Earth and Atmospheric Science
Natural and Health Sciences
Mesoscale meteorology and land surface - atmosphere interaction
Dr. Flynn's research interests follow a theme of mesoscale meteorology, from modeling perspectives to remotely-sensed and in-situ observations. Her current work focuses on mesoscale precipitation patterns in mountainous regions of western Mexico and western India. She is keenly interested in the impacts of local land surface features such as soil moisture heterogeneity and terrain on local precipitation patterns. Though most of her work involves modeling with the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF), field work is also an important component of her research as in-situ observations are always needed to ensure model simulations reflect realistic conditions.
Dr. Flynn is part of a collaborative group working twoard increasing visiblity of, and participation in, Atmospheric Science Education Research and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Atmospheric Sciences. Examples of teaching tools and access to other education research products can be found here.
Ellis, T., Kopacz, D., Maudlin, L., and Flynn, W., AMS Short Course: Atmospheric Science Education Research: A Beginner's Guide, 98th AMS Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, 2018.
Flynn, W. J., S. W. Nesbitt, A. M. Anders, and P. Garg, On the Diurnal Cycle of Rainfall Near the Western Ghats during the Indian Summer Monsoon: Influences of the Low-Level Atmosphere and Land Surface, Peter J. Webster Symposium, 98th AMS Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, 2018.
Flynn, W. J., Cloud Identification Exercise, 27th Symposium on Education, 98th AMS Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, 2018.
Ellis, T. D., C. J. Shellito, J. A. Knox, D. Kopacz, and W. J. Flynn, Building Community for Teacher-Scholars in Atmospheric Science Education, 26th Symposium on Education, 97th AMS Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, 2017.
Flynn, W. J., Orographic Controls on Precipitation Along the Western Ghats during the Indian Summer Monsoon, 17th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, AMS, Burlington, VT, 2016.
Flynn, W. J., Chasing Storms: The Front Range Doppler on Wheels Field Project, 7th Annual UNC Teaching and Learning Fair, Greeley, CO, 2016.
Flynn, W. J., S. W. Nesbitt, A. M. Anders, and P. Garg, Mesoscale precipitation characteristics near the Western Ghats during the Indian Summer Monsoon as simulated by a high-resolution regional model, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 2017.
Flynn, W. J., and S. W. Nesbitt, Simulating the diurnal cycle of convection in the Sierra Madre Occidental during the North American Monsoon: Impacts of soil moisture initialization, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 2018, in preparation.
Flynn, W. J., and S. W. Nesbitt, Impacts of soil moisture initialization on local precipitation patterns in the Western Ghats, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 2018, in preparation.
Abel, B., and W. J. Flynn, Effects of the expanding Front Range Urban Corridor on the Urban Heat Island Effect of Denver, CO, Atmospheric Research, 2018, in preparation.
Deuschle, N., and W. Flynn, Tornadic Supercell Thunderstorm on 7 May 2016: Dual Polarization Parameters and their Evolution, July 2016.