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John Allen

​​​​​​Assistant Professor
Brooks Hall 326
  • ​​Ph.D., Earth Sciences (Meteorology), The University of Melbourne, 2013 
  • B.S., Research Honours (Meteorology), The University of Melbourne, 2008  
  • B.S., Meteorology and Applied Mathematics, The University of Melbourne, 2007

  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Meteorological Society Scientific and Technical Activities Commission's Committee on Severe Local Storms
  • American Geophysical Union
  • General Member, European Severe Storms Laboratory
  • Unidata User's Committee
  • Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

Honors and Awards
  • 2015 AGU Editors' Citation for Excellence in Refereeing​ – Geophysical Research Letters
  • 2015 Co-recipient European Severe Storms Laboratory Heini Tooming Award
Research Interests

Tornadoes, Hail, Climatology, Cyclogenesis, Climate Variability and Change, Crowdsourcing of Meteorological Datasets, Field Observations of Severe Thunderstorms

​Severe thunderstorms have shaped the development of communities worldwide, and how these events respond to climatic variations remains an open question. The primary goal of my research program is to understand how severe thunderstorms respond to climate variability and, in doing so, improve quantification of potential risk to life, property and agriculture from the present and future climate perspective. However, to achieve this goal, there are several directions. One of these focuses is expanding and exploring our understanding of the climatology of severe thunderstorms both in the United States and globally, finding new ways to leverage developing or existing technology and observations to contribute to our outstanding. Other areas of interest include the physical mechanisms of how climate change and variability can impact extreme events, including severe thunderstorm frequency or intensity, deriving forecasting insight and guidance from lessons learned using climatology, and applications of our understanding of severe thunderstorms to their impacts on agriculture and the built environment. 
Teaching Areas

  • MET 140: Severe & Unusual Weather
  • MET 450: Mesoscale Meteorology
  • ​​MET 480: Atmospheric Modeling

Selected Publications and Presentations (* denotes student)

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