Cherry Blossom Festival 2009, Washington, D.C.
Student Profile
Catherine Thomas (Sabol)
Florence, New Jersey
2343 CSS
Millersville University: BS, Meteorology
University of Maryland: MS, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
Dr. Kayo Ide
Research Interests

As a part of UMD's Weather & Chaos group, my research focuses on data assimilation and numerical weather prediction. I am currently implementing a hybrid 3D-Var/EnKF scheme in a simplified global atmospheric circulation model, SPEEDY. During my undergraduate career, I gained experience modeling the Mid-Atlantic low level jet with the WRF model. I also volunteered part-time with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in the Air Quality Evaluation Group where I participated in creating air quality forecasts. My other meteorological interests include tropical cyclones and climate change.


MetoGrads organizes student seminars, social events, orientations, community events, and more. We recently participated in the inaugural US Science and Engineering Festival. Twice a year, we host the National Weather Service's storm spotter SkyWarn course. We also collaborate with the DC Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, holding joint meetings.

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