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Stan Benjamin

Stan Benjamin

Stan Benjamin

Chief, Assimilation and Modeling Branch, Research Meteorologist

Global Systems Division


  • Born in Washington, DC, grew up in Kensington, MD.
  • 1973-1977 – Systems analyst for Dept. of Defense in Battle Creek, MI
  • 1983-1991 – Scientist at NOAA Research affiliated with NCAR.
  • 1991-current – Technical management of development/implementation for Rapid Update Cycle, including assimilation, model, post-processing components. Co-directs development/testing for Rapid Refresh (RUC replacement). Directs development of FIM global model.


  • B.A., Math, Albion College (Michigan), 1973
  • M.S., Meteorology, Penn State University, 1980
  • Ph.D., Meteorology, Penn State University, 1983

Research Interests

Data assimilation, numerical modeling (regional and global), observation impact, isentropic coordinate applications, land-surface modeling


  • Fellow- Amer. Meteor. Soc. (2004)
  • Member of FAA Aviation Weather Forecasting Task Force, 1985-1987
  • Member of Model Development team for Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) model (1999-present)
  • Lead for FAA Model Development and Enhancement Research Team (2006-present).
  • U.S. Dept. of Commerce Bronze Medal, 1998
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal, 2006
  • NOAA Research Paper of the Year Award, lead author – 2006
  • Global modeling team lead – NOAA Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project (HFIP)

Recent Publications

  • Benjamin, S.G., B.D. Jamison, W.R. Moninger, B. Schwartz, T.W. Schlatter, 2010: Relative short-range forecast impact from aircraft, profiler, rawinsonde, VAD, GPS-PW, METAR, and mesonet observations via the RUC hourly assimilation cycle. Mon. Wea. Rev., 138, accepted for publication.
  • Benjamin, S. G., S. S. Weygandt, J. M. Brown, T. Smirnova, D. Devenyi, K. Brundage, G. Grell, S. Peckham, W. R. Moninger, T. W. Schlatter, T. L. Smith, G. Manikin, 2008: Implementation of the radar-enhanced RUC 13th Conf. Aviation, Range and Aerospace Meteorology, Amer. Meteor. Soc., New Orleans, LA
  • Benjamin, S.G., D. Devenyi, S.S. Weygandt, K.J. Brundage, J.M. Brown, G.A. Grell, D. Kim, B.E. Schwartz, T.G. Smirnova, T.L. Smith, and G.S. Manikin, 2004: An hourly assimilation/forecast cycle: The RUC. Mon. Wea. Rev., 132, 495-518 (Feb. issue).
  • Benjamin, S.G., G.A. Grell, J.M. Brown, T.G. Smirnova, and R. Bleck, 2004: Mesoscale weather prediction with the RUC hybrid isentropic/terrain-following coordinate model. Mon. Wea. Rev., 132, 473-494.
  • Benjamin, S. G., B. E. Schwartz, E. Szoke and S. E. Koch (2004), The value of wind profiler data in US weather forecasting, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 85(12), 1871+, 10.1175/BAMS-85-12-187.