Janel Hanrahan

Janel Hanrahan
Janel Hanrahan
Associate Professor
Atmospheric Sciences
802.626.6370
Lyndon
ASAC 302
Academic History: 
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
B.A., Alverno College
M.S., University of Wisconsin

About Janel Hanrahan


Before joining the full-time Atmospheric Sciences faculty in 2012, Janel Hanrahan earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics with a strong focus in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her dissertation work included the investigation of Lake Michigan-Huron water levels and their connection to historic climate variability and anthropogenically-forced climate change. Following graduate school, Dr. Hanrahan worked as a researcher at the University of Alberta where she studied changes in rainfall in the Canadian Plains region and examined procedures for model optimization. Through dynamical and statistical downscaling, she is currently interested in identifying connections between large-scale climate modes and local rainfall patterns and trends. In addition, she is interested in investigating how regional weather will be modified under climate change and what impact this may have on renewable energy sources.

At Lyndon, Dr. Hanrahan has enjoyed interacting with students on a personal level both in and out of the classroom. She earned her own B.A. from a small student-centered institution and was excited to return to this type of learning environment. Because of her own interest in applied mathematics, she enjoys communicating the science to potential future Lyndon Atmospheric Science students who share an interest in math and physics by presenting at math conferences and local K-12 schools.

Originally from the Midwest, Dr. Hanrahan has been enjoying the Northeast Kingdom’s natural beauty. She just purchased her first home and looks forward to spending her free time renovating, gardening, and exploring the surrounding area.

Courses Taught


Elementary Meteorology (ATM 1010)
Introduction to Climate Change (ATM 1020)
Geophysical and Human Interactions (ATM 2210)
Survey of Climate and Statistics I and II (ATM 2061 and 2062)
Atmospheric Thermodynamics (ATM 3020)
Physical Meteorology (ATM 3140)
Atmospheric Dynamics I and II (ATM 3321 and 3322)
Physical Climatology (ATM 4030)
Climate Change Dynamics (ATM 4140)
Senior Capstone (ATM 4712 and 4713)

Publications and Presentations


Hanrahan, J., A. Maynard, S. Murphy, C. Zercher, and A. Fitzpatrick, 2017, Examining the Climatology of Shortwave Radiation in the Northeastern United States. J. Appl. Meteorol. Climatol. https://doi.org/10.1175/JAMC-D-16-0420.1

Hanrahan, J.L., C.C. Kuo, and T.Y. Gan, 2015, Configuration and validation of a mesoscale atmospheric model for simulating summertime rainfall in central Alberta. Int. J. Climatology. doi: 10.1002/joc.4011

Hanrahan, J.L., P.J. Roebber, and S.V. Kravtsov, 2014, Attribution of decadal-scale lake-level trends in the Michigan-Huron system.  Water.  6(8), 2278 - 2299.  doi: 10.3390/w6082278.

Kuo, C.C., Gan, T.Y., and Hanrahan, J.L., 2014, Precipitation frequency analysis based on regional climate simulations in Central Alberta. J. Hydrology. (510), 436 - 446. doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.12.051

Hanrahan, J.L., S.V. Kravtsov, and P.J. Roebber, 2010, Connecting past and present climate variability to the water levels of Lakes Michigan and Huron.  Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L01701, doi:10.1029/2009GL041707.