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Laird Published on Lake-Effect Precipitation

Professor of Geoscience Neil Laird recently published an article, “Climatology of Lake-Effect Precipitation Events over Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake,” in the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology.

The paper offers analyses, evidence and discussion of the differences of lake-effect precipitation occurrences over Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake, with larger systems that develop over the North American Great Lakes. The article adds to the understanding of lake-effect precipitation events over small lakes, with past research completed by Laird and students on lake-effect precipitation systems over New York’s Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain, and the Great Salt Lake.

The research was primarily conducted as part of the summer research program at HWS during 2009 and 2010, with additional analyses completed during 2014. At the time, four undergraduate students – now coauthors on the paper – worked with Laird to develop the project, analyze the various data sets, document the research, and submit the journal manuscript that has been published.

They are: Ph.D. candidates Alicia M. Bentley and Sara A. Ganetis from The State University of New York at Albany, Ph.D. candidate Andrew Stieneke from North Carolina State University, and Samantha A. Tushaus, a research intern with the Space Science and Engineering Center at the American Institute of Physics.

The research was supported through grants from the National Science Foundation.

Laird joined the HWS faculty in 2001. He earned his B.S. in meteorology with a minor in mathematics at the State University of New York at Oswego. He also holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His teaching and scholarly interests span numerous areas in the atmospheric sciences with his primary area of research examining the climatology and meteorology of severe winter weather. He has received grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation. Laird has conducted research projects with numerous collaborators including National Weather Service offices in Binghamton, N.Y. and Buffalo, N.Y. and has provided mentorship and funding in support of nearly 50 HWS undergraduate researchers during the Colleges’ Summer Research Program since 2005. His work has been published in more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles; many with undergraduate student co-authors, and he has delivered more than 100 conference presentations.

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