Aaron Preston

Aaron Preston
Aaron Preston
Assistant Professor
Atmospheric Sciences
Lyndon
ASAC 307
Academic History: 
Ph.D. Florida State University
M.S. Florida State University
B.S.E. University of Michigan

About Aaron Preston


Dr. Preston joined the Atmospheric Sciences faculty in 2017 after earning his Ph.D. in Meteorology from Florida State University (FSU).  During his time at FSU, Dr. Preston taught seven meteorology classes and participated in the nationally recognized Preparing Future Faculty program. He really enjoyed his first year at NVU-Lyndon and looks to continue getting students excited about the weather by implementing classroom activities that make them apply concepts from the classroom to the real world.

He is currently interested in two aspects of deep convection-convective transport and atmospheric electricity. His dissertation research examined the atmospheric and chemical transport associated with tropical cyclones (TCs) using numerical modeling. The contribution of TCs to upper atmospheric chemistry is valuable to both the atmospheric chemistry and climate modeling communities, especially in the context of increasing emissions and a changing climate. He also has considerable experience in conducting lightning-related research. For his M.S. thesis, he developed lightning cessation guidance using polarimetric radar data that improved lightning warnings for America's space program at NASA Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

In his spare time, Dr. Preston enjoys exploring the New England area, hiking, playing tennis and soccer.

Courses Taught


  • Elementary Meteorology
  • Elementary Oceanography
  • Survey of Meteorology
  • Physical Meteorology
  • Mesoscale Meteorology
  • Remote Sensing
  • Tropical Meteorology

Publications and Presentations


Preston, A. D., and H. E. Fuelberg, 2015: Improving Lightning Cessation Guidance Using Polarimetric Radar Data. Wea. Forecasting, 30, 308-328. doi:10.1175/WAF-D-14-00031.1.

Fuelberg, H. E., R. J. Walsh, and A. D. Preston, 2014: The extension of lightning flashes from thunderstorms near Cape Canaveral, Florida. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119, 9965-9979, doi:10.1002/2014JD022105.