Clark Evans

Assistant Professorevans

Office: EMS E486
Phone: (414) 229-5116

Educational Degrees

Ph.D., Meteorology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2009
M.S., Meteorology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2006
B.S., Meteorology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2004

Research Positions

Postdoctoral Fellow, Advanced Study Program, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, 2009-2011

Research Areas

My research interests are varied and encompass problems within synoptic and dynamic meteorology.  More specifically, I am interested in tropical cyclones and severe local storms and their impacts from the mesoscale to the climate-scale.  To attempt to gain insight into these phenomena, I primarily use theory in conjunction with numerical modeling, though I do augment those tools with observations when and where available.  Specific research foci include:
  • The formation and extratropical transition of tropical cyclones
  • Warm-core vortex development associated with continental mesoscale convective systems
  • Forecasting convective/convection initiation
  • Utilizing ensemble modeling systems to gain insight into routine and high-impact meteorological events

Selected Service and Projects

  • Associate Editor, Monthly Weather Review, 2012
  • Investigator, Mesoscale Predictability Experiment (MPEX), 2011-present
  • Participant, PRE-Depression Investigation of Cloud-systems in the Tropics (PREDICT), Fall 2010
  • University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Magazine, First Person:  Four Questions, Clark Evans.
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  • UCAR Staff Notes:  A super-sized storm.
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Evans, Clark, Weisman, Morris L., and Bosart, Lance F.“Development of an Intense, Warm-Core Mesoscale Vortex Associated with the 8 May 2009 'Super Derecho' Convective Event.” Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 71.3 American Meteorological Society. (2014): 1218-1240.
Evans, Clark, Van Dyke, Donald F., and Lericos, Todd. “How do forecasters utilize output from a convection-permitting ensemble forecast system? Case study of a high-impact precipitation event.” Weather and Forecasting 29.2 American Meteorological Society. (2014): 466-486.
Burghardt, Brock, Evans, Clark, and Roebber, Paul J.“Assessing the predictability of convection initiation across the High Plains using an object-based approach.” Weather and Forecasting 29.2 American Meteorological Society. (2014): 403-418.
Weisman, Morris, Evans, Clark, and Bosart, Lance. “The 8 May 2009 super derecho: analysis of a realtime explicit convective forecast.” Weather and Forecasting American Meteorological Society. (2013): 863-892.
Evans, Clark, Archambault, Heather, Cordeira, Jason, Fritz, Cody, Galarneau, Jr., Thomas, Gjorgjievska, Saska, Griffin, Kyle, Johnson, Alexandria, Komaromi, William, Monette, Sarah, Muradyan, Paytsar, Murphy, Brian, Riemer, Michael, Sears, John, Stern, Daniel, Tang, Brian, and Thompson, Segayle. “The PRE-Depression Investigation of Cloud-systems in the Tropics (PREDICT) field campaign: perspectives of early career scientists.” Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 93. American Meteorological Society. (2012): 173-187.
Evans, Clark, Schumacher, Russ, and Galarneau, Jr., Thomas. “Sensitivity in the overland reintensification of Tropical Cyclone Erin (2007) to near-surface soil moisture characteristics.” Monthly Weather Review 139. American Meteorological Society. (2011): 3848-3870.