Robert “Race” A. Clark III

Ph.D. Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant
Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)
National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)
The University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology (SoM)
Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC)
Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing Laboratory (HyDROS)

National Weather Center (NWC)
120 David L. Boren Blvd, Rm. 4700A
Norman OK 73072
race dot clark at ou dot edu
robert dot a dot clark at noaa dot gov


  • Ph.D. (meteorology), The University of Oklahoma, expected May 2016
    • Ph.D. Dissertation title (planned): The Proximate Meteorological and Hydrological Causes of Flash Flood Events
  • M.S. Meteorology, The University of Oklahoma, 2012
    • M.S. Thesis title: Evaluation of Flash Flood Guidance in the United States
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Oklahoma State University, 2010

Research Interests

  • Pre-Flash Flood Environments
    • Right now I’m working on using archived global NWP outputs to develop a post-processing routine that optimally combines various NWP fields for forecasting environmental conditions favorable to flash flooding between 0 and 72 hours prior to an event.
  • Machine Learning and Data Mining
  • International Capacity Building and Distributed Hydrologic Model Training
  • Assessment/Validation of Flash Flood Forecasts
  • Operational Flash Flood Forecasting Practices
  • Flash Flood Guidance



Conference Presentations and Posters

In-Progress Publications

  • Clark III, R., Z. Flamig, H. Vergara, Y. Hong, J. Gourley, D. Mandl, S. Frye, M. Handy, and M. Patterson, 2016: Hydrological Modeling and Capacity Building in the Republic of Namibia. Submitted to BAMS (in review).


  • National Weather Center tour guide, 2010-Present
  • OU Graduate College Student Ambassador, 2011-Present
  • OU SoM Senior Capstone Project Mentor, 2013-2014
    • With fellow graduate students Z. Flamig and E. Argyle, mentored three senior OU meteorology students on their project “The Effects of Broadcast Graphics in Severe Weather Decision Making”
  • OU SoM Student Advisory Council (SAC), Vice-Chair, 2013-2014
  • OU SoM SAC, Ph.D. Representative, 2012-2013
  • OU Graduate Student Senate (GSS), Vice-Chair, 2012-2013
  • OU GSS, Member, 2010-2012


  • International travel
  • Severe weather
  • Sports (college basketball, college football, and the Oklahoma City Thunder)
  • Running
  • Cooking
  • Python and C#


3Flash Flood GuidanceClark III, R., J. Gourley, Z. Flamig, Y. Hong, and E. Clark, 2014: CONUS-wide Evaluation of National Weather Service Flash Flood Guidance Products. Weather and Forecasting, 29, 377-392. doi: 10.1175/WAF-D-12-00124.1. PDF.2014
2Natural Hazards, FloodGourley, J. J., Y. Hong, Z. L. Flamig, A. Arthur, R. A. Clark, M. Calianno, I. Ruin, T. Ortel, M. E. Wieczorek, E. Clark, P.-E. Kirstetter, and W. F. Krajewski, 2013: A Unified Flash Flood Database over the US. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 94 (6), 799–805. doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00198.1. PDF.2013
1ForecastsMarsh, Patrick T., John S. Kain, Valliappa Lakshmanan, Adam J. Clark, Nathan M. Hitchens, Jill Hardy, 2012: A Method for Calibrating Deterministic Forecasts of Rare Events. Wea. Forecasting (27), 531–538. doi: 10.1175/WAF-D-11-00074.1. PDF.2012