Harold E. Brooks
|Born||March 11, 1959
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
|Institutions||National Severe Storms Laboratory, University of Oklahoma|
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge
William Jewell College (B.A., 1982)
Columbia University (M.A., M.Phil., 1982)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Ph.D., 1990)
|Thesis||Low-level Curvature Shear and Supercell Thunderstorm Behavior (1990)|
|Doctoral advisor||Robert B. Wilhelmson|
|Known for||Severe convective storms, tornado climatology, weather forecasting|
Harold Edward Brooks (b. March 11, 1959 in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American meteorologist whose research is concentrated on severe convective storms and tornadoes, particularly severe weather climatology, as well as weather forecasting.
Brooks began his higher education career at William Jewell College, studying physics and mathematics, achieving a B.A., summa cum laude, in 1982. Whilst there he studied abroad at the University of Cambridge, passing Part 1 of the tripos in Archaeology and Anthropology in 1980. In 1985 he earned a M.A. and M.Phil. at Columbia University from the Atmospheric Sciences Program within the Department of Geological Sciences. This was followed by doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, culminating in a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences in 1990. During this period Brooks worked as a laboratory assistant, graduate assistant, rapporteur, and graduate research assistant. Brooks is a member of Sigma Xi.
Brooks joined the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) as a research meteorologist in 1991. Elected as a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in 2010, Brooks has received the Department of Commerce Silver Medal in 2002, three NOAA Research Outstanding Paper Awards, and the NOAA Administrator's Award in 2007.