Meteorology/Climatology M.S. Student
Severe Storms Research Group
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
University of Nebaska - Lincoln
Email: c.oppermann at huskers.unl.edu
Office: 120 Bessey Hall
I am a second-year Masters Student in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and have been a teaching assistant for Synoptic Meterology I and II and Severe and Unusual Weatheras well as taught the online section of Severe and Unusual Weather Spring 2012. I was born and raised in the Salt Lake City area and received my Bachelor's Degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Utah in May 2010 (go Utes!).
I am interested in severe weather and storm chasing and enjoy photography, camping, football, golf, and anything else that can get me outdoors.
My research is working toward creating a supercell thunderstorm climatology for the Great Plains. Supercell thunderstorms - thunderstorms with a deep, persistent, rotating updraft, or mesocyclone - are often the most severe of any form of thunderstorm and have the potential to cause the greatest damage. While it is the least common type of thunderstorm, it is necessary to understand the spatial and temporal variability of supercells as well as the ratio of supercells to non-supercells in order to better understand their existence and help protect life and property affected by these destructive storms. Since they are most commonly observed in the Great Plains, a climatology will be completed for the area, restricted by the radar data currently used by the Thunderstorm Observation by Radar (ThOR) algorithm.
In addition to the use of the ThOR algorithm will be the use of the Mesocyclone Detection Algorithm (MDA) which can detect these mesocyclones and will then be attributed to the thunderstorm tracks made by the ThOR algorithm. The ratio of supercells can then be found and a climatology can be created.