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Assistant Professor

Office: Lennon Hall 323
Phone: (585) 395-2582

Courses Taught

  • ESC 211 Introduction to Meteorology
  • ESC 314 Climatology Lab
  • ESC 390 Intermediate Weather Lab
  • ESC 415 Physical Meteorology
  • ESC 420 Radar & Satellite
  • ESC 461 Hydrometeorology
  • ESC 490 Advanced Weather Lab


  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Cornell University, 2011
  • M.S., Atmospheric Science, Cornell University, 2006
  • B.S., Atmospheric Science, Cornell University, 2002

Research Interests

  • I study cellular severe convection in the Northeast U.S.  My current research aim is to understand how the evolution of microphysical processes in thunderstorms affect bulk storm properties such as their size and intensity.
  • I study heavy precipitation and its link to flash flooding. Iā€™m particularly interested in how heavy rainfall is organized and how atmospheric processes produce different organizations. I also look to connect meteorology and hydrology by examining how rainfall organization is related to flash flooding patterns.

Recent Publications

  • Jessup, Stephen M., Amanda L. Burke, James Zollweg, 2018: Predicting Quasi-Cellular Microbursts in the Northeast U.S. (in preparation)
  • Li, D., E. Bou-Zeid, M.L. Baeck, S. Jessup, and J.A. Smith, 2013: Modeling Land Surface Processes and Heavy Rainfall in Urban Environments: Sensitivity to Urban Surface Representations. J. Hydrometeor., 14, 1098ā€“1118,
  • Yang, Long, James Smith, Mary Lynn Baeck, Elie Bou-Zeid, Stephen Jessup, Fuqiang Tian, Heping Hu, 2013: Impact of Urbanization on Heavy Convective Precipitation under Strong Large-Scale Forcing: A Case Study over the Milwaukee-Lake Michigan Region, submitted, Journal of Hydrometeorology.
  • Jessup, Stephen M., Stephen J. Colucci, 2012: Organization of flash-flood-producing precipitation in the northeast united states. Wea. Forecasting, 27, 345ā€“361.
  • Jessup, S.M., and A.T. DeGaetano, 2008: A Statistical Comparison of the Properties of Flash Flooding and Nonflooding Precipitation Events in Portions of New York and Pennsylvania. Wea. Forecasting, 23, 114ā€“130.

Last Updated 8/13/18

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