Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

Catherine Smith

Research Interests

I primarily work on web and climate data storage and distribution. In particular, I create and help design web tools that allow researchers, students, resources managers, and others to analyze climate and weather data. I also have done research on different statistical techniques and how they can/ought to be used in meteorology. I have also studied ENSO and temperature/precipitation relationships. A hobby of mine is Boulder weather and I have maintained the NOAA/PSD Boulder weather and climate page for over 20 years.

Honors and Awards

  • 2013 AMS Special Award for making climate data and products easily accessible.
  • 2002 NOAA Research Partner of the Month for research and support in preparing a report to Congress on the May 2003 tornado outbreak.
  • 2001 CIRES Outstanding Performance Award

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  • Slivinski LC; Compo GP; Sardeshmukh PD; Whitaker JS; McColl C; Allan RJ; Brohan P; Yin X; Smith CA; Spencer LJ. (Feb 2021). An Evaluation of the Performance of the Twentieth Century Reanalysis Version 3. Journal of Climate , 34(4), 1417-1438. 10.1175/JCLI-D-20-0505.1
  • Murray D; Hoell A; Hoerling M; Perlwitz J; Quan X-W; Allured D; Zhang T; Eischeid J; Smith CA; Barsugli J. (Jul 2020). Facility for Weather and Climate Assessments (FACTS) A Community Resource for Assessing Weather and Climate Variability. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society , 101(7), E1214-E1224. 10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0224.1
  • Slivinski, LC; Compo, GP; Whitaker, JS; Sardeshmukh, PD; Giese, BS; McColl, C; Allan, R; Yin, XG; Vose, R; Titchner, H; Kennedy, J; Spencer, LJ; Ashcroft, L; Bronnimann, S; Brunet, M; Camuffo, D; Cornes, R; Cram, TA; Crouthamel, R; Dominguez-Castro, F; Freeman, JE; Gergis, J; Hawkins, E; Jones, PD; Jourdain, S; Kaplan, A; Kubota, H; Le Blancq, F; Lee, TC; Lorrey, A; Luterbacher, J; Maugeri, M; Mock, CJ; Moore, GWK; Przybylak, R; Pudmenzky, C; Reason, C; Slonosky, VC; Smith, CA; Tinz, B; Trewin, B; Valente, MA; Wang, XL; Wilkinson, C; Wood, K; Wyszynski, P. (OCT 2019). Towards a more reliable historical reanalysis: Improvements for version 3 of the Twentieth Century Reanalysis system. QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY, 145(724), 2876-2908. 10.1002/qj.3598
  • Arndt, DS; Blunden, J; Dunn, RJH; Stanitski, DM; Gobron, N; Willett, KM; Sanchez-Lugo, A; Berrisford, P; Morice, C; Nicolas, JP; Carrea, L; Woolway, RI; Merchant, CJ; Dokulil, MT; de Eyto, E; DeGasperi, CL; Korhonen, J; Marszelewski, W; May, L; Paterson, AM; Rusak, JA; Schladow, SG; Schmid, M; Verburg, P; Watanabe, S; Weyhenmeyer, GA; King, AD; Donat, MG; Christy, JR; Po-Chedley, S; Mears, CR; Haimberger, L; Covey, C; Randel, W; Noetzli, J; Biskaborn, BK; Christiansen, HH; Isaksen, K; Schoeneich, P; Smith, S; Vieira, G; Zhao, L; Streletskiy, DA; Robinson, DA; Pelto, M; Berry, DI; Bosilovich, MG; Simmons, AJ; Mears, C; Ho, SP; Bock, O; Zhou, X; Nicolas, J; Vose, RS; Adler, R; Gu, G; Becker, A; Yin, X; Tye, MR; Blenkinsop, S; Bosilovich, MG; Durre, I; Ziese, M; Collow, ABM; Rustemeier, E; Foster, MJ; Di Girolamo, L; Frey, RA; Heidinger, AK; Sun-Mack, S; Phillips, C; Menzel, WP; Stengel, M; Zhao, G; Kim, H; Rodell, M; Li, B; Famiglietti, JS; Scanlon, T; van der Schalie, R; Preimesberger, W; Reimer, C; Hahn, S; Gruber, A; Kidd, R; de Jeu, RAM; Dorigo, WA; Barichivich, J; Osborn, TJ; Harris, I; van der Schrier, G; Jones, PD; Miralles, DG; Martens, B; Beck, HE; Dolman, AJ; Jimenez, C; McCabe, MF; Wood, EF; Allan, R; Azorin-Molina, C; Mears, CA; McVicar, TR; Mayer, M; Schenzinger, V; Hersbach, H; Stackhouse, PW; Wong, T; Kratz, DP; Sawaengphokhai, P; Wilber, AC; Gupta, SK; Loeb, NG; Dlugokencky, EJ; Hall, BD; Montzka, SA; Dutton, G; Muhle, J; Elkins, JW; Miller, BR; Remy, S; Bellouin, N; Kipling, Z; Ades, M; Benedetti, A; Boucher, O; Weber, M; Steinbrecht, W; Arosio, C; van der A, R; Frith, SM; Anderson, J; Coldewey-Egbers, M; Davis, S; Degenstein, D; Fioletov, VE; Froidevaux, L; Hubert, D; Long, CS; Loyola, D; Rozanov, A; Roth, C; Sofieva, V; Tourpali, K; Wang, R; Wild, JD; Davis, SM; Rosenlof, KH; Hurst, DF; Selkirk, HB; Vomel, H; Ziemke, JR; Cooper, OR; Flemming, J; Inness, A; Pinty, B; Kaiser, JW; van der Werf, GR; Hemming, DL; Garforth, J; Park, T; Richardson, AD; Rutishauser, T; Sparks, TH; Thackeray, SJ; Myneni, R; Lumpkin, R; Huang, B; Kennedy, J; Xue, Y; Zhang, HM; Hu, C; Wang, M; Johnson, GC; Lyman, JM; Boyer, T; Cheng, L; Domingues, CM; Gilson, J; Ishii, M; Killick, RE; Monselesan, D; Purkey, SG; Wijffels, SE; Locarnini, R; Yu, L; Jin, X; Stackhouse, PW; Kato, S; Weller, RA; Thompson, PR; Widlansky, MJ; Leuliette, E; Sweet, W; Chambers, DP; Hamlington, BD; Jevrejeva, S; Marra, JJ; Merrifield, MA; Mitchum, GT; Nerem, RS; Kelble, C; Karnauskas, M; Hubbard, K; Goni, G; Streeter, C; Lumpkin, R; Dohan, K; Franz, BA; Cetinic, I; Karakoylu, EM; Siegel, DA; Westberry, TK; Feely, RA; Wanninkhof, R; Carter, BR; Landschutzer, P; Sutton, AJ; Cosca, C; Trinanes, JA; Baxter, S; Schreck, C; Bell, GD; Mullan, AB; Pezza, AB; Coelho, CAS; Wang, B; He, Q; Diamond, HJ; Schreck, CJ; Bell, GD; Blake, ES; Landsea, CW; Wang, H; Goldenberg, SB; Pasch, RJ; Klotzbach, PJ; Kruk, MC; Schreck, CJ; Camargo, SJ; Trewin, BC; Pearce, PR; Lorrey, AM; Domingues, R; Goni, GJ; Knaff, JA; Lin, II; Bringas, F; Richter-Menge, J; Osborne, E; Druckenmiller, M; Jeffries, MO; Overland, JE; Hanna, E; Hanssen-Bauer, I; Kim, SJ; Walsh, JE; Wang, M; Bhatt, US; Timmermans, ML; Ladd, C; Perovich, D; Meier, W; Tschudi, M; Farrell, S; Hendricks, S; Gerland, S; Haas, C; Krumpen, T; Polashenski, C; Ricker, R; Webster, M; Stabeno, PJ; Tedesco, M; Box, JE; Cappelen, J; Fausto, RS; Fettweis, X; Andersen, JK; Mote, T; Smeets, CJPP; van As, D; van de Wal, RSW; Romanovsky, VE; Smith, SL; Isaksen, K; Shiklomanov, NI; Streletskiy, DA; Kholodov, AL; Christiansen, HH; Drozdov, DS; Malkova, GV; Marchenko, SS; Jella, KB; Mudryk, L; Brown, R; Derksen, C; Luojus, K; Decharme, B; Holmes, RM; Shiklomanov, AI; Suslova, A; Tretiakov, M; McClelland, JW; Spencer, RGM; Tank, SE; Epstein, H; Bhatt, U; Raynolds, M; Walker, D; Forbes, B; Phoenix, G; Bjerke, J; Tommervik, H; Karlsen, SR; Myneni, R; Park, T; Goetz, S; Jia, G; Bernhard, GH; Fioletov, VE; Grooss, JU; Ialongo, I; Johnsen, B; Lakkala, K; Manney, GL; Muller, R; Scambos, T; Stammerjohn, S; Clem, KR; Barreira, S; Fogt, RL; Colwell, S; Keller, LM; Lazzara, MA; Reid, P; Massom, RA; Lieser, JL; Meijers, A; Sallee, JB; Grey, A; Johnson, K; Arrigo, K; Swart, S; King, B; Meredith, M; Mazloff, M; Scardilli, A; Claus, F; Shuman, CA; Kramarova, N; Newman, PA; Nash, ER; Strahan, SE; Long, CS; Johnson, B; Pitts, M; Santee, ML; Petropavlovskikh, I; Braathen, GO; Coy, L; de Laat, J; Bissolli, P; Ganter, C; Li, T; Mekonnen, A; Sanchez-Lugo, A; Gleason, K; Smith, A; Fenimore, C; Heim, RR; Nauslar, NJ; Brown, TJ; Mcevoy, DJ; Lareau, NP; Amador, JA; Hidalgo, HG; Alfaro, EJ; Calderon, B; Mora, N; Stephenson, TS; Taylor, MA; Trotman, AR; Van Meerbeeck, CJ; Campbell, JD; Brown, A; Spence, J; Martinez, R; Diaz, E; Marin, D; Hernandez, R; Caceres, L; Zambrano, E; Nieto, J; Marengo, JA; Espinoza, JC; Alves, LM; Ronchail, J; Lavado-Casimiro, JW; Ramos, I; Davila, C; Ramos, AM; Diniz, FA; Aliaga-Nestares, V; Castro, AY; Stella, JL; Aldeco, LS; Diaz, DAC; Misevicius, N; Mekonnen, A; Kabidi, K; Sayouri, A; ElKharrim, M; Mostafa, AE; Hagos, S; Feng, Z; Ijampy, JA; Sima, F; Francis, SD; Tsidu, GM; Kruger, AC; McBride, C; Jumaux, G; Dhurmea, KR; Belmont, M; Rakotoarimalala, CL; Labbe, L; Rosner, B; Benedict, I; Van Heerwaarden, C; Weerts, A; Hazeleger, W; Bissolli, P; Trachte, K; Zhu, Z; Zhang, P; Lee, TC; Ripaldi, A; Mochizuki, Y; Lim, JY; Oyunjargal, L; Timbal, B; Srivastava, AK; Revadekar, JV; Rajeevan, M; Shimpo, A; Khoshkam, M; Kazemi, AF; Zeyaeyan, S; Ganter, C; Lander, MA; McGree, S; Tobin, S; Bettio, L. (SEP 2019). INTRODUCTION. BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY, 100(9), S1-+.
  • Dole, RM, JR Spackman, iman, W Otto, O Persson, XW Quan, I RangwalaM Newman, GP Compo, CA Smith, LM Hartten, JJ Barsugli, RS Webb, MP Hoerling, R Cifelli, K Wolter, CD Barnet, M Gehne, R Gelaro, GN Kiladis, S Abbott, E Akish, J Albers, JM Brown, CJ Cox, L Darby, G de Boer, B DeLuisi, J Dias, J Dunion, J Eischeid, C Fairall, A Gambacorta, BK Gorton, A Hoell, J Intrieri, D Jackson, PE Johnston, R Lataitis, KM Mahoney, K McCaffrey, HA McColl, MJ Mueller, D Murrrray, PJ Ne, AJ Ray, D Reynolds, ER Dellaripa, K Rosenlof, N Sakaeda, PD Sardeshmukh, LC Slivinski, L Smith, A Solomon, D Swales, S Tulich, A White, G Wick, MG Winterkorn, DE Wolfe and R Zamora. (MAY 2018). ADVANCING SCIENCE AND SERVICES DURING THE 2015/16 EL NINO The NOAA El Nino Rapid Response Field Campaign. BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY, 99(5), 975-1002. 10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0219.1
  • Newman, M, AT Wittenberg, LY Cheng, GP Compo and CA Smith. (JAN 2018). THE EXTREME 2015/16 EL NINO, IN THE CONTEXT OF HISTORICAL CLIMATE VARIABILITY AND CHANGE. BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY, 99(1), S16-S20. 10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0116.1
  • Newman, M, MA Alexander, TR Ault, KM Cobb, C Deser, E Di Lorenzo, NJ Mantua, AJ Miller, S Minobe, H Nakamura, N Schneider, DJ Vimont, AS Phillips, JD Scott and CA Smith. (JUN 2016). The Pacific Decadal Oscillation, Revisited. JOURNAL OF CLIMATE, 29(12), 4399-4427. 10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0508.1
  • Alexander, MA, JD Scott, D Swales, M Hughes, K Mahoney and CA Smith. (JUN 2015). Moisture Pathways into the US Intermountain West Associated with Heavy Winter Precipitation Events*. JOURNAL OF HYDROMETEOROLOGY, 16(3), 1184-1206. 10.1175/JHM-D-14-0139.1
  • Smith, CA, GP Compo and DK Hooper. (NOV 2014). Web-Based Reanalysis Intercomparison Tools (WRIT) for Analysis and Comparison of Reanalyses and Other Datasets. BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY, 95(11), 1671-1678. 10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00192.1
  • Waliser, D, K Weickmann, R Dole, S Schubert, O Alves, C Jones, M Newman, HL Pan, A Roubicek, S Saha, C Smith, H van den Dool, F Vitart, M Wheeler and J Whitaker. (APR 2006). The experimental MJO prediction project. BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY, 87(4), 425-431. 10.1175/BAMS-87-4-425
  • Smith, CA and PD Sardeshmukh. (15-Nov 2000). The effect of ENSO on the intraseasonal variance of surface temperatures in winter. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLIMATOLOGY, 20(13), 1543-1557. 10.1002/1097-0088(20001115)20:13<1543::AID-JOC579>3.0.CO;2-A
  • Wolter, K, RM Dole and CA Smith. (NOV 1999). Short-term climate extremes over the continental united states and ENSO. Part I: Seasonal temperatures. JOURNAL OF CLIMATE, 12(11), 3255-3272. 10.1175/1520-0442(1999)012<3255:STCEOT>2.0.CO;2
  • Deser, C and CA Smith. (JUL 1998). Diurnal and semidiurnal variations of the surface wind field over the tropical Pacific Ocean. JOURNAL OF CLIMATE, 11(7), 1730-1748. 10.1175/1520-0442(1998)011<1730:DASVOT>2.0.CO;2
  • Liebmann, B and CA Smith. (JUN 1996). Description of a complete (interpolated) outgoing longwave radiation dataset. BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY, 77(6), 1275-1277.
  • WALLACE, JM, C SMITH and CS BRETHERTON. (JUN 1992). SINGULAR VALUE DECOMPOSITION OF WINTERTIME SEA-SURFACE TEMPERATURE AND 500-MB HEIGHT ANOMALIES. JOURNAL OF CLIMATE, 5(6), 561-576. 10.1175/1520-0442(1992)005<0561:SVDOWS>2.0.CO;2
  • BRETHERTON, CS, C SMITH and JM WALLACE. (JUN 1992). AN INTERCOMPARISON OF METHODS FOR FINDING COUPLED PATTERNS IN CLIMATE DATA. JOURNAL OF CLIMATE, 5(6), 541-560. 10.1175/1520-0442(1992)005<0541:AIOMFF>2.0.CO;2
  • WALLACE, JM, C SMITH and QR JIANG. (SEP 1990). SPATIAL PATTERNS OF ATMOSPHERE OCEAN INTERACTION IN THE NORTHERN WINTER. JOURNAL OF CLIMATE, 3(9), 990-998. 10.1175/1520-0442(1990)003<0990:SPOAOI>2.0.CO;2