Grant Helps Students Expand Knowledge About Thunderstorms

UNION—A $12,000 grant secured through the National Weather Service is helping Kean University students learn more about the impact of thunderstorms.

The grant supports student stipends and conference travel for their studies about storms during the warm season between June and August. The students are charged with distinguishing between severe and non-severe storms. The goal of this is to provide a model that will improve short-term forecasts in a comprehensive and measureable manner.


Specific objectives of the grant include: determining forecasts to diagnose real-time activity; identifying mesoscale features and expanding operational interactions between cooperative partners, including participation in a weather symposium.

Six students involved in the project accompanied Dr. Paul Croft, a faculty member in Kean’s Department of Geology and Meteorology, during a conference this month in Virginia to present their findings.

Croft, who served as principal investigator for the grant, has conducted research for weather conditions such as fog, snow, air quality and other hazards. He currently serves as director of the Center for Earth System Education and as a subject matter expert on the editorial board of the American Meteorological Society.

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