Dr. Scott M. ('Doc') Rochette

Associate Professor of Synoptic Meteorology/Weather Center Director
Department of the Earth Sciences

The College at Brockport
State University of New York
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420-2936


(585) 395-2603 (voice)
(585) 395-2416 (fax)
rochette@esc.brockport.edu


Academic Background

Ph.D. (Meteorology), Saint Louis University, September 1998
M.S.(R) (Meteorology), Saint Louis University, May 1994
B.S. (Meteorology), Lyndon State College, May 1988


About Me (not that you asked)

I am an associate professor of meteorology and former department chair in the Department of the Earth Sciences at The College at Brockport, , a small state college in western New York.  I have loved weather ever since I can remember, and now I get to share that love with others.  My background is in operational meteorology (forecasting); prior to entering graduate school I worked as a meteorologist for a private consulting firm in Hartford, CT.  My teaching and research interests reflect that background.  From 2003 to 2006, I served as technical editor of the National Weather Digest, the official publication of the National Weather Association (NWA). In January 2007 I was elected as a councilor to the NWA. If you're truly bored, you can look at my CV.

I am originally from Hartford, CT, but have spent varying amounts of time living (in order) in Vermont, Missouri, Minnesota, and (now) New York.  I have found western New York to be one of the most meteorologically interesting places that I’ve ever lived!  If you are interested in studying meteorology in an environment with dramatically changing weather (and a little of everything, from tornadoes to whiteout conditions), then this is the place for you!   Drop me a line and we’ll talk.


Courses Taught

ESC 211 – Introduction to Meteorology (4 hours, every fall; *Fall 2007)

ESC 212 – Introduction to Meteorology Lab (1 hour, every fall; *Fall 2001)

ESC 311 – Synoptic Meteorology I (4 hours, every fall; *Fall 2014)

See ESC 311 syllabus here.

ESC 312 – Synoptic Meteorology II (4 hours, every spring; *Spring 2014)

ESC 391 – Writing in the Earth Sciences (1 hour, every semester; *Fall 2005)

GEL 399 – Independent Study in Geology (1-3 hours, by arrangement; *Summer 2011)

ESC 416/516 Thermodynamics and the Boundary Layer (3 hours, odd fall; *Fall 2014)

See ESC 416 syllabus here.

ESC 417/517 Dynamic Meteorology (3 hours, odd spring; *Spring 2014)

ESC 452/552 – Mesoscale Meteorology (3 hours, even spring; *Spring 2012)

ESC 460 – Meteorological Internship (1-3 hours, every semester; *Summer 2013)

ESC 464 – Environmental Internship (1-3 hours, by arrangement; *Summer 2011)

ESC 490 – Weather Briefing (1 hour, every fall; *Fall 2013)

ESC 493 – Seminar in Earth Science Problems (2 hours, every semester; *Fall 2005)

ESC 499/599/699 – Independent Study (1-3 hours, occasionally; *Fall 2001)

            * indicates most recent semester that I taught/will teach the course


Class Links

Radar Presentation for ESC 311 (Synoptic Meteorology I)

 

Jet Streaks Presentation for ESC 312 (Synoptic Meteorology II)

 

Class Presentations (Journal Club) for ESC 452 (Mesoscale Meteorology)

 

PowerPoint Presentations for ESC 462 (Hydrometeorology)

 


Research Interests

Coupled Upper-level Jet Streaks in the Northeastern U.S.

Diagnosis and Prediction of Local/Regional Severe Weather Events

Warm- and Cold-Season Excessive Precipitation

Elevated Convection

Mesoscale Modelling Applications


Publications

Market, P. S., S. M. Rochette, and A. R. Lupo, 2013: A comparison of modern and historical methods of calculating Montgomery streamfunction.  Atmos. Sci. Lett., 14, 41-44, doi:10.1002/asl.414.  

Rochette, S. M., and P. S. Market, 2011: A case study of an anomalous cold-season easterly jet streak in the mid-latitudes.   National Weather Association Electronic Journal of Operational Meteorology, 2011-EJ6.   See it here.

Market, P. S., S. M. Rochette, and R. L. Cripe, 2009: Case Studies in Meteorology, 2nd Ed.  Kendall-Hunt, 75 pp.

Market, P. S., S. M. Rochette, and R. L. Ebert-Cripe, 2007: Case Studies in Meteorology.  Kendall-Hunt, 60 pp.

Rochette, S. M., and P. S. Market, 2006: A primer on the ageostrophic wind.   Natl. Wea. Dig., 30, 17-28.   See it here.

Market, P. S., R. W. Przybylinski, and S. M. Rochette, 2006: The role of sublimational cooling in a late-season Midwestern snow event.  Wea. Forecasting, 21, 364-382.

Rochette, S. M., 2005: Ice storms.  Encyclopedia of New York State, P. Eisenstadt, Ed., Syracuse University Press, 762.

Rochette, S. M., 2005: Lake effect snow.  Encyclopedia of New York State, P. Eisenstadt, Ed., Syracuse University Press, 856.

Moore, J. T., F. H. Glass, C. E. Graves, S. M. Rochette, and M. J. Singer, 2003: The environment of warm-season elevated thunderstorms associated with heavy rainfall over the central United States.  Wea. Forecasting, 18, 861-878. See it here.

Market, P. S., J. T. Moore, and S. M. Rochette, 2000:  On calculating vertical motions in isentropic coordinates.  Natl. Wea. Dig., 24(4),    31-37.

Rochette, S. M., J. T. Moore, and P. S. Market, 1999:  The importance of parcel choice in elevated CAPE computations.  Natl. Wea. Dig., 23(4), 20-32. See it here.

Rochette, S. M., and J. T. Moore, 1996:  Initiation of an elevated mesoscale convective system associated with heavy rainfall.  Wea. Forecasting, 11, 443-457. See it here.

Market, P. S., and S. M. Rochette, 1996:  On the use of cloud symbology in modern forecasting.  Natl. Wea. Dig., 20(3), 47-52.


Recent Papers and Presentations

Gagan, J. P., P. S. Market, C. M. Gravelle, and S. M. Rochette, 2014: NWA winter weather workshop 2014.   Presented in oral session, NWA Broadcasters Meeting, National Weather Association 39th Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.

Rochette, S. M., 2012: Confessions of a reluctant stormchaser.   Invited oral presentation, Morning with the Professors, The College at Brockport, Brockport, NY.   See it here.

Wehner, B. M., and S. M. Rochette, 2012: Differences between Northeast and Midwest United States environments that lead to tornadic thunderstorms.   Presented in oral session, 3rd Annual Great Lakes Atmospheric Science Symposium, Oswego, NY.

Market, P. S., and S. M. Rochette, 2011: A comparison of methods for calculating Montgomery streamfunction using modern data.   Presented in poster session, National Weather Association 36th Annual Meeting, Birmingham, AL, 83.   See it here.

Rochette, S. M., 2011: An overview of the 27 April 2011 tornado outbreak.   Invited oral presentation, A. D. Oliver Middle School Science Fair, Brockport, NY.   See it here.

Rochette, S. M., 2011: Did we ever know what we were talking about? A brief history of weather forecasting.   Invited oral presentation, Morning with the Professors, The College at Brockport, Brockport, NY.   See it here.

Geasey, J., and S. M. Rochette, 2011: An analysis of lake-effect rain events associated with Lake Ontario.   Presented in oral session, 2nd Annual Great Lakes Atmospheric Science Symposium, Oswego, NY.

Miller, S., P. S. Market, and S. M. Rochette, 2010: The application of the four-quadrant model to real-world jet streaks.   Presented in poster session, National Weather Association 35th Annual Meeting, Tucson, AZ, 39.   See it here.

Market, P. S., S. M. Rochette, and A. Giannandrea, 2010: A brief 10-year climatology of flash flooding and elevated convection for central Missouri.   Presented in oral session, Missouri Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Springfield, MO.

 

Rochette, S. M., and C. M. Gravelle, 2010: The little snowstorm that could: Analysis of the 19-20 December 2008 snowfall event.   Presented in poster session, 35th Annual Northeastern Storm Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY, 74.   See abstract here.

Rochette, S. M., and C. M. Gravelle, 2009: Examination of an overachieving snowfall event: 19-21 December 2008.   Presented in poster session, National Weather Association 34th Annual Meeting, Norfolk, VA, 111.   See it here.

Giannandrea, A., S. M. Rochette, and P. S. Market, 2009: A 15-year climatology of flash flooding and elevated convection for central Missouri.   Presented in poster session, National Weather Association 34th Annual Meeting, Norfolk, VA, 49.   See it here.

Rochette, S. M., C. M. Gravelle, and P. S. Market, 2009: Contribution of ageostrophic wind components in coupled upper-level jet streaks.   Presented in poster session, 34th Annual Northeastern Storm Conference, Springfield, MA, 73.   See it here.

Rochette, S. M., C. M. Gravelle, and P. S. Market, 2008: Decomposition of the ageostrophic wind in cold-season coupled upper-level jets.   Presented in poster session, National Weather Association 33rd Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY, 79.   See it here.

Rochette, S. M., C. M. Gravelle, and S. J. Earle, 2008: The 11-12 February 2006 NYC snowstorm: A remote sensing perspective of forcing mechanisms.   Presented in poster session, 33rd Annual Northeastern Storm Conference, Springfield, MA, 69.   See it here.

Rochette, S. M., S. J. Earle, and C. M. Gravelle, 2007: An analysis of forcing mechanisms responsible for the 11-12 February 2006 NYC snowstorm.   Presented in poster session, National Weather Association 32nd Annual Meeting, Reno, NV, 85.   See it here.

Snavely, E. E., S. M. Rochette, and C. E. Graves, 2007: A diagnostic analysis of significant cold-season elevated thunderstorms.   Presented in poster session, National Weather Association 32nd Annual Meeting, Reno, NV, 48.   See it here.

Gravelle, C. M., C. E. Graves, and S. M. Rochette, 2007: A climatology and statistical classification of Midwestern snow bands: A process-oriented approach.   Presented in poster session, National Weather Association 32nd Annual Meeting, Reno, NV, 48-49.   See it here.

Gravelle, C. M., S. M. Rochette, T. A. Niziol, and C. E. Graves, 2007: Composite analyses of coupled upper-level jet streaks east of the Rocky Mountains: Weak dynamic cases.   Presented in oral session, Missouri Academy of Science Annual Meeting, St. Joseph, MO.   See it here.

Gravelle, C. M., C. E. Graves, and S. M. Rochette, 2007: A process-oriented observational study of snowfall potential in the Central United States.   Presented in oral session, Missouri Academy of Science Annual Meeting, St. Joseph, MO.   See it here.

Rochette, S. M., C. M. Gravelle, and T. A. Niziol, 2007: Composite analyses of coupled upper-level jet streaks in the Northeastern U. S. Part I: Weak dynamic cases.   Presented in poster session, 32nd Annual Northeastern Storm Conference, Springfield, MA, Lyndon State College Chapter, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 68.   See it here.

Rochette, S. M., C. M. Gravelle, and T. A. Niziol, 2007: Cold-season coupled upper-level jet streaks in the Northeastern U. S. Part II: Strong dynamic cases.   Presented in poster session, 32nd Annual Northeastern Storm Conference, Springfield, MA, Lyndon State College Chapter, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 69.   See it here.

Graves, C. E.. and S. M. Rochette, 2007: Jim Moore remembered with 2007 Russell DeSouza award.   Daily BAMS, 5, 2.  

Rochette, S. M., C. M. Gravelle, and T. A. Niziol, 2006: Cold-season coupled upper-level jet streaks in the Northeastern U. S. Part I: Weak dynamic cases.   Presented in poster session, National Weather Association 31st Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH.   See it here.

Rochette, S. M., C. M. Gravelle, and T. A. Niziol, 2006: Cold-season coupled upper-level jet streaks in the Northeastern U. S. Part II: Strong dynamic cases.   Presented in poster session, National Weather Association 31st Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH.   See it here.

Rochette, S. M., C. M. Gravelle, and T. A. Niziol, 2006: The influence of jet streak interaction on the Northern Plains heavy snow event of 21 January 2005.  Presented in poster session, 31st Annual Northeastern Storm Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY, Lyndon State College Chapter, Amer. Meteor. Soc.  See abstract here.

Gravelle, C. M., S. M. Rochette, and T. A. Niziol, 2005: The role of coupled jet streaks in a Midwestern heavy snow event.   Presented in poster session, National Weather Association 30th Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO.   See it here.

Rochette, S. M., 2005: Warm-season elevated thunderstorms with heavy rainfall: A composite study.  Invited oral presentation, Spring Severe Weather Workshop, National Weather Service Forecast Office, Buffalo, NY.  See it here.

Rochette, S. M., T. A. Niziol, and C. M. Gravelle, 2005: Examination of forcing mechanisms leading to a surprise heavy snow event.   Abstracts, 30th Annual Northeastern Storm Conference, Burlington, VT, Lyndon State College Chapter, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 62.

Rochette, S. M., and T. A. Niziol, 2004: 11 inches of snow from an Alberta clipper?! Post-analysis of an unlikely heavy snow event.   Presented in poster session, National Weather Association 29th Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.   See it here.

Rochette, S. M., 2004: Conventional and isentropic analyses of a cold-season heavy rainfall episode associated with elevated convection.  Abstracts, 29th Annual Northeastern Storm Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY, Lyndon State College Chapter, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 77.  See it here.

Rochette, S. M., 2003: Jet streak dynamics.  Invited oral presentation, Winter Weather Workshop, National Weather Service Forecast Office, Buffalo, NY.  See it here.

Roohr, P. B., P. S. Market, and S. M. Rochette, 2003: More submissions, please.  Presented in oral session, National Weather Association 28th Annual Meeting, Jacksonville, FL.

Market, P. S., and S. M. Rochette, 2003: Flash-flood producing mesoscale convective systems: A statistical analysis of precipitation efficiency.  Abstracts, 28th Annual Northeastern Storm Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY, Lyndon State College Chapter, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 45.  See it here.

Market, P. S., and S. M. Rochette, 2002: Precipitation efficiency aspects of flash flood producing MCSs.  Preprints, 21st Conference on Severe Local Storms, San Antonio, TX, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 387-388.

Rochette, S. M., 2002: (Hydro)Meteorological aspects of the Cattaraugus Creek flash flood of 26 June 1998.  Invited oral presentation, Department of Soil and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia.

Rochette, S. M., and J. A. Zollweg, 2002: An analysis of the Cattaraugus Creek flash flood of 26 June 1998.  Abstracts, 27th Annual Northeastern Storm Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY, Lyndon State College Chapter, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 14.

Blahyj, D. M., and S. M. Rochette, 2002: An analysis of the 27-28 May 2001 Great Plains derecho.  Abstracts, 27th Annual Northeastern Storm Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY, Lyndon State College Chapter, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 39.

Pfendler, A. P., T. A. Niziol, and S. M. Rochette, 2002:  Verification of day 4 through day 7 forecast for Buffalo and Rochester, NY.  Abstracts, 27th Annual Northeastern Storm Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY, Lyndon State College Chapter, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 32.

Rochette, S. M., and J. A. Maliekal, 2001: An examination of the 4 March 1999 blizzard.  Abstracts, 26th Annual Northeastern Storm Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY, Lyndon State College Chapter, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 14.

Maliekal, J. A., S. M. Rochette, J. D. Caughel, R. J. Ballantine, and A. J. Stamm, 2001: The Genesee Valley blizzard of 4 March 1999: An analysis of forcing mechanisms.  Preprints, Symposium on Precipitation Prediction: Extreme Events and Mitigation, Albuquerque, NM, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 22-23.

Rochette, S. M., 2000:  An episode of elevated convective heavy rainfall: A numerical study.  Abstracts, 25th Annual Northeastern Storm Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY, Lyndon State College Chapter, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 14.


Interesting Links (meteorological and otherwise)

Jim Moore’s Homepagemy grad advisor at SLU; should give some insight into why I am the way I am (academically and otherwise).

UPDATE: Doc Moore passed away on 25 July 2006 after a brief illness. He was 54. You can read a tribute booklet here, and read the text of my memorial speech here. In January 2007 he received (posthumously) the Russell L. De Souza Award for Outstanding Community Service, given annually by Unidata. I was humbled and honored to accept the award on his behalf. Read the related article in the Unidata Newsletter here. Please note that Doc's web page has been disabled; I am leaving the link intact in his memory.

 

Meteorology Pagesa list of various meteorology links, including data archives.

 

AMS Employment Announcementsneed a job?

 

Pat Market’s Homepagea met prof at Mizzou; my collaborator, co-author, partner in crime, and suspected twin brother.

 

HPC HomepageHydrometeorological Prediction Center; lots of good weather info here.

 

Interactive Weather Information Networkcurrent weather hotspots.

 

Gary Lackmann’s Forecasting Lab Linksan NCSU met prof, formerly of Brockport; no-nonsense link page, lots of good stuff.

 

Lyndon State College Department of Meteorology (MET Navigator)my alma mater.  

 

Saint Louis University Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciencesmy graduate alma mater.

 

Cooperative Institute for Precipitation SystemsJim Moore (r.i.p.) and Chuck Graves run this show; lots of good information here.

 

COMET’s MetEd Homepage  meteorology education and training.

 

Texas A & M Weather Discussion Linksmany excellent current data sources, for when you just can’t run GARP.

 

National Weather Associationa great organization for operational meteorologists.

 

SPC’s National Weather Analysis and Briefing Pageinteractive, with a focus on severe weather; again, good for the GARP-less.

 

National Weather Service Forecast Office Buffaloour local WFO; great for local/regional weather data and lake effect snow info.

 

Weather Challengeso how are YOU doing in the forecast contest?

 

Operational Models Matrix(almost) everything you’ve wanted to know about the models, and in one place.

 

NCAR-RAP Real-Time Weather Dataanother fine source of weather data for the GARP-impaired.

 

National Public Radioprecious few make better radio…

 

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation…but these people come mighty close.

 

St. Louis Blues - will this be the year that the Stanley Cup comes to 14th and Clark? Yeah, right.

 

Rush - THE met geek's soundtrack band!

 

Richard Thompson - the finest singer/songwriter you've never heard of, as well as one of the world's most brilliant guitarists.

 

107.7 FM--The Lake - what used to be a great radio station from Buffalo: a mix of classics and obscure tracks, but is now rebroadcasting WBEN-AM. You can listen to the HD2 signal online, where they do play actual music.

 

93.9 FM--The River - a great radio station in Turners Falls, MA: check 'em out now before they too fall prey to corporate programmers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Department of the Earth Sciences
The College at Brockport

 

Last updated 4 November 2014; my opinions are just that.