Yunji Zhang

Yunji Zhang

  • Assistant Research Professor
  • Assistant Director, Penn State Center for Advanced Data Assimilation and Predictability Techniques
624 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802


  1. 2010 - 2016: Ph. D. in Meteorology, Peking University, China
  2. 2006 - 2010: B. S. in Atmospheric Sciences, Peking University, China


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Research Interests:

  • Tropical cyclones, mesoscale convective systems and severe thunderstorms
  • Ensemble-based data assimilation and numerical weather prediction
  • Predictability of severe weather events


  • Meng, Z., and Y. Zhang, 2012: On the squall lines preceding landfalling tropical cyclones in China. Mon. Wea. Rev., 140, 445-470.
  • Meng, Z., D. Yan, and Y. Zhang, 2013: General features of squall lines in East China. Mon. Wea. Rev., 141, 1629-1647.
  • Zhang, Y., Z. Meng, F. Zhang, and Y. Weng, 2014: Predictability of tropical cyclone intensity evaluated through 5-yr forecasts with a convection-permitting regional-scale model in the Atlantic basin. Wea. Forecasting, 29, 1003-1023.
  • Zhang, Y., F. Zhang, D. J. Stensrud, and Z. Meng, 2015: Practical predictability of the 20 May 2013 tornadic thunderstorm event in Oklahoma: Sensitivity fo synoptic timing and topographical influence. Mon. Wea. Rev., 143, 2973-2997.
  • Zhu, L., Q. Wan, X. Shen, Z. Meng, F. Zhang, Y. Weng, J. Sippel, Y. Gao, Y. Zhang, and J. Yue, 2016: Prediction and predictability of high-impact western Pacific landfalling tropical cyclone Vicente (2012) through convection-permitting ensemble assimilation of Doppler radar velocity. Mon. Wea. Rev., 144, 21-43.
  • Zhang, Y., F. Zhang, D. J. Stensrud, and Z. Meng, 2016: Intrinsic predictability of the 20 May 2013 tornadic thunderstorm event in Oklahoma at storm scales. Mon. Wea. Rev., 144, 1273-1298.
  • Zhang, Y., and F. Zhang, 2018: A review on the ensemble-based data assimilations for severe convective storms. Advances in Meteorological Science and Technology (in Chinese)8, 38–52.
  • Pan, J., D. Teng, F. Zhang, L. Zhou, L. Luo, Y. Weng, and Y. Zhang, 2018: Dynamics of local extreme rainfall of super Typhoon Soudelor (2015) in East China. Science China Earth Sciences61, 572–594. 
  • Zhang Y., F. Zhang, and D. J. Stensrud, 2018: Assimilating all-sky infrared radiances from GOES-16 ABI using an ensemble Kalman filter for convection-allowing severe thunderstorms prediction. Monthly Weather Review, 146, 3363–3381.