American Geophysical Union experts available to comment on impending winter storm

13 March 2017


WASHINGTON, DC — Heavy snowfall is forecast for the Upper Midwest, Northeast and mid-Atlantic as a powerful winter storm moves through the region Monday night and Tuesday morning. Widespread heavy snow and blizzard conditions are expected along most of the I-95 corridor from Washington, DC to Boston. Members of the American Geophysical Union are available to comment on the science behind the storm and its potential impacts on the affected regions.

Sarah Kapnick is a Research Physical Scientist in the Climate Variations and Predictability Group at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. Her expertise is understanding snowfall and snowpack variability, predictability, and climate change globally, with sub focuses on the U.S., the South American Andes mountains and Himalaya region in Asia.
Email: sarah.kapnick@noaa.gov
Phone: +1 (609) 452-6548

Philip Mote is Director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and Oregon Climate Services and professor at Oregon State University. His expertise is in climate variability and change in the Pacific Northwest; mountain snowpack and its response to climate variability and change; impacts of climate change on water resources; sea level rise; and adaptation to climate change.
Email: pmote@coas.oregonstate.edu
Phone: +1 (541) 737-5694

Michael Notaro is an associate scientist and associate director of the Center for Climatic Research at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He is an expert on the variability, drivers, and future changes in lake-effect snow in Great Lakes Basin; changing lake temperatures and ice cover; and future changes in North American snowfall and snowstorm intensity and winter severity.
Email: mnotaro@wisc.edu
Phone: +1 (608) 261-1503

Thomas Painter is a Principal Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology and a Research Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. His areas of interest are remote sensing of snow properties, snow hydrology, water resources from mountain snow and ice, and radiative impacts of light-absorbing impurities on snow and glacier melt.
Email: thomas.painter@jpl.nasa.gov
Phone: +1 (818) 393-8226

Charles Zender is a Professor of Earth system science and computer science at the University of California Irvine. He is an expert in the structure and reflectance of snow, including its density, shape, reflectance and susceptibility to warming/melt due to climate change.
Email: zender@uci.edu
Phone: +1 (949) 891-2429

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