Ted Letcher

Welcome Statement

I am currently a research scientist at the Cold Region Research and Engineering Lab an Hanover New Hampshire. I recently earned my PhD in atmospheric science at University at Albany under the advisement of Dr. Justin Minder. I graduated with a BS in meteorology from SUNY Oswego in 2009 and an MS in atmospheric science from Colorado State in 2012 under the advisement of Dr. William Cotton. Here you can find my current CV as well as information on my recent publications and current research projects. There are also a couple of pages dedicated to weather forecasters and aurora chasers. This site is a perpetual work in progress, so check back often for updated information!

Research Interests

  • Climate / Climate Change
  • Weather/Climate Interface
  • Surface Feedbacks
  • Numerical Modeling
  • Mountain Weather
  • Convective initition
  • Lake-effect Snow
  • Land/atmosphere interactions
  • Cloud Microphysics
Doing what I do best


  • Theodore Letcher and Minder, J.R., 2016 : The Simulated Response of Diurnal Mountain Winds to Regionally Enhanced Warming Caused by the Snow Albedo Feedback. Journal of Atmospheric Science. URL

  • Minder, J.R., T.W. Letcher, and S. McKenzie Skiles, 2016: Evaluation of high-resolution regional climate model simulations of snow cover and albedo over the Rocky Mountains, with implications for the simulated snow-albedo feedback. Journal of Geophysical Research (Atmospheres)URL

  • Campbell, L., W.J. Steenburgh, P.G. Veals, T.W. Letcher, J.R. Minder, 2016: Lake-Effect Mode and Precipitation Enhancement over the Tug Hill Plateau during OWLeS IOP2b. Mon. Wea. Rev.URL

  • Theodore Letcher, and Justin R. Minder, 2015: Characterization of the Simulated Regional Snow Albedo Feedback Using a Regional Climate Model over Complex Terrain. Journal of Climate. URL

  • Justin R. Minder, Theodore W. Letcher, Leah S. Campbell, Peter G. Veals, and W. James Steenburgh, 2015: The Evolution of Lake-Effect Convection during Landfall and Orographic Uplift as Observed by Profiling Radars. Mon. Wea. Rev., 143, 4422-4442.URL

  • Theodore Letcher and William R. Cotton, 2014: The Effect of Pollution Aerosol on Wintertime Orographic Precipitation in the Colorado Rockies Using a Simplified Emissions Scheme to Predict CCN Concentrations. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 53, 859-872.URL

Recent Updates

  • 07/14/2017: The site will be undergoing substantial changes over the coming weeks. In particular the Aurora forecast page will be modified and updated.
  • 09/30/2016: Added experimental location based aurora viewing probability
  • 09/30/2016: Publications updated To include my most recent paper

  • Contact Information

    Ted Letcher
    Email: tletcher*at*albany.edu

    Office: ES-309
    University at Albany, SUNY
    Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
    1400 Washington Ave.
    Albany, NY 12222

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