Jason Shafer, Ph.D.

Professor, Atmospheric Sciences

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.

While at Lyndon State, 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 is also President and Founder of Weather Litigation Services, LLC, which focuses on weather analysis in litigation matters.

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.


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


  • Forecasting
  • Winter storms
  • Climate
  • General meteorology

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