Ben Schenkel


Severe Convection Group: Probabilities & Impacts (SCG-PI)

Job Title:Research Scientist


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Ben is a Research Scientist in Warning Research and Development Division at NSSL.  He is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor with the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma.

Degree (Ph.D, M.S, B.A, etc.) Major Subject University or College Name Year (YYYY) (optional)
Ph.D. Meteorology Florida State University 2012
M.S. Meteorology Florida State University 2009
B.A. Environmental Science Northwestern University 2006
Research Interests
  • Tornadoes and other inland hazards associated with landfalling hurricanes
  • Post-landfall evolution of convection and winds in hurricanes
  • Outer size and structure of the hurricane wind field
  • Fidelity of the hurricane structure in reanalysis and model data
Selected Publications

Schenkel, B. A., K. CalhounT. Sandmael, Z. FruitsI. SchickM. Ake, and B. Kassel, 2023Lightning and Radar Characteristics of Tornadic Cells in Landfalling Tropical CyclonesJ. Geophys. Res.: Atmos., 128, e2023JD038685, doi:10.1029/2023JD038685

Schenkel, B. A.D. ChavasN. LinT. KnutsonG. VecchiA. Brammer2023North Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Outer Size and Structure Remain Unchanged by the Late Twenty-First CenturyJournal of Climate362359–382, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-22-0066.1

Schenkel, B.M. ConiglioR. Edwards2021How does the relationship between ambient deep-tropospheric vertical wind shear and tropical cyclone tornadoes change between coastal and inland environments?Weather and Forecasting36539–566, doi:10.1175/WAF-D-20-0127.1.

Paredes, M.B. SchenkelR. EdwardsM. Coniglio2021Tropical Cyclone Outer Size Impacts the Number and Location of TornadoesGeophysical Research Letters48241–10, doi:10.1029/2021GL095922.

Schenkel, B. A.R. EdwardsM. Coniglio2020New Insights into the Number and Location of Tornadoes in Landfalling HurricanesBulletin of the American Meteorological Society101748–749.

Schenkel, B. A.R. A. EdwardsM. C. Coniglio2020A Climatological Analysis of Ambient Deep-Tropospheric Vertical Wind Shear Impacts upon Tornadoes in Tropical CyclonesWeather and Forecasting352033–2059,