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Frank Colby

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Frank P ColbyProfessor
  • College
    College of Sciences
  • Department
    Environmental Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Phone
    (978) 934-3906
  • Office
    Olney Hall - OH 302-C
  • Email

Research Interests

Weather modeling, analysis and forecasting, atmospheric boundary layer meteorology.

Nor'easters, snow squalls, tropical storms and hurricanes, ensemble modeling, large eddy simulation of the atmospheric boundary layer, forecast model errors, back door cold fronts.


  • Ph D: Meteorology, (1983), Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • MS: Meteorology, (1979), Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • BS: Mathematics and Physics, (1976), University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Selected Publications

  • Agel, L., Barlow, M., Qian, J., Colby, F.P., Douglas, E., Eichler, T. (2015) "Climatology of Daily Precipitation and Extreme Precipitation Events in the Northeast United States", Journal of Hydrometeorology 16:6 pp. 2537–2557
  • Colby, F.P. (2015) "Global Ensemble Forecast Tracks for Tropical Storm Debby", Weather and Forecasting 2015
  • William, S., Colby, F.P. (2012) "The effects of warmer sea surface temperatures on nor'easters in New England. Proceedings of 25th Conference on Numerical Weather Prediction", Weather Analysis and Forecasting, Montreal, CA, 29:
  • Colby, F.P. (2011) "Influence of topography on the track and intensity of tropical cyclones. Proceedings of 14th Conference on Mesoscale Meteorology,", Los Angeles, CA,
  • Agel, L., Lopez, V., Barlow, M., Colby, F.P. (2011) "Regional and large-scale influences on summer ozone levels in Southern California", Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 50:4 pp. 800-805
  • Colby, F.P., Franklin, J.L., Pasch, R.J., Hogsett, W. (2011) "The effects of model initialization on model forecasts of tropical cyclones". Proceedings of 24th Conference on Weather Analysis and Forecasting/20th Conference on Numerical Weather Prediction", Seattle, WA,
  • Colby, F.P., Barlow, M. (2009) "Have New England heat waves been influenced by forest cover trends?". Proceedings of 23rd Conference on Weather Analysis and Forecasting/19th Conference on Numerical Weather Prediction,", Omaha, NE,
  • Andrew, H., Barlow, M., Colby, F.P. (2008) " Tropical Influences on Southwest Asia Precipitation in a Global Atmospheric Model". Proceedings of the 88th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society", New Orleans, LA
  • Barlow, M., Hoell, A., Colby, F.P. (2007) "Examining the wintertime response to tropical convection over the Indian Ocean by modifying convective heating in a full atmospheric model", Geophysical Research Letters 34:19
  • Hamel, R.P., Colby, F.P. (2004) A case study of the Princeton, Massachusetts "Father's Day" tornado of June 17th, 2001
  • Colby, F.P. (2004) "Analysis of the Texas Northern: Case study", Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society pp. 1953-1963
  • Colby, F.P. (2004) "Simulation of the New England Sea Breeze: The effect of grid spacing", Weather and Forecasting 19:2 pp. 277-285
  • Colby, F.P. (1998) "A preliminary investigation of temperature errors in operational forecasting models", Weather and Forecasting 13:1 pp. 187-205
  • Colby, F.P. (1994) "A Loran-Based Rawinsonde System for Undergraduate Meteorology Programs", Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 75:6
  • Seitter, K.L., Colby, F.P. (1992) "A mesobeta-scale model in boundary-layer coordinates", Monthly Weather Review 120:11 pp. 2853-2868
  • Seitter, K.L., Colby, F.P., Treanor, B. (1991) "Dissemination of Student Forecasts through Cooperative Agreements with Commercial and Nonprofit Radio and Television Stations", Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 72:9
  • Seitter, K.L., Colby, F.P., Greenwood, A. (1988) "A prototype program for improving science education by providing real-time weather data to precollege students", Bulletin - American Meteorological Society 69:4 pp. 386-389
  • Seitter, K.L., Colby, F.P. (1986) "Forecasts for the community by students at the University of Lowell.", Bulletin - American Meteorological Society 67:9 pp. 1132-1134

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Weather Data (2011), -
    Colby, F.P. (Principal)
  • Weather Data as Needed (2009), -
    Colby, F.P. (Principal)
  • Rain Precipitation Data FY 09 (2008), -
    Colby, F.P. (Principal)
  • Rain Precipitation Data FY 08 (2007), Grant -
    Colby, F.P. (Principal)
  • Yearly Rain Precipitation (2006), Grant -
    Colby, F.P. (Principal)