Howard Bluestein

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Howie Bluestein
Born Massachusetts
Fields Meteorology
Institutions University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology
Alma mater MIT (B.S. 1971, M.S. 1972, Ph.D. 1976)
Thesis Synoptic-scale Deformation and Tropical Cloud Bands (1976)
Known for Mobile Doppler radars; VORTEX projects 1 and 2
Notable awards Louis J. Battan's Author's Award

Howard Bruce Bluestein is a research meteorologist known for his mesoscale meteorology, severe weather, and radar research.[1] He is a major participant in the VORTEX projects. A native of the Boston area, Dr. Bluestein received his Ph.D. in 1976 from MIT. He has been a professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma (OU) since 1976.


Bluestein's masters thesis was Prediction of Satellite Cloud Patterns Using Spatial Fourier Transforms and his doctoral dissertation was Synoptic-scale Deformation and Tropical Cloud Bands. He is the George Lynn Cross Research Professor at the OU School of Meteorology. He was on the steering committee and was a principal investigator (PI) for VORTEX2, the field phase of which occurred from 2009-2010.[2] Bluestein is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), served on the National Research Council (NRC) Board of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) and on the NRC Committee on Weather Radar Technology Beyond NEXRAD.[3]

Bluestein authored Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology in Midlatitudes: Vol. 1: Principles of Kinematics and Dynamics (ISBN 978-0195062670) in 1992, Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology in Midlatitudes: Volume II: Observations and Theory of Weather Systems (ISBN 978-0195062687) in 1993, and Severe Convective Storms and Tornadoes: Observations and Dynamics in (ISBN 978-3642053801) 2013. He co-edited, with Lance Bosart, Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology and Weather Analysis and Forecasting: A Tribute to Fred Sanders (ISBN 978-1878220844) in 2008. He wrote the popular book Tornado Alley: Monster Storms of the Great Plains (ISBN 978-0195105520) in 1999. Howie "Cb" Bluestein, a nickname that is the abbreviation for cumulonimbus, has been a contributor to Storm Track and Weatherwise magazines.

Twister vs. VORTEX[edit]

Bluestein is noted for his co-invention of TOTO, with Al Bedard and Carl Ramzy of NOAA,[4] a tornado measuring device that inspired the fictional "Dorothy" in Twister. When asked about how accurate the movie was, he said that they didn't try to get as close to tornadoes as Bill and Jo did in the movie. But he also stated in an interview with The Weather Channel that he was glad that Twister inspired many young hunters to go on to the meteorology field.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Howard Bluestein". School of Meteorology - University of Oklahoma. Archived from the original on 2011-04-10. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  2. ^ VORTEX2
  3. ^ "Vita for Dr. Howard Bluestein". United States Naval Academy. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  4. ^ Samaras, Tim M. (7 Oct 2004). "A historical perspective of In-Situ observations within Tornado Cores". 22nd Conf. Severe Local Storms. Hyannis, MA: American Meteorological Society. 

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