Fernando Caracena, PhD, physicist (19 Sept. 2011)
copyright 14 June 2010 by Fernando Caracena
Having seen pieces of my former
NOAA dissappear bit by bit after I retired from there, I am
starting my own web site. The portions of the old webpage that
remain relate to microbursts,
weather phenomena in which I did some pioneering research with the late
Dr. Ted T.
Fujita. I was attracted independantly to this line of
research by a microburst-related aircraft accident that happend at
Denver's old Stapleton International Airport when an airliner took off
beneath a high-based shower. My
analysis of the weather situation over the airport was largely
reposible for convincing the NTSB that this was a weather-related
accident, which was produced by windsears that exceeded the performance
capability of the aircraft. This type of weather phenomenon, which was
generically named a downburst by Fujita, is discussed in a Wikipedia article.
Fujita called small-scale downbursts, microbursts. After the Denver
accident, I visited the University of Chicago, where Fujita and I
collaborated on research that resulted in a landmark paper
[Tetsuya T. Fujita and Fernando
Caracena, 1977: "An analysis of three weather-related aircraft
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 58:
1164–1181], which was judged to be one of the "Significant Papers from
First 50 Years of the Boulder Labs"[NISTIR 6618 and NTIA SP-04-416:
, M.A. Luebs
and H.L. McCullough].
I have included a short resume of my professional life below, a more
extended one can be
Some work and publications:
et al.) on
the necessity of filtering high resolution model
quasi-geostrophic (QG) computations.
and Marroquin) on the relation between areas of turbulence and
management simulations using NCEP/NCAR reanalisis data for
the GAINS project.
• (Caracena, Barnes and
Marroquin) A Study of Gravity Waves Generated
by Convective Systems in ETA model Forecasts -
Meterolology and Atmospheric Physics, ca. October, 1998.
• Spent one month in Europe the summer of
• In February 1998 I gave two Invited talks at
Hispano-Portugues de Geofisica y Geodisia. in Aguadulce, Almeria,
Languages besides English
• Smattering of German
• Reading books;
• Classical music (Bach is at the top of
• Genealogy: researching
ancestry as part
of history. There is a town in
Soria, Old Castile, Spain from where my surname is derived.
I have an interesting
• Hiking in the high country.
• Fly fishing;
Modified 3 December 2011