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John Knox

John Knox

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John A. Knox

Associate Professor

Email: johnknox@uga.edu
Phone: 706-542-2118
Fax: 706-542-2388
Office: Geog-Geol Bldg, 210 Field Street, Athens, Georgia 30602, 139

Research Interests

Dynamics of weather and climate, geoscience education, atmospheric hazards, and meteorological applications of social media data (see http://www.today.com/video/today/51330360#51330360)



  • Ph.D. (1996) University of Wisconsin-Madison, Atmospheric science
  • B.S. (1988) UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham), Mathematics

Grant Support

  1. Improving Clear Air Turbulence Forecasts at the NOAA/NWS/NCEP/Aviation Weather Center with State-of-the-Art Research Diagnostics (PI); UCAR/COMET; $60,000; Funded 7/09-6/12
  2. Teaching Science Teachers about Masters of Disaster in Socioeconomically and Climatologically Vulnerable Counties of Georgia (co-PI); National Science Foundation; $149,642; Funded 8/10-8/12
  3. Teaching Science Teachers About Masters of Disasters (consultant); Georgia Teacher Quality in Higher Education Program; $31,000; Funded 6/10-6/11
  4. Teaching Science Teachers About Masters of Disasters (consultant); Georgia Teacher Quality in Higher Education Program; $31,000; Funded 6/09-6/10
  5. Climatological and Demographic Aspects of Late-Summer Heat Waves in Georgia (PI); UGARF; $9707.10; Funded 1/09-12/09
  6. Development, Implementation and Research of Rotating-Tank Laboratory Experiments in Undergraduate Geosciences Courses at the University of Georgia (co-PI); USG Board of Regents STEM Initiative; $7990; Funded 11/08-6/09
  7. Teaching Science Teachers About Masters of Disasters (consultant); Georgia Teacher Quality in Higher Education Program; $31,000; Funded 6/08-6/09
  8. Enhancing Undergraduate Geography Courses with New Data-Intensive Multimedia Modules on the Ozone Hole and El Niño (PI); PRISM; $4000; Funded 8/04-2/05
  9. The Assimilation Process in the Earth, Space and Social Sciences (PI); Georgia Space Grant; $5562; Funded 3/04-2/05
  10. Mesoscale Tropopause Dynamics Diagnosed in GOES (PI); NOAA/NESDIS; $66,000; Funded 10/03-9/05
  11. Diagnostic Studies of Tropical Dynamics with UARS and CRISTA (co-I); NASA (Subcontract to NWRA); $72,000; Funded 11/01-2/04

Research Projects

  1. Clear-air turbulence forecasting (Wilson M.S.; with Silberberg, Ellrod and UGA students)
  2. Geoscience education research at the pre-college and college levels (Qureshi Ph.D.; with Stewart and others)
  3. Hyperthermia and its effects on athletes (Petro M.S.; with Grundstein and UGA students)
  4. Late-summer heat waves in the Southeast U.S. (Petro M.S.)
  5. Drought in the Southeast U.S. (Campana M.S.; with Grundstein and Dowd)
  6. Inertial instability and convection initiation (with Schumacher and Schultz)
  7. Non-convective high wind events (with Durkee, Frye, Fuhrmann, Lacke and UGA students)
  8. Windstorms and their societal impacts (with Gill and Novlan)
  9. Tornado debris research (with UGA students)  See http://www.today.com/video/today/51330360/#51330360

Of Note

National/International Research Awards:

  • T. Theodore Fujita Research Achievement Award, National Weather Association, 2010
  • Highly commend, Royal Meteorological Society‘s IBM Award for Meteorological Innovation That Matters international competition, 2009

Campus/National Teaching Awards:

  • "Best 300 Professors" selection, The Princeton Review, 2012 (only geographer in U.S. selected)  http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/three-uga-professors-named-among-the-nations-best-by-princeton-review/
  • Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, UGA, 2013  http://columns.uga.edu/news/article/award-winners-early-career-faculty-members-recognized-for-excellence/
  • Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching Award, UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, 2011
  • UGA Student Government Association Professor Recognition Award, 2005, 2010, 2011
  • Who‘s Who Among America‘s Teachers, 2004
  • UW-Madison Wahl Meteorology Teaching Award, 1994
  • UW-Madison Teaching Fellow, 1994-95

National Educational Publication Awards:

  • William Henry Fox Talbot Prize for Visual Excellence in a College Textbook, Society of Academic Authors, 2003
  • APEX Grand Award for Publication Excellence in Writing, Phi Kappa Phi Forum, 2007

Institutional Outreach and Service Awards and Nominations:

  • NASA/GISS Best Popular Science Award, 1997
  • UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Advisor Award nominee, 2005, 2008, 2010

National Weather Forecasting Awards:

  • "Final Four" forecaster, WxChallenge national weather forecasting contest tournament, 2011
  • 1st-place trophy for best faculty forecast for New Orleans, LA, WxChallenge contest, 2012
  • 2nd-place trophy for best faculty forecast for Providence, RI, WxChallenge contest, 2012

Selected National Academic Awards and Honors:

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 1988
  • Rhodes Scholar Finalist, 1987
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Fellow, 1988
  • U.S. Presidential Scholar, 1983


Selected Publications


Ackerman, S. A., and J. A. Knox, 2012: Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere (3rd edition), Jones & Bartlett, 578 pp.  4th edition in production, to be published February 2014.


Articles (since 2007)

  1. Knox, J. A., J. A. Rackley, A. W. Black, V. A. Gensini, M. Butler, C. Dunn, T. Gallo, M. R. Hunter, L. Lindsey, M. Phan, R. Scroggs, and S. Brustad, 2013: Tornado debris characteristics and trajectories during the 27 April 2011 Super Outbreak as determined using social media data.  Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, in press.  http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00036.1   See http://www.today.com/video/today/51330360#51330360
  2. Schultz, D. M., and J. A. Knox, 2013: Young Lewis Fry Richardson in Yorkshire.  Weather, 68, 66-67.
  3. Ellrod, G. P., J. A. Knox, P. F. Lester, and L. J. Ehernberger, 2013: Clear air turbulence. Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric Sciences, in review. (Invited)
  4. Durkee, J. D., C. M. Fuhrmann, J. A. Knox, and J. D. Frye, 2012: Ageostrophic contributions to a nonconvective high wind event in the Great Lakes region. National Weather Digest, 36, 27-41.
  5. Campana, P., J. A. Knox, A. J. Grundstein, and J. Dowd, 2011: The 2007 drought in Athens, GA USA: A climatological comparison and an assessment of future water availability. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 1-12. DOI: 10.1111 /j.1752-1688.2011.00619.x
  6. Knox, J. A., J. D. Frye, J. D. Durkee, and C. M. Fuhrmann, 2011: Nonconvective high winds associated with extratropical cyclones. Geography Compass, 5(2), 63-89. (Invited review paper)
  7. McCann, D. W., J. A. Knox, and P. D. Williams, 2011: Improvements in clear-air turbulence forecasting based on spontaneous imbalance theory: The ULTURB algorithm. Meteorological Applications, DOI:10.1002/met.260.
  8. Knox, J. A., A. S. Bachmeier, W. M. Carter, J. E. Tarantino, L. C. Paulik, E. N. Wilson, G. S. Bechdol, and M. J. Mays, 2010: Transverse cirrus bands in weather systems: A grand tour of an enduring enigma. Weather, 65, 35-41.
  9. Ellrod, G. P., and J. A. Knox, 2010: Improvements to an operational clear air turbulence diagnostic index by addition of a divergence trend term. Weather and Forecasting, 25, 789-798.
  10. Schumacher, R. S., D. M. Schultz, and J. A. Knox, 2010: Convective snowbands downstream of the Rocky Mountains in an environment with conditional, dry symmetric, and inertial instabilities. Monthly Weather Review, 138, 4416-4438.
  11. Grundstein, A. J., C. Ramseyer, F. Zhao, J. L. Pesses, P. Akers, A. Qureshi, L. Becker, J. A. Knox, and M. Petro, 2010: A retrospective analysis of United States football hyperthermia deaths. International Journal of Biometeorology, DOI 10.1007/s00484-010-0391-4.
  12. Parham, T. L., Jr., C. Cervato, W. A. Gallus, Jr., M. Larsen, P. Stelling, J. Hobbs, T. Greenbowe, T. Gupta, J. A. Knox, and T. E. Gill, 2010: The InVEST volcanic concept survey: Exploring student understanding about volcanoes. Journal of Geoscience Education, 58, 213-223.
  13. Knox, J. A., D. W. McCann, and P. D. Williams, 2009: Reply to Plougonven et al.‘s "Comments on 'Application of the Lighthill-Ford theory of spontaneous imbalance to clear-air turbulence forecasting'". Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 66, 2511-2516.
  14. LaMoreaux, H. K., G. A. Brook, and J. A. Knox, 2009: Late Pleistocene and Holocene environments of the Southeastern United States from the stratigraphy and pollen content of a peat deposit on the Georgia Coastal Plain. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 280, 300-312.
  15. Knox, J. A., 2008: Recent and future trends in U.S. undergraduate meteorology enrollments, degree recipients and employment opportunities. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 89, 873-883. (2nd-most accessed article in entire AMS electronic archive during July 2008)
  16. Knox, J. A., D. W. McCann, and P. D. Williams, 2008: Application of the Lighthill-Ford theory of spontaneous imbalance to clear-air turbulence forecasting. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 65, 3292-3304. (#9 most-accessed article in AMS archives during October 2008)
  17. Schultz, D. M., and J. A. Knox, 2007: Banded convection caused by frontogenesis in a conditionally, symmetrically, and inertially unstable environment. Monthly Weather Review, 135, 2095-2100.
  18. Lacke, M. C., J. A. Knox, J. D. Frye, A. E. Stewart, J. D. Durkee, C. M. Fuhrmann, and S. M. Dillingham, 2007: A climatology of non-convective wind events in the Great Lakes region. Journal of Climate, 20, 6012-6022.

Selected Older Articles of Note:

  1. Knox, J. A., and P. R. Ohmann, 2006: Iterative solutions of the gradient wind equation. Computers & Geosciences, 32, 656-662.
  2. Knox, J. A., and S. A. Ackerman, 2005: What do introductory meteorology students want to learn? Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 86, 1431-1435. (Cover article)
  3. Knox, J. A., and V. L. Harvey, 2005: Global climatology of inertial instability and Rossby wave breaking in the stratosphere. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 110 (D6), D06108, DOI 10.1029/2004JD005068.
  4. Knox, J. A., 2003: Inertial instability. Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric Sciences, J. R. Holton, J. Curry, and J. Pyle, Eds., Academic Press, 1004-1013. (Invited)
  5. Iacopelli, A. J., and J. A. Knox, 2001: Mesoscale dynamics of the record-breaking 10 November 1998 mid-latitude cyclone: A satellite-based case study. National Weather Digest, 25, 33-42. (Invited)
  6. Knox, J. A., 2000: From Celsius to chaos to cyclones: Using temperature-conversion equations to introduce advanced mathematical concepts in earth science courses. Mathematical Geology, 32 (2), 203-215.
  7. Knox, J. A., 2000: L. F. Richardson‘s "Forecast Factory": A great idea for teaching weather forecasting. Journal of Geoscience Education, 48 (5), 579-580.
  8. Brothers, H. J., and J. A. Knox, 1998: New closed-form approximations to the logarithmic constant e. Mathematical Intelligencer, 20, 25-29.
  9. Knox, J. A., 1997: Generalized nonlinear balance criteria and inertial stability. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 54, 967-985.
  10. Knox, J. A., 1997: Possible mechanisms of clear-air turbulence in strongly anticyclonic flows. Monthly Weather Review, 125, 1251-1259.
  11. Knox, J. A., 1997: Reform of the college science lecture through storytelling. Journal of College Science Teaching, 26, 388-392. 
  12. Knox, J. A., and P. J. Croft, 1997: Storytelling in the meteorology classroom. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 78, 897-906.

Other Publications That Were Fun to Write and Informative Too: 

Knox, J. A., J. D. Frye, J. D. Durkee, and M. C. Lacke, 2011: Death from a clear blue sky: Extreme non-convective high winds. Earthzine, http://www.earthzine.org/2011/06/04/death-from-a-clear-blue-sky-extreme-non-convective-high-winds/

Knox, J. A., 2009: The 100 top-fielding MLB pitchers, circa 1900-2008. Baseball Research Journal, 38 (1), 49-58. (peer-reviewed)

Knox, J., 2006: Living in a globally warmed world. Phi Kappa Phi Forum, 86 (1), 11-16. (Invited lead article; issue won 2007 APEX Grand Award for Writing Excellence)

85 newspaper columns in The Red & Black (UGA student newspaper), 2004-2010.


Graduate Students


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