Synoptic Patterns Associated with Heavy Rainfall

Baker maintains a strong interest in heavy rainfall, with particular interest in Western North Carolina (WNC). He, along with Dr. Charles Konrad (UNC-Chapel Hill) and Adam Smith (National Climatic Data Center) have recently completed a study of the synoptic climatology of heavy rainfall across the Eastern U.S. and plan to further focus this research on the Appalachian Plateau and Southeastern U.S. Baker and Dr. Konrad have also initiated a study of the synoptic climatology of extremely heavy rainfall in WNC, with preliminary results presented at the National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Conference (NEMAC) in 2005.