DIANNA M. FRANCISCO

Atmospheric Scientist

Welcome to My Professional Portfolio

In May 2019, I earned a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. I spent a year as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma and the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma. I am currently a ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow participating in Durham, North Carolina.

EDUCATION

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INSTRUCTOR

Atmospheric Dynamics II laboratory

(1 course, 21 students)

 

Atmospheric Dynamics I laboratory

(1 course, 21 students)

Introduction to Weather and Climate laboratory

(4 courses, 6-28 students)

Earth System Science laboratory

(3 courses, 21-24 students)

TEACHING ASSISTANT

Field Investigation of Coastal Processes

(1 course, 20 students)

Earth System Science: Exploring the Connections

(6 courses, 72-100 students)

FIELD EXPERIENCE 

 

PH.D. in MARINE, EARTH, & ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES

North Carolina State University

2013–2019

M.S. in ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

University of Nevada-Reno

2010–2012

B.S. in METEOROLOGY
B.S. in MATHEMATICS

University of Miami

2005–2009

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Atmospheric Science

NC STATE UNIVERSITY

Research Assistant

Aug 2013 – May 2019

Coastal Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

Investigated lower-instability environments (High-Shear, Low-CAPE) within the Southeast United States using statistical methods.  Produced probabilistic models that predict the probability of a tornado and/or significant wind speed. Research-to-operations    collaboration with the NWS.

Analysis and Prediction of High-Impact Weather Events Laboratory

Lightning prediction, and analysis of the lightning parameterization schemes in the Weather Research and Forecasting numerical model (WRFv3.6) using the July 28, 2005 case study in Central North Carolina. Research occurred in Summer 2014. 

NC STATE UNIVERSITY

Research Assistant

Jan 2013 – Aug 2013

Clouds and Precipitation Processes and Patterns Laboratory

Global analysis of stratocumulus clouds and drizzle using data from the MODIS and AMSR-E instruments on the Aqua satellite. Ice crystal characterization of snowfall at a ski resort in Utah using Micro Rain Radar (MRR) data and Multi-Angle Snowflake Camera (MASC) images.

DESERT RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Research Assistant

Sep 2010 – Aug 2012

Ice Physics Laboratory

Ice crystal characterization and thermodynamic analysis, and research overview of ice and cloud physics. Field experiments involved capturing and examining ice crystals and snowflakes at two surface stations in Reno, NV. This position included keeping up-to-date on laboratory safety training classes and certifications. 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

North Carolina State University
Department of Marine, Earth, & Atmospheric Sciences

 August 2013 – May 2019

RADIOSONDE LAUNCHES

North Carolina State University
2015–2016

  • Assisted with balloon launches from MEAS Jordan Hall roof in Raleigh, North Carolina to sample High-Shear, Low-CAPE convective environments.

  • Prepared radiosonde and weather balloon for launch, uploaded data to SHARPPy to produce soundings, and instructed undergraduate students.

  • Sent soundings to the local National Weather Service Weather Forecasting Office (WFO RAH).

PLAINS ELEVATED CONVECTION AT NIGHT (PECAN)

North Carolina State University
Summer 2015

  • Multi-institutional field campaign based in Hays, Kansas and funded by the National Science Foundation.

  • Operated a mobile mesonet and sounding unit as part of a two-person team (M-GAUS) while communicating and coordinating with other teams and base operations.

  • On duty for 3.5 weeks: 58 balloon launches over 14 missions; 7,800 miles driven; 11 U.S. states (KS, OK, TX, NE, MO, IA, SD, WI, IN, IL, MN)

Copyright 2012 by Dianna M. Francisco

Copyright 2012 by Dianna M. Francisco

SNOWFALL OBSERVATIONS

Desert Research Institute
2010–2012

  • Thesis research conducted in Reno, Nevada incorporating qualitative and quantitative surface observations and local National Weather Service (WFO REV) sounding data.

  • Collected, examined, and photographed ice crystals and snowflakes falling at two surface stations in Reno.

  • Compared the ice crystal characteristics with the surface and upper air (sounding) observations closest to the observed time of the snowfall observations.

PROFICIENCIES

COMPUTER SKILLS

  • OS: Linux, Unix, Windows, supercomputing (HPC); Mac (limited)

  • Language: Fortran, Python, R, Unix shell (BASH); Java (limited)

  • Modeling: R (statistical), Weather Research and Forecast (WRF)

  • Data Analysis: Excel, IDV, JupyterLab (Python 3), MATLAB, R Studio, WG

  • Suites: Google, Microsoft Office; Adobe (limited)

  • LM Systems: Moodle, Canvas

  • Website development & design

LANGUAGES

  • English (Native)

  • Spanish (Intermediate)

OTHER SKILLS

  • Photography 

  • Painting 

  • Creative Writing 

  • Animal Care

  • University Security 

Mahatma Gandhi

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world."

CONTACT ME

Durham, North Carolina

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