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Thomas Galarneau

Research Scientist III

Thomas has broad research interests in synoptic-dynamic and mesoscale meteorology, with an emphasis on phenomenological and process studies of severe convective storms, extreme rainstorms, tropical cyclones, and midlatitude bomb cyclones. His work uses a combination of observations and numerical models to advance understanding and update conceptual models with the overarching goal to contribute to improvements in the forecasting of these phenomena. Thomas is a two-time recipient of the University of Arizona’s Award for Excellence at the Student Interface (2016 and 2018). He also received the American Meteorological Society Editor’s Award for Monthly Weather Review (2016) and the NCAR Recognition Award for Outstanding Publication (2013). Thomas served as the chair of the AMS Committee on Mesoscale Processes from 2016-2019 and has served as an associate editor for Monthly Weather Review since 2012.


Ph.D. (Atmospheric Science), University at Albany, 2010

M.S. (Atmospheric Science), University at Albany, 2007

M.S. (Basic Classroom Teaching–Earth Science), University at Albany, 2003

B.S. (Atmospheric Science), University at Albany, 2001


Assistant Professor, Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (2015-2019)

Project Scientist II, Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado (2011-2015)

Visiting Fellow, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado (2010-2011)

Research Team(s):

Observations and Processes