Christopher Sala

Christopher Sala

  • M.S. Graduate Student
530 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802


  1. A.S. - Palm Beach State College 2019
  2. B.S. - Florida State University 2021


Christopher was born in West Palm Beach, Florida and gained a love for meteorology through his experiences of living through the intense hurricanes of the early 2000s including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. He moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 2009 and his passion for meteorology grew as he expereinced snow storms and the reaching effects of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

He completed an Honors in the Major research project at Florida State University on tropical cyclone ACE indices and annual seasonal patterns in oceans in the northern hemisphere. Christopher's passion and research interests has been focused on the anthropogenic effects on the Earth's climate and how humaity may need to change their way of life to adjust to an ever changing planet. He is currently working under Dr. Laifang Li on his master's level thesis.

Currently, Christopher is working on changes in United States summertime precipitation through the use of empirical orthogonal functions. A specific pattern emerges that leads to increased hydrological extremes in between the Midwest and Southeast United States. His research goal is to elucidate the mechanisms responsible for this spaital precipiation variation by analyizing changes in the North Atlantic Subtropical High and the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation.