Jason Shafer

Professor of Atmospheric Sciences
Director, Vermont Institute of Applied Meteorology


B.S. Meteorology – Plymouth State College (2000)
M.S. Meteorology – University of Utah (2002)
Ph.D. Meteorology – University of Utah (2005)

Courses Taught
Analysis and Forecasting I & II (ATM 3331 & 3332)
TV Weathercasting (ATM 4010)
Forecasting Applications (ATM 3310)
Introduction to Unix (CIS 2101)
GIS Applications in Atmospheric Sciences (ATM 3050)
Physical Hydrology (ATM 4040)

Professional Interests and Activities
Dr. Jay focuses on teaching the fundamentals of modern weather analysis and prediction, the communication of weather impacts to a diverse audience, and the valuation of weather information within the private sector.

Dr. Jay’s research interests include synoptic and mesoscale meteorology. He focuses on mountain meteorology since most of the interesting local weather and climate variations are produced by terrain. His dissertation developed the first climatology of strong Intermountain West (Nevada and Utah) cold fronts, and examined how the dry environment and complex terrain affect where and how they occur. Dr. Jay has worked on many applied weather research projects in the energy and transportation sectors through the Vermont Institute of Applied Meteorology (VIAM).

He has also founded several businesses. Weather Litigation Services LLC dealt with forensic meteorology in legal matters. A startup, Northview Weather LLC, focuses on predicting the magnitude of power outages prior to winter storms.

Dr. Jay is actively involved in his students’ success beyond the classroom as a mentor and advisor. He is always available to help students develop important life skills and work through college’s challenges.

Selected Publications

Hanrahan, J., and J. Shafer, 2019: Improving climate change literacy and promoting outreach in an undergraduate atmospheric sciences program. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. https://doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0332.1, in press.

Shafer, J. C., and W. J. Steenburgh, 2008: Climatology of Strong Intermountain Cold FrontsMon. Wea. Rev., 136, 784–807, https://doi.org/10.1175/2007MWR2136.1

Shafer, J. C., W. J. Steenburgh, J. A. W. Cox, and J. P. Monteverdi, 2006: Terrain Influences on Synoptic Storm Structure and Mesoscale Precipitation Distribution during IPEX IOP3. Mon. Wea. Rev., 134, 478–497, https://doi.org/10.1175/MWR3051.1