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Lisa Darby



Lisa Darby is a research meteorologist in the recently formed Hydrometeorology Observations and Processes Team in the NOAA/ESRL/Physical Sciences Division. Ms. Darby's research currently focuses on extreme precipitation events in the southeastern and western U.S. She is a member of NOAA's Central Region Team and NOAA's Drought Task Force.

Ms. Darby previously worked in the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) program office where she was a leader in the development of NIDIS Drought Early Warning and Information Systems (DEWS) in the southeastern U.S.

Before Ms. Darby joined the NIDIS program office in 2008, she worked as a meteorologist in the optical remote sensing research group at ESRL for twenty years. In this capacity she developed expertise in Doppler lidar studies of mesoscale wind systems and was involved in many field campaigns focused on mesoscale flows and air quality. Ms. Darby's analyses of Doppler lidar-measured winds and supporting meteorological measurements appear in numerous peer-reviewed articles.

Ms. Darby also worked on an International Polar Year (IPY) project called International Arctic Systems for Observing the Atmosphere (IASOA), where she worked to promote collaboration among year-round atmospheric observatories north of the Arctic Circle.


  • M.S., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Jun 2001
  • B.S., Meteorology, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Jun 1990

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Featured Publications

  • Darby, L.S., 2005: Cluster analysis of surface winds in Houston, Texas and the impact of wind patterns on ozone. J. Appl. Meteor., 44, 1788-1806.
  • Darby, L.S., and G.S. Poulos, 2006: The Evolution of Lee Wave/Rotor Activity in the Lee of Pike’s Peak under the Influence of a Cold Frontal Passage: Implications for Aircraft Safety. Mon. Wea. Rev., 134, 2857-2876.
  • Banta, R.M., C.J., Senff, J. Nielsen-Gammon, L.S. Darby, T.B. Ryerson, R.J. Alvarez, S.P. Sandberg, E.J. Williams, and M. Trainer, 2005: A bad air day in Houston. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 86, 657-669.
  • Darby, L.S., R.M. Banta, and R.A. Pielke, Sr., 2002: Comparisons between mesoscale model terrain sensitivity studies and Doppler lidar measurements of the sea breeze at Monterey Bay. Mon. Wea. Rev., 130, 2813-2838.
  • Banta, R. M., L. D. Olivier, and D. H. Levinson, 1993: Evolution of the Monterey Bay sea-breeze layer as observed by pulsed Doppler lidar. J. Atmos. Sci., 50, 3959-3982.

Research Interests

  • Mesoscale meteorological systems
  • Extreme precipitation events
  • Air quality

Professional Memberships

  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Geophysical Union


  • NOAA Employee of the Year Award, 2000
  • NOAA/DOC Bronze Medal, 2003. For facilitating workgroup meetings for NOAA’s SFA
  • OAR Outstanding Paper Award, 2005. Ryerson, et al., 2003
  • NOAA/DOC Group Silver Medal Award for Scientific/Engineering Achievement, 2004
  • Outstanding Scientific Paper Award, 1995. Banta, R.M, et al.

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