Allen Research Group

Hail - Tornadoes - Climate Variability - Extremes

Welcome to the website of Dr. John T. Allen's Research Group

Hi, I'm John Allen, an Assistant Professor of Meteorology in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Central Michigan University. My research spans a variety of interdisciplinary topics, but primarily focuses on severe convective storms around the globe, their characteristics, climatology and response to factors such as climate variability and change.

Our group pursues problems that aren't your typical mesoscale meteorology, and brings together insights from climate dynamics through synoptic meteorology and explores their respective influences on the storm scale. We leverage modeling, statistical and big data analysis techniques to better understand problems like:

  • How can we best forecast hail incidence and size at operational timescales?
  • How can we estimate the true frequency of severe thunderstorms around the globe when we don't have observations?
  • By what mechanisms does climate variability influences tornado and hail occurrence?
  • How do extreme phenomena respond to a warming climate?

  • If you are a student and you think you’d like to join our research group, feel free to contact me! For more information, check out the pages above to see more information about our group and research projects.


    We always are always looking for new students to join the group at the Ph.D. level through the Earth and Ecosystem Science program. Projects could include those found through this page, but Dr. Allen is happy to work with students to find other sources of support. Feel free to email Dr. Allen with questions or to express your interest.

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    Dr. John T. Allen
    j [dot] t [dot] allen [at] cmich [dot] edu
    Assistant Professor of Meteorology
    Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
    Director, Earth and Ecosystem Science Ph.D. Program
    Central Michigan University
    Brooks Hall 326
    Mt Pleasant, MI, 48858

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