Mark Sinclair

Professor of Meteorology
Applied Aviation Sciences Department
College of Aviation

Areas of Expertise

Synoptic and Dynamical Meteorology
Mark Sinclair

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Meteorology, Naval Postgraduate School

  • WX 261: Applied Climatology
  • WX 301: Aviation Weather
  • WX 354: Dynamics of the Atmosphere

WX 201 Survey of Meteorology
WX 261 Applied Climatology
WX 301 Aviation Weather
WX 353 Thermodynamics of the Atmosphere
WX 354 Dynamics of the Atmosphere

WX 492 Advanced Synoptic Meteorology

WX 493 Senior Research Thesis

Towey, K. L., J. F. Booth, A. Frei, and M. R. Sinclair, 2018: Track and Circulation Analysis of Tropical and Extratropical Cyclones that Cause Strong Precipitation and Streamflow Events in the New York City Watershed. J. Hydrometeor.19, 1027–1042,

Urs Neu, and co-authors (including Mark Sinclair), 2013: IMILAST: A community effort to intercompare extratropical cyclone detection and tracking algorithms. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 94, 529–547.

Sinclair, M.R., 2004: Extratropical transition of southwest Pacific tropical cyclones. Part II: Midlatitude circulation characteristics. Monthly Weather Review, 130, 590-609
Jones, S, Harr, P, Abraham, Bosart, L.F., Bowyer, Evans, J.L., Hanley, D.E., Hanstrum, B.N., Hart, R.E., Lalaurette, F., Sinclair, M.R., Smith, R. and Thorncroft, C., 2003: The extratropical transition of tropical cyclones: forecast challenges, current understanding and future directions. Weather and Forecasting. 18, 16-56.

Sinclair, M.R., 2002: Extratropical transition of southwest Pacific tropical cyclones. Part I: Climatology and mean structure changes. Monthly Weather Review, 130, 590-609.

Sinclair, M.R., and M.J. Revell, 2000: Classification and Composite Diagnosis of Extratropical Cyclogenesis in the Southwest Pacific. Monthly Weather Review, 128, 1089-1105.

Wratt, D.S., M.J. Revell, M.R. Sinclair, W. Gray, R. Henderson, and A.M. Chater, 2000: Relationships between airmass properties and mesoscale rainfall in New Zealand's Southern Alps. Atmospheric Research, 52, 261-282.

Sinclair, M.R., and I.G. Watterson, 1999: Objective assessment of extratropical weather systems in simulated climates. Journal of Climate, 12, 3467-3485.

Sinclair, M.R., 1997: Objective identification of cyclones and their circulation intensity, and climatology. Weather and Forecasting, 12, 591-608.

Sinclair, M.R., D.S. Wratt, R. Henderson and W.R. Gray, 1997. Factors affecting the distribution and spillover of precipitation in the Southern Alps of New Zealand ' a case study. Journal of Applied Meteorology, 36, 428-442.

Sinclair, M.R., J.A. Renwick, and J.W. Kidson, 1997: Intraseasonal variability of MSL pressure, cyclone and anticyclone tracks in the Southern Hemisphere. Monthly Weather Review, 125, 2531-2543.

Kidson, J.W., and M.R. Sinclair, 1996: The influence of persistent anomalies on Southern Hemisphere storm tracks. Journal of Climate, 8, 1938-1950.

Thompson, C.S., M.R. Sinclair and W.R. Gray, 1996: Estimating long term annual precipitation in a mountainous region from a diagnostic model. International Journal of Climatology, 17, 997-1007.

Sinclair, M.R. 1996: Reply to comments on "Climatology of cyclogenesis for the Southern Hemisphere". Monthly Weather Review, 124, 2615-2618.

Sinclair, M.R., 1996: A climatology of anticyclones and blocking for the Southern Hemisphere. Monthly Weather Review, 124, 245-263.

Wratt, D.S., R.N. Ridley, M.R. Sinclair, H.R. Larsen, S.M. Thompson, R. Henderson, G.L. Austin, S.G. Bradley, A. Auer, A.P. Sturman, I. Owens, B. Fitzharris, B.F. Ryan, and J.-F. Gayet, 1996: The New Zealand Southern Alps Experiment. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 77, 683-692.

Sinclair, M.R., 1996: An extended climatology of extratropical cyclones over the Southern Hemisphere. Weather and Climate, 15, 21-32.

Sinclair, M.R., 1995: A climatology of cyclogenesis for the Southern Hemisphere. Monthly Weather Review. 123, 1601-1619.

Sinclair, M.R., 1994: A diagnostic model for estimating orographic precipitation. Journal of Applied Meteorology, 33, 1163-1175.

Sinclair, M.R., 1994: An objective cyclone climatology for the Southern Hemisphere. Monthly Weather Review, 122, 2239-2256.

2014-present: Program Chair, Applied Meteorology

2001-2014: Chair, Department of Meteorology

2006-present: Professor of Meteorology

1998-2006: Associate Professor, Meteorology, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Arizona

1992-98: Scientist, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Wellington, New Zealand

1978-92: Research Meteorologist, New Zealand Meteorological Service, Wellington, New Zealand (includes two seasons in Antarctica and a four-year period of fully funded PhD research)

1976-77 Weather forecaster, National Weather Forecasting Centre, New Zealand Meteorological Service, Wellington, New Zealand

American Meteorological Society Journal of Climate Editor’s Award, 2012.

Faculty Marshal, Fall 2010.

SGA Faculty of the Semester, Spring 2008.

Listed in 'Who's Who Among America's Teachers' (2002 & 2004).

Listed in 'Who's Who in America', multiple.

Adjunct Faculty, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, 2002-2004.

Honorary Lecturer, School of Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand,1987-1998.

Listed in "Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges', 1984.

New Zealand Fellowship award for tuition and salary for PhD research, 1981-1985.