Jared Rackley

Jared A. Rackley

NWS Meteorologist

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  • Meteorologist Intern
  • National Weather Service
  • Lake Charles, LA

Personal Profile

Jared is a meteorologist, atmospheric scientist, and geographer with a range of interests including weather, climate, and forecasting. He currently works as a meteorologist at the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Lake Charles, LA.

Jared received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Certificate in the Atmospheric Sciences from The University of Georgia (UGA) in May 2013 and a Master of Science degree under the study of Dr. John A. Knox in December 2015. Jared's master's research focused on the climatology and modeling of Appalachian cold-air damming events in the Southeast United States. After graduation, he worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Post-Master's Research Associate in the Nuclear Security Isotope Technology Division.

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.

Academic and Personal Interests

  • Synoptic Meteorology
  • Mesoscale Meteorology
  • Topographic Impacts
  • Urban Effects
  • WRF Modeling
  • Forecasting
  • Photography
  • Music

Work Experience

National Weather Service

Meteorologist Intern

2016-present

Lake Charles Weather Forecast Office

Oak Ridge National Lab

Post-Master's Research Associate

2015-2016

Nuclear Security Advanced Technologies Group
Nuclear Security Isotope Technology Division

Work involving enhancement of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) modeling capabilities utilized in the nuclear forensics programs and other CBRNE initiatives.

Education

Univeristy of Georgia

Master of Science, Geography

The University of Georgia, 2015

Atmospheric Sciences Specialization

Thesis Topic: A climatology and mesoscale modeling studies of Southern Appalachian cold air damming.

Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude in Geography

The University of Georgia, 2013.

Certificate in Atmospheric Sciences, 2013

Achievements / Activities

AthensGaWeather.com

Team member, 2011 - Present

Local Forecaster, Blogger, and Web Creator

UGA Student Chapter of the AMS

Member, 2009 - 2015

President, 2012 - 2013
Historian, 2013 - 2014

UGA Geography Undergraduate Conference

First Place Poster, 2012

"Verification of Clear Air Turbulence Across the Eastern and Central U.S."

WxChallenge National Weather Forecasting Contest

2010 - 2015

Category 3 Second Place City Winner, New Orleans, LA, 2012
Category 4 Second Place City Winner, Huntsville, AL, 2012
Tournament Wildcard, 2015
Tournament Elite 8, 2014
Tournament Top 64, 2012

UGA Redcoat Marching Band

Trumpet, 2009-2012

Publications

Cold Air Damming Climatology

2015

Rackley, J.A.and J.A. Knox, 2015: A Climatology of Southern Appalachian Cold Air Damming. Weather Forecast, [In Review]

Accuracy of POP Forecasts

2015

Mattingly K., J.A. Knox, A. Stewart, L. Seymour, C. Davis, R. Hale, L. Lindsey, A. Long, R. Scroggs, J.A. Rackley, J. Wood, L. Bloch, J. McLeod, S. Hempel, N. Karner, D. Baraso, 2015: Who's the King of PoP? Comparing the accuracy of National Weather Service and model-generated precipitation forecasts for ten U.S. cities, 2003-2012, Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc., [In Review]

Aerosol Emissions and Lightning

2015

Debbage, N., J. McLeod, J. Rackley, L. Zhu, T. Mote, and A. Grundstein, 2015: The role of point source aerosol emissions on atmospheric convective activity in the vicinity of power plants in Georgia, USA. Papers in Applied Geography, 37, 193–203, [In Press]

Social Media and Tornado Debris Trajectories

2012

Knox, J.A., J.A. Rackley, A.W. Black, V.A. Gensini, M.Butler, C.Dunn, T.Gallo, M.R.Hunter, L.Lindsey, M.Phan, R.Scroggs, S.Brustad, 2012: Tornado debris characteristics and trajectories during the 27 April 2011 super outbreak as determined using social media data. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc., [PDF]

Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Superstorm Sandy and Twitter

2013-2014

C.A. Ramseyer, J.A. Rackley, A.W. Black, and J.A. Knox, 2014: "Superstorm" Sandy's Social Media Surge in Twitter: A Three-Dimensional Analysis. American Meteorological Society 94th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. [PDF]

NWS POP Forecast Accuracy

2014-2015

K. Mattingly, J. A. Knox, C. Davis, R. Hale, L. Lindsey, A. Long, R. Scroggs, J. Rackley, A. E. Stewart, L. Bloch, and J. McLeod, 2014: Who's the King of PoP? Comparing the Accuracy of NWS and NAM/GFS MOS Precipitation Forecasts for Ten U.S. Cities, 2003-2012. Oral presentation at the American Meteorological Society 94th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Social Media and Tornado Debris Trajectories

2012 - 2013

Black, A.W., J.A. Knox, J.A. Rackley, V.A. Gensini, M.Butler, C.Dunn, T.Gallo, M.R.Hunter, L.Lindsey, M.Phan, R.Scroggs, S.Brustad, 2012: Analysis of Tornado Debris Trajectories During the 27 April 2011 Super Outbreak as Determined Using Social Media Data. 67th Annual Meeting, Southeast Division of the Association of American Geographers, Asheville, NC.

Knox, J.A., J.A. Rackley, A.W. Black, V.A. Gensini, M.Butler, C.Dunn, T.Gallo, M.R.Hunter, L.Lindsey, M.Phan, R.Scroggs, S.Brustad, 2012: Analysis of Tornado Debris Trajectories During the 27 April 2011 Super Outbreak as Determined Using Social Media Data. 26th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Nashville, TN, November 7, 2012. [PDF]

J.A. Rackley, J.A. Knox, A.W. Black, V.A. Gensini, M.Butler, C.Dunn, T.Gallo, M.R.Hunter, L.Lindsey, M.Phan, R.Scroggs, S.Brustad, 2012: Using Social Media for Scientific Research: Experiences from a Tornado Debris Research Project. 26th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Nashville, TN, November 7, 2012. [PDF]

Knox, J.A., J.A. Rackley, A.W. Black, V.A. Gensini, M.Butler, C.Dunn, T.Gallo, M.R.Hunter, L.Lindsey, M.Phan, R.Scroggs, S.Brustad, 2012: Analysis of Tornado Debris Trajectories During the 27 April 2011 Super Outbreak as Determined Using Social Media Data. 37th Annual Meeting of the National Weather Association, Madison, WI.

J.A. Knox, J.A Rackley, Black, A.W., V.A. Gensini, M.Butler, C.Dunn, T.Gallo, M.R.Hunter, L.Lindsey, M.Phan, R.Scroggs, S.Brustad, 2013: Analysis of Tornado Debris Trajectories During the 27 April 2011 Super Outbreak as Determined Using Social Media Data. (Invited conference presentation summary)

Clear Air Turbulence

2011

Knox, J.A., G.P. Ellrod, S.R. Silberberg, E. Wilson, M. Augutis, A. Black, C. Dunn, E. Galicki, J. Grant, P. Malone, S. Phelps, and J. Rackley, 2011: Verification of clear air turbulence (CAT) forecast indices during two winters. 36th Annual Meeting of the National Weather Association, Birmingham, AL, October 19, 2011.

Knox, J.A., G.P. Ellrod, S.R. Silberberg, E. Wilson, M. Augutis, A. Black, C. Dunn, E. Galicki, J. Grant, P. Malone, S. Phelps, and J. Rackley, 2011: Performance of the Ellrod-Knox and Lighthill-Ford-Knox clear air turbulence (CAT) algorithms at the Aviation Weather Center (AWC). Oral presentation at the American Meteorological Society 15th Conference on Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meteorology, Los Angeles, CA, August 1, 2011.

Awards and Grants

University of Georgia Graduate School Assistantship

2013 - 2015

Professional Memberships

American Meteorological Society

2011 - Present

National Weather Association

2011 - Present

Southeast Division of the Association of American Geographers

2013 - Present

Gamma Theta Upsilon International Geographic Honor Society

2011 - Present