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Jessie Choate

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Contact Information

Natural History Building Rm. 3076
Senior Instructor & Academic Advisor


I joined the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2019. After graduating from the department with my BS and MS I went on to become a member of the Warn-on-Forecast  research group at the National Severe Storms Laboratory and the Cooperative Instituted for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies in Norman, Oklahoma. My research has always focused on severe weather. As a graduate student I studied elevated mesoscale convective systems as part of the PECAN project. At the same time I was working part-time as a broadcast meteorologist at the Champaign television station WCIA. While part of NSSL, I studied the tornado and other severe weather warning times and how to extend the lead time to an hour through data assimilation in ensemble forecasting. I was also able to work directly with NWS forecasters using the ensemble product in real time to help better meet operational needs. In the evenings I completed my MBA at the University of Oklahoma with a focus on energy. 

Now that I am back at UIUC my main focus is undergraduate students! I teach two undergraduate classes a semester and and the undergraduate advisor. I help students from when they are first interested in joining the department and visiting from high school through when they are applying to graduate. A fantastic part of our department is having faculty members solely dedicated to our undergraduates' success. I am here to help make a course plan for each student's time on campus, revise the plan each semester, and even help with resumes and cover letters when employment is on the horizon. 



  • MBA with a Graduate Certificate of Energy, University of Oklahoma, 2019
  • M.S. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016
  • B.S. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014

Awards and Honors

Faculty Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Mentorship in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences (2019-2020)

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students


Courses Taught

  • Severe and Hazardous Weather 
  • General Physical Meteorology
  • Broadcast Meteorology 
  • Radar Meteorology
  • Introduction to Meteorology 

Additional Campus Affiliations

Campus General Education Committee

Curriculum Committee

Undergraduate Affairs Committee

Outreach/Public Engagement Committee (Chair)

Recent Publications

Clark, A. J., and Coauthors, 2019: A Real-Time Simulated Forecasting Experiment for Advancing the Prediction of Hazardous Convective Weather

Wilson, K.A., P.L. Heinselman, P.S. Skinner, J.J. Choate, and K.E. Klockow-McClain, 2019: Meteorologists’ Interpretations of Storm-Scale Ensemble-Based Forecast Guidance. Wea. Climate Soc., 11, 337–354,

Skinner, P.S., D.M. Wheatley, K.H. Knopfmeier, A.E. Reinhart, J.J. Choate, T.A. Jones, G.J. Creager, D.C. Dowell, C.R. Alexander, T.T. Ladwig, L.J. Wicker, P.L. Heinselman, P. Minnis, and R. Palikonda, 2018: Object-Based Verification of a Prototype Warn-on-Forecast System. Wea. Forecasting, 33, 1225–1250,