Meteorologist Publishes Article on Hail with His Dad

Paul Schlatter, WDTB meteorologist, co-authored a journal article about an unusual hailstorm published in the August 2008 issue of the prestigious Monthly Weather Review. Additional authors are his father, Thomas W. Schlatter of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, and Charles A. Knight with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, both in Boulder, Colo.

The article is titled, “An Unusual Hailstorm on 24 June 2006 in Boulder, Colorado. Part I: Mesoscale Settting and Radar Features.” The authors examined the meteorological conditions preceding the storm and the signatures it exhibited on the WSR-88D or NEXRAD radar.

“One of my life goals when I became a meteorologist was to publish a paper with my dad,” Schlatter said. “I knew it would be difficult because our areas of specialty are pretty different. It took a special storm in a special place.”

Non-meteorologists will find the paper easy to understand, Schlatter said, and meteorologists will find lots of information about bounded weak echo regions and hail formation processes.

“I thought it turned out really well. It’s an easy read,” Schlatter added. “I’m a lucky individual to publish with my dad and Charlie.”