Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering


Atmospheric Science


Climate and Meteorology

Areas of Expertise

Colorado weather, Storms

Russ Schumacher

State Climatologist Schumacher is also director of the Colorado Climate Center, where he studies storms, weather analysis and forecasting, precipitation extremes, flash floods, and the weather and climate of Colorado.

Schumacher’s research focuses on mesoscale meteorology, mesoscale convective systems, weather analysis and forecasting, the climatology of precipitation, and the societal impact of weather.

Prior to joining the CSU faculty, Schumacher spent two years working for the National Center for Atmospheric Research on an Advanced Study Program Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Schumacher received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2010 and was named the atmospheric science department’s Outstanding Professor of the Year in 2012. He currently serves as editor of the journal Monthly Weather Review.

Schumacher earned his B.S. in meteorology and humanities from Valparaiso University in 2001. He then studied atmospheric science at Colorado State, earning his M.S. in 2003 and his Ph.D. in 2008.