Justin Baldizón Stark is a senior at Florida International University
where he is majoring in Atmospheric Science. His interest lies in tropical
Justin's summer research was right up his alley. He writes,|
"During my 10 weeks at CMMAP my research was Examining Intensity Trends During
Extratropical Transition. Extratropical transition is the transition which a
tropical cyclone makes once it starts to interact with upper-level trough called
shortwave (winds at 30,000 feet called the Jet Stream) as this happens, the
tropical cyclone will turn in to a extratropical cyclone that can do damage to
shipping lanes out in the open ocean as well as coastal damage, example
Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
"Predicting these transitions and if these systems will weaken or intensify is
a big problem for forecasters since forecasting models do not do a good job at
catching these transitions.
"During my research, we looked at tropical cyclones that went through this
transition, identifying the ones that weakened and intensified and looked at the
storms track and environmental variables to see if a difference could be found.
However, none were found. For the future more things would have to be looked at
to see if a difference can be found, if so, hopefully it can improve
Justin presented this poster at our summer team meeting,
Examining Intensity Trends during Extratropical Transition.
When not looking at tropical cyclones, Justin enjoys watching documentaries on
netflix, looking at and reading about the weather, and "video games to relax the