National Weather Association honors William Gallus with Dr. T. Theodore Fujita Research Achievement award for 2022


William Gallus, professor in the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, has earned the 2022 Dr. T. Theodore Fujita Research Achievement award from the National Weather Association (NWA).

This award is presented to an NWA member whose research has made a significant contribution to operational meteorology.

Gallus won the award for his decades of achievements in the field of weather forecasting. His research has led to industry-wide improvements in standard operating forecasting models. In addition to designing ensemble models that better predict summer rainfall, Gallus also headed a team of researchers who developed a machine learning tool which determines the probability that thunderstorm wind damage is due to severe intensity winds.

An accomplished scholar in the area of improved weather forecasting, Gallus has published more than 110 research papers in professional journals. He’s also collaborated on numerous experiments that have yielded insights on improving severe weather and flash flood forecasting.

According to the NWA website, the organization began its annual awards program in 1977 to provide deserved recognition to those individuals involved in operational activities and to promote excellence in operational meteorology and related activities.

Gallus will be presented with the award at the NWA annual meeting, which will be held on August 20-24 in Pittsburgh.