Matthew Van Den Broeke

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Assistant Professor Earth & Atmospheric Sciences mvandenbroeke2@unl.edu 402-472-2418 306 Bessey Hall

Interested in weather for as long as I remember, I went to Valparaiso University (Indiana) to study meteorology as an undergraduate, then completed graduate school at the University of Oklahoma. I joined the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at UNL in fall 2011.

Severe weather is a theme underlying much of my research. I have focused on defining and understanding polarimetric radar signatures in Southern and High Plains supercells, with special emphasis on the near-tornado portion of the supercell lifecycle. This work has been complimented by storm-scale modeling to understand how hydrometeor distributions vary in supercell storms as a function of environmental variability. My other radar-related work has focused on tornadic debris signatures, rate of winter precipitation, signatures of biological scatter, and associations between radar variables and lightning distributions. Some of my other research projects include studies of eastern drylines, undergraduate perceptions of tornado risk, and how changing land use-landcover on the Southern Great Plains has affected precipitation patterns and the severe weather environment.

Selected Publications


    • Jauernic, S. T., and M. S. Van Den Broeke, 2016, Perceptions of tornadoes, tornado risk, and tornado safety actions and their effects on warning response among Nebraska undergraduates, Natural Hazards, 80, 329-350.

    • Van Den Broeke, M. S., and C. A. Van Den Broeke, 2015, Polarimetric radar observations from a waterspout-producing thunderstorm, Wea. Forecasting, 30, 329-348.

    • Van Den Broeke, M. S., 2015, Polarimetric tornadic debris signature variability and debris fallout signatures, J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 54, 2389-2405.

    • Van Den Broeke, M. S., and L. Arthurs, 2015, Conceptions of tornado wind speed and land surface interactions among undergraduate students in Nebraska, J. Geosci. Educ., 63, 323-331.

    • Van Den Broeke, M. S., 2014, Effects of mid- and upper-level drying on microphysics of simulated supercell storms, Electronic J. Severe Storms Meteor., 9(3), 1-29.

    • Van Den Broeke, M. S., and S. T. Jauernic, 2014, Spatial and temporal characteristics of polarimetric tornadic debris signatures, J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 53, 2217-2231.

    • Van Den Broeke, M. S., 2013, Polarimetric radar observations of biological scatterers in Hurricanes Irene (2011) and Sandy (2012), J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 30, 2754-2767.

    • Van Den Broeke, M.S., W.H. Beasley, and M.B. Richman, 2010, The role of atmospheric conditions in determining intensity of crepuscular and anticrepuscular rays, Mon. Wea. Rev., 138, 2883 - 2894.

    • Van Den Broeke, M.S., J.M. Straka, and E.N. Rasmussen, 2008, Polarimetric radar observations at low levels during tornado life cycles in a small sample of classic Southern Plains supercells, J. Appl. Meteor. and Climatology, 47, 1232 - 1247.

    • Van Den Broeke, M.S., D.M. Schultz, R.H. Johns, J.S. Evans, and J.E. Hales, 2005, Cloud-to-ground lightning production in strongly-forced, low-instability convective lines associated with damaging wind, Wea. Forecasting, 20, 517 - 530.