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Thomas Mote

Thomas Mote

Thomas Mote

Thomas Mote

Thomas Mote

Thomas Mote

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Thomas L. Mote

Professor and Department Head

Email: tmote@uga.edu
Phone: 706-542-2856
Fax: 706-542-2388
Office: Geog-Geol Bldg, 210 Field Street, Athens, Georgia 30602, 204

Research Interests

Hydroclimatology, cryosphere, synoptic meteorology, remote sensing


Grant Support

Robinson, D., G. Henderson, D. Leathers, and T. Mote (co-PI). Toward improved understanding of extreme snow melt runoff events under past, present, and future climate. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, 2014-2017 ($597,031).

Mote, T. (PI), K. Arrigo, R. Castelao, Å Rennermalm, M. Tedesco, and P. Yager. From the ice sheet to the sea: An interdisciplinary study of the impact of extreme melt on ocean stratification and productivity near West Greenland. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2013-2016 ($1.499 million).

Mote, T.L. (PI) “Role of fog and wildland fire smoke in fatal motor vehicle accidents in the southeastern U.S.” USDA Forest Service, 2011-2013 ($30,000).

Mote, T.L., (PI) and J.M. Shepherd. “Regional climate simulations of southern forests.” USDA Forest Service, 2009-2011 ($140,000).

Dupigny-Giroux, L.-A., M. Raphael, J.M. Shepherd, and T.L. Mote (Co-PI). “Creating a diversity climate network (D-ClimNet) to enhance the climate sciences pipeline of minority students from high school to graduate school.” National Science Foundation, 2009-2012 ($58,418).

Mote, T.L., (PI) and J.M. Shepherd. “Evaluation of WRF model for SHRMC activities.” USDA Forest Service, 2008-2010 ($30,000).

Bollinger, J.S., A. Garrett, A.J. Grundstein, T.L. Mote (Co-I), J.M. Shepherd, and T. Rasmussen. “Integrated hydrologic/hydrodynamic modeling system for collection of pollutant signatures.” Department of Energy, 2008-2011 ($750,000 to UGA, $1.5 million total).

Shepherd, J.M., N. Heynen and T.L. Mote (Co-PI). “Assessing air quality and perceptions of environmental hazards in the Newtown Community:  A prototype UGA-U.S. Forest Service initiative on environmental justice and green space engagement.” USDA Forest Service, 2008-2009 ($9000).

Robinson, D.A., M.R. Anderson, S. Drobot, D.K. Hall, and T.L. Mote (Co-PI). “Development of Northern Hemisphere snow and ice climate data records.” National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2008-2013 ($245,000 to UGA,  $1.88 million total).

Mote, T.L., (PI) “Support of SHRMC MM5/WRF modeling activities.” USDA Forest Service, 2007-2008 ($73,000).

Mote, T.L., (PI). “Support and Operation of SHRMC Modeling Activities.” USDA Forest Service, 2005-2007 ($53,000).

Robinson, D.A., and Mote, T.L. (Co-PI). “Global monitoring of continental snow cover combining satellite and in-situ sources.” National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, 2004-2007 ($90,000).

Mote, T.L. (PI). “Development and validation of MM5V3 for SHRMC.” USDA Forest Service, 2003-2005 ($140,010).

Robinson, D.A., D.J. Leathers, T.L. Mote (Co-PI), and A.J. Grundstein. “A hybrid approach for evaluating and predicting interactions between the seasonal snow pack and the atmosphere.” National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2002-2005 ($219,625).

Mote, T.L. (PI). “Development and support of a hazard assessment program for the Southern High Resolution Modeling Consortium.” USDA Forest Service, 2001-2002 ($270,767).

Robinson, D.A., A. Frei, D.J. Leathers, and T.L. Mote (Co-PI). “Evaluation of snow water equivalent across grasslands regions.” National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1998-2001 ($109,000 to UGA).

Mote, T.L. (PI). “Infrastructure improvement grant for a satellite receiving station.” National Science Foundation, 1998-1999 ($20,000).

Mote, T.L. (PI). “An investigation of the climatology, associated meteorology, and patterns of winter season cloud-to-ground lightning for the Southeast and Mississippi Valley regions of the U.S.” UCAR Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training, 1998-1999 ($8,240).

Of Note

2013: Creative Research Medal, Vice President for Research, University of Georgia

2008: Fulbright Scholar to Brazil, Council for the International Exchange of Scholars

2004: Outstanding Academic Adviser Award, University of Georgia

1997: Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching Award, Franklin College, University of Georgia

Selected Publications

Gensini, V., and T. Mote, 2014: Examination of historical hazardous convective weather using dynamical downscaling. Journal of Climate, in press. DOI

Gensini, V.*, T. Mote, and H. Brooks, 2014: Severe thunderstorm reanalysis environments and co-located radiosonde observations. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 53, 742-751. DOI

Gensini, V.*, C. Ramseyer*, and T. Mote, 2014: Future convective environments using NARCCAP. International Journal of Climatology, 34, 1699-1705. DOI

Hanna, E., X. Fettweis, S. Mernild, J. Cappelen, M. Ribergaard, C. Shuman, K. Steffen, L. Wood, and T. Mote, 2013: Atmospheric and oceanic climate forcing of the exceptional Greenland Ice Sheet surface melt in summer 2012. International Journal of Climatology, 34, 1022-1037. DOI

Mattingly, K.*, J. McLeod*, J. Shepherd, J. Knox, and T. Mote, 2014: A climatological assessment of Greenland blocking conditions associated with the track of Hurricane Sandy and historical North Atlantic hurricanes. International Journal of Climatology, in press.

Shepherd, J., A. Grundstein, and T. Mote, 2014: An analysis of regional, spatio-temporal and seasonal biases in satellite and reanalysis rainfall products in the Savannah River basin: Implications for hydrological modeling applications. Physical Geography, in press.

Bedel, A.*, T. Mote, and S. Goodrick, 2013: Climate change and associated fire potential for the southeastern Unitedfor the southeastern United States in the 21st Century. International Journal of Wildland Fire, in press. DOI

Rennermalm, A., S. Moustafa, J. Mioduszewski, V. Chu, R. Forster, B. Hagedorn, J. Harper, T. Mote, D. Robinson, C. Shuman, L. Smith, and M. Tedesco, 2013: Understanding Greenland ice sheet hydrology using an integrated multi-scale approach. Environmental Research Letters, 8, 015017. DOI

Zhao, H., K. Higuchi, J. Waller, H. Auld, and T. Mote, 2013: The impacts of the PNA and NAO on annual maximum snowpack over southern Canada during 1979--2009. International Journal of Climatology, 33, 388-395. DOI

Tedesco, M., X. Fettweis, T. Mote, J. Wahr, P. Alexander, J. Box, and B. Wouters, 2013: Evidence and analysis of 2012 Greenland records from spaceborne observations, a regional climate model and reanalysis data. The Cryosphere, 7, 615--630. DOI

Nghiem, S., D. Hall, T. Mote, M. Tedesco, M. Albert, K. Keegan, and N. DiGirolamo, 2012: The extreme melt across the Greenland Ice Sheet in 2012. Geophysical Research Letters, 39, L20502. DOI

Shem, W., T. Mote, and J. Shepherd, 2012: Validation of NARCCAP temperature data for some forest sites in the southeast United States. Atmospheric Research, 13, 275--282. DOI

Rennermalm, A., A. Bring, and T. Mote, 2012: Spatial and scale dependent controls on North American pan-Arctic minimum river discharge. Geographical Analysis, 44, 202--218. DOI

Mote, T., and E. Kutney*, 2012: Regions of autumn Eurasian snow cover and associations with North American winter temperatures. International Journal of Climatology, 32, 1164--1177. DOI

Tedesco, M., J. Box, J. Cappelen, T. Mote, R. van de Wal, and J. Wahr, 2012: Greenland ice sheet in “State of the Climate in 2011.” Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 93, S68-S69. DOI

Mernild, S., T. Mote, and G. Liston, 2011: Greenland Ice Sheet surface melt extent and trends, 1960--2010. Journal of Glaciology, 57, 621--628. DOI

Shepherd, J., and T. Mote, 2011: Can cities create their own snowfall?: What observations are required to find out? Earthzine, Urban Monitoring Special Theme Issue. HTML

Shepherd, J., T. Mote, S. McCutcheon, P. Knox, J. Dowd, and M. Roden, 2011: Unique perspectives on how synoptic forcing and urban land cover contributed to the disastrous Atlanta flood of 2009. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 92, 861--870.  DOI

Box, J., A. Ahlstrøm, J.  Cappelen, X.  Fettweis, D. Decker, T. Mote, D. van As, R. van de Wal, B. Vinther, and J. Wahr, 2011: Greenland in “State of the Climate in 2010.” Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 92, S156--S160. DOI

Grundstein, A.J., and T.L. Mote, 2010: Trends in average snow depth across the western United States. Physical Geography, 31, 172--185. DOI

Frye, J.*, and T. Mote, 2010: The synergistic relationship between soil moisture and the low-level jet and its role on the pre-storm environment in the southern Great Plains. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 49, 775--791. DOI

Frye, J.*, and T. Mote, 2010: Convective initiation along soil moisture boundaries in the southern Great Plains. Monthly Weather Review, 138, 1140--1151. DOI

Durkee, J*, and T. Mote, 2010: A climatology of warm-season mesoscale convective complexes in subtropical South America. International Journal of Climatology, 30, 418--431. DOI

Box, J.E., I. Bhattacharya, J. Cappelen, D. Decker, X. Fettweis, K. Jezek, T. Mote, and M. Tedesco, 2010: Greenland in “State of the Climate in 2009.” Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 91, S121--S124. DOI

Woody, J., R. Lund, A. Grundstein, and T. Mote, 2009: A storage model approach to the assessment of snow depth trends. Water Resources Research, 45, W10426. DOI

Box, J., L.-S. Bai, R. Benson, I. Bhattacharya, D.H. Bromwich, J. Cappelen, D. Decker, N. DiGirolamo, X. Fettweis, D. Hall, E. Hanna, T. Mote, M. Tedesco, R. van de Wal, and M. van den Broeke, 2009: Greenland in “State of the Climate in 2008.” Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 90, S1--S196. DOI

Lacke, M.*, T. Mote, and J. Shepherd, 2009: Aerosols and associated precipitation patterns in Atlanta. Atmospheric Environment, 43, 4359--4373. DOI

Shepherd, J., D. Nyogi, and T. Mote, 2009: A seasonal-scale climatological analysis correlating spring tornadic activity with antecedent fall–winter drought in the southeastern United States. Environmental Research Letters, 024012. DOI

Durkee, J.*, and T. Mote, 2009: The contribution of mesoscale convective complexes to the hydroclimate of subtropical South America. Journal of Climate, 22, 4590--4605. DOI

Mote, T., 2008: On the role of snow cover in depressing air temperature. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 47, 2008--2022. DOI

Box, J., J. Cappelen, D. Bromwich, L.-S. Bai, T. Mote, B. Veenhuis, N. Mikkelsen, and A. Weidick, 2008: Greenland, in “State of the Climate in 2007”. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 89, S94--S97.

Grundstein, A., S. Sarnat, M. Klein, J. Shepherd, L. Naeher, T. Mote, and P. Tolbert, 2008: Thunderstorm associated asthma in Atlanta, Georgia. Thorax, 63, 659--660. DOI

Durkee, J.*, J. Frye*, C. Fuhrmann*, M. Lacke*, H. Jeong*, and T. Mote, 2008: Effects of the North Atlantic Oscillation on precipitation-type frequency and distribution in the eastern United States. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 91, 51--65. DOI

Mote, T., 2007: Greenland surface melt trends 1973--2007:  Evidence of a large increase in 2007. Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L22507. DOI

Mote, T., M. Lacke*, and J. Shepherd, 2007: Radar signatures of the urban effect on precipitation distribution:  A case study for Atlanta, Georgia. Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L20710. DOI

Dyer, J.*, and T. Mote, 2007: Trends in snow ablation over North America. International Journal of Climatology, 27, 739--748. DOI

Ashley, W.*, T. Mote, and M. Bentley, 2007: The extensive episode of derecho-producing convective systems in the United States during May and June 1998: A multiscale analysis and review. Meteorological Applications, 14, 227--244. DOI

Rasmussen, T., and T. Mote, 2007: Monitoring surface and subsurface water storage using confined aquifer water levels at the Savannah River Site, USA. Vadose Zone Journal, 6, 327--335. DOI

Shepherd, J., A. Grundstein, and T. Mote, 2007: Quantifying the contribution of tropical cyclones to extreme rainfall along the coastal southeastern United States. Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L23810. DOI

Dyer, J.*, and T. Mote, 2006: Spatial variability and patterns of snow depth over North America. Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L16503. DOI

Ashley, W.*, and T. Mote, 2006: Derecho hazards in the United States. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 86, 1577--1592. DOI

Ashley, W.*, T. Mote, and M. Bentley, 2005: On the episodic nature of derecho producing convective systems in the United States. International Journal of Climatology, 25, 1915--1932. DOI

Grundstein, A., P. Todhunter, and T. Mote, 2005: Snowpack control over the thermal offset of air and soil temperatures in eastern North Dakota. Geophysical Research Letters, 32, L08503. DOI

Diem, J., and T. Mote, 2005: Interepochal changes in summer precipitation in the Southeastern United States: Evidence of possible urban effects near Atlanta, Georgia. Journal of Applied Meteorology, 44, 717--730. DOI

Leathers, D., D. Graybeal, T. Mote, A. Grundstein, and D. Robinson, 2004: The role of air mass types and surface energy fluxes in snow cover ablation in the central Appalachians. Journal of Applied Meteorology, 43, 1887--1898. DOI

Mote, T., A. Grundstein, D. Leathers, and D. Robinson, 2003: A comparison of modeled, remotely sensed, and measured snow water equivalent in the northern Great Plains. Water Resources Research, 39, 1209. DOI

Mote, T., 2003: Estimation of runoff rates, mass balance and elevation changes on the Greenland ice sheet from passive microwave observations. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 108, 4056. DOI

Dixon, P., and T. Mote, 2003: Patterns and causes of Atlanta’s urban heat island precipitation. Journal of Applied Meteorology, 42, 1273--1284. HTML

Ashley, W., T. Mote, P. Dixon*, S. Trotter*, E. Powell*, J. Durkee*, and A. Grundstein, 2003: Distribution of mesoscale convective complex rainfall in the United States. Monthly Weather Review, 131, 3003--3017. HTML

Grundstein, A., T. Mote, and D. Leathers, 2002: A hybrid climatology of snow water equivalent over the northern Great Plains of the United States. Polar Geography, 26, 187--209. DOI

Dyer, J.*, and T. Mote, 2002: Role of energy budget components on snow ablation from a mid-latitude prairie snowpack. Polar Geography, 26, 87--115. DOI

Leathers, D., T. Mote, A. Grundstein, D. Robinson, K. Felter, K. Conrad, and L. Sedywitz, 2002: Associations between continental scale snow cover and air mass frequency across eastern North America. International Journal of Climatology, 22, 1473--1494. DOI

Hanna, E., P. Huybrechts, and T. Mote, 2002: Surface mass balance of the Greenland ice sheet from climate analysis data and accumulation/runoff models. Annals of Glaciology, 35, 67--72.

Bentley, M., T. Mote, and P. Thebpanya*, 2002: The utility of satellite data for identifying agricultural damage due to hail and convective windstorms. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 83, 363--376. HTML

Hunter, S., R. Holle, S. Underwood*, and T. Mote, 2001: Case studies of winter lightning in the southeast United States. Weather and Forecasting, 16, 478--490. HTML

Mote, T., 2000: Ablation estimates for the Greenland ice sheet from passive microwave measurements. Professional Geographer, 52, 322--331. DOI

Bentley, M.*, and T. Mote, 2000: Synoptic-scale conditions associated with derecho producing mesoscale convective systems in the cool season. Physical Geography, 21, 21--37.

*Bentley, M., T. Mote and S. Byrd, 2000: Synoptic-scale conditions associated with derecho producing mesoscale convective systems over the Northern Plains. International Journal of Climatology, 20, 1329--1349. HTML

Graduate Students


Black, Alan

Research Interests

Winter Hazard Climatology
Assessment of Winter Hazard Vulnerability
Clear Air Turbulence (CAT) Forecasting
Forecaster Decision Making During Severe Weather
Tornado Debris Distributions
Climatology of High Wind


Ramseyer, Craig


McLeod, Jordan


Mattingly, Kyle