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Lisa Darby – Meteorologist
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Hydrometeorology Observations and Processes Team
Affiliation: NOAA
Mailing Address:
NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305

Fax: (303) 497-6020


Lisa Darby is a meteorologist in the Hydrometeorology Observations and Processes (HOP) research team in NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL)/Physical Sciences Division in Boulder, CO. Since joining the team in October 2014, Lisa has worked on analyzing and understanding extreme precipitation events along the west coast of the U.S. and in the southeastern U.S. This marks a career shift from focusing on too little water (drought) to too much water (atmospheric rivers and extreme precipitation).

Prior to joining HOP, Lisa worked for six years in the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) program office, organizing stakeholder interactions and activities for NIDIS Drought Early Warning and Information Systems (DEWS) in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama and along the coast of North Carolina and South Carolina. This work included understanding regional water allocation issues and impacts associated with low flow in rivers.

Before Lisa joined the NIDIS program office she worked as a meteorologist in the optical remote sensing research group at ESRL. In this capacity she developed expertise in Doppler lidar studies of mesoscale wind systems and was involved in many projects that focused on coastal wind flows and their impact on air quality.

Research Interests

  • Mesoscale meteorological systems
  • Extreme precipitation events
  • Air quality


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

Selected 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.

Professional Memberships

  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Geophysical Union

Honors and Awards

  • 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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