Wen-Chau Lee

NCAR Scientist

Contact
303-497-8814
wenchau@ucar.edu
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Area of expertise
Weather
Specialties
hurricanes and tornadoes, including predicting the intensity of landfalling hurricanes

Lee uses radars and other observing tools to map out the windfields in hurricanes and tornadoes and to study the size and patterns of raindrops. He developed a mathematical technique to pull more information out of ground-based radar depictions of intense, fast-changing weather systems, including hurricane eyewalls. This work has led to the creation of a tool known as VORTRAC, adapted by the National Hurricane Center, which forecasts the intensity of hurricanes nearing land.