Megan S. Candelaria
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Weather Research with an Aircraft (UW King Air)
Education:B.S. in Meteorology, Millersville University, PA
My current research focuses on understanding the characteristics of drylines that appear in southeast Wyoming. A dryline is simply a weather boundary (much like a cold front) that separates warm, humid air to the east from warm, dry air to the west. The reason drylines are important is because they are often associated with the development of thunderstorms, many of which become severe and produce strong winds, hail, and occasionally tornadoes. Drylines have been studied extensively in areas like Texas and Oklahoma where they are most common, but drylines in southeast Wyoming have received very little attention from the research community until recently. My hope is that I am able to gain a more thorough understanding of how southeast Wyoming drylines are different from their counterparts to the south, while also helping forecasters in Wyoming better anticipate the occurrence of these dryline events.
I hail from the East Coast and completed my undergraduate work at Millersville University, a small school in south-central Pennsylvania. It may be somewhat expected and perhaps slightly clicheé, but I have always loved weather. When I was in high school, I decided that I wanted to go to college to become a meteorologist. The rest, you could say, is history. My specific interest in severe storms, and especially drylines, originates from watching tornado research documentaries as a young boy. In a way, this spurred my own desire to get into research as I thought that I might one day have the chance to be involved in one of these exciting projects. As it turns out, my research at the University of Wyoming may actually give me the opportunity to take part in some of these types of projects in the future. I hope to be able to continue working in research after I graduate and do my own part in helping to solve some of the difficult challenges we face as atmospheric scientists.