Dr. Jon Ahlquist

Dr. Jon Ahlquist

Dr. Jon Ahlquist has been a faculty member in the Department of Meteorology at Florida State University since 1981 and recieved his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1981.

He teaches Liberal Studies courses such as an Introduction to the Atmosphere (MET1010), courses for undergraduate meteorology majors, and graduate-level courses. His specialty is dynamic meteorology, and his research deals with predictability (ensemble forecasting in particular) and diagnostics of large-scale processes in the mid-latitudes and the tropics, often involving time series analysis. Service duties include undergraduate advising (including for Honors in the Major) and supervision of TV weathercasting operations.

Dr. Ahlquist teaches a weathercasting class (MET3940) almost every semester to teach students the necessary communication skills for TV weathercasting. Student who successfully complete the weathercasting class will have the opportunity to appear on the 4FSU Weather Show, which airs Monday through Friday, when school is in session (with a limited show during the summer).

Dr. Ahlquist has received two University teaching awards, two TIP teaching awards, and undergraduate advising awards from both the College of Arts and Sciences and the University. Some of Dr. Ahquist's publications are listed below.

Selected Publications

  • 1985: Climatology of normal mode Rossby waves. Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, 42, 2059-2068.
  • 1990: Interseasonal zonal wind fluctuations seen through Indian radiosonde observations. Meteorological Atmospheric Physics, 44, 11-28.
  • 1995: "Meteorology and Climatology." Collier's Encyclopedia.
  • 1997: An ensemble forecasting primer. (With J. Sivillo and Z. Toth). Weather and Forecasting, 12, 809-818.
  • 2006: Updated articles on "seasons," "autumn," "spring," "summer," and "winter" for World Book Encyclopedia.

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