J. Michael Fritsch

J. Michael Fritsch

  • Distinguished Professor of Meteorology Emeritus

Email: jmf6@psu.edu


  1. PhD -- Colorado State University


Research Interests

Convective storms, extratropical and tropical cyclones, mesoscale analysis and forecasting, numerical weather prediction.

Selected Publications

Fritsch, J. M., J.  Hilliker, J. Ross, and R. L. Vislocky, 2000:  Model Consensus. Wea. and Forecasting,
15, 571-582.

Bryan, G. and J. M. Fritsch, 2000:   Moist absolute instability: The sixth static stability state.
 Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 81, 1207-1230.

Rogers, R. F., J. M. Fritsch and W. C. Lambert, 2000:  Using radar data in the dynamic initialization of
 a mesoscale model.  Mon. Wea. Rev., 128, 2560-2574.

Bryan, G. and J. M. Fritsch, 2000:   Discrete propagation of surface fronts in a convective environment:
Observations and theory.  J. Atmos. Sci., 57, 2041-2060.

Pontrelli, M., G. Bryan  and J. M. Fritsch, 1999:   The 1995 Madison County, Virginia flash flood.  Wea.
and Forecasting, 14, 384-404.

Kain, J. S. and J. M. Fritsch, 1998:   Multiscale convective overturning in mesoscale convective systems:    Reconciling observations, simulations and theory.   Mon. Wea. Rev., 126, 2254-2273.

Vislocky, R. and J. M. Fritsch, 1997:    An automated, observations-based system for short-term prediction
of ceiling and visibility.    Wea. and Forecasting, 12, 31-43.

Miner, T.J., and J.M. Fritsch, 1997: Lake-effect rain events. Monthly Weather Review, 125, 3231-3248.

Laing, A.G., and J.M. Fritsch, 1997: The global population of mesoscale convective complexes. Quarterly Journal of Royal Meteorology Society, 123, 389-405.

Corfidi, S.F., J.H. Merritt and J.M. Fritsch, 1996:  Predicting the movement of mesoscale convective   complexes.   Wea. and Forecasting, 11, 41-46.

Vislocky, R. and J.M. Fritsch, 1995:  Improved model-output-statistics forecasts through model
 consensus.  Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 76, 1157-1164.

Sousounis, P.J. and J.M. Fritsch, 1994:  Lake-aggregate mesoscale disturbances.  Part II:  Effects on
 regional and synoptic scale weather systems.  Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 75, 1793-1811.

Fritsch, J.M, J.D. Murphy, and J.S. Kain, 1994: Warm-core vortex amplification over land. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 51, 1780-1807.

Fritsch, J.M., J. Kapolka, and P.A. Hirschberg, 1992: The effects of subcloud-layer diabatic processes on cold air damming. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 49, 49-70.

Hirschberg, P.A. and J.M. Fritsch, 1991:  Tropopause undulations and the development of extratropical
 cyclones:  Part II:  Diagnostic analysis and conceptual model.  Mon. Wea. Rev., 119, 518-550.

Hirschberg, P.A., and J.M. Fritsch, 1991: Tropopause undulations and the development of extratropical cyclones. Part I: Overview and observations from a cyclone event. Monthly Weather Review, 119, 496-517.

Kain, J.S. and J.M. Fritsch, 1990:  A one-dimensional entraining/detraining plume model.  J. Atmos.   Sci., 47, 2784-2802.