About Me


Milind Sharma

I am a Ph.D. student in the Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) department at Purdue University, USA. As per NOAA records, severe storms have a great socio-economic impact. In 2017, the total economic loss due to extreme weather events amounted to more than $16 billion with severe storms accounting for a major chunk of this loss. Understanding the severity of such storms is very crucial to ensure minimum damage to the society. Through my dissertation research I aim to understand the relationship between a thunderstorm's severity, electrification (lightning), and the associated cloud microphysical process. The current understanding of tornadogenesis (formation of tornadoes) is limited by the availability of high-resolution (both spatial and temporal) data. My research aims to eliminate this limiting factor by collecting data using cool instruments like phased-array weather radars. In addition to weather radars, I also use data from lightning mapping array (LMA) network which detects the propagation of leader channels in intra-cloud (IC) and cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning flashes. I aim to develop better understanding of storm dynamics and microphysics through these datasets. I believe that an improved conceptual model of tornadogenesis would be a great value addition to thunderstorm science.



Research Gallery

Twin tornadoes (landspouts) observed near Cope, Colorado on May 28th, 2018. View of a supercell with a visible wall cloud near Cope, Colorado (May 28, 2018) A high precipitation supercell Oklahoma
Low-power phased array radar (LPR) scanning a supercell thunderstorm in Oklahoma (summer 2018) X-band Teaching and Research Radar (XTRRA) dish ready to lifted to top of Wang Hall at Purdue University campus, West Lafayette, USA During an educational tour of the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma (summer 2018).
Collaborators from University of Massachussetts, Amherst. Dr. Frasier (left), and Will (right) inspecting the X-band Low-Power phased array Radar (LPR) one final time before the storm chasing begins (summer 2018). Storm Prediction Center, Norman, Oklahoma. Final leg of installation of Purdue's very own and first X-band weather radar (called XTRRA). The project is being led by Dr. Robin Tanamachi (my reserach advisor).
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