Peter V. Hobbs Memorial Endowed Lecture in Experimental Meteorology

Paul Markowski

Professor Paul Markowski

January 23, 2014

7:30-8:30, Kane Hall, Room 220

Dr. Paul Markowski

Professor, Department of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University

Lecture: "Storm Chasing: What I've Learned"

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I will talk about my lifelong interest in tornadoes, and how fortunate I am to be able to make a living by studying them. I will discuss how our understanding of tornadoes has evolved in time and been shaped by recent field projects like the first and second Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiments (VORTEX and VORTEX2), as well as state-of-the-art computer simulations.

About the Speaker

Paul Markowski, Professor of Meteorology at Penn State University, was a leader of the recent second Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment (VORTEX2) and 2013 recipient of the National Weather Association's Fujita Award for his research on tornado formation. He has served as the Chief Editor of Weather and Forecasting since 2012.

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Peter Hobbs

Professor Peter V. Hobbs

Hobbs Endowed Lectures

Description of Lectureship

The purpose of the Peter V. Hobbs Memorial Endowed Lectureship in Experimental Meteorology shall be to sponsor open lectures in the field of experimental meteorology. Peter Hobbs felt strongly that the furthering of science must be nurtured through the open exchange of ideas amongst scientists. To that end, he planned to fund an Endowed Lectureship in Experimental Meteorology for the Atmospheric Sciences Department at the University of Washington where he had worked for 42 years.

Peter Hobbs was deeply involved all his working life in the field of experimental meteorology which ranges from the microscale, through the mesoscale, up to the global scale, and includes both the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere. The common threads in this field are the ubiquitous roles played by aerosols, clouds and precipitation in the atmosphere.

The gift to establish this endowed lectureship was made in loving memory of Peter by his wife and three sons.

Husky One Aircraft

The CARG's Convair-580 research
aircraft in Pietersburg, South Africa,
during the SAFARI-2000 Field Project.
Photo: NASA Dryden Flight Research Center

Hobbs Career Information

Professor Peter V. Hobbs was a faculty member of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington from 1963 to 2005. He received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, in 1960 and 1963, respectively. Director of the Cloud and Aerosol Research Group at the University of Washington from 1963 to 2005.

Principal research interests were cloud and precipitation physics, mesoscale meteorology, atmospheric chemistry and air pollution.

In addition to his steady stream of discoveries about all aspects of clouds—published in 340 papers—Hobbs advised more than 50 graduate students after arriving at the University of Washington, repopulating the field of atmospheric physics.

None of this would have been possible had Hobbs not had a talent for stringing together the funds for aircraft for 40 years, starting with a WWII vintage bomber previously owned by eccentric billionaire aviator Howard Hughes.

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