Portrait of Metz

Nicholas MetzProfessor of GeoscienceAssociate Provost

Joined faculty in 2011

B.S., Valparaiso University (2004)
M.S., University at Albany (2008)
Ph.D., University at Albany (2011)

Contact Information

Lansing HallPhone (315) 781-3819

Scholarly Interest

Synoptic and mesoscale interactions

Mesoscale convective systems near the Great Lakes

The effects of high-impact weather on climate

Southern Hemisphere cold surges

Lake-Effect Snow

The impacts of recurving tropical cyclones on downstream weather

Atmospheric Rivers in the Northeast

Courses Taught

GEO 182 - Introduction to Meteorology
GEO 210 - Environmental Hydrology
GEO 215 - Hydrometeorology
GEO 260 - Weather Analysis
GEO 299 - Geoscience Field Studies
GEO 350 - Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology I
GEO 351 - Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology II
GEO 355 - Mesoscale Meteorology
FSEM 175 - Climate Change: Science and Politics


Metz, N. D. and L. F. Bosart, 2022: A climatological investigation of Lake Michigan-crossing mesoscale convective systems. Mon. Wea. Rev., in preparation.

Metz, N. D., H. M. Archambault, L. F. Bosart, and D. E. Johnson, 2022: North Pacific Precursors to a multi-day severe weather outbreak over the United States. Mon. Wea. Rev., in preparation.

Metz, N. D., J. M. Cordeira, M. Sanders,* and M. Clair*, 2022: Predecessor Snow Events Ahead of Extratropical Cyclones. Geophysical Research Letters, in preparation.

Capute, P. K.*, J. O. Piersante*, N. D. Metz, and E. G. Hoffman, 2022:  Temporal and spatial frequency of warm-season stationary fronts in the eastern and central United States. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., submitted.

Glade, I.*, N. D. Metz, J. M. Cordeira, K. Bachli*, M. Ericksen*, and C. Roberts, 2022: Impacts associated with northeastern United States atmospheric rivers. Wea. Forecasting, submitted.

Beckley, I. C.*, N. D. Metz., S. A. Callahan*, E. M. Morrill*, J. R. Klein, and G. A. Linscott 2022: Interactions between short-wave troughs and ongoing shore-parallel lake-effect bands over Lake Ontario. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., submitted.

Kaminski, A. N.*, J. M. Cordeira, N. D. Metz, K. Bachli*, M. Duncan*, M. Ericksen*, I. Glade*, C. Roberts*, and C. Evans, 2022: A 30-year climatology of northeastern United States atmospheric rivers. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., submitted.

Sandstrom, J*, J. M. Cordeira, E. G. Hoffman, and N. D. Metz, 2022: A climatology of easterly wind lake-effect precipitation events over the western Lake Superior region. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol. submitted.

Clark, C. A., N. D. Metz, K. H. Goebbert, B. Ganesh-Babu, N. Ballard*, A. Blackford*, C. Britt*, K. Carmer*, Q. Davis*, J. Dufort*, A. Gendusa*, S. Gertonson, B. Harms, M. Kavanaugh, J. Landgrebe, E. Mazan, H. Schroeder, N. Rutkowski, and C. Yurk, 2022: Climatology of lake-effect snow days along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Frontiers in Water, 4:826293.

Sanders, M. C.*, J. M. Cordeira, and N. D. Metz, 2020: Hydrometeorological characteristics of ice jams on the Pemigewasset River in central New Hampshire. J. Hydrometeorology, 21, 2923-2942.

Laird, N. F., and N. D. Metz, 2020: A pair-researching approach for undergraduate atmospheric science researchers. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 101, E357–E363.

Metz, N. D., Z. S. Bruick*, P. K. Capute*, M. M. Neureuter*, E. W. Ott*, and M. F. Sessa*, 2019: A Climatology of Cold-Season Short-Wave Troughs in the Great Lakes Region and their Concurrence with Lake-Effect Clouds. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 58, 605-614.

Crossett, C. C.* and N. D. Metz, 2017: A climatological study of extreme cold surges along the African Highlands. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 56, 1731-1738.

Cordeira, J. M., N. D. Metz, M. E. Howarth*, and T. J. Galarneau Jr., 2017: Multiscale upstream and in-situ precursors to the elevated mixed layer and high-impact weather over the Midwest U.S.. Wea Forecasting, 32, 905-923.

Laird, N. F., N. D. Metz, L. Gaudet*, C. Grasmick*, L. Higgins*, C. Loeser*, and D. A. Zeilinsky*, 2017: Climatology of cold season lake-effect cloud bands for the North American Great Lakes. Int J. Climatol. 37, 2111-2121.

Kristovich, D. A. R., R. D. Clark, J. Frame, B. Geerts, K. R. Knupp, K. A. Kosiba, N. D. Metz, J. Minder, T. D. Sikora, W. J. Steenburgh, S. M. Steiger, J. Wurman, and G. S. Young, 2017: The Ontario winter lake-effect systems (OWLeS) field campaign: Scientific and educational adventures to further our knowledge and prediction of lake-effect storms. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 98, 315-332.

Bentley, A. M.* and N. D. Metz, 2016: Tropical transition of an unnamed, high-latitude, tropical cyclone over the eastern north Pacific. Mon. Wea. Rev., 144, 713-736.

Metz, N. D., H. M. Archambault, A. F. Srock, T. J. Galarneau Jr., and L. F. Bosart, 2013: A comparison of South American and African preferential pathways for extreme cold events. Mon. Wea. Rev.,141, 2066–2086.

Metz, N. D. and L. F. Bosart, 2010: Derecho and MCS development, evolution, and multiscale interactions during 3–5 July 2003. Mon. Wea. Rev., 138, 3048–3070.

Metz, N. D., D. M. Schultz, and R. H. Johns, 2004: Extratropical cyclones with multiple warm-front-like baroclinic zones and their relationship to severe convective storms. Wea. Forecasting, 19, 907–916.


* Denotes Student Coauthor


American Meteorological Society
National Weather Association
National Geophysical Union
New York State Academy of Sciences