Faculty & Staff

Lyndon Atmospheric Science Department Faculty & StaffOur faculty serve dual roles as rigorous researchers and professional teachers. Faculty research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Monthly Weather Review and International Journal of Climatology.

Janel Hanrahan

Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Sciences
Work 1001 College Rd Lyndonville VT 05851 Work Phone: 802-626-6370
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Biographical Info

B.A. – Mathematics, Alverno College (2005)
M.S. – Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2008)
Ph.D. – Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2010)


Courses Taught
Elementary Meteorology (ATM 1010), Elementary Climatology (ATM 1020), Field Experience (ATM 1040), Problem Solving in Atmospheric Sciences (ATM 1050), Survey of Meteorology (ATM 1211), Atmospheric Thermodynamics (ATM 2020), Survey of Climate Science and Statistics (ATM 2060), Physical Meteorology (ATM 3140), Atmospheric Dynamics I & II (ATM 3321 & 3322), Climate Change Dynamics (ATM 4140), Physical Climatology (ATM 4030)

Before joining the full-time Atmospheric Sciences faculty in 2012, Janel Hanrahan earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics with a strong focus in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her dissertation work included the investigation of Lake Michigan-Huron water levels and their connection to natural climate variability and anthropogenic climate change. Following graduate school, Dr. Hanrahan worked as researcher at the University of Alberta where she studied changes in rainfall in the Canadian Plains region and examined procedures for model optimization. Through dynamical and statistical downscaling, she is currently interested in identifying connections between large-scale climate modes and local rainfall patterns and trends. In addition, she is interested in investigating how regional weather will be modified under climate change and what impact this may have on renewable energy sources.

At Lyndon State College, Dr. Hanrahan has enjoyed interacting with students on a personal level both in and out of the classroom. She earned her own B.A. from a small student-centered institution and was excited to return to this type of learning environment. Because of her own interest in applied mathematics, she enjoys communicating the science to potential future LSC Atmospheric Science students who share an interest in math and physics by presenting at math conferences and local K-12 schools. She is also working with a group of LSC students to communicate the science of climate change to the general public. For more information, see Climate Change Communication.

Originally from the Midwest, Dr. Hanrahan has been enjoying the Northeast Kingdom’s natural beauty. She just purchased her first home and looks forward to spending her free time renovating, gardening, and exploring the surrounding area. She is also excited to be a mother, as she and her husband recently had their first child.


Hanrahan, J., A. Maynard, S. Murphy, C. Zercher, and A. Fitzpatrick, Examining the Climatology of Shortwave Radiation in the Northeastern United States. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology.. doi.org/10.1175/JAMC-D-16-0420.1 

Hanrahan, J.L., C.C. Kuo, T.Y. Gan, and S. Chan, 2015, Configuration and validation of a mesoscale atmospheric model for simulating summertime rainfall in central Alberta. International Journal of Climatology, doi: 10.1002/joc.4011.

Hanrahan, J.L., P.J. Roebber, and S.V. Kravtsov, 2014, Attribution of decadal-scale lake-level trends in the Michigan-Huron system. Water, 6(8), 2278 – 2299.  doi: 10.3390/w6082278.

Kuo, C.C., Gan, T.Y., and Hanrahan, J.L., 2014, Precipitation frequency analysis based on regional climate simulations in Central Alberta. Journal of Hydrology, (510), 436 – 446, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.12.051.

Swanson, K., Hanrahan, J., 2010, Meteorology Lab Manual, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., Dubuque, IA, 99 pp.

Hanrahan, J.L., S.V. Kravtsov, and P.J. Roebber, 2010, Connecting past and present climate variability to the water levels of Lakes Michigan and Huron. Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L01701, doi:10.1029/2009GL041707.

Hanrahan, J.L., S.V. Kravtsov, and P.J. Roebber, 2009, Quasi-periodic decadal cycles in levels of Lakes Michigan and Huron. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 35(1), 30 – 35, doi: 10.1016/j.jglr.2008.11.004.

Current projects

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