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William Gray has worked in the observational and theoretical aspects of tropical meteorological research for more than 40 years, much of this effort going to investigations of meso-scale tropical weather phenomena. He has specialized in the global aspects of tropical cyclones for his entire professional career.
Gray is currently a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University and has been with the college since 1961. Previous meteorological experience includes being a research assistant for the Department of Meteorology at the University of Chicago, and weather forecast duty as an Air Force Officer.
Gray studied under Professor Herbert Riehl who arranged his early reconnaissance flights into hurricanes in 1958. He has been involved with studies of broad-scale cumulus interactions and has extensively studied the processes associated with tropical cyclone structure, development, and movement. Numerous satellite-based studies of tropical weather systems have also been accomplished. Current areas of research include: 1) tropical cyclone structure, movement and intensity change; 2) seasonal prediction; 3) meso-scale tropical weather systems, 4) diurnal variability of tropospheric vertical motions and 5) ENSO variability.