Jason Keeler
Assistant Professor
Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Institute for Great Lakes Research
Mesoscale and Boundary Layer Meteorology, Fieldwork using Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Mobile Mesonets
Brooks Hall 325
989.774.3791


Dr. Keeler is a member of the American Meteorological Society, International Society for Atmospheric Research using Remotely-piloted Aircraft (ISARRA), ISARRA Steering Committee, and the American Geophysical Union.

Honors and Awards

  • 2019 AMS Editors' Award for serving as a reviewer for the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology
2015 Co-recipient European Severe Storms Laboratory Heini Tooming Award

Education

  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015
  • M.S., Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010
  • B.S., Meteorology, State University of New York College at Oswego, 2007

Teaching Areas

  • MET 330: Dynamic Meteorology I

Research Interests

  • Mesoscale and Boundary Layer Meteorology
  • Fieldwork using Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Mobile Mesonets

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

  • Houston, A. L., and J. M. Keeler, 2018: The impact of sensor response and airspeed on the representation of the convective boundary layer and airmass boundaries by small unmanned aircraft systems. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., In Press.
  • Rosenow, A. A., R. M. Rauber, B. F. Jewett, G. M. McFarquhar, and J. M. Keeler, 2018: Elevated potential instability in the comma-head: Distribution and development. Mon. Wea. Rev., 146, 1259-1278.
  • Keeler, J. M., R. M. Rauber, B. F. Jewett, G. M. McFarquhar, R. M. Rasmussen, L. Xue, C. Liu, and G. Thompson, 2017. Dynamics of cloud-top generating cells in winter cyclones. Part III: Shear and convective organization. J. Atmos. Sci., 74, 2879–2897.
  • Keeler, J. M., B. F. Jewett, R. M. Rauber, G. M. McFarquhar, R. M. Rasmussen, L. Xue, C. Liu, and G. Thompson, 2016: Dynamics of cloud-top generating cells in winter cyclones. Part II: Radiative and instability forcing. J. Atmos. Sci., 73, 1529–1553.
  • Keeler, J. M., B. F. Jewett, R. M. Rauber, G. M. McFarquhar, R. M. Rasmussen, L. Xue, C. Liu, and G. Thompson, 2016: Dynamics of cloud-top generating cells in winter cyclones. Part I: Idealized simulations in the context of field observations. J. Atmos. Sci., 73, 1507–1527. 
  • Rauber, R. M., D. M. Plummer, M. K. Macomber, A. A. Rosenow, G. M. McFarquhar, B. F. Jewett, D. Leon, N. Owens, and J. M. Keeler, 2015: The role of cloud-top generating cells and boundary-layer circulations in the fine-scale radar structure of a winter cyclone over the Great Lakes. Mon. Wea. Rev., 143, 2291–2318.
  • Rauber, R. M., M. Macomber, D. M. Plummer, A. A. Rosenow, G. M. McFarquhar, B. F. Jewett, D. Leon, and J. M. Keeler, 2014: Fine scale radar and airmass structure of the comma head of a continental winter cyclone—the role of three airstreams. Mon. Wea. Rev., 142, 4207–4229.
  • Rauber, R. M., J. Wegman, D. M. Plummer, A. A. Rosenow, M. Peterson, G. M. McFarquhar, B. F. Jewett, D. Leon, P. S. Market, K. R. Knupp, J. M. Keeler, and S. Battaglia, 2014: Stability and charging characteristics of the comma-head region of continental winter cyclones. J. Atmos. Sci., 71, 1559–1582.
  • Keeler, J. M., and D. A. R. Kristovich, 2012: Observations of Urban Heat Island influence on lake-breeze frontal movement. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 51, 702–710.
  • Steiger, S. M., R. Hamilton, J. Keeler, and R. E. Orville, 2009: Lake-effect thunderstorms in the lower Great Lakes. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 48, 889–902.