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Brian Matilla came to CMMAP from Hialeah, Florida. He attends Florida International University and is majoring in atmospheric science heading into his senior year. He is interested in orographic convection, tropical meteorology, mesoscale convective systems and severe weather.

Brian took a study called the Mesoscale Predictability Experiment (MPEX), and with Professor Russ Schumacher, evaluated the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model.

From May 15 to June 15, 2013, MPEX explored the behavior of different planetary boundary layer (PBL) parameterizations in the WRF compared to observations at the standard sounding times of 00 and 12 UTC. It's goal was to determine what locations of additional observations would best help improve numerical weather forecasts for convective activity.

Brian's study focused on evaluating WRF model performance in predicting thermodynamic profiles versus the MPEX observations at these "intermediate" times. He sought to determine if the characteristics of the different PBL parameterizations were consistent with findings of Coniglio et al. (2013) when compared against afternoon soundings in convective environments and to find how to better understand thermodynamic stability/instability in future convective episodes.

Brian's research poster was entitled Evaluation of WRF Forecasts of Severe Weather Environments Against Mobile Upsonde Observations from the Mesoscale Predictability Experiment (MPEX).

Brian enjoys playing sports, watching NASCAR and Formula 1 racing, sky watching, and traveling.