About Me (and the blog!)

My name is Nick Humphrey and I’m a meteorologist and geoscientist currently living in Lincoln, NE. I received my master’s degree in Geosciences with a concentration in Applied Meteorology from Mississippi State University in 2016 and my bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from South Dakota State University in 2013. For my master’s degree I did non-thesis research into the correlation between tropical cyclone wind fields sizes and observed sustained winds at landfall. For my bachelor’s degree, I did a capstone thesis on human decision-making and behavior during tornado warnings incorporating and integrating research from meteorology, hazard geography and psychology. My scientific interests are in weather forecasting, human-induced climate change, societal impacts of weather and climate and geographic information systems. See the bottom of the page for direct links to my academic research writings.

I have been interested in meteorology since I was trapped at school overnight in a localized snowstorm over Seattle on December 18, 1990. Astronomy and planetary science (especially planetary atmospheres) are another love of mine. I love research and reading, but I also enjoy storm chasing, storm and nature photography and taking weather observations. I have a young son (born Aug. 2016) with my fiance Cassie who I’ve been with since 2010.

This blog, “Ocean’s Wrath” (formerly “Weather and Climate News” hence the site address) is analysis of significant ocean storms…especially tropical cyclones and strong mid-latitude ocean cyclones, primarily in the North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans. Discussion will preference systems (and the most significant system) threatening people and the likely hazards based on the forecast impacts for the area. I wish to focus strongly on hazards as the most intense of ocean storms pose life-threatening risks from storm-surge flooding, fresh-water flooding and strong winds. The threat from ocean storms will only increase as a result of climate change as oceans warm and jet stream variability increases, so communicating the hazards associated with intense coastal storms I believe is worthy of effort. So thanks for visiting!

My fiance Cassie and our son Bruce at 9 months old.
Photo from early 2015 of my father and I. My father passed away in January 2017 from cancer. He loved science and fostered my interests in meteorology, astronomy and physics when I was little. He, as well as my Mom, kept me on the ball with music as I played violin in K-12 and in my first two years of college as a music major. I miss him everyday.
I do like storm photography! Granted I haven’t storm chased in quite a long time. Other life priorities have taken over. Still enjoy using any solid camera. Living in Nebraska and South Dakota has given me a major appreciation for storm chasing and observing (Taken near Stromsburg, NE April 27, 2014).

Student Research:

Graduate (non-thesis; Mississippi State)- An Investigation of the Relationship between Tropical Cyclone Size and Observed Peak Sustained Wind Speeds along the Northern Gulf Coast of the United States

Undergraduate (senior thesis; South Dakota State)- Understanding Human Decision-Making and Behavior During Tornado Warning Events: An Interdisciplinary Analysis

Figures in the sciences and science communication who have influenced me (no particular order): Steve Pool (KOMO-TV Seattle), Bill Nye, Jim Cantore, Amber Sullins (ABC 15 Phoenix), Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku, Carl Sagan. You see the influence of astronomers and astrophysicists! But science communication from meteorology and beyond is also of high importance to me 🙂