Harald Richter

Senior Research Scientist, Weather and Enviornmental Prediction Program

Current work and responsibilities

Harald's research interest spans a variety of aspects of deep moist convection, primarily in the extra-tropics. His viewpoint on convection has become quite operational in nature, having worked as a thunderstorm and radar trainer at the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia between 2004 and 2009. Focal areas of his work in the past have been convective initiation, the diagnosis of Doppler radar signatures and, more recently, the day 1 convective forecast problem.

Recently Harald has been working on an ensemble-based calibrated probabilistic thunderstorm prediction methodology similar to the approach presented by David Bright and co-authors at the Conference on Severe Local Storms in 2005. Additionally he is investigating selected Australian severe thunderstorm case studies with an aim of improving their operational predictability and the associated warning decisions.

Career background

  • 1993: University of Munich, Germany, M. S. Meteorology
  • 1998: Monash University, Australia, Ph. D. Meteorology
Professional Positions
  • 1998-2000: Postdoc, State University of New York, Albany
  • 2000-2001: NRC Postdoc, National Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman OK.
  • 2001-2004: Research Scientist, Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2004-2012: National Radar & Thunderstorm Trainer; then National In-Service Training Manager, Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2012-present: a/Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia

Selected Publications

  • Soderholm, J. S., H. A. McGowan, H. Richter, K. Walsh, T. M. Weckwerth and M. Coleman, 2016: Long-term trends and drivers of hailstorm variability in Southeast Queensland, Australia. Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., (submitted).
  • Soderholm, J. S., H. A. McGowan, H. Richter, K. Walsh, T. M. Weckwerth and M. Coleman, 2016: The Coastal Convective Interactions Experiment (CCIE): Understanding the role of sea breezes in climatological hailstorm hotspots in Eastern Australia. Bull. Amer. Met. Soc., 97, 1687-1698, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00212.1. 
  • Richter, H., J. Peter and S. Collis, 2014: Analysis of a destructive wind storm on 16 November 2008 in Brisbane, Australia. Mon. Wea. Rev., 142, 3038-3060.
  • Richter, H., 2012: The Australian National Thunderstorm Forecast Guidance System: Current design, verification and future plans. Preprints, 26th Conf. Severe Local Storms, Nashville, TN, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 15.5. [Available online at https://ams.confex.com/ams/26SLS/webprogram/Manuscript/Paper211868/slsc2012_extended_abstract_hrichter.pdf.]
  • Richter, H., A. W. Western and F. H. S. Chiew, 2004: The effect of soil and vegetation parameters in the ECMWF land surface scheme. J. Hydromet., 5, 1131-1146.
  • Richter, H. and L. F. Bosart, 2002: The suppression of deep moist convection near the Southern Great Plains dryline. Mon. Wea. Rev., 130, 1665-1691.
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Harald Richter

  • Severe Convective Storms
  • Thunderstorm Prediction
  • Radar-based Severe Weather Interrogation
  • Ensemble Prediction and Calibration
  • Convective Hazards Forecasting
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  • Bureau Nowcasting Task Team
  • EF-Scale Working Group