Paul Miller headshotPaul Miller

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences

Phone: 225-578-2734


Office: 2231 Energy, Coast and Environment Building

Lab: 2240 Coastal Meteorology (COMET) Lab, Energy, Coast and Environment Building 

B.A. & B.S., Virginia Tech
M.S., Virginia Tech
Ph.D., University of Georgia

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Research Interests

Coastal meteorology; Hydroclimatology; Mesoscale climate science; Weakly forced thunderstorms; Land-atmosphere interactions; Hazardous weather impacts

Recent Publications

Google Scholar Profile

Miller, P. W., and C. Ramseyer (2024): The relationship between the Saharan Air Layer, convective environmental conditions, and precipitation in Puerto Rico. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 129, e2023JD039681.

Ramseyer, C., and P. W. Miller (2023): Atmospheric flash drought in the Caribbean. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 24, 2177–2189.

Mercado-Díaz, J., E. Holupchinski, N. Álvarez-Berríos, W. Gould, P. W. Miller, T. Mote, C. Ramseyer, and G. González: Fostering knowledge-exchange and collaboration among drought-related initiatives in the Caribbean. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 104, E1146-E1153.

Miller, P. W., C. Reesman, M. Grossman, S. Nelson, V. Liu, and P. Wang: Marginal warming associated with a COVID-19 quarantine and its implications for disease transmission. Science of the Total Environment. 780, 146579.

Miller, P. W., and J. Trepanier: Predicting the Gulf of Mexico Hurricane Season with 500-hPa Temperature. Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2021GL094741.

Bilskie, M. V., T. G. Asher, P. W. Miller, J. G. Fleming, S. C. Hagen, and R. A. Luettich: Real-time simulated storm surge predictions during Hurricane Michael (2018). Weather and Forecasting, 37, 1085–1102

Forney, R., N. Debbage, P. W. Miller, and J. Uzquiano: Urban effects on weakly forced thunderstorms observed in the Southeast United States. Urban Climate, 43, 101161.

Nelson, S., and P. W. Miller: Understanding meteorological changes following severe defoliation during a strong hurricane landfall: Insights from Hurricane Michael (2018). Earth Interactions. In Press.

Miller, P., Ramseyer, C. A. (2020): Did the Climate Forecast System anticipate the 2015 Caribbean drought? Journal of Hydrometeorology, 21, 1245–1258.

Ramseyer, C. A., Miller, P., Mote, T. L. (2019). Future precipitation variability during the early rainfall season in the El Yunque National Forest. Science of The Total Environment, 661, 326-336.

Miller, P., Mote, T. L., Kumar, A., Mishra, D. R. (2019). Systematic precipitation redistribution following a strong hurricane landfall. Theoretical and Applied Climatology.

Miller, P., Mote, T. L., Ramseyer, C. A. (2019). An Empirical Study of the Relationship between Seasonal Precipitation and Thermodynamic Environment in Puerto Rico. Weather and Forecasting, 34(2), 277-288.

Miller, P., Kumar, A., Mote, T. L., Moraes, F. D., Mishra, D. R. (2019). Persistent Hydrological Consequences of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Geophysical Research Letters, 46(3), 1413-1422.

Miller, P., Mote, T. L., Ramseyer, C. A., Van Beusekom, Ashley E., Scholl, M., Gonzalez, G. (2018). A 42 year inference of cloud base height trends in the Luquillo Mountains of northeastern Puerto Rico. Climate Research, 76(1), 87-94.

Miller, P., Mote, T. L. (2018). Characterizing severe weather potential in synoptically weakly forced thunderstorm environments. Natural Hazards And Earth System Sciences, 18(4), 1261-1277.

Miller, P., Mote, T. L. (2018). The algorithmic detection of pulse thunderstorms within a large, mostly non-severe sample. Meteorological Applications, 25(4), 629-641.

Debbage, N., Miller, P., Poore, S., Morano, K., Mote, T., Shepherd, J. M. (2017). A climatology of atmospheric river interactions with the southeastern United States coastline. International Journal of Climatology, 37(11), 4077-4091.

Miller, P., Mote, T. L. (2017). A Climatology of Weakly Forced and Pulse Thunderstorms in the Southeast United States. Journal Of Applied Meteorology And Climatology, 56(11), 3017-3033.

Mattingly, K. S., Seymour, L., Miller, P. (2017). Estimates of Extreme Precipitation Frequency Derived from Spatially Dense Rain Gauge Observations: A Case Study of Two Urban Areas in the Colorado Front Range Region. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 107(6), 1499-1518.

Miller, P., Mote, T. L. (2017). Standardizing the definition of a "pulse" thunderstorm. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 98(5), 905–913.

Grundstein, A., Shepherd, M., Miller, P., Sarnat, S. E. (2017). The role of mesoscale-convective processes in explaining the 21 November 2016 epidemic thunderstorm asthma event in Melbourne, Australia. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 56(5), 1337–1343.

Mote, T. L., Ramseyer, C. A., Miller, P. (2017). The Saharan air layer as an early rainfall season suppressant in the Eastern Caribbean: The 2015 Puerto Rico drought. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 122(20), 10,966-10,982.

Williams, C. A., Miller, P., Black, A. W., Knox, J. A. (2017). Throwing caution to the wind: National Weather Service wind products as perceived by a a weather-salient sample. Journal of Operational Meteorology, 5(9), 103-120.

Miller, P., Black, A. W., Williams, C. A., Knox, J. A. (2016). Maximum wind gusts associated with human-reported nonconvective wind events and a comparison to current warning issuance criteria. Weather and Forecasting, 31(2), 451–465.

Miller, P., Black, A. W., Williams, C. A., Knox, J. A. (2016). Quantitative assessment of human wind speed overestimation. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 55(4), 1009–1020.

Ellis, A., Miller, P. (2016). The Emergence of Lightning in Severe Thunderstorm Prediction and the Possible Contributions from Spatial Science. Geography Compass, 10(5), 192-206.

Miller, P., Ellis, A., Keighton, S. (2015). The utility of total lightning trends in diagnosing single-cell thunderstorm severity: Examples from the central Appalachians region. Journal of Operational Meteorology, 03(08), 82-98.

Miller, P., Ellis, A. W., Keighton, S. (2015). Spatial distribution of lightning associated with low-shear thunderstorm environments in the central Appalachian region. Physical Geography, 36(2), 127-141.

Miller, P., Ellis, A. W., Keighton, S. (2015). A Preliminary Assessment of Using Spatiotemporal Lightning Patterns for a Binary Classification of Thunderstorm Mode. Weather and Forecasting, 30(1), 38-56.