Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Gerald M Heymsfield



Org Code: 612

Mail Code: 612
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Employer: NASA


Research Associate

University of Chicago - Chicago, IL

September 1976 - May 1979


Research Meteorologist

Goddard Space Flight Center - Greenbelt, MD

May 1979 - Present



Ph.D. - 1976 - Meteorology - The University of Oklahoma
M.S.- 1972 - Geophysical Sciences - The University of Chicago
B.A. - 1971 - Physics and Mathematics - State University of New York College at Fredonia

Selected Publications


Reinhart, B., H. Fuelberg, R. Blakeslee, et al. D. Mach, A. Heymsfield, A. Bansemer, S. L. Durden, S. Tanelli, G. M. Heymsfield, and B. Lambrigtsen. 2014. Understanding the Relationships between Lightning, Cloud Microphysics, and Airborne Radar-Derived Storm Structure during Hurricane Karl (2010) Mon. Weather Rev. 142 (2): 590-605 [10.1175/MWR-D-13-00008.1]

Guimond, S. R., L. Tian, G. M. Heymsfield, and S. J. Frasier. 2014. Wind Retrieval Algorithms for the IWRAP and HIWRAP Airborne Doppler Radars with Applications to Hurricanes Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 31 (6): 1189-1215 [10.1175/JTECH-D-13-00140.1]

Braun, S. A., R. Kakar, E. Zipser, et al. G. M. Heymsfield, C. Albers, S. Brown, S. Durden, S. Guimond, J. Halverson, A. Heymsfield, S. Ismail, B. Lambrigtsen, T. Miller, S. Tanelli, J. Thomas, and J. Zawislak. 2013. NASA's Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) Field Experiment Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 94 (3): 345-363 [10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00232.1]

Heymsfield, G. M., L. Tian, L. Li, M. McLinden, and J. I. Cervantes. 2013. Airborne Radar Observations of Severe Hailstorms: Implications for Future Spaceborne Radar Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 52 (8): 1851-1867 [10.1175/JAMC-D-12-0144.1]

McLinden, M., J. Carswell, L. Li, et al. G. M. Heymsfield, A. E. Emory, J. I. Cervantes Morales, and L. Tian. 2013. Utilizing Versatile Transmission Waveforms to Mitigate Pulse-Compression Range Sidelobes With the HIWRAP Radar IEEE Geosci. Remote Sensing Lett. 10 (6): 1365-1368 [10.1109/LGRS.2013.2241729]

Evans, K., J. Wang, D. Starr, et al. G. Heymsfield, L. Li, L. Tian, R. Lawson, A. Heymsfield, and A. Bansemer. 2012. Ice hydrometeor profile retrieval algorithm for high-frequency microwave radiometers: Application to the CoSSIR instrument during TC4 Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 5 2277-2306

Minnis, P., G. Hong, W. L. Ayers, et al. W. L. Ayers, W. L. Ayers, C. Yost, A. Heymsfield, G. Heymsfield, D. Hlavka, M. King, E. Korn, M. McGill, H. Selkirk, A. Thompson, L. Tian, and P. Yang. 2012. Simulations of Infrared Radiances over a Deep Convective Cloud System Observed during TC4: Potential for Enhancing Nocturnal Ice Cloud Retrievals Remote Sensing 4 (10): 3022-3054 [10.3390/rs4103022]

Heymsfield, G. M., L. Tian, A. Heymsfield, L. Li, and S. R. Guimond. 2010. Characteristics of Deep Tropical and Subtropical Convection from Nadir-Viewing High-Altitude Airborne Doppler Radar Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 67 (2): 285-308 [10.1175/2009JAS3132.1]

Guimond, S. R., G. M. Heymsfield, and T. Joseph. 2010. Multiscale Observations of Hurricane Dennis (2005): The Effects of Hot Towers on Rapid Intensification J. Atmos. Sci. 67 (3): 633-654 [10.1175/2009JAS3119.1]

Tian, L., G. M. Heymsfield, A. Heymsfield, L. Li, and R. Srivastava. 2010. A Study of Cirrus Ice Particle Size Distribution Using TC4 Observations J Atmos Sci 67 (1): 195–216 [10.1175/2009JAS3114.1]