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Jared Rackley

Jared is a meteorologist, atmospheric scientist, and geographer with a range of interests including weather, climate, forecasting, music, and photography. A long-time writer for AthensGaWeather, he now serves as a fill-in and web administrator for Jared currently works as a post-Master's Meteorologist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and holds Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Geography and Atmospheric Science from the University of Georgia. Jared's master's research focused on the climatology and modeling of Appalachian cold-air damming events in the Southeast United States. He has regularly been ranked as one of the top forecasters in the nation by WxChallenge, a competition of the nation's top 1,500+ collegiate forecasters (including undergraduates, graduates, and professors). Jared is also a former President of the UGA Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. Jared's previous research has included indices for Clear Air Turbulence (CAT) Forecasting, Public Perception of Precipitation Forecasts, Superstorm Sandy 3D Analysis using Twitter Data, and Tornado Debris Characteristics And Trajectories During The 27 April 2011 Super Outbreak Using Social Media Data. The later was published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society and received widespread media attention from outlets such as the Associated Press, Today Show, and NBC Nightly News.

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