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Dr. Jana Houser, Assistant Professor
Clippinger 145

Office Hours: Tuesday 2:00-4:00, Friday 10:00-12:00 or by appointment

Ph.D., U. of Oklahoma, 2013

I am an atmospheric scientist specializing in the study of supercells and tornadoes.  My work to this point has been observational, examining case studies of severe weather and winter weather using mobile and fixed location Doppler and polarimetric radar.  I am particularly interested in the rapid development and evolution of tornadoes and their nearby storm-scale features.  My most recent research has focused on examining the evolution of rotation from which tornadoes develop, particularly trying to answer the question of whether tornadoes begin aloft or near the surface.  I am also interested in the climatology of severe weather and processes associated with tornadoes within the lowest 100 m of the atmosphere, including surface frictional effects and topography.  In the future, I would like to utilize a combination of radar observations with GIS information to study the movement and tracks of tornadoes.  Additional research interests include the study of how mesoscale precipitation features and atmospheric instabilities are impacted by local effects in combination with large-scale weather systems. I am passionate about teaching.  I enjoy incorporating non-traditional methods of instruction and learning in my classroom.  I like to use an applications-based approach so that students can immediately relate the theory they learn with real-world examples.  To my experience, this facilitates greater understanding and satisfies the students’ desire to know why they are learning specific concepts.

Courses Taught:
  • Geog 1100: Physical Geography
  • Geog 4060/5060: Synoptic Meteorology
  • Geog 4070/5070: Mesoscale Meteorology


Representative Publications:

Pazmany, Andrew L. James B. Mead, Howard B. Bluestein, Jeffrey C. Snyder, Jana B. Houser. A Mobile Rapid-Scanning X-band Polarimetric (RaXPol) Doppler Radar System
Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology
Volume 30, Issue 7 (July 2013) pp. 1398-1413

Tanamachi, Robin L., Howard B. Bluestein, Jana B. Houser, Stephen J. Frasier, Kery M. Hardwick
Mobile, X-band, Polarimetric Doppler Radar Observations of the 4 May 2007 Greensburg, Kansas, Tornadic Supercell
Monthly Weather Review
Volume 140, Issue 7 (July 2012) pp. 2103-2125

Houser, Jana L. and Howard B. Bluestein
Polarimetric Doppler Radar Observations of Kelvin–Helmholtz Waves in a Winter Storm
Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Volume 68, Issue 8 (August 2011) pp. 1676-1700


Link to complete CV.