Robert “Race” Clark IIIpicture_of_race

Ph.D. Student and Graduate Research Assistant
Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)
The University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology (SoM)

National Weather Center (NWC)
120 David L. Boren Blvd, Rm. 4730
Norman OK 73072
race dot clark at ou dot edu

Education

  • M.S. Meteorology, The University of Oklahoma, 2012
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Oklahoma State University, 2010

Research Interests

  • Assessment/Validation of Flash Flood Forecasts
  • Operational Flash Flood Forecasting Practices
  • Flash Flood Climatology
  • Synoptic-Scale and Mesoscale Characteristics of Flash Flooding Events
  • Flash Flood Guidance
  • Distributed Hydrologic Modeling

Awards

  • Open Science Data Cloud PIRE Fellow, 2014
  • OU Advanced Radar Research Center Student Journal Paper Award, 2013
  • Best Graduate Student Poster, OU GIS Day, 2013
  • Best Graduate Student Poster, 38th Annual National Weather Association Meeting, 2013
  • American Meteorological Society (AMS) Graduate Fellowship, 2010-2011
  • Outstanding Senior, 2009-2010, Oklahoma State University
  • Senior of Significance, 2009-2010, Oklahoma State University
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Tau Beta Pi Honor Society
  • Order of Omega Honor Society
  • Top Ten Freshman Man, 2006-2007, Oklahoma State University

Activities

  • NWC tour guide, 2010-Present
  • OU Graduate College Student Ambassador, 2011-Present
  • OU SoM Senior Capstone Project Mentor, 2013-2014
  • 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

Interests

  • International travel
  • Severe weather
  • College basketball
  • College football
  • Running
  • Cooking
  • Student government

Conference Presentations/Posters

  • 1. Clark III, R. A., J. J. Gourley, and M. Kelsch, 2014: Oklahoma City Flash Flooding – 31 May 2013. Paper presented at the 94th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Atlanta, GA.
  • 2. Clark III, R. A., J. J. Gourley, Y. Hong, E. Clark, and Z. L. Flamig, 2013: A CONUS-Wide Analysis of Flash Flooding: Simulations, Warnings, and Observations. Poster presented at the 2013 OU GIS Day in Norman, OK (award winner).
  • 3. Clark III, R. A., J. J. Gourley, Y. Hong, E. Clark, and Z. L. Flamig, 2013: A CONUS-Wide Analysis of Flash Flooding: Simulations, Warnings, and Observations. Poster presented at the National Weather Association 38th Annual Meeting in Charleston, SC (award winner).
  • 4. Clark III, R. A., J. J. Gourley, E. Clark, Z. L. Flamig, and Y. Hong. Evaluation of flash flood guidance in the US. Paper presented at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Austin, TX.
  • 5. Clark III, R. A., J. J. Gourley, and Z. L. Flamig. The development and use of a comprehensive US-wide flash flood database for evaluating forecasting tools. Poster presented at the 7th European Conference on Radar in Meteorology and Hydrology in Toulouse, France.

Other Projects

  • Co-investigator, 2014 Hazardous Weather Testbed Hydrology Experiment, Norman OK
  • Participant, 2014 Open Science Data Cloud Workshop, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Participant, 2014 Water & Society Summer School Program, Saint-Pierre-d’Oleron, France
  • Instructor, 2014 Flood and Drought Risk Management Workshop, Windhoek, Namibia
  • Participant, 2013 Flash Flooding & Intense Rainfall Experiment, College Park MD

Publications

IDTopicCitationYear
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
1Marsh, 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
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