Lawrence D. Carey, Ph.D.

Professor, Atmospheric and Earth Science


301 Sparkman Drive
Room 226
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

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  • 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

  • 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.

  • Nesbitt, S. W., P. V. Salio, E. Avila, P. Bitzer, L. Carey, V. Chandrasekar, W. Deierling and co-authors, 2021: A storm safari in Subtropical South America: Proyecto RELAMPAGO.  Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 102, E1621-E1644.

  • Stough, S. M., L. D. Carey, C. J. Schultz, and D. J. Cecil, 2021: Examining conditions supporting the development of anomalous charge structures in supercell thunderstorms in the Southeastern United States.  Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 126, e2021JD034582.

  • Medina, B. L., L. D. Carey, T. J. Lang, P. M. Bitzer, W. Deierling, and Y. Zhu, 2021: Characterizing charge structure in Central Argentina thunderstorms during RELAMPAGO utilizing a new charge layer polarity identification method.  Earth and Space Science, 8, e2021EA001803.