Matthew Van Den Broeke

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Associate Professor Earth and Atmospheric Sciences 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

Van Den Broeke, M. S., 2017: Polarimetric radar metrics related to tornado life cycles and intensity in supercell storms.  Mon. Wea. Rev., 145, 3671-3686.


Van Den Broeke, M. S., 2017: Potential for tornado warning improvement through utilization of the TDS in the warning decision process.  J. Operational Meteor., 5, 121-133. 


Jauernic, S. T., and M. S. Van Den Broeke, 2017: Tornado warning response and perceptions among undergraduates in Nebraska.  Wea. Clim. Soc., 9, 125-139. 


Van Den Broeke, M. S., 2016: Polarimetric variability of classic supercell storms as a function of environment.  J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 55, 1907-1925. 


Van Den Broeke, M. S., and H. Alsarraf, 2016: Polarimetric radar observations of dust storms at C- and S-band.  J. Operational Meteor., 4, 123-131. 


Arthurs, L. A., and M. S. Van Den Broeke, 2016: Novice explanations of hurricane formation offer insights into scientific literacy and the development of expert-like conceptions.  J. Astron. Earth Sci. Educ., 3, 1-26. 


Van Den Broeke, M. S., D. M. Tobin, and M. R. Kumjian, 2016: ­­­­Polarimetric radar observations of precipitation type and rate from the 2-3 March 2014 winter storm in Oklahoma and Arkansas.  Wea. Forecasting, 31, 1179-1196.


Duell, R. S., and M. S. Van Den Broeke, 2016: Climatology, synoptic conditions, and misanalyses of Mississippi River Valley drylines.  Mon. Wea. Rev., 144, 927-943. 


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., 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. 


Alsarraf, H., and M. S. Van Den Broeke, 2015: Using the WRF regional climate model to simulate future summertime wind speed changes over the Arabian Peninsula.  J. Climatol. Wea. Forecasting, 3(3): 144. 


Alsarraf, H., and M. Van Den Broeke, 2015: Using high-resolution WRF model simulations to investigate the relationship between mesoscale circulations and aerosol transport over Kuwait.  J. Climatol. Wea. Forecasting, 3(1):126. 


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., 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., 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., 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. Climatol., 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. 



Ph.D., 2011, Oklahoma

Expertise Areas

Radar meteorology, Severe storms, Radar aeroecology, Land-atmosphere interactions, Social aspects of weather hazards