Student Profile
Stephen Baxter
Parkville, Maryland
3118 Jull Hall
Millersville University, 2010: B.S. Meteorology
University of Maryland College Park, 2012: M.S. Atmospheric and Oceanic Science

Dr. Sumant Nigam
Academic Career

I graduated summa cum laude from Millersville University in 2010 with a B.S. in meteorology. I received my M.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science from the University of Maryland in May 2012. My research interests include subseasonal wintertime variability including the Madden-Julian Oscillation and its impacts, as well as the development of the Pacific-North America (PNA) teleconnection. While studying at UMD, I am a graduate teaching assistant for the AOSC 200/201 course. Additionally, I continue my work part time at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center on a variety of applied research issues, most recently on evaluating the 45-day predictability of the Arctic Oscillation in the CFS version 2.

Other Interests

Outside of my academic research interests, I enjoy weather and climate forecasting. My primary interests are medium and extended range forecasts and predictability, as well as monthly and seasonal climate outlooks. I, along with a colleague, lead twice-weekly map and forecast discussions for the UMD AOSC department.

In addition to atmospheric science, I enjoy studying economics, history, and political philosophy from a libertarian point of view. I am also a big sports fan, closely following my hometown Ravens and Orioles.

Research Papers and Posters
Interesting Links for Weather and Climate Forecasting
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