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Meet Dr. Jeffrey Halverson: Severe Weather Meteorologist
May 1, 2012

Jeff Halverson Dr. Jeff Halverson is a Severe Weather Meteorologist who has participated in many hurricane missions for NASA.

He is the Co- Investigator for the five year Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) mission which begins in the summer of 2012. Dr. Halverson also participated in NASA's 2010 hurricane mission called the "Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP)" mission, as well as several others prior to GRIP.

His recent research activities include:

  • Satellite and aircraft studies of hurricane intensity change
  • Extratropical Transition of Atlantic hurricanes
  • Hurricane rainfall potential

Dr. Halverson has traveled the world's tropical latitudes to better understand how intense storms of rain and wind develop and intensify. He has spent months in Brazil, Australia, the South China Sea, Costa Rica, the Marshall Islands and various locations in the Caribbean studying tropical weather systems. Dr. Halverson's research examines the atmospheric factors that cause hurricanes to rapidly change intensity. In 2001, he helped pioneer a new atmospheric measuring system that became the first to take direct measurements in the eye of a mature hurricane from an altitude of 70,000 feet.

Dr. Jeffrey Halverson is currently Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). His research group involves graduate students directly in the forecasting and data collection aspects of NASA's hurricane missions. He worked previously in scientific research at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He also worked at NASA Headquarters, where he helped manage NASA's Tropical Cloud Systems and Processes (TCSP) experiment that occurred in the summer of 2005 to study the birth of hurricanes. Dr. Halverson currently writes a monthly column on severe and unusual weather for Weatherwise Magazine, has authored more than 40 professional papers and has appeared in hurricane specials on The Discovery Channel and NOVA. He is currently authoring a new undergraduate textbook on severe storms for Oxford University Press.

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