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Dr. Jeffrey Basara

Director, Kessler Atmospheric and Ecological Field Station
Director of Research, Oklahoma Climatological Survey
Associate Professor, School of Meteorology
University of Oklahoma

Dr. Basara’s research has focused on a variety of projects spanning from micrometeorology to regional climatology. His research includes the physical processes which impact the development of the planetary boundary layer; the development, validation, and improvement of land surface models used in numerical weather prediction, severe weather, droughts, flash floods, strategic weather network design, urban meteorology; and the validation of remotely sensed soil moisture and skin temperature from satellite mounted instruments. A key component of his research involves the use of in situ observations (e.g., the Oklahoma Mesonet) to gain new insights into processes within the land-atmosphere continuum, and how those processes impact complex environmental relationships at varying spatial and temporal scales.

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Extreme Drought to Extreme Rainfall
Mechanisms that Produce Heavy Precipitation in the Great Plains

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​​What causes shifts between extreme drought and heavy precipitation in the Great Plains? In this presentation you will learn about:

  • The climatology of precipitation in the southern Great Plains
  • Ocean circulations related to the pluvial events (periods of extended rainfall) in the Great Plains
  • Feedbacks between weather patterns and soil moisture