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Johnson Research Group Photo Thank you for checking out the current research activities within the Mesoscale Dynamics Group led by Richard H. Johnson of the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. Our research interests encompass midlatitude, tropical, and monsoon convective systems and their coupling with the atmospheric circulation and planetary boundary layer over a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. A major emphasis lies in observational analyses of data from field programs and operational datasets. Field programs that our students and staff have participated in over the past twenty years include TOGA-COARE (1992-93), SCSMEX (1998), NAME (2004), TiMREX (2008), MC3E (2011) and DYNAMO (2011-12). Motivated by observational findings, we also carry out theoretical and modeling studies to better understand the physical processes involved in the various phenomena. Our ultimate goal is to improve understanding and prediction of weather on both short and long-term time scales.

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Mesoscale area of lowered pressure behind a squall line Convection during TiMREX Convection during DYNAMO
Bow echo over Oklahoma Wind field in the Baja Peninsula area showing a southerly wind surge up the gulf Precipitating cloud during DYNAMO

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