Current Lab Personnel

Director: Dr. Gary M. Lackmann

(Professor and Director of Graduate Programs (MEAS); 
Ph.D.  University at Albany, State University of New York,  May 1995)

    At first glance, my hometown of Seattle Washington is a meteorological bore. And I don't mean an undular bore, which would actually be quite interesting. However, despite its reputation for extended periods of stratus and light rain, the meteorology of the Pacific Northwest is characterized by a rich influence of complex topography on active synoptic-scale weather systems. The weather extremes that captivated my interest as a child can result: 95-degree heat in the Seattle summer, rare but occasionally heavy winter snows, gusty winds during winter rainstorms, or thundery springtime occurrences of the Puget Sound Convergence Zone.
     Even modest snow over the hilly terrain of Seattle, coupled with a lack of snow removal equipment, can bring the city to a standstill. The ability of nature to halt human activity is a continuing source of my fascination with weather. Indeed, the massive Pacific Northwest snows of January 1969 stand out as one of my earliest memories. Growing up, I would despair when a forecasted snowstorm failed to materialize; other times, I would celebrate the unexpected snowstorm, marveling at the ability of nature to defy human attempts to predict it. I struggled to understand why forecasts that had sounded so confident could go awry. My interest in this topic continues to this day, and a primary focus of our research in this laboratory is to improve the understanding and forecasting of various meteorological phenomena, including winter weather.
     In August 1999 I joined the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at NCSU here in Raleigh. I teach graduate- and undergraduate-level synoptic-dynamic meteorology and numerical weather prediction. I am currently the primary advisor for five graduate students. For biographical details including where and with whom I have worked, and where I have studied, see my CV.

For more information, see my Home Page. Email:


Chris Marciano

(B.S.  Meteorology;  Rutgers University,  May 2011)

      Chris Marciano grew up along the New Jersey shore in the town of Northfield, NJ. His earliest weather memory came in 1996 when he inadvertently camped through Tropical Storm Bertha in Ocean City, Maryland. Fearing their camper would be blown over in the middle of the night, his family was forced to seek refuge in their van until morning. From that point forward, he was hooked on the weather. Chris graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Meteorology in 2011. He is now pursuing his M.S. in Atmospheric Science at NCSU and hopes to ultimately attain his Ph.D.

Chris's hobbies/interests include weather forecasting, climate change, playing soccer and skiing. He is also an avid Philadelphia sports fan.



Jordan Dale

(B.S.  Meteorology;  Penn State University,  May 2010)

      Jordan grew up in Columbia, TN. His interest in weather began at a young age. One of his earliest weather memories was listening to the boom of falling trees while shivering inside his house as a crippling ice storm devastated his hometown during February 1994. However, listening to the deep rumble of an F-5 tornado passing to the south of his house on April 16, 1998 as debris from over 50 miles away landed in his backyard was a lasting memory that left him in awe of the power of nature. While extreme events instilled a fascination with weather, the numerous false alarms of snowstorms, floods, and tornadoes left a desire to better understand why severe weather happens and how to better predict it. Jordan graduated from Penn State University in 2010 with a B.S. in Meteorology and is currently working toward his Masters degree at North Carolina State University. In his spare time, Jordan enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and good food and drinks. M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric Science at NCSU.



Allison Michaelis

(B.S.  Meteorology;  North Carolina State University,  May 2012)

(B.S.  Mathematics;  North Carolina State University,  May 2012)

      Allison Michaelis was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. She has always been fearful of severe weather, which prompted her to study meteorology in order to better understand weather phenomena. One of her favorite weather memories was the snowstorm of March 1993, which brought several inches of snow to her hometown on her birthday. Allison graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina State University in 2012 with a B.S. in Meteorology and a B.S. in Mathematics. She is now pursuing her M.S. in Atmospheric Science at NC State. Her ultimate goal is to continue on to attain her Ph.D and one day become a professor.



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