In memory of Griffith "Griff" Morgan

The following tribute to Griff Morgan was prepared by Rich Rotunno (MMM). You may read about other colleagues we'll miss here.  

Griffith "Griff" Mon Morgan, Jr. passed away on May 1, 2017. Griff worked at NCAR from 1977 to 1982 working initially in the National Hail Research Experiment. Before coming to NCAR, Griff had been involved with hailstorm research for a number of years; at NCAR he was involved with the problem of measuring hail fall at the surface using hail pads (styrofoam pieces, about one foot square, usually covered with aluminum foil). One of the issues around evaluating cloud-seeding trials is accounting for natural storm-to-storm variability in hail fall, and Griff's research was also concerned with identifying new indices for hail potential that could be used as covariates in the statistical evaluation. He was also interested in hail embryo chemistry and growth, including both experiments in a cloud chamber and in-situ aircraft measurement using a Learjet.

Griff studied hail around the world (USA, Africa, Europe) and in particular in Italy. He was the scientific director of the Hail Research and Prevention Center in Friuli Venezia Giulia region in northeast Italy (later to become the regional meteorological observatory of the Italian environmental agency, OSMER - ARPA FVG). The hail-pad network that he installed in northeast Italy is still working.

Griffith Mon Morgan, Jr. was born in Chicago on March 18, 1934.  His mother died of tuberculosis when he was very young and consequently he spent five years in an orphanage with his twin brother Phil Morgan. After his father remarried, Griff and Phil were reunited as a family. As a young man in Chicago, Griff liked music (he played drums and then classical guitar), ice-skating, and learning languages. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in physics and then worked for a period as a meteorologist for the U. S. Air Force. Afterwards he took a second Bachelor’s degree in meteorology at New York University. Griff worked at distant points around the globe (Griff was fluent in Italian, French and Spanish) including Libya, South Africa, Boulder, and in particular in Italy, where he met and married Marisa Sala. 

Announcement Timing: 
May 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017