Lawrence D. Carey, Ph.D.

Professor & Department Chair, Atmospheric and Earth Science


320 Sparkman Drive
Cramer Research Hall
Room 4042
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Using dual-polarization radar, lightning, atmospheric sounding and surface observations, Dr. Carey studies the environmental, kinematic and microphysical controls of electrical, lightning, precipitation, severe weather and mesoscale meteorological phenomena.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 1999
  • M.S., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 1994
  • B.S., Meteorology, The Pennsylvania State University, 1989
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Boston University, 1988

Honors & Awards

  • 2018 UAH Graduate School Mentor Award
  • 2017 NASA Agency Honor Award, Group Achievement Award to GOES-R Team
  • 2014 NASA GSFC Robert H. Goddard Honor Award to GPM Ground Validation Science Team


  • Radar Meteorology
  • Lightning Meteorology
  • Precipitation Microphysics
  • Severe Storms
  • Mesoscale Meteorology

Recent Publications

  • Harkema, S. S., L. D. Carey, C. J. Schultz, E R. Mansell, E. B. Berndt, A. O. Fierro, and T. Matsui, 2023:  Electrification within wintertime stratiform regions sampled during the 2020/2022 NASA IMPACTS field campaign.  Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres128, e2023JD038708.

  • Medina, B., L. Carey, W. Deierling and T. Lang, 2022: Microphysical and kinematic characteristics of anomalous charge structure thunderstorms in Cordoba, Argentina. Atmosphere, 13, 1329.

  • Medina, B. L., L. D. Carey, P. M. Bitzer, T. J. Lang, and W. Deierling, 2022: The relation of environmental conditions with charge structure in central Argentina thunderstorms.  Earth and Space Science, 9, e2021EA002193.

  • Stough, S. M., L. D. Carey, C. J. Schultz and D. J. Cecil, 2022: Supercell thunderstorm charge structure variability and influences on spatial lightning flash relationships with the updraft. Monthly Weather Review, 150, 843-861.