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.

Jason Shafer

Professor of Atmospheric Sciences | Chair, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
Work 1001 College Road Lyndonville VT 05851 Work Phone: 802-626-6225
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Biographical Info

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, TV Weathercasting, Forecasting Applications, Introduction to Unix, GIS Applications in Atmospheric Sciences, Physical Hydrology, Statistical Applications in Atmospheric Sciences

Professional Interests and Activities
Dr. Jay’s role at Lyndon State focuses on teaching the fundamentals of modern weather analysis and prediction, the communication of weather impacts to a broad user spectrum, and the valuation of weather information within the private sector.

Jay’s research interests include synoptic and mesoscale meteorology with a focus 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, Utah) cold fronts, and examined how the dry environment and complex terrain affect where and how they occur.

Jay has worked on a variety of applied weather research projects in the energy and transportation sectors through the Vermont Institute of Applied Meteorology. He has also founded several businesses, Weather Litigation Services LLC, which focused on forensic meteorology in legal matters, and a new startup, Northview Weather LLC, which focuses on predicting the magnitude of power outages prior to major winter storms

Jay is actively involved in his student’s 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
Shafer, J. C., and W. J. Steenburgh, 2008: Climatology of Strong Intermountain Cold Fronts. Mon. Wea. Rev., 136, 784-807, doi: 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, doi: 10.1175/MWR3051.1