John Monteverdi Professor of Meteorology, Department of Earth & Climate Sciences

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With Mobile Mesonets, Project VORTEX, Hays, KS,, 5/21//99

California Tornadoes

Did you know that portions of California experience tornado frequencies comparable to those observed in Oklahoma and Kansas?

Discovering the evidence for this and investigating the patterns responsible for these tornadoes form the bases for my research focus. Two classes, one a non-majors offering and one a majors offering, have spun off of this research area, as well as a number of MS Theses students and refereed publications.

Refereed Publications

*With Student

Monteverdi, J. P.,, Roger Edwards, and Gregory J. Stumpf, 2014: An Analysis of the 7 July 2004 Rockwell Pass, California, Tornado: Highest-Elevation Tornado Documented in the United States. Mon. Wea. Rev., 142, 3925–3943.

Monteverdi, J. P., and R. Edwards, 2010: The redevelopment of a warm core structure in Erin: A case of inland tropical storm formation. Electronic J. Severe Storms Meteor., 5 (6), 1–18.

Shafer, J. C., W. J. Steenburgh, J. A. W. Cox, and J. P. Monteverdi, 2006: Terrain influences on synoptic storm structure and mesoscale precipitation distribution during IPEX IOP3. Mon. Wea. Rev. 134, 478-497.

Umscheid, M.E., J. P. Monteverdi, and J.M. Davies, 2006: Photographs and analysis of an unusually large and long-lived firewhirl. Electronic J. Severe Storms Meteor., 1, no. 2, 1-13. (Abstract, PDF)

Monteverdi, J. P., C. Doswell III, and G.S. Lipari*, 2003: Shear parameter thresholds for forecasting tornadic thunderstorms in northern and central California. Wea. Forecasting, 18, 357-370.

Hanstrum, B. N., Mills, G.A., Watson, A., Monteverdi, J.P., and Doswell, C.A.III, 2002: The cool season tornadoes of California and Australia. Wea. Forecasting, 17, 705-722.

Monteverdi, J. P., W. Blier, G. Stumpf, W. Pi and K. Anderson, 2010: First WSR-88D documentation of a an anticyclonic supercell with anticyclonic tornadoes: the Sunnyvale/Los Altos tornadoes of 4 May 1998, (PDF) Mon.Wea.Rev., 129, 2805-2814. (AMS Abstract; Full Text AMS Article;

Monteverdi, J.P. and J. Null, 1998: A balanced view of the impact of the 1997/98 El Niño on California precipitation. Weather, 53, No. 9, 310-313.

Monteverdi, J.P. and J. Null, 1998: The Impact of the 1997-98 El Niño on Precipitation in the West. Natural Hazards Observer. Volume XXII, Number 3--January 1998.

Monteverdi, J.P., and J. Null, 1997: El Niño and California Precipitation. National Weather Service Technical Attachment 97-31.

Monteverdi, J.P. and S. Johnson, 1996: A supercell thunderstorm with hook echo in the San Joaquin Valley, California. WEA. FORECASTING, 10, 246-261.

Berg, N., M. Heggli, and J. Monteverdi, 1995: The influence of meteorology on rime and snow chemistry at a mountaintop site in northern California. Water Air Soil Poll., 81, 25-36.

Monteverdi, J.P. and J. Quadros, 1994: Convective and rotational parameters associated with three tornado episodes in northern and central California.WEA. FORECASTING., 9, 165-178.

Monteverdi, J.P. and J. Quadros, 1994: Convective and rotational parameters associated with three tornado outbreaks in northern and central California. National Weather Service Western Region Tech. Mem., NWS-222.

Monteverdi, J.P., 1994: A case study of the operational usefulness of the SHARP Workstation in forecasting a "cold-sector" mesocyclone-induced tornado event in northern California. National Weather Service Western Region Tech. Mem., NWS-219.

Braun, S.A.* and J.P. Monteverdi, 1991: An investigation of a mesocyclone-induced tornado occurrence in northern California. WEA. FORECASTING, 6, 13-31.

Monteverdi, J.P., Braun, S.A.*, and T.C. Trimble, 1988: Funnel clouds in the San Joaquin Valley, California. MON. WEA. REV. 116, 782-789.

Monteverdi, J.P. and S.A.Braun,* 1988: An investigation of the 24 September 1986 "cold sector" tornado outbreak in northern California. National Weather Service Western Region Tech. Mem., NWS-203, 52 pp.

Byrne, R., Granger, O., and J.P. Monteverdi, 1983: Recent rainfall trends on the margins of the subtropical deserts: a comparison of selected Northern Hemisphere regions. QUART.RES, 3, 1-12.

Monteverdi, J.P., 1980: The effects of the physical environment on climate. JOUR. WATER AIR SOIL POLL., 12, 23-27.

Monteverdi, J.P., 1976: The single air mass disturbance and precipitation characteristics at San Francisco, MON. WEA. REV. 104, 1289-1296.

Monteverdi, J.P., and B.L. Wood, 1973: The December 1972 freeze and its effects on the eucalyptus forest of the Oakland-Berkeley Hills.WEATHERWISE. 26,
160-167.

Monteverdi, J.P., 1973: The Santa Ana weather type and extreme fire hazard in the Oakland-Berkeley Hills.WEATHERWISE. 26, 118-121.

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Conference Publications

*With Student

Monteverdi, J.P., R. Edwards, G. Stumpf and D. Gudgel, 2006: An analysis of the 7 July 2004 Rockwell Pass, CA tornado: highest elevation tornado tocumented in the US. 23rd Conf. Sev. Local Storms, Preprints, St. Louis, MO.

Monteverdi, J.P.*, K. Saussy, A. Cross, C. Meherin, C. Medjber and S. Lau, 2006: An analysis of the 22 May 2004 Furnas County, Nebraska tornadic supercell. 23rd Conf. Sev. Local Storms, Preprints, St. Louis, MO.

Blier, W., Monteverdi, J. and J. Null, 2005: The Historic San Francisco Flood of 25 February 2004. Amer Met Soc National Meeting, January 2005. (PDF)

Frieberg, E. and J. Monteverdi*, 2005: Relationship of Warm Season Cycles in Onshore Pressure Differences to Temperatures in North-central California. Amer Met Soc National Meeting, January 2005. (PDF) (Pictures)

Gose, E., Frieberg, E., Meherin, C., and J. Monteverdi*, 2005: Production of Television Forecasts for San Francisco State University Campus Television and the World Wide Web. Amer Met Soc National Meeting, January 2005. (PDF) (Pictures)

Landolt, Scott D., Porter, Daniel L. and John P. Monteverdi, 2004: An Analysis of the June 23rd, 2002, Brown County, South Dakota Tornadic Cyclical Supercell. Preprints, P10.5, 22nd AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms, Hyannis, MA

Schlaepfer, Theodore, B. and John P. Monteverdi*, 2004: Radar Documentation of a Cyclic Tornadic Supercell in the San Joaquin Valley, California. Preprints, P7.5, 22nd AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms, Hyannis, MA.

Lipari, G.S., and J.P. Monteverdi*: 2000: Convective and shear parameters associated with northern and central California tornadoes during the period 1990-94. Preprints---20th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms. Orlando, FL.

Monteverdi*, J. P., C. Doswell III, and G.S. Lipari, 2000: Shear parameter thresholds for forecasting California tornadic thunderstorms. Preprints---20th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms. Orlando, FL.

Monteverdi, J. P., W. Blier, G. Stumpf, W. Pi and K. Anderson, 2000: First WSR-88D documentation of a an anticyclonic supercell with anticyclonic tornadoes: the Sunnyvale/Los Altos tornadoes of 4 May 1998, Preprints---20th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms. Orlando, FL...

Schlaepfer, T., and J.P. Monteverdi*, 2000: A case study of a well-documented classic right-moving tornadic thunderstorm in the San Joaquin Valley, California. Preprints---20th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms. Orlando, FL.

Monteverdi, J.P., Hanstrum, B., Doswell, C., Watson, Andrew and G. Lipari, 1998: Cool Season Tornadoes in Austrailia: Comparison with California cases. Presented at the 1998 Severe Storms Conference, American Meteorological Society, Sept. 14, 1998.

Monteverdi, J.P., 1996: Flood-producing storm types in California. Invited Paper in Preprints. Symposium on the California Floods of the Winter of 1994-1995. Sierra College, Rocklin, CA.

Monteverdi, J.P., 1993: Convective and rotational parameters associated with two mesocylone-induced tornado outbreaks in north-central California. Presented at the 1993 Severe Local Storms Conference, St. Louis, October 4.

Monteverdi, J.P. and J. Quadros, 1993: Convective and rotational parameters associated with three tornado episodes in northern and central California. Presented at 1993 PACLIM Conference, Asilomar, April.

Monteverdi, J.P., 1984: Comparisons among three record-rain producing storms in north-central California. Excerpted in "Summary of the LANDSLIDES AND FLOODING CONFERENCE, Stanford University, August 1982". National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

Monteverdi, J.P. and E. Seibel, 1984: A documentation of oceanographic and meteorological anomalies on the West Coast during the El Nino event of 1982-83. SYMPOSIUM ON THE EL NINO EVENT OF 1982-1983. American Association for the Advancement of Science, Annual Meeting, San Francisco State University, June 1984.

Monteverdi, J.P., 1982: Comparisons among three record-rain producing storms in north-central California. CONFERENCE ON LANDSLIDING AND FLOODING, Stanford University, August 1982.

Monteverdi, J.P., 1980: An overview of the significance, patterns and meteorological controls of the precipitation variability of the Central Valley of California. American Association for the Advancement of Science, Annual Meeting, Davis, CA, June 1980.

Monteverdi, J.P., 1978: A drought and an end to the drought. Association of American Geographers, Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April 1978.

 

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Lab Manuals and Other Publications

Monteverdi, J.P., 2005: Review of Tornadoes (by Michael Alalby). Appears in Readings, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. July 2005, 7, pp. 998-1000.

Monteverdi, J.P., 1996: Flood-producing storm types in California. Invited Paper in Preprints. Symposium on the California Floods of the Winter of 1994-1995. Sierra College, Rocklin, CA.

Monteverdi, J.P., 1995: Meteorology of hydrologically-critical storms in California. 1995 California Weather Symposium. Sierra College, June 1995.

Monteverdi, J.P. and J. Quadros, 1994: Convective and rotational parameters associated with three tornado outbreaks in northern and central California. National Weather Service Western Region Tech. Mem., NWS-222.

Monteverdi, J.P. and J. Quadros, 1993: Convective and rotational parameters associated with three tornado outbreaks in northern and central California. National Weather Service Western Region Tech. Mem., NWS-222.
Monteverdi, J.P., 1993: A case study of the operational usefulness of the SHARP Workstation in forecasting a "cold-sector" mesocyclone-induced tornado event in northern California. National Weather Service Western Region Tech. Mem., NWS-219.

Monteverdi, J.P. and S.A.Braun, 1988: An investigation of the 24 September 1986 "cold sector" tornado outbreak in northern California. National Weather Service Western Region Tech. Mem., NWS-203, 52 pp.

Monteverdi, J.P., 1986: Translation of German weather service documents for D-Day. Proceedings of the Conference on the Role of Meteorology in the D-Day Invasion. American Meteorological Society, Boston.

Monteverdi, J.P., 1984: Comparisons among three record-rain producing storms in north-central California. Excerpted in "Summary of the LANDSLIDES AND FLOODING CONFERENCE, Stanford University, August 1982". National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

Monteverdi, J.P. and J. Michaelsen, 1979: A satellite photo atlas of selected weather patterns. California Book Co., Ltd., Berkeley, CA, 95 pp.
Monteverdi, J.P., 1974: Synoptic meteorology of California weather anomalies. California Book Co., Ltd., Berkeley, CA, 415 pp.
Monteverdi, J.P., Vannucci, S. and L. Gummerson, 1970: Descriptive meteorology of California weather anomalies. California Book Co., Ltd., Berkeley, CA. Two volumes: Vol. 1, 75 pp; Vol. 2, 225 pp.

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Grants and Research Project Support

Oliphant, Andrew (P.I.), Monteverdi, J.P. [co PI with Clements, C. SJSU], 20101, NSF — Major Research Instrumentation, CSU MAPS, “Acquisition of a Mobile Atmospheric Sounding System for Cross Campus Use”, Co-PI, ~$700,000

Rasmussen, Erik (CIMMS) and Straka, Jerry (Oklahoma University) (Monteverdi, John, Leader, Probe 3), NSF Severe Thunderstorm Electrification and Precipitation Project, Spring 2000 (Living Expenses, Per Diem Support).

Rasmussen, Erik (CIMMS) and Straka, Jerry, NSF, Project VORTEX, Spring 1999 (Monteverdi, John, Field Activity Participant), May 1999.

Dave Dempsey, John Monteverdi (Spring 98). SFSU Center for Enhancement of Teaching grant, "Development of World Wide Web-Based Exercises and Case Studies of Archetypal California Weather Events". $7,500.

Dave Dempsey, John Monteverdi (Spring 97). SFSU Center for Enhancement of Teaching grant, "California Weather Events: WWWeb-Based Case Studies and Prototype Exercises". $7,000

.Dave Dempsey, Oswaldo Garcia, John Monteverdi (Spring 96). SFSU Center for Enhancement of Teaching "Instructional Technology Integrator" award to introduce Dept. of Geosciences faculty to instructional technologies in the geosciences. $3,000.

Dave Dempsey, Oswaldo Garcia, John Monteverdi (9/94-8/96). National Science Foundation Instrumentation for Laboratory Improvement: "Expansion of the Weather Graphics and Simulation Lab." $28,271 (matched by SFSU).

John Monteverdi (FY 93-94). "Comet Partners Project." $4,598.

John Monteverdi (FY 92-93). "Comet Partners Project." $3,000.

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