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I never get sad when people abandon Wikipedia. It probably means they got a girlfriend.

My policies, beliefs, and principles[edit]

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No situation needs the drama that humans bring to it.

I'm actually a really nice person. If you disagree with something I have done, I will be willing to discuss and reconsider my actions. I do not tolerate assuming bad faith or being overly harsh to new editors. But I am also slow to block and quick to forgive honest mistakes.


      — See all my essays

My academic background[edit]

To-do: (completed tasks)

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the spring of 2008. I completed my Major Qualifying Project around the same time: a search for sand dune movement on Mars. I hope to turn it into an article at some point (see User:Runningonbrains/Aeolian processes on Mars if you'd like to help).

My main interest, however, is in meteorology, and I do a lot of research on the topic. At Texas A&M University I received my Master of Science in atmospheric science in August of 2011. My research involved baroclinic waves the Martian atmosphere, and I am in the process of publishing my results in the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences.

I currently work as an Associate Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), working in the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology (MMM) division. I specifically work on the Data Assimilation portion of the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRFDA).

I hope to someday work in weather forecasting to some degree, and maybe research in mesoscale and microscale meteorology.

As far as my time on Wikipedia, my contributions will mainly be towards meteorology articles (especially tornadoes and other meso- to microscale phenomena), Mars, computer modeling and related subjects. I am the primary maintainer of Portal:Weather, however, I am currently fairly inactive due to my new job. I may become more active once I have settled down, but in the meantime I will check my messages and contribute occasionally, as well as continuing maintenance of Portal:Weather.

Here's what I've done:[edit]

What I do/Who I am:
Trout this user Were this admin to act in a foolish, trollish, or dickish way, he is open to being slapped with a large trout.
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Seymour Texas Tornado.jpg This user actively participates in WikiProject Severe weather.
Lightning NOAA.jpg This user is a member of WikiProject Meteorology.
Maysak seen from the ISS 6.jpg This user is a member of the Tropical cyclone WikiProject.
Police man ganson.svg This user is a newpage and recent changes patroller.
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20,000 This user has made more than 20,000 edits.
WPI This user attends or attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Skywarn.svg This user is a SKYWARN spotter.
vn-4 This user page has been vandalized 4 times.
rvb This user is a Red vs. Blue fanatic.
Symbol question.svg This user has written or expanded 11 articles featured in the Did You Know section on the Main Page.
Symbol support vote.svg This user has written or significantly contributed to 4 good articles on Wikipedia.
Cscr-featured.svg This user has written 2 Featured Articles on Wikipedia.
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Featured Articles[edit]

My first two major projects
  • Tornado: Nursed this article from a sloppy stub-like mess to an FA in about 9 months
  • Eye (cyclone): My first FA created from scratch, this one took about 9 months as well, and had major help from User:Thegreatdr and User:Titoxd.

Tornado articles[edit]

During and after my project to improve Tornado, I created a long list of tornado-related articles.

Working on these[edit]

Tornado lists[edit]

Later on, I began a very ambitious effort to make a series of nation-wide lists of tornadoes by state (currently, I've only done two + DC)

Working on these

Other articles created[edit]

Big surprise, more weather-related articles!

Articles re-written[edit]


Was highly active in restarting WikiProject Meteorology, and created a new sub-project WikiProject Severe Weather.


Overhauled the Weather Portal, eventually improving it into a Featured Portal. I am currently actively maintaining this portal.


Other Contributions[edit]

Gallery of my images

Recognition for accomplishments

All contributions...

Works in progress[edit]

My ongoing Featured Topic projects[edit]

5 articles
Featured article List of Connecticut tornadoes
Symbol c class.svg Four-State Tornado Swarm
Good article1989 Northeastern United States tornado outbreak
Good article 1878 Wallingford tornado
Symbol c class.svg Windsor Locks, Connecticut tornado
12 articles
Under construction icon-blue.svg Tornadoes in New England
Featured article List of Connecticut tornadoes
Good article 1878 Wallingford tornado
Symbol c class.svg Windsor Locks, Connecticut tornado
Good article1989 Northeastern United States tornado outbreak
Symbol c class.svg Four-State Tornado Swarm
Symbol list class.svg List of Rhode Island tornadoes
Under construction icon-blue.svg List of Maine tornadoes
Under construction icon-blue.svg List of Massachusetts tornadoes
Symbol c class.svg Flint-Worcester tornado outbreak sequence
X mark.svg Great Barrington tornado outbreak
Symbol stub class.svg List of New Hampshire tornadoes
X mark.svg 1821 Great New Hampshire tornado outbreak
Under construction icon-blue.svg List of Vermont tornadoes
Unlikely articles:
Symbol c class.svg Late-May 1998 tornado outbreak and derecho
Featured article 2006 Westchester County tornado
8 articles
Featured article Tornado
Seymour Texas Tornado.jpg
Symbol c class.svg Waterspout
Symbol start class.svg Landspout
Symbol c class.svg Tornadogenesis
Symbol b class.svg Tornado intensity and damage
Symbol b class.svg Tornado climatology
Symbol start class.svg Tornado records
Good article Tornado myths
Unlikely articles:
Symbol start class.svg Funnel cloud


I have witnessed a few major storms, including one of the most intense tornadoes ever observed near El Reno, Oklahoma on May 24, 2011.

So, about me, huh?

As I said, I have a BS in Physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After graduating, I attended Western Connecticut State University part-time for a year, taking atmospheric/oceanic science courses, before transferring to Texas A&M University's atmospheric science program. I graduated with a MS in atmospheric science in 2011, and in 2012 got a job at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. I've been obsessed with nature, especially meteorology, since I was very young. My first storm experience was in utero, when my mom was in the eye of Hurricane Gloria. At 10 a tornado skipped over my house, downing several trees in my back yard. Among my craziest childhood experiences were sitting outside with a -40ºF wind chill to watch blowing snow, climbing a mountain during a Nor'easter with 60 mph winds at the top, and getting caught in a hailstorm which formed right on top of me. Since then, I have gone on several tornado chases, including being within 5 miles of 6 different tornadoes, but have never seen one (minus one extremely brief, ten-second spin-up).

Hopefully, someday, I'll get to sit through a good hurricane.

My randonimity*[edit]

*No, randonimity is not a word, but it sounds cool

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