Neal Dorst

Research Interests

Data management.

History of hurricane research.

Hurricane climatology.

Neal Dorst

Meteorologist, Hurricane Research Division


4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149

“As a child, I’d always been fascinated by storms.  When my family moved to south Florida in 1965, I went through Hurricane Betsy.  It seems inevitable that I would get a job studying tropical cyclones.”

Neal Dorst’s primary work centers around processing and archiving the flight-level data from our research aircraft and updating our website to ensure the availability of all our data to researchers around the world. He also preserves the historical records of the Hurricane Research Division and writes articles about this history. Neal is on the committee that approves of changes to the National Hurricane Center’s database.

Current Work

Helping to manage the Hurricane Research Division’s flight data set, post-processing flight data and research support.

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1977 Bachelor of Science, Meteorology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

1981 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

  1. Dorst, N.M. Before the hurricane hunters: Storm patrols and the lost hurricanes. Weatherwise, 77(1):42-52, 2024
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  2. Zawislak, J., R.F. Rogers, S.D. Aberson, G.J. Alaka, G. Alvey, A. Aksoy, L. Bucci, J. Cione, N. Dorst, J. Dunion, M. Fischer, J. Gamache, S. Gopalakrishnan, A. Hazelton, H.M. Holbach, J. Kaplan, H. Leighton, F. Marks, S.T. Murillo, P. Reasor, K. Ryan, K. Sellwood, J.A. Sippel, and J.A. Zhang. Accomplishments of NOAA’S airborne hurricane field program and a broader future approach to forecast improvement. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 103(2):E311-E338, 2022
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  3. Dorst, N. Book review: Inventing atmospheric science: Bjerknes, Rossby, Wexler, and the foundations of modern meteorology. Physics Today, 69(9):54, 2016
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October 2014 NOAA/OAR Employee of the Month Award

For efforts to document the history of AOML’s Hurricane Research Division and to preserve its analog, digital, and film data resources. 

2011 NASA Group Achievement Award

For outstanding contributions to the Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) field campaign as a member of the GRIP Science Team during the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season. 

2004 U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal (Group Award)

For conducting hurricane surveillance missions during September 2003 Hurricane Isabel that improved forecast data for the east coast of the United States. 

October 2004 NOAA/OAR Employee of the Month Award

For outstanding effort and technical skill in preserving and chronicling the Hurricane Research Division’s analog, digital, and film data.