Fire Weather Education
Radar Meteorology (notably dual-polarization
Pre- and Post-Fire Soil Biogeochemistry
Mesoscale Meteorology and Issues in Complex
Select Publications and
Clabo, D.R. and M.J. Bunkers, 2011: Using variable
column precipitable water as a predictor for large
fire potential. 9th Symposium on Fire and Forest
Meteorology, Palm Springs, CA, Amer. Meteor.
Bunkers, M. J., D. R. Clabo, and J. W. Zeitler,
2009: Comments on “Structure and Formation Mechanism
on the 24 May 2000 Supercell-Like Storm Developing
in a Moist Environment over the Kanto Plain, Japan.”
Mon. Wea. Rev., 137, 2703-2712.
Clabo, D. R. 2009: Remote Sensing of Precipitation:
A Look at Radar Now and in the Future. 2009
Western South Dakota Hydrology Conference.
Clabo, D. R. 2009: Polarimetric Radar Signatures of
Hydrometeors Observed within Mature Convective
Storms. Masters Thesis. Department of Atmospheric
Sciences, South Dakota School of Mines and
Technology, 82 pp.
Clabo, D. R., P. L Smith, and A. G. Detwiler, 2009:
Polarimetric Radar Signatures of Hydrometeors
Observed with Mature Convective Storms.
Preprints, 34th Conference on Radar
Meteorology, Williamsburg, VA, American
Meteorological Society, Boston, CD-ROM, P13.5.
Clabo, D. R. and D. Zrnic, 2007: Observations of
three-body scattering signatures with a polarimetric
and conventional WSR-88D radar. Preprints, 87th
AMS Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, American
Meteorological Society, Boston, CD-ROM, JP2.2.
Schuur, T. J., A. V. Rhyzkov, and D. R. Clabo, 2005:
Climatological analysis of DSDs in Oklahoma as
revealed by a 2D-video disdrometer and polarimetric
WSR-88D radar. Preprints, 32nd
Conference on Radar Meteorology, Albuquerque,
NM, American Meteorological Society, Boston, CD-ROM,
Essay regarding Coal Canyon
Dr. Clabo is a Research Scientist the Department of
Civil and Environmental Engineering at SDSM&T. He is
also teaches courses within the Atmospheric and
Environmental Sciences Program.
Dr. Clabo is State Fire Meteorologist for South
Dakota and works directly with the SD Department of
Agriculture, Wildland Fire Suppression Division. He
is also the IMET (incident meteorologist) on the
state's Type-II Incident Management Team, which is
part of the Rocky Mountain Coordination Group. He is
carded to work directly on wildfire lines and can
deploy meteorological instrumentation where
Fire Meteorology Instrumentation
Two portable RAWS stations supported by the NIFC in
Boise, ID. These packages include temperature,
dewpoint (RH), 1 hr fuel moisture, pressure, soil
moisture, precipitation, solar radiation and wind
(sonic) measurements. Both of these stations are
portable and easily deployable.
Davis Weather Station with Weatherlink software.
This station will be placed on the hill with the
winds turbines at SDSM&T as soon as the weather
allows us to. We are hoping to study log wind law
relationships with wind energy output as soon as the
station is active.
Coastal Environmental WeatherPak MTR Weather
Station. This all-in-one sensor suite includes
temperature, RH, wind (sonic), GPS, and pressure
measurements. This system is also designed to be
compatible with the NOAA Aloha/Cameo plume modeling
software for hazardous material incidents. This
system is deployable in under 1 minute and is
capable handling extreme environments and can be
brought through decontamination if needed.
Considering incident meteorology has gone
all-hazards, this system is expected to see much
Onset Weather Stations (4). Include 2 m tower, wind
speed/direction, temperature, dewpoint, pressure,
and solar radiation. Connect to Onset HOBO