Nolan Atkins, Ph.D.

Professor, Atmospheric Sciences

Provost, Johnson and Lyndon


  • B.S. – Physics, University of Minnesota
  • M.S. – Meteorology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ph.D. – Meteorology, University of California, Los Angeles

Courses Taught

Survey of Meteorology, Thermodynamics, Physical Meteorology, Remote Sensing, Boundary Layer Meteorology, Mesoscale Meteorology

Research Interests

Professor Atkins’ research interests are in the area of mesoscale meteorology with a focus on severe local storms.​ Professor Atkins has published papers on the sea breeze, dryline, bow echoes, tornadoes, and supercell thunderstorms. He has also been involved in many field programs including the Convection and Precipitation/Electrification Experiment (CaPE), the Bow Echo and MCV Experiment (BAMEX), and both Verification on the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment (VORTEX 1 and 2).

His current focus is on better understanding the relationship between the visual characteristics, damage, and radar signatures produced by tornadoes. He is also looking at the formation and structure of wall clouds observed with supercell thunderstorms.

Recent publications

Atkins, N.T., E.M. Glidden, and T.M. Nicholson, 2014:  Observations of Wall Cloud Formation in Supercell Thunderstorms During VORTEX2.  Mon. Wea. Rev., In Press.


  • Tornadoes
  • Severe storms
  • General meteorology

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