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Jacob Radford

Graduate Research Asst

Jordan Hall 1113


I grew up in Hendersonville, NC and attended UNC – Chapel Hill before transferring to UNC – Asheville and receiving my B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences with a forecasting concentration. Along the way I’ve interned with the Southeast Regional Climate Center, National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center, and 14th Weather Squadron.  Aside from my research role at NCSU, I have also worked as a teaching assistant for MEA 443: Synoptic Weather Analysis and Forecasting and MEA 215: Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences (for majors).

Research Description

Advancements in computing power have allowed high resolution numerical prediction models to flourish over the past decade. Forecasters have begun placing significant weight on these models and, in particular, NCEP’s 3 km High Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR). However, the skill of the HRRR model has not been assessed for mesoscale snow bands. I'm currently working on an object-oriented verification study of the HRRR to quantify error in snow band location, coverage, timing, and intensity. Ultimately I hope to diagnose the physical reasoning behind any HRRR model deficiencies that are discovered.


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B.S., Atmospheric Sciences, University of North Carolina - Asheville (2016)