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Nick Bassill, Ph.D.


  • Numerical weather prediction, with a specialization in WRF modeling

  • Data assimilation

  • Weather forecasting

  • Tropical cyclones

  • Data analysis of both gridded model data and weather observations

  • The New York State Mesonet

Impacted Sectors

  • Financial Markets

  • Energy & Utilities

  • Emergency Management

  • Risk Management

Current Projects 

  • Developing an automated outage prediction system for Central Hudson Gas & Electric

  • Building and testing potential products in conjunction with the New York State Mesonet

  • Developing and implementing a real-time data assimilation system designed to harness NYSM observations

  • Creating a system to better estimate future forecast trends that may assist commodities trading

  • Developing a fire-weather prediction system for the the state of New York


Dr. Bassill received his PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a research focus in ensemble and parameterization studies. Afterward, he worked as a Post-Doctoral researcher at the University of Utah, where he studied aspects of Hurricane Sandy’s unusual track (including what led some models to make an incorrect forecast). Afterward he was hired as a Post-Doctoral researcher with the New York State Mesonet to begin building an operational analysis system that would utilize mesonet observations. Concurrently, he is actively involved in building meteorological products for and doing basic research with the New York State Mesonet. Currently, Nick predominantly spends his time working with the Center of Excellence on a variety of projects.