Frank McDonough

Associate Research Scientist Atmospheric Science
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Research Areas

⇒18 years experience working as a research and forecast meteorologist.

⇒ Worked on projects relating to: aviation icing forecasting, weather modification research and operations, wind     turbine icing,  energy weather product development, and aircraft cloud instrumentation.
 
⇒ Demonstrated expertise in supercooled cloud physics. Expert in identifying, analyzing, and differentiating clouds that contain supercooled liquid water, ice, and mixed phase.
 
⇒ Expert knowledge working with research aircraft data sets that include cloud particle and aerosol measurements.
 
⇒ Icing weather forecaster and data analyst for research aircraft.
 
⇒ Demonstrated expertise working with climate data sets.
 
⇒ Experience working with and verifying numerical weather data. 
 
⇒ Expert analyst of most observational data types, radar and satellite imagery, as well as high-resolution numerical model output. Using these data I co-developed operational diagnostic and forecast cloud models that detect supercooled liquid water and tropical clouds containing high mass concentrations of small ice crystals. These systems passed peer review and meet the needs of the general aviation community. Examples include CIP and FIP, which are used as guidance at the Aviation Weather Center.  http://www.aviationweather.gov/adds/icing/
 
⇒ Expert knowledge testing and verifying numerical model output. 
 
⇒ Extensive experience working with large programs using software tools and programming languages such as; UNIX, Matlab, C++, FORTRAN, and shell scripting.

 

Education

DEGREE  YEAR  INSTITUTION  AREA 
 M.Sci  2010 Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO  Atmospheric Science 
 B.Sci 1996  Metropolitan State University, Denver, CO  Applied Math & Meteorology 

Computer Skills

  • Proficient: Linux/Unix, Matlab, FORTRAN, C++, MS office, Python
  • Data formats: NetCDF, GRIB, GRIB2, binary formats, satellite and radar formats
  • Data base: MySQL

Selected Professional Awards  

  • University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) - Science and Technical Advancement Award (wind energy research and forecasting) – 2011
  • NASA - Characterization of Arctic Sea Ice Experiment (CASIE), Ames Honor Award and the Group Achievement Award – 2009
  • NASA - Turning Goals into Reality Aircraft Icing Project Team - 2001

Publications & Presentations

2019

Collins, M. J., McDonough, F., Juchtzer, J. W., Arienzo, M. M., Dean, J. (2019). Stories in the Snow: Crowd-Sourced Snow Crystal Images to Identify Tahoe Winter Cloud Structures, Annual Western Snow Conference: Reno, NV, April 16, 2019-April 18, 2019

2018

McDonough, F. (2018). Environmental Effects of Cloud Seeding Using Silver Iodide, Colorado Water Conservation Board: Denver, CO, January 22, 2018, Presented
McDonough, F. (2018). Walker Basin Cloud Seeding, Presentation to the Walker River Irrigation District: Yerington, NV, February 7, 2018, Presented
McDonough, F. (2018). Preliminary Results of the Tahoe-Truckee Cloud Seeding Project, Water Year 2018, Presentation to the Northern Nevada Water Planning Commission: Reno, NV, April 4, 2018, Presented
McDonough, F. (2018). The Nevada State Cloud Seeding Program, Humboldt River, Presented to the Humboldt River Basin Water Authority: Winnemucca, NV, May 11, 2018, Presented
McDonough, F. (2018). The Nevada State Cloud Seeding Program, Spring Mountains, Presented to the Nye County Water Commission: Pahrump, NV, September 24, 2018, Presented
McDonough, F. (2018). Results of the DRI WY2018 Cloud Seeding Projects, North American Weather Modification Council Fall Meeting: Las Vegas, NV, September 26, 2018-September 27, 2018, Presented
McDonough, F. (2018). Tahoe-Truckee Cloud Seeding Project Water Year 2018, Presented to the Western Regional Water Commission: Reno, NV, October 17, 2018, Presented
McDonough, F. (2018). Cloud Seeding in the Ruby Mountains, Presentation to the Elko National Weather Service: Elko, NV, October 25, 2018, Presented
McDonough, F. (2018). Review of the WY 2018 DRI Colorado Cloud Seeding Projects, Presented to the CWCB: Lakewood, CO, November 14, 2018, Presented
McDonough, F. (2018). Tahoe-Truckee Cloud Seeding Project Water Year 2018, October 17, 2018, Prepared for the Western Regional Water Commission, Reno, NV.
McDonough, F. (2018). Review of the WY 2018 DRI Colorado Cloud Seeding Projects, November 14, 2018, Presented to the CWCB, Lakewood, CO.
McDonough, F., Dean, J. (2018). The Nevada State Cloud Seeding Project Overview, WMA Annual Conference: Estes Park, CO, April 24, 2018-April 27, 2018, Presented
McDonough, F., Mejia, J. F. (2018). Model Simulations for 6 Storms that Produced Seedable Snow over the San Juan Mountains, July 31, 2018, Prepared for the Dolores Water Conservation District.
McDonough, F., Mejia, J. F., Shourd, K. N. (2018). Assessing the Cloud Seeding Potential over the Laramie Mountains in Wyoming, AMS 21st Conference on Planned and Inadvertent Weather Modification: Austin, TX, January 7, 2018-January 12, 2018, Presented
Watts, A. C., McDonough, F., Leland, A., Fleitz, J. M., Richards, M., Gertler, A. W. (2018). Unmanned aircraft for precipitation enhancement, International Conference on Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering: Abu Dhabi, UAE, February 26, 2018-March 27, 2018

2017

McDonough, F. (2017). Cloud Seeding for Ski Resorts, National Ski Area Association Western Winter Conference: Steamboat Springs, CO, January 17, 2017-January 18, 2017
McDonough, F. (2017). An Overview of Cloud Seeding, Nevada Water Resource Association Annual Meeting: Reno, NV, February 13, 2017-February 17, 2017
McDonough, F. (2017). Nevada Cloud Seeding, Humboldt River Basin Water Authority: Carson City, NV, August 11, 2017
McDonough, F. (2017). Tahoe-Truckee Cloud Seeding Project for Water Year 2017, October 17, 2017, Project report and presentation for the Western Regional Water Commission.
McDonough, F. (2017). Walker Basin Cloud Seeding Project for Water Year 2017, October 31, 2017, Project report prepared for the Walker River Irrigation District.
McDonough, F., Adriaansen, D. R., Shourd, K. N., Texeira, K. C. (2017). Anomalously Cold Icing Conditions within Atmospheric River Storms Along the West Coast of North America, AMS 18th Conference on Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meteorology: Seattle, WA, January 22, 2017-January 27, 2017
McDonough, F., Juchtzer, J. W., Shourd, K. N., Dean, J. (2017). Supercooled Liquid Water Observations within Storms over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Weather Modification Association Annual Meeting: Boise, ID, April 17, 2017-April 20, 2017
McDonough, F., Mejia, J. F., Shourd, K. N., Carroll, R. W., Lutz, A. D., Dean, J., Juchtzer, J. W., Huggins, A. W., Kaplan, M. L., DeLuna, R., Trembath, C. (2017). Weather Modification Feasibility Study – Laramie Range Siting and Design, Level III Study, April 30, 2017, Project report prepared for the Wyoming Water Development Office, Cheyenne, WY.
McDonough, F., Shourd, K. N. (2017). Cloud Seeding Project for Winter Park Colorado, Water Year 2017 Final Report, July 31, 2017, Prepared for the Winter Park Resort and the Colorado Conservation Water Board.
McDonough, F., Shourd, K. N. (2017). Cloud Seeding Project for the San Miguel River, Water Year 2017 Final Report, September 30, 2017, Prepared for the Colorado Conservation Water Board.
McDonough, F., Shourd, K. N. (2017). Cloud Seeding Project for the San Juan Mountains, Mancos, August 15, 2017, Prepared for the Colorado Conservation Water Board.
McDonough, F., Stone, R. H. (2017). Cloud Seeding for the Southern California Edison Big Creek Hydroelectric Project, Water Year 2017 Final Report, September 30, 2017, Prepared for Southern California Edison.

2016

Mejia, J. F., McDonough, F. (2016). WRF Simulations for 8 Storms That Produced Seedable Clouds and Precipitation Over the Upper Colorado River Basin, 53 p., Desert Research Institute: Reno, NV, A report to Colorado Water Conservation Board and Wilson Water Group.
Mejia, J. F., McDonough, F. (2016). Lagrangian Particle Tracking Dispersion and Regional Climate Modeling, Eds. McDonough, F., Mejia, J. F., Shourd, K. N., Carroll, R. W., Lutz, A. D., Dean, J., Juchtzer, J. W., Huggins, A. W., Kaplan, M. L., Weather Modification–Laramie Range Siting and Design - Level III Study, 167 p., Desert Research Institute: Reno, NV, A report to Wyoming Water Development Office.

2015

McDonough, F. (2015). DRI-Cloud Seeding Annual Report, NAWMC semi-annual meeting: Salt Lake City, UT, October 1, 2015
McDonough, F. (2015). Winter orographic cloud seeding in the Sierra Nevada and Colorado: Summary of operations and selected case studies, WMA Annual Meeting: Fargo, ND, April 22, 2015
Nelson, M., McDonough, F. (2015). Profiling microwave radiometer measurements over the Vail/Beaver Creek, Colorado target areas, WMA Annual Meeting: Fargo, ND, April 22, 2015
Tilley, J. S., Huggins, A. W., Layman, L. R., Fearon, M. G., David, R. O., McDonough, F. (2015). Trace Chemical Analysis of Water and Soil during the WWMPP: Results and Implies Environmental Impacts, 20th Conference on Planned and Inadvertent Weather Modification: Phoenix, AZ, January 4, 2015

2013

Rosenfeld, R. C., Chemke, P., DeMott, P., Sullivan, R., Rasmussen, R. M., McDonough, F., Comstock, J., Schmid, B., Tomlinson, J., Jonsson, H., Suski, K., Cazorla, A., Prather, K. (2013). The Common Occurrence of Highly Supercooled Drizzle and Rain Near the Coastal Region of the Western United States, J. Geo Res. Atmos., 118, (17), 9819-9833

2012

Haggerty, J. A., McDonough, F., Black, J., Cunning, G., McCabe, G., Wolff, C. (2012). A System for Nowcasting Atmospheric Conditions Associated with Jet Engine Power Loss and Damage Due to Ingestion of Ice Particles, 4th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference: New Orleans, LA, June 25, 2012

2011

McDonough, F., Wolff, C. A. (2011). The Large and Small-Scale Structure and Evolution of a Mixed Phase Icing Cloud., SAE 2011 International Conference on Aircraft and Engine Icing and Ground Deicing: Chicago, IL, June 12, 2011

2010

McDonough, F. (2010). The Global Forecast Icing Product, AIAA-2010-0, AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference: Toronto, Ontario, August 2, 2010
McDonough, F., Wolff, C. A., Politovich, M. K. (2010). A Regional Analysis of Clouds Containing Supercooled Liquid Water, AMS 14th Conference on Aviation Range and Aerospace Meteorology: Atlanta, GA, January 17, 2010

2009

Ikeda, K., Rasmussen, R. M., Brandes, E., McDonough, F. (2009). Freezing Drizzle Detection with WSR 88D Radars, J. Appl. Meteor. Clim, 48, 41-60

2008

McDonough, F. (2008). Forecasting Supercooled Large Drop Icing Conditions, 13th Conference on Aviation Range and Aerospace Meteorology: New Orleans, LA, January 20, 2008

2007

Bernstein, B. C., Wolff, C. A., McDonough, F. (2007). An Inferred Climatology of Icing Conditions Aloft, Including Supercooled Large Drops. Part I: Canada and the Continental United States, J. Appl. Clim., 46, 1857-1878

2005

Bernstein, B. C., McDonough, F., Politovich, M. K., Brown, B. G., Ratvasky, T. P., Miller, D. R., Wolff, C. A., Cunning, G. (2005). Current Icing Potential (CIP): Algorithm Description and Comparison with Aircraft Observations, J. Appl. Meteor., 44, 969-986

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