Robert “Race” Clark IIIpicture_of_race

Ph.D. Student
School of Meteorology, The University of Oklahoma

National Weather Center (NWC)
120 David L. Boren Blvd, Rm. 4730
Norman OK 73072
race dot clark at ou dot edu
(405) 325-6496


  • 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
  • Flash Flood Climatology


  • American Meteorological Society Graduate Fellowship, 2010-2011
  • Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) Fellowship, 2012-Present
  • 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


  • OU Graduate Student Senate, Vice-Chair, 2012-Present
  • National Weather Center tour guide, 2010-Present
  • OU School of Meteorology Student Advisory Council, Ph.D. Rep, 2012-Present
  • OU Graduate College Student Ambassador, 2011-Present


  • Severe weather
  • Student government
  • College basketball
  • College football
  • Running
  • Cooking
  • Swimming

Conference Presentations/Posters

  • 1. Clark, R. A., J. J. Gourley, E. Clark, Z. L. Flamig, and Y. Hong. Evaluation of flash flood guidance in the US. Oral presentation given at: Flood Prediction, Analysis, Decision Support and Management Part II, 27th Conference on Hydrology, 93rd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting; 2013 Jan 5-10; Austin, Texas.
  • 2. Clark, 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 session presented at: 7th European Conference on Radar in Meteorology and Hydrology; 2012 Jun 24-29; Toulouse, France.


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: Download.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: Download.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: Download.2012