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Gary S. Wade received a B.S. in Physics from Fairfield University in 1975 and did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin - Madison (UW) in the Department of Meteorology (1975-1977).  After working with the North Dakota Weather Modification Board, Wade began working for the UW Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) in 1978, during the First GARP (Global Atmospheric Research Program) Global Experiment (FGGE), using the SSEC Man computer Interactive Data Access System (McIDAS) for determination of winds by tracking clouds.  Wade then shifted to using McIDAS in the application and assessment of satellite imagery and sounding data, from both polar satellites (initially such as TIROS-N (Television InfraRed Observation Satellite) and NOAA-6) and geostationary satellites (such as the SMS (Synchronous Meteorological Satellite) and GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) series).  In 1980, GOES-4 carried the first geostationary sounder: VAS (VISSR (Visible and Infrared Spin Scan Radiometer) Atmospheric Sounder).

Wade joined NESDIS in 1983 and, within the Advanced Satellite Projects Team (ASPT), is stationed at the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), housed within SSEC.  Since then, he has continued to evaluate and promote the application of satellite data, especially sounding information, for weather forecasting us e.  In 1994, GOES-8 carried the first of the current series of three-axis-stabilized filter wheel vertical sounders.  Wade continues to advocate the realistic use now of the current GOES sounding data, with extension of that effort to continue that objective in the near future with the “legacy” soundings to be produced from the GOES-R Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI).  Despite the lack of hyperspectral sounding capabilities on the new GOES-R series (starting around 2016), three moisture channels on the ABI will still provide critical vertical moisture information to be exploited with the GOES-R “legacy” soundings.  Today McIDAS generated displays (by Wade) emphasizing the temporal and horizontal strengths and (limited) vertical resolution of the current GOES Sounders, especially with respect to moisture, are routinely provided in realtime on the CIMSS Realtime GOES Page.  Wade has carried on further development of and training on satellite sounding applications actually useful to weather forecasters through: interaction with local National Weather Service (NWS) offices, meetings and workshops with the forecasting community, and participation in the training efforts of the COMET (Cooperative program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training) VISIT (Virtual Institute for Satellite Integration Training) program.  All of those efforts are currently continuing under the guise of the GOES-R Proving Ground program, which seeks to prepare the users (especially the NWS) to be ready to use GOES-R on “Day 1”.

One specific outreach effort in which Wade regularly shares knowledge and enthusiasm for weather satellite data and applications is the annual CIMSS (High School) Student Workshop on Atmospheric, Satellite, and Earth Sciences each summer.  Lastly, Wade also strongly advocates consideration for the appropriate use of color, throughout the scientific community, such that "color-blind" individuals are not deprived of the information content supposedly being provided to all.

Wade retired from NOAA on 02 Sep 2014, but currently remains an “Honorary Fellow” at UW-SSEC. He and his larger family have moved to the Phoenix, AZ area.

Select Recent Presentations

(in PowerPoint format)

Wade, Gary S., James P. Nelson III, Timothy J. Schmit, Americo S. Allegrino, Seth I. Gutman, Ralph A. Petersen, Daniel L. Birkenheuer, Jun Li, Zhenglong Li, Kirk L. Holub, and Richard Dworak, 2012:  Are Sounding Profiles from Geostationary Satellites Helping Us Yet?.  37th National Weather Association Annual Meeting, 08-11 Oct 2012, Madison, WI.  Poster #1.22.  []

Wade, G. S., J. P. Nelson III, A. S. Allegrino, S. I. Gutman, D. L. Birkenheuer, Z. Li, A. J. Schreiner, T. J. Schmit, J. Daniels, and J. Li, 2011:  Transitioning Improvements in the GOES Sounder Profile Retrieval Algorithm into Operations.  36th National Weather Association Annual Meeting, 15-20 Oct 2011, Birmingham, AL.  Poster #4.36.  []

Select Publications/Presentations

Mooney, Margaret, Norlene Emerson, Gary S. Wade, Patrick Rowley, and Steve Ackerman, 2012:  The Legacy and Efficacy of the CIMSS Student Workshop.  2012 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, 04-07 Nov 2012, Charlotte, NC.  Paper #122-11.

Schmit, T. J., R. M. Rabin, A. S. Bachmeier, J. Li, M. M. Gunshor, H. Steigerwaldt, A. J. Schreiner, R. M. Aune, and G. S. Wade, 2009:  Many uses of the geostationary operational environmental satellite-10 sounder and imager during a high inclination state, Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, Vol. 3, 033514.

Wade, G. S., Z. Li, J. P. Nelson III, J. Li and T. J. Schmit, 2009:  Insuring incorporation of improvements to the GOES Sounder vertical retrieval algorithm into NOAA/NESDIS operations.  NOAA 6th GOES Users' Conference, 03-05 Nov 2009, Madison, WI.  Poster #68.  []

Mooney, M., G.S. Wade, W.L. Smith, T.H. Achtor, S. Ackerman, L. Avila, J. Brunner, and R. Pertzborn, 2007:  The history and sustainability of the CIMSS student workshop on atmospheric, earth, and space science at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  Preprints: 16th Symposium on Education, 14-18 Jan 2007, San Antonio (TX), Amer. Meteor. Soc, T1.5.

Wade, G.S., S. Bachmeier, J.P. Nelson III, S.T. Bedka, and T.J. Schmit, 2006.:  Improved resolution and consistency in the quest for better utilization of GOES Sounder products.  Proceedings from the NWA 31st Annual Meeting, 16-19 Oct 2006, Cleveland, OH.

Wade, G.S., and R.M. Aune, 2004:  (Workshop on) Towards better utilization of satellite information.  Proceedings from the NWA 29th Annual Meeting, 16-21 October 2004, Portland (OR), National Weather Association, 54.

Raymond, W.H., G.S. Wade, and T.H. Zapotocny, 2004:  Assimilating GOES brightness temperatures.  Part I: Upper-tropospheric moisture.  Journal of Applied Meteorology, 43(1), 17-27.

Wade, G.S., T.J. Schmit, W. Feltz, J.P. Nelson III, and A.J. Schreiner, 2003:  GOES-11 and GOES-8 Sounders during the International H2O Project (IHOP)-2002 Field Experiment.  Preprints: 12th Conf. on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography, Long Beach (CA), Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Schmit, T.J., W.F. Feltz, W.P. Menzel, J. Jung, A.P. Noel, J.N. Heil, J.P. Nelson III, and G.S. Wade, 2002:  Validation and use of GOES Sounder moisture information.  Weather and Forecasting, 17(2), 139-154.

Weaver, J.F., J.A. Knaff, D. Bikos, G.S. Wade, and J.M. Daniels, 2002:  Satellite observations of a severe supercell thunderstorm on 24 July 2000 made during the GOES-11 science test.  Weather and Forecasting, 17(1), 124-138.

Wade, G.S., and T.J. Schmit, 1999:  On the nature and potential of Derived Product Imagery from the GOES Sounder.  Proceedings from the NWA 24th Annual Meeting, 15-22 October 1999, Biloxi (MS), National Weather Association, 40.

Wu, X., W.P. Menzel, and G.S. Wade, 1999:  Estimation of sea surface temperatures using GOES-8/9 radiance measurements.  Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 80(6), 1127-1138.

Menzel, W.P., F.C. Holt, T.J. Schmit, R.M. Aune, A.J. Schreiner, G.S. Wade, G.P. Ellrod, and D.G. Gray, 1998:  Application of the GOES-8/9 soundings to weather forecasting and nowcastingBulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 79(10), 2059-2077.

Hayden, C.M., G.S. Wade, and T.J. Schmit, 1996:  Derived product imagery from GOES-8.  Journal of Applied Meteorology, 35(2), 153-162.

Raymond, W.H., R.M. Rabin, and G.S. Wade, 1994:  Evidence of an agricultural heat island in the lower Mississippi River floodplain.  Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 75(6),1019-1025.

Rabin, R.M., L.A. McMurdie, C.M. Hayden, and G.S. Wade, 1992:  Layered precipitable water from the infrared VAS sounder during a return flow event over the Gulf of Mexico.  Journal of Applied Meteorology, 31(8), 819-830.

Rabin, R.M., L.A. McMurdie, C.M. Hayden, and G.S. Wade, 1991:  Monitoring precipitable water and surface wind over the Gulf of Mexico from microwave and VAS satellite imagery.  Weather and Forecasting, 6(2), 227-243.

Wade, G.S., C.M. Hayden, J.M. Lewis, and R.T. Merrill, 1988:  Modification of air masses over the Gulf of Mexico – progress report from a VAS viewpoint.  Preprints: 15th Conference on Severe Local Storms, 22-26 Feb 1988, Baltimore (MD), Amer. Meteor. Soc., 484-487.

Bates, J.J., W.L. Smith, G.S. Wade, and H.M. Woolf, 1987:  An interactive method for processing and display of sea-surface temperature fields using VAS multispectral data.  Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 68(6), 602-606.

Smith, W.L., G.S. Wade, and H.M. Woolf, 1985:  Combined atmospheric sounding/cloud imagery – a new forecasting tool.  Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 66(2), 138-141.

Anthony, R.W., and G.S. Wade, 1983:  VAS operational assessment findings for spring 1982/83.  Preprints: 13th Conf. on Severe Local Storms, 17-20 Oct 1983, Tulsa (OK), Amer. Meteor. Soc., J23-28.


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