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Adam Stepanek

Adam is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University. He previously earned his M.S. in meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2006 and a B.S. in meteorology from Valparaiso University in 2001.  His current research focus at Purdue is on the long-term predictability of tornadoes using NARR and CFSv2 data. 

Aside from being a student at Purdue, Adam is employed as the Staff Meteorologist at Valparaiso University and has taught courses and labs in introductory meteorology and aviation meteorology.  Prior to moving back to Indiana, Adam spent 6+ years in the United States Air Force as a weather officer, working in locations near St. Louis, MO, Monterey, CA and Omaha, NE.  His meteorological interests include aviation meteorology and mesoscale meteorology, and enjoys the challenge of linking theory with operational meteorology and the history of weather in the U.S. military.  He resides in Valparaiso with his wife Jill and his golden retriever Haily.