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Department of Atmospheric Sciences
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Dr. Richard Orville

Professor and Director, NOAA/NWS Cooperative Institute for Applied Meteorological Studies

Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1966

M.S. University of Arizona, 1963

A.B. Princeton University, 1958

Research Interests

Dr. Orville, in cooperation with other faculty, (Drs. Nielsen-Gammon, Schumacher and Zhang) has developed a comprehensive program on the meteorological characteristics of lightning associated with lightning discharges to ground. This instrumentation base consists of the WSR-88D installations in Texas, access to the National Lightning Detection Network, which he established in the 1980’s, and a total Lightning Mapping Array (LMA) around Houston. He has over 150 reviewed publications identified in researcherID.

The Cooperative Institute for Applied Meteorological Studies (CIAMS) is one of two National Weather Service Institutes in the Southern Region. This association provides a close research link between Texas A&M University and the National Weather Service. Numerous projects are underway that enable the student to work with NWS personnel. The result is usually a master's or doctoral completion and frequently, employment with the NWS. The current areas of cooperative research include Doppler radar, lightning, severe storms in the Southern Plains, and agriculture.

Dr. Orville is active in national atmospheric science programs having served 4 years on the Council of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) as atmospheric sciences section president and president-elect, 12 years on the Council of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) as Commissioner of Education and Commissioner of Publications, and 6 years as a member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Board. He is a Fellow of the AMS and the AGU.

Recent Publications

  • Warner, T. A., 2011: Observations of simultaneous upward lightning leaders from multiple tall structures. J. Atmos. Res., doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2011.07.004 (In press)
  • Warner, T. A., K. L. Cummins, and R. E. Orville, 2011: Comparison of upward lightning observations from towers in Rapid City, South Dakota with National Lightning Detection Network data - preliminary findings. Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Winter Lightning, Jun 13-15, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Warner, T. A., M. M. F. Saba, S. Rudge, M. Bunkers, W. A. Lyons, and R. E. Orville, 2012: Lightning-triggered upward lightning from towers in Rapid City, South Dakota, paper presented at the 22nd International Lightning Detection Conference, Apr 2 – 5, Boulder, Colorado, USA.
  • Warner, T.A., M. F. Saba, and R. E. Orville, “Characteristics of upward leaders from tall towers,” 2012, (Submitted) International Lightning Detection Conference
  • Campos, L., M. F. Saba., T. A. Warner, O. P. Pinto, E. P. Krider, K. L. Cummins, and R. E. Orville, 2012, “High-speed video observations of natural cloud-to-ground lightning leaders – A statistical analysis”, (Submitted)
  • Stolzenburg, M., T. C. Marshall1, S. Karunarathne, N. Karunarathna, T. Warner, R. E. Orville, and Hans-Dieter Betz, “Stroke-like upward illumination occurring within a few milliseconds after lightning return strokes, 2012, J. Geophys. Research, (Submitted)
  • Warner, T. A., J. H. Helsdon, M. J. Bunkers, M. M. F. Saba, and R. E. Orville, 2012, “UPLIGHTS: Upward Lightning Triggering Study,” Bulletin of the Amer. Meteor. Soc., (Submitted)
  • Seroka, G. N., R. E. Orville, and C. Schumacher, 2011, “Radar nowcasting of total lightning over the Kennedy Space Center,” Weather and Forecasting, (In press)
  • Mosier, R. M., C. Schumacher, R. E. Orville, and L. D. Carey, 2011 “Radar nowcasting of cloud-to-ground lightning over Houston, Texas,” Weather and Forecasting, April, Vol. 26, 199-212, DOI: 10.1175/2010WAF2222431.1; Corrigendum DOI: 10.1175/2011WAF-D-11-00049.1
  • Warner, T. A., R. E. Orville, J. L. Marshall, and K. Huggins (2011), Spectral (600–1050 nm) time exposures (99.6 μs) of a lightning stepped leader, J. Geophys. Res., 116, D12210, doi:10.1029/2011JD015663
  • Orville, R. E., G. R. Huffines, W. R. Burrows, and K. Cummins, 2011, “The North American Lightning Detection Network (NALDN): Analysis of Flash Data – 2001-2009,” Mon. Weather Rev., doi: 10.1175/2010MWR3452
  • Warner, T. A., R. E. Orville, J. L. Marshall, and K. Huggins (2011), Spectral (600–1050 nm) time exposures (99.6 μs) of a lightning stepped leader, J. Geophys. Res., 116, D12210, doi:10.1029/2011JD015663
  • Saba, M., W. Schulz, T. Warner, S. Campos, C. Schumann, E. Krider, K. Cummins, and R. Orville, 2010, “High-speed video observations of positive lightning flashes to ground, “.J Geophysical Research. [115, D24201, doi:10.1029/2010JD014330, 16 December 2010.
  • Orville, R. E., G. R. Huffines, W. R. Burrows, and K. Cummins, 2011, “The North American Lightning Detection Network (NALDN): Analysis of Flash Data – 2001-2009,” Mon. Weather Rev., doi: 10.1175/2010MWR3452.1, p.1305-1322.
  • Clements, N. C. and R. E. Orville, 2010, The warning time for cloud-to-ground lightning in isolated, ordinary thunderstorms over Houston, Texas. 3rd Conf. on Meteorological Applications of Lightning Data, New Orleans, LA, Amer. Meteor. Soc., In revision.
  • Keeler, J., S. Steiger, R. Hamilton, and R. Orville, 2009, “Lake -effect thunderstorms in the lower great lakes,” J. Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Vol. 48, No 5, 889-902.
  • Hodapp, C.L., L.D. Carey, and R.E. Orville, 2008, Evolution of radar reflectivity and total lightning characteristics of the 21 April 2006 mesoscale convective system over Texas, Atmos. Res., doi:10.1016/j.atmosres. 2008.01.007, Vol 89/1-2 pp 113-137.
  • Ely, B., Orville, R. E., L. D. Carey, and C. L. Hodapp, 2008, “Evolution of the total lightning structure in a leading –line, trailing-stratiform mesoscale convective system over Houston, Texas” J. Geophys. Res.,Vol. 113, No. D08114, doi10.1029/2007JD008445.

 

 
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