Hi there, my name is Kevin Thiel!

I am a first-year Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology, and the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological and Mesoscale Studies (CIMMS). I’m originally from Urbana, Ohio, and received my B.S. from Ohio University as a Meteorology Major with Departmental Honors in 2018. My current research focuses on improving forecast guidance using satellite-based lightning detection (GOES-16 GLM) and a recently developed suite of radar products (MRMS).

I am currently a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the National Weather Association (NWA), and am excited to be one of the newest members of the AMS Local Chapter Affairs Committee. In my free time, I enjoy playing and watching sports of all kinds, with my favorites being tennis and basketball, and watching a good episode (or three) of Law and Order or House. While moving to Oklahoma and adjusting to graduate school has most definitely been a challenge, I am thrilled for what lies ahead as I pursue my M.S. degree (and maybe more!) in the coming future.

About the Site

ThielWx started out as a simple twitter handle, but I quickly realized it could easily be a short and simple domain name. When I built this website, I had the vision in mind that this would be the ‘public facing’ side to my journey in the field of meteorology, research, and education. The WxBlog and Projects page are how I met this objective, with the blog as a way I can consistently provide fresh new content on a variety of personal interests, and projects to archive key information.

I also wanted the website to have some type of utility beyond being just a big advertisement for me, myself, and I. The move to Oklahoma in 2018 and increasing familiarity with the Oklahoma Mesonet sparked the idea to link images from the site into a condensed page that could be quickly referred to. In the future, I would like to expand the capabilities of the page to include satellite and model data, but to ensure it stays somewhat compact. As I continue to grow, I am hoping the site will grow with me as a ‘digital portfolio’.

An example of a nocturnal thunderstorm across northern Missouri through the eyes of the GLM Event Density and Total Flash Energy products. Contours correspond to the presence of radar-derived hail within MRMS.