• jamese.sims@noaa.gov

Jamese D. Sims completed her Doctoral Degree in Atmospheric Sciences from Howard University in Washington, DC, in December 2009. Jamese‚Äôs dissertation, entitled “The Relationship Between Air-Sea Interactions and Tropical Cyclone Intensity‚ÄĚ, investigated the impact of air-sea interactions (latent and sensible heat fluxes) on the forecasting of tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic Ocean. In this study, simulations with varying latent and sensible heat fluxes in the Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting System (HWRFTM) were undertaken.

Jamese received a B.S. in Meteorology from Jackson State University (JSU) in 2004. During her matriculation at JSU, she was awarded an internship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Educational Partnership Program (EPP) Undergraduate Scholarship Program where her work for NOAA began in the summer of 2003. In the first year of the program, Jamese used a generic algorithm to assist in the forecasting of the location of the Gulf Stream with Dr. Robert Grumbine at the NCEP EMC Marine Modeling and Analysis Branch (MMAB). During the second summer of the NOAA EPP Undergraduate Sciences Program, she was an intern at the NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) Hurricane Research Division (HRD) in Miami, FL where she worked with Dr. Christopher Landsea on the re-analysis of the 1926 Atlantic hurricane season.

After JSU, Jamese was accepted to the Howard University Program in Atmospheric Sciences upon becoming a graduate scientist with the NOAA EPP Graduate Sciences Program (GSP) and gaining employment with NOAA/NWS/NCEP/EMC/MMAB. As a research meteorologist, Jamese worked on projects utilizing HWRFTM to improve tropical cyclone forecasting as well as assisting with marine data base activities and model implementation coordination.

Currently, Jamese is employed with the NOAA/NWS/Office of Climate, Water and Weather Services (OCWWS)/Operations and Requirements Division. Her skills are being used to enhance impact-based decision making in the areas of climate, water, and weather linkages. She also gathers requirements for collaborations with various government agencies to build partnerships that will ensure that we are a ‚ÄúWeather Ready Nation‚ÄĚ.