Research Scientist, Ph.D

Dept. of Atmos. Sci., Colorado State University

3915 W. Laporte Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80521

(970) 491-8558,


University of Utah, Utah, PhD Atmospheric Sciences, 2006-2011

Lanzhou University, China, BS Atmospheric Sciences, 2000-2004


2010-2011, Recipient, NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Award

2009-2010, Recipient, Excellence in Graduate Research Award, University of Utah

Research Interests:

Tropical and subtropical precipitating cloud climatology: morphology, rainfall contribution, convective and microphysical properties, and regime variations

Mesoscale dynamics, convective processes, and microphysics: monsoon systems, deep convection, extreme rainfall events, and orographic effects

Satellite and ground-based remote sensing: rainfall retrievals using infrared, radar, and passive microwave techniques, radar meteorology



Xu, W., S. A. Rutledge: Time Scales of Shallow-to-Deep Convective Transition Associated with the Onset of Madden-Julian Oscillation. Geophy. Res. Lett., 43, 2880-2888.

Chen X., K. Zhao, M. Xue, B. Zhou, X. Huang, W. Xu: Radar Observed Diurnal Cycle and Propagation of Convection over the Pearl River Delta during Mei-Yu Season. J. Geophy. Res., 120, 12557–12575.

Stolz, D. C., S. A. Rutledge, W. Xu, J. R. Pierce: Interactions between the MJO, aerosols, and convection over the central Indian Ocean. J. Atmos. Sci., accepted.

Xu, W., S. Rutledge, and W. Zhang, 2016: Insights on the relationships between lightning, deep convection, and tropical cyclone intensity change. Geophy. Res. Lett., revised.

Bellenger, H., R. Wilson, J. L. Davison, J.-P. Duvel, W. Xu; F. Lott, M. Katsumata, 2016: Tropospheric Clear Air Turbulence over the tropical open-ocean: Role of gravity waves. J. Atmos. Sci., revised.


Xu, W., S. A. Rutledge, 2015: Morphology, Intensity, and Rainfall Production of MJO Convection: Observations from DYNAMO and TRMM. J. Atmos. Sci., 72, 623-640.

Xu, W., and E. J. Zipser, 2015: Convective Intensity, Precipitation Structures, and Ensemble Microphysics of Two Contrasting Convective Regimes during the 2008 TiMREX. J. Geophy. Res., 120, 4000-4016.

Xu, W., S. A. Rutledge, C. Schumacher, and M. Katsumata, 2015: Evolution, Properties, and Spatial Variability of MJO Convection Near and Off the Equator during DYNAMO. J. Atmos. Sci., 72, 4126-4147.


Xu, W., S. A. Rutledge, 2014: Convective Characteristics of the Madden-Julian Oscillation over the Central Indian Ocean Observed by Shipborne Radar during DYNAMO. J. Atmos. Sci., 71, 2859–2877.

Xu, W., H. Jiang, and X. Kang, 2014: Rainfall Asymmetries of Tropical Cyclones Prior to, During, and After Making Landfall in South China and Southeast United States. Atmos. Res., 139, 18-26.

Xu, W., R. F. Adler, and N.-Y. Wang, 2014: Combining Satellite Infrared and Lightning Information to Estimate Warm Season Convective and Stratiform Rainfall. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 53, 180-199.


Xu, W., R. F. Adler, and N.-Y. Wang, 2013: Improving Geostationary Satellite Rainfall Estimates Using Lightning Observations, I: Underlying Lightning-Rainfall Relationships. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 52, 213-229.

Xu, W., 2013: Intensity, Structures, and Rainfall Characteristics of Summer Deep Convection over East Asia: TRMM Climatology and Regional Variations. Mon. Wea. Rev., 141, 1577-1592.


Xu, W., E. J. Zipser, and coauthors, 2012: An Orography-associated Extreme Rainfall Event during TiMREX: Initiation, Storm Evolution, and Maintenance. Mon. Wea. Rev., 140, 2555–2574.

Xu, W., and E. J. Zipser, 2012: Properties of Deep Convection in Tropical Continental, Monsoon, and Oceanic Rainfall Regimes. Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L07802, doi 10.1029/2012GL051242.


Xu, W., and E. J. Zipser, 2011: Diurnal Variations of Precipitation, Convection and Lightning over Eastern Tibetan Plateau and Downstream. J. Climate, 24, 448-465.


Xu, W., E. J. Zipser, C. Liu, and H. Jiang, 2010: On the Relationships between Lightning Frequency and Thundercloud Parameters of Regional Precipitation Systems. J. Geophys. Res., 115, D12203, 10.1029/2009JD013385.


Xu, W., E. J. Zipser, and C. Liu, 2009: Rainfall Characteristics and Convective Properties of Mei-Yu Precipitation Systems over South China and Taiwan,Part I: TRMM observations. Mon.Wea.Rev., 137, 4261-4275.

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We acknowledge funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF)

and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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