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Jake Crouch

I am a graduate student studying meteorology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. I grew up in Beckley, WV and obtained my B.S. in meteorology from the University of North Carolina – Asheville. I am a member of the Cloud and Precipitation Processes and Patterns Group (CP3), and my research is on precipitation patterns in the US Pacific Northwest using weather radar and other observational platforms.

I became interested in the weather when I was in junior high school and have essentially turned something that was once a hobby into a future career. I find researching weather phenomenon fascinating because of its everyday implication in peoples' lives. I hope that my research on precipitation will aid the development of improved forecasting tools and lead to communities being more prepared for extreme weather.

I am looking forward to participating in VOCALS for the firsthand experience of measuring the atmosphere. I will be monitoring the C-band Doppler radar mounted atop the NOAA ship Ronald H. Brown for data quality and calibration. I will also be releasing weather balloons six times a day, which will give us a vertical profile of the atmospheric temperature, dew point, and winds. These instruments, along with others, will help us to better understand cloud processes and the development of precipitation within clouds.

Last modified September 4, 2008 by Becca Hatheway.

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