George S. Young

George S. Young

  • Professor of Meteorology
  • Joint appointment with the GeoEnvironmental Engineering Program
620 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 863-4228


  1. PhD -- Colorado State University
  2. MS - Florida State University
  3. BS - Florida State University


  • Member of the Graduate Faculty


Teaching Interests

Statistical weather prediction, verification, artificial intelligence, boundary layer, mesoscale and synoptic-scale weather systems, risk valuation, software design.


Selected Publications

Young, G.S., and J.M. Fritsch, 1989: A proposal for general conventions in analysis of mesoscale boundaries. Bulletin of the American Meteorology Society, 70, 1412-1421.

Young, G.S., D.V. Ledvina, and C.W. Fairall, 1992: Influence of precipitating convection on the surface energy budget observed during a TOGA pilot cruise in the tropical western Pacific Ocean. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 97, 9595-9603.

Young, G.S., J.A. Harlan, and T.M. Georges, 1997: Application of over-the-horizon radar observations to synoptic and mesoanalysis over the Atlantic. Weather and Forecasting, 12, 45-55.

Young, G.S., B.K. Cameron, E.E. Hebble, 2000:  Observations of the entrainment zone in a rapidly entraining boundary layer.  Journal of Atmospheric Science, 57, 3145-3160.

Young, G.S., T.D. Sikora, N.S. Winstead, 2000:  Inferring marine atmospheric boundary layer properties from spectral characteristics of satellite-borne SAR imagery.  Monthly Weather Review, 128, 1506-1520.

Young, G.S., And T.D. Sikora, 2003: Mesoscale stratocumulus bands caused by Gulf Stream meanders. Monthly Weather Review, 131, 2177-2191.

Young, G.S., T.D. Sikora, NS Winstead, 2005: Use of synthetic aperture radar in fine-scale surface analysis of synoptic-scale fronts at sea. Weather and Forecasting, 20, 311-32.

Young, G.S., and J. Zawislak, 2006: An observational study of vortex spacing in island wake vortex streets. Monthly Weather Review, 134, 2285-2294.

Young, G.S., T.D. Sikora, and C.M. Fisher, 2007: Use of MODIS and Synthetic Aperture Radar Wind Speed Imagery to Describe the Morphology of Open Cell Convection, Canadian Journal Remote Sensing, 33, 357-367.

Young, G.S., 2007: Development of empirical Weather Forecasting techniques for soaring flight. Technical Soaring, 31, 62-67.

Young, G.S., 2009: Implementing a neural network emulation of a satellite retrieval algorithm, Artificial Intelligence Methods in the Environmental Sciences, Haupt, S.E., C. Marzban, and A. Pasini, eds., 424 p.

Swales, D.J., G.S. Young, T.D. Sikora, N.S. Winstead, H.N. Shirer, 2012: Synthetic aperture radar remote sensing of shear-driven atmospheric internal gravity waves in the vicinity of warm fronts, Monthly Weather Review, 140, 1872-1882.

Rayl, J., G.S. Young, and J.R.S. Brownson, 2013: Irradiance Co-spectrum Analysis: Tools for Decision Support and Technological Planning. Solar Energy, 95, 364-375.

Hanlon, C.J., A. Small, S. Bose, G.S. Young, J. Verlinde, 2014: Automated decision algorithm applied to a field campaign with multiple research objectives: the DC3 campaign. Journal of Geophysical Research, 119, 11,527-11,542.

Imhoff, K. A., and G. S. Young, 2015: ENSO influence on tropical cyclone regional landfall counts. Journal of Operational Meteorology, 3, 124–132.

Kumpf, K., S. Blumsack, G.S. Young, J.R.S. Brownson, 2015: Portfolio Analysis of Solar Photovoltaics: Quantifying the Contributions of Locational Marginal Pricing and Power on Revenue Variability. Solar Energy, 19, 277-285.

Srikrishnan, V., G.S. Young, L. Witmer, J.R.S. Brownson, 2015: Using Multi-Pyranometer Arrays and Neural Networks to Estimate Direct Normal Irradiance. Solar Energy, 119, 531-542.

Balashov, N.V., A.M. Thompson, and G.S. Young, 2017: Probabilistic Forecasting of Surface Ozone with a Novel Statistical Approach. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 56, 297-316.

Bieringer, P.E., G.S. Young, L.M. Rodriguez, A.J. Annunzio, F. Vandenberghe, and S.E. Haupt, 2017: Paradigms and Commonalities in Atmospheric Source Term Estimation Methods, Atmospheric Environment. 156, 102-112.