Neil T. Sanger


PhD Student, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, Jul-Oct 08

  • Performed tropical cyclone spin-up research as active participant during Office of Naval Research and National Science Foundation-funded major international field experiment in western North Pacific.
  • As lead mission scientist onboard WC-130J “Hurricane Hunter” aircraft, flew over 150 hours for 15 penetrations into the eye of typhoons directing pilots inside storms to ensure optimal data collection for critical international field research campaign involving nine countries.
  • Delivered key inputs to 60 world-renowned scientists during 40 daily mission planning meetings ensuring proper use of four research aircraft to investigate tropical cyclones--won forecast award.


Masters Student, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, Aug 97-May 99

  • Performed critical research on the relationship between microbursts and lightning at The Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Station that helped improve accuracy of forecasts necessary to ensure the protection of vital Air Force assets covering a 1,200 square mile area.
  • Conducted research and co-authored paper on lightning and Nitrous Oxide relationship that earned an "A" in Atmospheric Chemistry class and was published in a professional scientific journal and presented at the International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity.

Selected Publications

An observational study of tropical cyclone spin-up in Supertyphoon Jangmi (2008) from 24-27 September, Monthly Weather Review, 2014, Vol. 142, No. 1, 3-26, N.T. Sanger, M. T. Montgomery, R. K. Smith, and M. M. Bell.


Enhanced NOx by lightning in upper troposphere and lower stratosphere inferred from the UARS global NO2 measurements, 2000, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 27, No. 5, 685-6889, R. Zhang, N. T. Sanger, and R. E. Orville.


An observational study of tropical cyclone spin-up in Supertyphoon Janngmi (2008) from 24-27 September, 30th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 15C.8: 2012.


Bachelor of Science in Meteorology, Florida State University

Master of Human Relations, University of Oklahoma

Master of Meteorology, Texas A&M University

Doctor of Philosophy in Meteorology, Naval Postgraduate School

Additional Information

  • Distinguished 23-year Air Force career as a meteorologist in both research & worldwide forecasting.
  • Five years advising/instructing experience effectively referring students to University resources.
  • Developed & taught benchmark Air Force Leadership Studies curriculum for five years.
  • President & Founder of Weather General, LLC specializing in customized forecasts.

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