Please browse around to learn more about Dr. Galarneau's research and teaching interests and activities. His group also manages and develops two real-time weather websites that display QG diagnostics and GFS/MPAS forecasts. An example of an online weather product is shown here:

Caption: 24-h GFS forecast 200 hPa streamfunction (gray contours every 12x106 m2 s-1), 200 hPa wind speed (red contours every 10 m/s starting at 40 m/s), 6-h total precipitation (shaded in mm), and 200 hPa divergent wind (arrows > 5 m/s).

Southwestern U.S. radar     Surface Maps     Tucson Radiosonde     San Diego Radiosonde     GOES-W WV      MIMIC-TPW



Thomas Galarneau received his B.S. in atmospheric science in 2001, M.S. in basic classroom teaching (earth science) in 2003, M.S. in atmospheric science in 2007, and Ph.D. in atmospheric science in 2010, all from the University at Albany. His Ph.D. thesis advisor was Prof. Lance Bosart, and the thesis entitled "Tropical Cyclogenesis Associated with Extratropical Precursors in the North Atlantic Basin". Tom spent 2010-2015 in Boulder, Colorado. From 2010-2011, he was a visiting fellow at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado and the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory. From 2011-2015, Tom was a research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He joined the UA faculty in August 2015.








Teaching Interests

  • Synoptic-Dynamic meteorology, mesoscale meteorology, tropical meteorology, severe convective storms

Research Interests

  • Synoptic-Dynamic and mesoscale meteorology, tropical cyclone formation, mesoscale convective systems, extratropical cyclone life cycles, heavy rainfall, extreme weather events, dynamics and prediction of weather systems

Honors, Awards, Fellowships, and Positions

  • 2017-present - Member of the Science Advisory Board, NOAA/UCAR Developmental Testbed Center
  • 2016 - Award for Excellence at the Student Interface, Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona
  • 2016-present - Chair of the American Meteorological Society Committee on Mesoscale Processes
  • 2016 - Editor's Award for the American Meteorological Society journal Monthly Weather Review
  • 2013 - Outstanding Publication of the Year for the paper "Diagnosing Forecast Errors in Tropical Cyclone Motion", NCAR Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Laboratory
  • 2012-present - Associate Editor for the American Meteorological Society journal Monthly Weather Review
  • 2011 - Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award, College of Arts & Sciences, University at Albany
  • 2011 - Narayan R. Gokhale Distinguished Research Scholarship Award, Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University at Albany
  • 2009 - Advanced Study Program Graduate Student Visiting Fellowship, NCAR
  • 2008 - Bernard Vonnegut Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University at Albany
  • 2006 - Advanced Study Program Summer Colloquium Participant (The Challenge of Convective Forecasting), NCAR
  • 2006 - Outstanding Student Poster Presentation Award, Symposium on Challenges of Severe Convective Storms, American Meteorological Society

Recent news and activities from Dr. Galarneau's research group

  • A UA/UCSD collaborative study on the impact of easterly water vapor transport through the Chiricahua Gap on southeast Arizona monsoon rains by Ralph and Galarneau was accepted as an article in the Journal of Hydrometeorology (Jul 2017)
  • Collaborative study on elevated mixed layers and high-impact weather by Cordeira, Metz, Howarth, and Galarneau was published in June 2017 edition of Weather and Forecasting
  • Graduate student James Fowler (M.S., 2017) submitted his M.S. research paper on TC-TC and TC-environment interactions as an article to Monthly Weather Review (May 2017)
  • Graduate students James Fowler and Tyler Kranz both successfully completed their M.S. degrees at UA (May 2017). Congratulations, Jimmy and Tyler!
  • Collaborative study on dryline convection during MPEX by Torn, Romine, and Galarneau was published in May 2017 edition of Monthly Weather Review
  • Dr. Galarneau gave an invited seminar on tropical cyclogenesis environments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research on 17 April 2017
  • Dr. Galarneau presented on the Arizona summer monsoon at the UA Science Cafe on 21 March 2017
  • Dr. Galarneau presented posters at the Lance Bosart Symposium [1,2] and Climate Variability and Change conference at the AMS Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA (Jan 2017)
  • Graduate students James Fowler and Tyler Kranz presented their M.S. research at the AMS Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA (Jan 2017). Congratulations to Jimmy and Tyler on their excellent presentations!
  • UANews feature: Future of Hurricane Forecasting Looking Up (5 July 2016)
  • Dr. Galarneau gave a seminar on warm seclusion cyclone development at the University at Albany on 20 June 2016


Contact information

Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

University of Arizona

Physics-Atmospheric Sciences Bldg., Rm. 570

1118 E. 4th St.

P.O. Box 210081

Tucson, AZ 85721-0081


email: tgalarneau@email.arizona.edu

phone: (520) 626-7843

fax: (520) 621-6833

web: http://tgalarneau.faculty.arizona.edu