Nathan M. Hitchens, Ph.D.


Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

2010Ph.D., Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University
 
2006M.S., Department of Geography, Ball State University
 
2004B.S. (summa cum laude), Department of Geography, Ball State University


PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

2013–Instructor, Department of Geography, Ball State University
 
2013–Research Fellow, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, University of Oklahoma
 
2011–2012National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate, National Severe Storms Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


PUBLICATIONS

Refereed Journal Articles
 
In press Hitchens, N. M. and H. E. Brooks: Evaluation of the Storm Prediction Center’s day 3 through day 1 convective outlooks. Weather and Forecasting.
 
2013 Hitchens, N. M., H. E. Brooks, and R. S. Schumacher: 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
 
2013 Hitchens, N. M., H. E. Brooks, and M. P. Kay: 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
 
2013 Hitchens, N. M. and H. E. Brooks: 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
 
2012 Hitchens, N. M. and H. E. Brooks: 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
 
2012 Hitchens, N. M., M. E. Baldwin, and R. J. Trapp: 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
 
2012 Marsh, P. T., J. S. Kain, A. J. Clark, V. Lakshmanan, N. M. Hitchens, and J. Hardy: 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
 
2010 Hitchens, N. M., R. J. Trapp, M. E. Baldwin, and A. Gluhovsky: Characteristics of sub-diurnal extreme precipitation producing systems. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 11, 211–218. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1175/2009JHM1129.1


AWARDS AND HONORS

2010Excellence in Teaching Award, Committee for the Education of Teaching Assistants, Purdue University
 
2009Outstanding Poster Award, Graduate Student Research Expo, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University
 
2006Outstanding Graduate Student, Department of Geography, Ball State University
 
1996Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America


GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2014Co-Principal Investigator, “Comparing Subjective and Objective Evaluation of Forecasts for Severe Thunderstorms”, U.S. Weather Research Program for NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed ($26,599)
 
2010Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University ($9,000)
 
2009Purdue Research Foundation Summer Research Grant, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University ($3,600)


CONFERENCE ACTIVITY/PARTICIPATION

Oral Presentations
 
2012 Evaluation of the Storm Prediction Center's Day 3 through Day 1 Convective Outlooks. 26th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms, 5–8 November, Nashville, Tennessee
 
2011 Heavy and Extreme Precipitation from Supercell Thunderstorms in the United States. 6th European Conference on Severe Storms, 3–7 October, Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
 
2010 Characteristics of Sub-Diurnal Extreme Precipitation-Producing Systems. National Flood Workshop, 24–26 October, Houston, Texas
 
2008 Characteristics of Sub-diurnal Extreme Precipitation-Producing Systems. 24th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms, 27–31 October, Savannah, Georgia
 
2008 Characteristics of Sub-diurnal Extreme Precipitation-Producing Systems. Joint Assembly of the American Geophysical Union, 27–30 May, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
 
2005 False Severe Weather Perceptions in the Midwestern United States. 101st Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, 5–9 April, Denver, Colorado
 
2004 Middletown USA: Perceptions of the Severe Storm Threat. 8th NWA Severe Storms and Doppler Radar Conference, 25–27 March, Des Moines, Iowa
 
 
Posters Presented
 
2009 (with B. N. Guy and D. R. Clabo), Polarimetric and multi-Doppler radar analysis of a High Plains supercell. NSF Facilities Users’ Workshop, 14–17 June, Boulder, Colorado


CAMPUS/DEPARTMENTAL TALKS

2014 Evaluation of the SPC's Probabilistic Outlooks. National Weather Center Seminar Series, 24 April, Norman, Oklahoma
 
2012 Evaluation of SPC Convective Outlooks. National Weather Center Seminar Series, 4 December, Norman, Oklahoma


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Ball State University Undergraduate Courses
 
Earth, Sea, and Sky: A Geographic View (Summer 2006)
 
Introduction to GIS (Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Summer 2014)
 
 
Ball State University Graduate Courses
 
Research Methods in Geography (Fall 2013)
 
 
Purdue University Teaching Assistantship
 
Dynamic Earth Lab (Fall 2006, Fall 2008)
 
Synoptic Laboratory II (Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009)
 
Synoptic Laboratory III (Fall 2009)
 
 
Ball State University Teaching Assistantship
 
Earth, Sea, and Sky: A Geographic View – Lab (Fall 2003, Spring 2004, Fall 2004, Spring 2005, Fall 2005, Spring 2006)


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2012Participant (invited), NOAA/Hazardous Weather Testbed Spring Forecasting Experiment, 4–8 June, Norman, Oklahoma
 
2011Participant (invited), NOAA/Hazardous Weather Testbed Spring Forecasting Experiment, 23–27 May, Norman, Oklahoma
 
2009Participant (selected), Advanced Study Program Summer Colloquium, National Center for Atmospheric Research, 1–12 June, Boulder, Colorado
 
2006–2010Research Assistant, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University


SERVICE TO PROFESSION

Editorial
 
2014Associate Editor, Weather and Forecasting
 
 
Peer Reviewer
 
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, Monthly Weather Review, Physical Geography, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, Weather and Forecasting


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

2013Sigma Xi
 
2005American Geophysical Union
 
2004Association of American Geographers
 
2002American Meteorological Society
 
2001National Weather Association