James F. Booth

James F. Booth - Associate Professor -  profile photo

Research Interests

  • weather and climate change; climatology and dynamics of ext ratropical cyclones; impacts and ext remes associated with ext ratropical cyclones; storm surge; flooding; wind


  • PhD., Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, 2010


Affiliated Campus(es)

  • The City College of New York

James F. Booth is a climate scientist whose research is focused on the midlatitudes. He has a background in environmental science and mathematics and uses both to study weather patterns in the current and future climate. As an undergraduate, Jimmy performed research UNC-Chapel Hill that focused on the ice ages. Then he studied numerical fluid dynamics at University of Kentucky. He realized fluid dynamics plus earth science equates to geophysical fluid dynamics and went to University of Washington to study atmospherics science. Jimmy's Master's research examined the impact of mesoscale eddy mixing on North Atlantic deep water formation. His PhD research focused on the influence of the Gulf Stream on the Atmosphere. After finishing his PhD, Jimmy won a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship and moved to NYC to study extratropical cyclone dynamics with Anthony Del Genio at NASA GISS and Lorenzo Polvani at Columbia. Outside of work, Jimmy enjoys taking long strolls around the city with his family, as well as biking and soccer.

Some Relevant Publications (see website for full list of citations):

  • Narinesingh, V. (*GC PhD student), J. F. Booth, S. Clark, Y. Ming, 2020: Atmospheric blocking in an aquaplanet and the impact of orography. Weather Clim. Dynam., 1, 293–311, 2020 https://doi.org/10.5194/wcd-1-293-2020 [doi.org]

  • Naud, C. M., J. F. Booth, K. Lamer, R. Marchand, A. Protat, and G. M. McFarquhar, 2020: On The Relationship Between The Marine Cold Air Outbreak M Parameter And Low-Level Cloud Heights In The Midlatitudes.  Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 125, e2020JD032465. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020JD032465 [doi.org]

  • Jeyaratnam, J. (*GC PhD student), Booth, J. F., Naud, C. M., Luo, Z. J., and  Homeyer, C. R., 2020:  Upright convection in extratropical cyclones: A survey using ground‐based radar data over the United States. Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2019GL086620.  https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL086620 [doi.org]

  • Booth, J. F., Naud, C. M., & J. Jeyaratnam, 2018: Extratropical cyclone precipitation life cycles: A satellite-based analysis. Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 8647-8654. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018GL078977 [doi.org] 

  • Towey, K. L. (*GC PhD student), J. F. Booth, A. Frei, and M. R. Sinclair, 2018: Track and Circulation Analysis of Tropical and Extratropical Cyclones that Cause Strong Precipitation and Streamflow Events in the New York City Watershed. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 19, 1027 - 1042, doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-17-0199.1

  • Hall, T. and J. F. Booth, 2017: SynthETC: A Statistical Model for Severe Winter Storm Hazard on Eastern North America. Journal of Climate, 30:14, 5329-5343

  • Booth, J. F., E. Dunn-Sigouin, S. Pfahl, 2017: The relationship between extratropical cyclone steering and blocking along the North American East Coast. Geophysical Research Letters, 44. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017GL075941 [doi.org]

  • Booth, J. F., H. Reider, Y. Kushnir, 2016: Comparing hurricane and extratropical storm surge for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Coast of the United States for 1979-2013. Env. Res. Lett. 11, 9. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/9/094004

  • Colle, B. A., J. F. Booth, E. K. M. Chang, 2015: A review of historical and future changes of extratropical cyclones and associated impacts along the U.S. east coast. Current Climate Change Reports. Current Climate Change Reports 1, 125-143.

  • Booth, J. F., L. Polvani, P. O’Gorman, and S. Wang, 2015: Effective Stability in a Moist Baroclinic Wave, Atmospheric Research Letters, doi: 10.1002/asl2.520.

  • Booth, J. F., C. Naud, A. D. Del Genio, 2013: Diagnosing warm frontal cloud formation in a GCM: A novel approach using conditional subsetting. Journal of Climate, 26, 5827-5845.

  • Booth, J. F., S. Wang, L. M. Polvani, 2013: Midlatitude storms in a moister world: lessons from idealized baroclinic life cycle experiments. Climate Dynamics, 41, 787 – 802, 10.1007/s00382-012-1472-3.

  • Booth, J. F., L. Thompson, J. Patoux, K. A. Kelly, S. Dickinson, 2010: The signature of the midlatitude tropospheric storm tracks in the surface winds. Journal of Climate. 23, 1160-1174.



James F. Booth - Associate Professor -  profile photo


Affiliated Campus(es)

  • The City College of New York