John R. Lawson

John R. Lawson

Scientific researcher & computer programmer


I’m John. I’m a scientific researcher and laboratory technician at Valparaiso University, Indiana, USA. I hold a doctorate in Meteorology from Iowa State University, Iowa (USA), with 42 months' experience as a postdoctoral research position at CIMMS/NSSL in Oklahoma, USA. My MS in Meteorology was completed at the University of Utah (USA) and my MMet in Meteorology was completed at the University of Reading (UK).

I grew up in northeastern England, and lived in Reading (England), Salt Lake City (Utah, USA), Ames (Iowa, USA), Ensenada (BC, Mexico), and Norman (Oklahoma, USA).

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  • Meteorology
  • Predictability and Chaos
  • Information Theory
  • Complexity Science


  • Ph.D. in Meteorology, 2016

    Iowa State University

  • M.S. in Meteorology, 2013

    University of Utah

  • MMet in Meteorology (+1 year in Oklahoma, USA), 2011

    University of Reading; University of Oklahoma




Data analysis and visualisation



Proficient with command line Linux


Scientific writing

Published scientific writer



Post-doctoral researcher assistant

Cooperative Insititute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies and National Severe Storms Laboratory; Norman, Oklahoma, USA.

Jan 2017 – Nov 2020 Oklahoma

Key points include:

  • Presented at conferences around the US
  • Led and published research on improving thunderstorm forecasts
  • Ran and installed numerical weather prediction models
  • Designed and coded software in python and Fortran


Email preferred.


Director and Founder of Bolt Forecast

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