Charles Kuster


Phased Array Radar & Meteorological Analysis Studies Team (PAMST)

Job Title:Research Physical Scientist


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I am interested in understanding how forecasters and emergency managers use radar data and how new radars and radar-based products might impact end-user decision making. I also am interested in using dual-pol and phased array radar data to better understand severe weather.

Degree (Ph.D, M.S, B.A, etc.) Major Subject University or College Name Year (YYYY) (optional)
M.S. Meteorology University of Oklahoma
B.S. Meteorology University of Oklahoma
Research Interests
  • Forecaster decision making. Forecaster radar use. Dual-pol radar. Phased array radar. Severe weather.
  • CoCoRaHS
Selected Publications

Kuster, C. M.P. L. HeinselmanM. Austin201531 May 2013 El Reno Tornadoes: Advantages of Rapid-Scan Phased-Array Radar Data from a Warning Forecaster’s PerspectiveWeather and Forecasting30933–956, doi:10.1175/WAF-D-14-00142.1

Kuster, C. M.P. L. HeinselmanT. J. Schuur2016Rapid-Update Radar Observations of Downbursts Occurring within an Intense Multicell Thunderstorm on 14 June 2011Weather and Forecasting31827–851, doi:10.1175/WAF-D-15-0081.1.

Kuster, C. M.P. L. HeinselmanJ. C. SnyderK. A. WilsonD. A. SpehegerJ. E. Hocker2017An Evaluation of Radar-Based Tornado Track Estimation Products by Oklahoma Public Safety OfficialsWeather and Forecasting321711–1726, doi:10.1175/WAF-D-17-0031.1.

Kuster, C. M.J. T. Ripberger2019Examining vulnerability to tornadoes using census tract-level demographic data and tornado damage survey pathsExtended Abstracts, 14th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research, and PracticePhoenix, AZ, USA, Amer. Meteor. Soc., TJ18.1.

Kuster, C. M.J. C. SnyderT. J. SchuurT. T. LindleyP. L. HeinselmanJ. C. FurtadoJ. W. BrogdenR. Toomey2019Rapid-Update Radar Observations of ZDR Column Depth and Its Use in the Warning Decision ProcessWeather and Forecasting341173–1188, doi:10.1175/WAF-D-19-0024.1.

Kuster, C. M.T. J. SchuurT. T. LindleyJ. C. Snyder2020Using ZDR Columns in Forecaster Conceptual Models and Warning Decision MakingWeather and Forecasting352507–2522, doi:10.1175/WAF-D-20-0083.1.

Kuster, C. M.B. R. BowersJ. T. CarlinT. J. SchuurJ. W. BrogdenR. ToomeyA. Dean2021Using KDP Cores as a Downburst Precursor SignatureWeather and Forecasting3641183–1198, doi:10.1175/WAF-D-21-0005.1.

Wilson, K. A.P. L. HeinselmanC. M. KusterD. M. KingfieldZ. Kang2017Forecaster Performance and Workload: Does Radar Update Time Matter?Weather and Forecasting32253–274, doi:10.1175/WAF-D-16-0157.1.