • Cloud Electrification
Professional Activities
  • Academic Affiliate Researcher, OU CIWRO
  • Member, AMS STAC Committee on Radar Meteorology
Honors & Awards
Award Name Year
Peter Lamb Postdoctoral Fellowship 2021-2022
NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship 2016-2019
Selected Publications

Alford, A. A., A. Messersmith, B. Pollock, Q. Thomas, T. N. Sandmael, and B. A. Schenkel, 2023: Tropical cyclone supercell response to the coast using a climatology of radar-derived azimuthal shear. Geophysical Research Letters, 50, e2023GL105977,

Alford, A. A., M. I. Biggerstaff, and G. D. Carrie: Using Ground-Based Radar Observations to Evaluate Asymmetric Convection and Eyewall Dynamics During the Landfall of Hurricane Harvey (2017). Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, in press,

Alford, A. A., M. I. Biggerstaff, C. L. Ziegler, D. P. Jorgensen, and G. D. Carrie, 2022: A method for correcting staggered pulse repetition time and dual repetition frequency processor errors in research radar datasets. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 39, 1763-1780,

Alford, A. A., J. A. Zhang, M. I. Biggerstaff, F. D. Marks, P. Dodge, and D. J. Bodine, 2020: Transition of the hurricane boundary layer during the landfall of Hurricane Irene (2011). Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 77, 3509-3531,

Alford, A. A., M. I. Biggerstaff, G. D. Carrie, J. L. Schroeder, B. D. Hirth, and S. M. Waugh, 2019: Near-surface maximum winds during the landfall of Hurricane Harvey. Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 973-982,