Contact KU Atmospheric Science with questions or comments at:

Atmospheric Science Program
Department of Geography

1475 Jayhawk Blvd
213 Lindley Hall
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045-7613
(785) 864-5143
Fax (785) 864-5378

Weather Lab: (785) 864-4329
Weather Forecast: (785) 864-3300



Opportunities for Graduate Study in Atmospheric Science at the University of Kansas


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KU forecasters provide front-line defense against nation's severe weather.

Kansas Alumni magazine, No. 3 2012


Congratulations to Nathan Wendt, one of our undergraduate ATMO students, who received the K. Vic Ooyama Scholarship ($2000) from the American Meteorological Society.


The KU Atmospheric Sciences Program was chosen as this year’s Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award winner.

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Dean Danny Anderson recognizes the Atmospheric Sciences program with the Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award. Dr. Terry Slocum and Dr. Donna Tucker were there to represent the program from the Department of Geography, University of Kansas. Karen Ledom, Interim Director of the College's undergraduate office, was also on hand.
  Dean Anderson presents the award to Dr. Tucker and Dr. Slocum.


KU meteorology students crazy about the chase


Congratulations to Adam R. Smith, Atmospheric Science senior, on being named KU's first Student Employee of the Year!


Randy Baker, Geography/Atmospheric Science Advisory Board member and Atmospheric Science alumnus (B.S. 1985) was interviewed recently for Weatherbrains podcast.


Paper co-authored by Nathaniel Brunsell highlighted by NSF.
"Time of Year Important in Projections of Climate Change Effects on Ecosystems"


Congratulations to Atmospheric science senior Sasha Glanville, who was selected to participate in the prestiguous NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) this coming summer. Sasha and the other SARP students will conduct observations on board the NASA P-3B aircraft flying along the southern California coastal region. The student researchers will focus on trace gas measurements and multi-spectral imaging of land and ocean surfaces.


Meteorology students at the Univ. of Kansas planning trip to help tornado victims in Alabama

Atmospheric science grad students working with Prof. David Mechem do the heavy lifting to install a disk array in the Atmospheric Science Linux cluster. The disk server provides an additional analysis capacity and 60 Terabytes of storage for regional climate simulations, cloud-resolving models, and eddy-covariance tower data.
These computing resources support our research projects funded by NSF EPSCoR, NOAA, Department of Energy, Office of Naval Research, and NASA.

Pictured, from left to right in the photo, are Halley Holmes, Prescott Bishop, David Huber, and Kathryn Clark.

Just an FYI for those who read the Daily Kansan and/or are interested:  KU Atmo 605 students are now the forecasters for the Kansan newspaper! (the paper is no longer using  You can find our forecasts today on page 2, at the top.  We hope to make this a year-round thing, where KU ATMO majors will be producing forecasts for the paper in addition to recording for the KU Weather line. 

As a reminder, anytime you need a forecast, you can call the Weather Line at 864-3300. (shameless plug)

Congratulations are in order for Nate Brunsell, who has just received an NSF Ecosystems grant (with Paul Stoy at Montana State University) for a project entitled “Scaling ecosystem function: Novel approaches from MaxEnt and Multiresolution.”

Congratulations to Nate Brunsell for receiving the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers. The fellowship was awarded for his proposal: "Using Maximum Entropy Production to assess heterogeneity, optimality, and extreme events in land-atmosphere dynamics". This work will be conducted during a year long stay at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany.


Congratulations to Atmo major Anne Alexandra Glanville on her C.E. Spahr Scholarship in the Sciences, John P. Feighner Scholarship and Veta B. Lear Memorial Award. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas honored 73 students with more than $77,000 in scholarships and awards this spring. All the scholarship recipients and most award winners are attending classes at KU this fall. The scholarships and awards, which are made possible by gifts to KU Endowment from alumni and friends, were awarded based on merit, need or both. “These students represent the most talented young scholars in the College. I am grateful that we are able to offer this support to foster their success,” said Interim Dean Gregory B. Simpson.

Congratulations are in order for Dave Mechem who received the J. Michael Young Academic Advisor Award for 2008-2009 in the Natural Sciences Division of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences!

Congratulations to our 2009 Geography and Atmospheric Science Graduates!

Congratulations to Kees van der Veen on his promotion to Full Professor.

See who came to the Atmo Reunion, May 8, 2009

Congratulations to Ava Dinges and Andrew Oberthaler who have won American Meteorological Society Undergraduate Scholarships! Congratulations also to Sylvia Davison who has won an AMS Minority Scholarship and plans to come to KU.

ATMO undergraduate student Jesse Lundquist was selected for the prestegious National Weather Service Student Career Education Program (SCEP).  This is a paid internship with the National Weather Service.


AtmoAwards Congratulations to the Atmospheric Science Program on receiving the Cooperative Observer Award from the National Weather Service for the University's weather station near Lindley Hall. The station is one of the oldest of Kansas' stations. Pictured, left to right, are Richard McNulty, Johannes Feddema, Curtis Hall, Bill Newman of the National Weather Service, David Mechem, Donna Tucker and Terry Slocum. To read more, please click here.

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