Connor Nelson

Hurricane Research and Dropsonde Applications with the WB-57 Aircraft

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Timothy Connor Nelson
Graduate Student

College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Atmospheric Sciences Research Center

Graduate Student
Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences



I am a first year graduate student and Doctoral candidate in the UAlbany AES department. I was born and raised in south central Ohio. In May 2013, I graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology- Geography. In my undergraduate career, I worked with the National Weather Service out of Charleston, WV to examine a tornado outbreak in southeastern Ohio using a lightning jump algorithm. I also forecasted for the Scalia Laboratory for Atmospheric Analysis, which focused on the Athens, Ohio area. I graduated with my Master’s in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 2015, where I was a graduate research assistant for the A-10 storm penetrating aircraft under the direction of Dr. Andrew Detwiler. My thesis involved developing a surface hail size model to aid mission guidance for the storm penetration A-10 aircraft using NCAR’s TITAN software suite. While in Rapid City, SD, I was a co-op student at the National Weather Service to gain more skills in severe weather forecasting. At the ASRC, I will be working under the direction of Dr. Lee Harrison on hurricane research and dropsonde applications with the WB-57 aircraft. Outside of work, I am very active in the American Meteorological Society through participating in student chapters and local chapters. I also enjoy playing guitar, writing music, playing soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, and photography.


2013 Ohio University B.S. Meteorology- Geography

Research Interests

Hurricane Research and Dropsonde Applications with the WB-57 Aircraft