UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Yvette Richardson, professor of meteorology and associate dean for undergraduate education in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), and William Easterling III, professor of geography and former dean of EMS, have been elected 2018 Fellows of the American Meteorological Society (AMS).
“I’m very honored to be among the group of Fellows,” Richardson said. “There are a lot of very worthy people out there. It means a lot that someone took the time to nominate me and I’m very grateful to have made the final selection.”
Richardson’s research focuses on severe storms and tornadoes and improving predictions of these weather events. Recently, her research took her to the Great Plains where she and a colleague used balloons to launch dozens of probes into storms to capture the thermodynamics occurring above the ground.
She participated in two Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment projects known as VORTEX (1994-95) and VORTEX2 (2009-10). These field experiments bring together atmospheric scientists from across the country to research the formation and evolution of tornadoes in the central United States.