Cascade Climatology Consulting Corporation

P.O. Box 15060
Mill Creek, WA 98082-5060
Phone: (425) 338-0943


March 1975 - September 1977 University of Washington

  • Degrees: Master of Science with major in Atmospheric Sciences
  • Area of Specialization: Planetary Atmospheres
  • Thesis Title: "Diurnal Variations of the Basic Surface Layer Parameters During the First 45 Sols at the Two Viking Lander Sites"
  • Thesis Presentation Date: September 16,1977

October 1970 - June 1974 University of California at Los Angeles

  • Degrees: Bachelor of Arts with a major in Meteorology
  • Date of Graduation: June 16,1974


July 1993 - Present Cascade Climatology Consulting Corporation

  • Created a small business. Cascade Climatology Consulting Corporation, to perform two different functions. The primary function of the business is Forensic Meteorology, which is the service of providing consultation and expert witness testimony for attorneys and insurance claims adjusters who are in need of weather data or meteorological information. This type of data is essential to providing accurate facts for legal eases wherein weather conditions may have had an affect. Such eases are automobile, marine and aircraft accidents; property damage and personal injury losses as a result of snow, ice, wind, lightning or
    floods. Client references can be provided upon request.
  • Another function of my business is to provide scientific software development and modification, primarily using FORTRAN programming language, to businesses in the computer software development industry. Principal clients will be those in the meteorological community and those who are in need of meteorological software.

January 1980 - August 1990 Raytheon STX Corporation (formerly ST Systems Corporation)


  1. TIROS-N Operational Vertical Sounder (TOVS), 1980
    Major Accomplishment - Developed Software for the TOVS Trend Monitor package. This package was developed to measure the daily average temperature and water vapor content differences between measurements taken from radiosonde observations and satellite retrievals at various atmospheric levels in five different latitude zones. A program was written to display the daily trend of these NOAA satellite - radiosonde differences on a TEKTRONIX terminal.
  2. Sea Surface Temperature (1981 -1990)
    Developed most software necessary for making multichannel sea surface temperature (MCSST) measurements for the NOAA polar orbiting satellites utilizing the five channel Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR). Separate algorithms were written for daytime and nighttime retrievals as well as algorithms using the 20 channel High Resolution Infrared Sounder (HIRS) to be used as an alternate SST retrieval procedure. Applied the AVHRR multichannel algorithms to produce a global SST field for the first GARP Global Experiment (FGGE) period (1979) using data from the TIROS-N satellite. Improved the SST software used by the Chinese Meteorological Bureau and helped implement the system package on the Hitachi M-360 computer in Beijing, Peoples Republic of China during June 1985. Developed mainframe software for MCSST Algorithm Evaluation System and installed the package on a
    Perkin-Elmer 3200 system at NAVOCEANO, Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi in Septembr 1989. Provided maintenance and monitoring support and enhancement to MCSST Products between October 1989 and August 1990.
  3. Ozone (October 1984 - November 1985 and Summer, 1986)
    Between October 1984 and November 1985, was involved in testing and implementing software to produce ancillary data which is used in conjunction with the Operational Ozone Processing System. The ozone data is retrieved from the SBUV/2 instrument aboard NOAA polar orbiting satellites. During summer, 1986, used NIMBUS-7 satellite year 6 and 7 data to study daily and orbital trends of equatorial stratospheric ozone content.
  4. Atmospheric Aerosol (October 1986 - August 1990)
    Worked on methods to estimate atmospheric aerosol particle size and optical thickness from AVHRR visible channels aboard NOAA polar orbiting satellites using radiative transfer algorithms. Also used these algorithms to make off-nadir angle radiance estimates for Lambertian and non-Lambertian surfaces in a study for the United States Geological Survey. The results of the study and accompanying software were delivered to the USGS at the EROS data center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in December 1988. Developed software to match and compare ground truth aerosol optical thickness measurements with co-located satellite estimates.

July 1976 - September 1977 University of Washington

  • As Research Assistant performed studies of the Martian Atmosphere using Mariner 9 data to study the temperature structure of Mars. Used Viking Lander and Orbiter Meteorology data to make boundary layer flux calculations necessary for the preparation of my Master's thesis.

Summer, 1975 University of Washington

  • Teaching Assistant for basic undergraduate course for non-majors in atmospheric sciences. Duties included correcting assignments, holding one hour quiz sections per week and proctoring exams.


  • IBM 360/195
  • NAS 9050
  • Prime
  • IBM/PC Graphics
  • Hitachi M-360
  • Perkin-Elmer 3200
  • Micro VAX
  • VAX 11/780


  • Currently, I own an IBM/PC compatible computer with a 20 gigabyte hard drive, 128 megabytes of RAM, and a 733 Mhz processor. Windows 98 is the operating system. I have a Hewlett Packard ink jet printer and can access the internet with a DSL modem.


  • Job Control Language (JCL)
  • Slight Knowledge of Unix
  • Windows 95, 98
  • DOS


  • Fortan-H
  • VS Fortran
  • MS Fortran Version 5.1
  • Statistical Analysis System (SAS) Package
  • Slight Knowledge of Visual C++


  • WordPefect 5.1


"Diurnal Variations of the Martian Surface Layer Meteorological Parameters During the first 45 Sols at Two Viking Lander Sites"; with Leovy and Tillman pp. 2346-2355, Vol. 35, No. 12 -December 1978 Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences.

Co-authored "Multichannel Improvements to Satellite-Derived Global Sea Surface Temperatures" with McClain, Pichel, Walton, and Ahmad pp. 43-47, Vol. 2, No. 6 Advanced Space Research.

"Multichannel Improvements to Satellite-Derived Global Sea Surface Temperatures" with McClain et al. Presented by McClain at the XXIV COSPAR meeting in Ottawa, Ontario Canada on May 28,1982.

"Sea Surface Temperature Retrievals from the TIROS-N AVHRR Instrument for the FGGE Period (December 1978 - November 1979)" with Z. Ahmad, W. Mitchell, and A. Strong. Presented at the Oceans '85 Conference in San Diego, California on November 14,1985.

Co-authored "Multichannel Sea Surface Temperatures (MCSST) from the TIROS-N Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) for the FGGE Period (December 1978 - November 1979)" with Ahmad, Mitchell and Strong. Presented by Ahmad at the AMS conference on the results of the First GARP Global Experiment (FGGE) in Miami, Florida on January 14,1986.

"TIROS-N Satellite Detection of Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies Induced by hurricanes David and Frederick with Ahmad and Strong, presented at a poster session of the 68th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Anaheim, California on February 3-4,1988

"A Multispectral Approach to Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Aerosol Properties Over Oceans" with Ahmad, Rao, and Stowe. Displayed at poster session of Fifth Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography in London, England on September 4,1990


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