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Paul J. Neiman

Paul J. Neiman

Paul J. Neiman

Research Meteorologist

Physical Sciences Division


My primary responsibilities include data analysis and interpretation, writing journal articles, collaborating with U.S. and international research colleagues, presenting research results at conferences. I also participate in field programs (e.g., CALJET, PACJET, HMT-West, HMT-Northwest, CalWater), including the collection of data and providing weather forecasts for instrument and personnel deployments.


  • 1984: B.S. with distinction, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • 1987: M.S., Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Research Interests

My research interests lie in synoptic-scale and mesoscale meteorology, with a focus on orographically modulated flows and precipitation systems, extratropical frontal cyclones, and the weather-climate connection. My work has included the analysis and interpretation of numerous data sets from disparate sources, with an emphasis on combining observations recorded by state-of-the-art remote sensing instruments including wind profilers, land-based and airborne cloud and precipitation radars, GPS integrated water vapor units, radio acoustic sounding systems, Doppler lidars, and space-based radiometric and microwave sensors. During the last decade, my research has focused on the meteorology along the West Coast of the United States.


  • Peer-reviewed articles: 21 first author, 35 coauthor.
  • Recipient of 5 NOAA/OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Awards.
  • Have given many conference presentations and seminars, some invited.
  • Participated in numerous field programs, both in the field & providing weather forecasts.

Recent Publications

  • Neiman, P.J., E.M. Sukovich, F.M. Ralph, and M. Hughes, 2010: A seven-year wind profiler-based climatology of the windward barrier jet along California’s northern Sierra Nevada. Mon. Wea. Rev., 138, in press.
  • Neiman, P.J., A.B. White, F.M. Ralph, D.J. Gottas, and S.I. Gutman, 2009: A water vapour flux tool for precipitation forecasting. Proc. Institution of Civil Engineers – Water Management (special issue on weather radar for water management), 162, 83-94.
  • Neiman, P.J., F.M. Ralph, G.A. Wick, Y.-H. Kuo, T.-K. Wee, Z. Ma, G.H. Taylor, and M.D. Dettinger, 2008: Diagnosis of an intense atmospheric river impacting the Pacific Northwest: Storm summary and offshore vertical structure observed with COSMIC satellite retrievals. Mon. Wea. Rev., 136, 4398-4420.
  • Neiman, P.J., F.M. Ralph, G.A. Wick, J. Lundquist, and M.D. Dettinger, 2008: Meteorological characteristics and overland precipitation impacts of atmospheric rivers affecting the West Coast of North America based on eight years of SSM/I satellite observations. J. Hydrometeor., 9, 22-47. Recipient of the NOAA/OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Award.
  • Neiman, P.J., F.M. Ralph, A.B. White, D.D. Parrish, J.S. Holloway, and D.L. Bartels, 2006: A Multiwinter analysis of channeled flow through a prominent gap along the northern California Coast during CALJET and PACJET. Mon. Wea. Rev., 134, 1815-1841.