- About Us
I am a meteorologist / climatologist with research interests in the effects of climate on human mortality. I am also interested in the spatial and temporal patterns of weather events that are unique to various locations. My previous research has focused on thunderstorms initiated by the urban heat island of Atlanta, moisture transport into Arizona during the annual monsoon season, rainfall patterns associated with mesoscale convective complexes (MCCs) across the country, and sea breezes along the Gulf Coast. Some of my more recent projects include bioclimate studies of mortality caused by extreme temperatures, the effects of temperature on suicide, and climatic effects on wildfire risks.
Temporary Member of the Graduate Faculty, University of Alabama, 2008-2011
Publications (*Student Co-author)
Dixon, P. G., 2007: Effects of precipitable water and CAPE on precipitation in southern Arizona. Journal of the Arizona-NevadaAcademy of Science, in press.
Dixon, P. G., M. E. Brown, K. Sherman-Morris, and B. L. Kirkland, 2007: Comments on “Seals of (Dis)Approval: Television Weathercasters Debate the Value of Voluntary Credentials.” National Weather Digest, in press.
Dixon, P. G., M. E. Brown, K. Sherman-Morris, and B. L. Kirkland, 2007: Meteorology Degrees and Certificates Offered by Mississippi State University. National Weather Digest, in press.
Dixon, P. G., A. N. McDonald*, K. N. Scheitlin*, J. E. Stapleton*, J. S. Allen*, W. M. Carter*, M. R. Holley*, D. D. Inman*, and J. B. Roberts*, 2007: Effects of temperature variation on suicide in five U.S. counties, 1991-2001. International Journal of Biometeorology, 51, 395–403. [Abstract]
Dixon, P. G., 2006: An ALARMS Climatology of Gulf of California Moisture Surges and the Associated Precipitation, 1993-2004. Physical Geography, 27, 86–108. [Abstract]
Dixon, P. G., 2005: Using sounding data to detect gulf surges during the North American monsoon. Monthly Weather Review, 133, 3047–3052. [Abstract]
Dixon, P. G., 2008: Mississippi State University, Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change, S. G. Philander and J. G. Golson, Eds., Sage Publications, in press.
Dixon, P. G., 2005: The effects of gulf surges and low-level moisture on precipitation and severe weather in Arizona. Ph.D. dissertation, Dept. of Geography, Arizona State University, 102 pp.
Dixon, P. G., 2003: Earth - Sun Relationships. Introductory Physical Geography Laboratory Manual, Erinanne M. Saffell, Hayden-McNeil Publishing, pp. 31-40.
Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers