Introduction

I am currently working at the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University at Albany, SUNY. I am working with John Molinari performing research on Hurricanes and Tropical Meterology.

I love the weather, and have long been a student of it.

To see some animations of hurricane Bret click here.

To see some animations of atlantic water vapor(courtesy of NRL Monterrey) click here. Here is a visible image of East Pacific Hurricane Linda. Here is one from hurricane Luis back in 1995. I also have added a recent visible and infrared images of hurricane Mitch near its most intense point(pressure ~906mb sustained winds ~180mph). This hurricane was one of the deepest storms ever in the Atlantic basin. Currently, Mitch is just a shadow of its former self due to two major factors: its proximity to land and high terrain, and its slow motion which enhances upwelling of cooler water from deep below the surface.

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Research Interests

  1. EPIC experiment research.
  2. Research using CAMEX/TCSP data.
  3. WPAC TRMM research.
  4. Western pacific gyre research.
  5. Eastern atlantic TC research.
  6. Other Storms.
  7. G-IV study.
  8. David Romps CAPE calculations.
  9. Dave Nolan model simulations.
  10. GRIP research.
  11. Gabrielle 2001 WRF similation.
  12. Western pacific monsoon trough research.
  13. 2013 project research cases.
  14. Outflow layer research.

Publications

New Publication

Crandall, B., J. Molinari, and D. Vollaro, 2013: Forecasting Challenges Associated with Tropical Cyclones Within Subtropical Gyres. Weather and Forecasting, accepted.doc

Publications

Crandall, B., J. Molinari, and D. Vollaro, 2013: Forecasting Challenges Associated with Tropical Cyclones Within Subtropical Gyres. Weather and Forecasting, accepted.doc

Molinari, J., J. Frank, and D. Vollaro, 2013: Convective bursts, downdraft cooling, and boundary layer recovery in a sheared tropical storm. Monthly Weather Review, 141,1048-1060.pdf

Molinari, J.,and D. Vollaro, 2013: What percentage of western north Pacific tropical cyclones form within the monsoon trough? Monthly Weather Review, 141, 499-505.pdf

Molinari, J., D.M. Romps, D. Vollaro, and L. Nguyen, 2012: CAPE in tropical cyclones. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 69, 2452-2463.pdf

Molinari, J., and D. Vollaro, 2012: A subtropical cyclonic gyre associated with interactions of the MJO and the midlatitude jet. Monthly Weather Review, 140, 343-357.pdf

Molinari, J., and D. Vollaro, 2010: Rapid intensification of a sheared tropical storm. Monthly Weather Review, 138, 3869-3885.pdf

Molinari, J., and D. Vollaro, 2010: Distribution of helicity, CAPE, and shear in tropical cyclones. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 67, 274-284.pdf

Molinari, J.,and D. Vollaro, 2008: Extreme helicity and intense convective towers in Hurricane Bonnie. Monthly Weather Review, 136, 4355-4372.pdf

Molinari, J., K. Lombardo, and D. Vollaro, 2007: Tropical cyclogenesis within an equatorial Rossby wave packet. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 64, 1301-1317.pdf

Molinari, J., P. Dodge, D. Vollaro, K.L. Corbosiero, and F. Marks, Jr., 2006: Mesoscale aspects of the downshear reformation of a tropical cyclone. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 63, 341-354.pdf

Molinari, J., D. Vollaro, and K.L. Corbosiero, 2004: Tropical cyclone formation in a sheared environment: A case study. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 61, 2493-2509.pdf

Molinari, J., and D. Vollaro, 2000: Planetary and synoptic scale influences on eastern Pacific tropical cyclogenesis. Monthly Weather Review, 128, 3296-3307. pdf

Molinari, J., D. Vollaro, S. Skubis, and M. Dickinson, 2000: Origins and mechanisms of eastern Pacific tropical cyclogenesis: A case study. Monthly Weather Review, 128, 125-139. pdf

Molinari, J., S. Skubis, D. Vollaro, F. Alsheimer, and H. Willoughby, 1998: Potential vorticity analysis of hurricane intensification. J.Atmos. Sci., 55, 2632-2644.pdf

Molinari, J., D. Knight, M. Dickinson, D. Vollaro, and S. Skubis, 1997: Potential vorticity, easterly waves, and tropical cyclogenesis. Monthly Weather Review, 125, 2699-2708. pdf

Molinari, J., S. Skubis, and D. Vollaro, 1995: External influences on hurricane intensity: Part III. Potential vorticity structure. J. Atmos. Sci., 52, 3593-3606. pdf

Molinari, J., D. Vollaro, and S. Skubis, 1993: ,Application of the Eliassen balanced model to real-data tropical cyclones. Monthly Weather Review, 121, 2409-2419. pdf

Molinari, J., D. Vollaro, and F. Robasky, 1992: Use of ECMWF operational analyses for studies of the tropical cyclone environment. Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, 47, 127-144.

Molinari, J., and D. Vollaro, 1990: External influences on hurricane intensity: Part II. Vertical structure and response of the hurricane vortex.Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 47, 1902-1918. pdf

Molinari, J., and D. Vollaro, 1989: External influences on hurricane intensity: Part I. Outflow layer eddy angular momentum fluxes.Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 46, 1093-1105. pdf