Nathan M. Hitchens, Ph.D.


Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, Purdue University, 2010.
M.S. in Geography, Ball State University, 2006.
B.S. in Geography (Summa Cum Laude), Ball State University, 2004.


APPOINTMENTS

Research Fellow, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, September 2013 - present.

Instructor, Department of Geography, Ball State University, January 2013 - present.

National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate, NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, January 2011 - December 2012.

Instructor, Department of Geography, Ball State University, June - July 2006.


PUBLICATIONS

Hitchens, N. M., H. E. Brooks, and R. S. Schumacher, 2013: Spatial and temporal characteristics of heavy hourly rainfall in the United States. Monthly Weather Review, 141, 4564-4575. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1175/MWR-D-12-00297.1

Hitchens, N. M., H. E. Brooks, and M. P. Kay, 2013: Objective limits on forecasting skill of rare events. Weather and Forecasting, 28, 525-534. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1175/WAF-D-12-00113.1

Hitchens, N. M. and H. E. Brooks, 2013: Preliminary investigation of the contribution of supercell thunderstorms to the climatology of heavy and extreme precipitation in the United States. Atmospheric Research, 123, 206-210. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosres.2012.06.023

Hitchens, N. M. and H. E. Brooks, 2012: Evaluation of the Storm Prediction Center's Day 1 convective outlooks. Weather and Forecasting, 27, 1580-1585. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1175/WAF-D-12-00061.1

Hitchens, N. M., M. E. Baldwin, and R. J. Trapp, 2012: An object-oriented characterization of extreme precipitation-producing convective systems in the Midwestern United States. Monthly Weather Review, 140, 1356-1366. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1175/MWR-D-11-00153.1

Marsh, P. T., J. S. Kain, A. J. Clark, V. Lakshmanan, N. M. Hitchens, and J. Hardy, 2012: A method for calibrating deterministic forecasts of rare events. Monthly Weather Review, 27, 531-538. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1175/WAF-D-11-00074.1

Hitchens, N. M., R. J. Trapp, M. E. Baldwin, and A. Gluhovsky, 2010: Characteristics of sub-diurnal extreme precipitation producing systems. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 11, 211-218. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1175/2009JHM1129.1


CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

"Evaluation of the Storm Prediction Center's Day 3 through Day 1 Convective Outlooks." 26th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms, Nashville, Tennessee, 2012.

"Heavy and Extreme Precipitation from Supercell Thunderstorms in the United States." 6th European Conference on Severe Storms, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 2011.

"Characteristics of Sub-Diurnal Extreme Precipitation-Producing Systems." National Flood Workshop, Houston, Texas, 2010.

"Characteristics of Sub-diurnal Extreme Precipitation-Producing Systems." 24th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms, Savannah, Georgia, 2008.

"Characteristics of Sub-diurnal Extreme Precipitation-Producing Systems." Joint Assembly of the American Geophysical Union, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 2008.

"False Severe Weather Perceptions in the Midwestern United States." 101st Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Denver, Colorado, 2005.

"Middletown USA: Perceptions of the Severe Storm Threat." 8th NWA Severe Storms and Doppler Radar Conference, Des Moines, Iowa, 2004.


INVITED PRESENTATIONS

"Evaluation of SPC Convective Outlooks." National Weather Center Seminar Series, Norman, Oklahoma, December 2012.


TEACHING

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Associate Editor, Weather and Forecasting, 2014.

Reviewer, Monthly Weather Review, 2013.

Participant (Invited), Experimental Forecast Program Spring Experiment, NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed, 2011, 2012.

Reviewer, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 2010.

Reviewer, Physical Geography, 2009.

Participant (Selected), NCAR Advanced Study Program Summer Colloquium: “Exploring the Atmosphere: Observational Instruments and Techniques”, 2009.


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

HONORS AND AWARDS

Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, 1996.