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 have two Research Assistantship Ph.D. student opportunities on the Climate/Severe Storm interface at Central Michigan University, with one to start Fall 2020 or Spring 2021, and a second opportunity to start Summer/Fall 2021. Focus of the individuals student's project could take several different directions, but the overall project is all about big data approaches to exploring global severe storm environments and projections for the impacts of climate change. If you know any finishing Masters students, or others who might be interested, please pass this along. The preferred qualifications for the position is a M.S. in meteorology, atmospheric sciences, environmental data science or climate science, but exceptional bachelors level applicants would be considered. This position would suit a student with an interest in severe storms, statistics, big data, and links between the scales of processes in the atmosphere. Each student will be eligible for four years of Research Assistant support including full tuition and competitive stipend are available for this position (no surprise further fees either). Applications should be directly sent to Dr. Allen and will be evaluated as received. Feel free to email Dr. Allen with questions or to express your intrest.


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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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