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Thomas Schmidlin

Thomas Schmidlin | Professor

Office/Department: Department of Geography
Location: 413 Mcgilvrey
Phone: 330-672-3227
Fax: 330-672-4304

My research interests are in climatology, severe weather, and natural hazards. My recent work focuses on tornado hazards and risk of death, especially to persons in mobile homes and motor vehicles, improving tornado warnings, and how warnings are perceived and acted upon. Other recent research topics included severe winter weather and mountain climates.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

 Hammer, B.O., T.W. Schmidlin.2002.Response to warnings during the 3 May 1999 Oklahoma City tornado: Reasons and relative injury rates.Weather and Forecasting 17:577-581.

 Schwartz, R.M., T.W. Schmidlin.2002.Blizzard climatology for the contiguous United States, 1959-2000.Journal of Climate 15:1765-1772.

 Schmidlin, T.W., B. Hammer, P. King, Y. Ono, L.S. Miller,G. Thumann.2002.Unsafe at any (wind) speed?Testing the stability of motor vehicles in severe winds.Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 83:1821-1830.

 Schmidlin, T.W., B. Hammer, P. King, L.S. Miller, G. Thumann, H. Wetherington.2005.Critical wind speeds to upset two styles of ambulances and a city bus.Journal of Emergency Management 3(2):21-26.

 Schmidlin, T.W., B. Hammer, P. King, L.S. Miller, G. Thumann, H. Wetherington.2005.Use of a parking garage as a hurricane evacuation 'Refuge of Last Resort.'International Journal of Emergency Management 2:249-262.

 Schmidlin, T.W.2006.On evacuation and deaths from Hurricane Katrina.Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 87:754-756.

 Perry, L.B., C.E. Konrad, T.W. Schmidlin.2007.Antecedent upstream air trajectories associated with northwest flow snowfall in the Southern Appalachians.Weather and Forecasting 22:334-352.

 Schmidlin, T.W., B.O. Hammer, Y. Ono, P.S. King.2009.Tornado shelter-seeking behavior and tornado shelter options among mobile home residents in the United States.Natural Hazards 48:191-201.

 Schmidlin, T.W.2009.Human fatalities from wind-related tree failures in the United States, 1995-2007.Natural Hazards 50:13-25.

Ono, Y., T.W. Schmidlin. 2011. Design and adoption of household tornado shelters for Bangladesh. Natural Hazards 56:321-330.

Schmidlin, T.W. 2011. Public health consequences of the 2008 Hurricane Ike windstorm in Ohio, USA. Natural Hazards 58:235-249.

Kellar, D.M.M., T.W. Schmidlin. 2012. Vehicle-related flood deaths in the United States, 1995-2005.  Journal of Flood Risk Management 5:153-163.

Research Areas
  • Natural Hazards
  • Climatology
  • Severe Weather
  • Polar Geography

American Meteorological Society

National Weather Association

Association of American Geographers