Myself (left) with my advisor, Dr. Dale Durran (right), and President of Iceland Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson (center) during a reception at Bessastaðir, the residence of the President of Iceland, for the International Conference on Alpine Meteorology.

Johnathan Metz's Website

Welcome to my website! It's a work in progress.

I am a fourth-year graduate student at the University of Washington. I work with Dr. Dale Durran in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences.

My graduate research involves investigating non-steady-state mountain wave dynamics in realistic topographies. I am currently involved in analysis of data from the DEEP Propagating Gravity WAVE Experiment (DEEPWAVE) field campaign, which was conducted in New Zealand during the austral winter of 2014 (June and July).

Why do mountain waves matter?

I received my bachelor's degree in atmospheric sciences summa cum laude from the University of North Dakota in the Spring of 2015. My minors were mathematics and computer science. I received my master's degree in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington in Spring 2018.

Eventually the plan is to have some awesome resources here, but we'll see when that happens. :)


Metz, J. J., D. R. Durran, and P. N. Blossey: Unusual trapped mountain lee waves with significant stratospheric amplitude. J. Atmos. Sci., submitted*.

*This work has been submitted to the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. Copyright in this work may be transferred without further notice.

Research Interests

Research Code

I recently migrated all of my research code to GitHub. You can view my profile here. My code is currently stored in private repositories, but I plan to make them public once they are sufficiently bug and error free. In the meantime, if you are interested in code related to my research, feel free to email me, and I would be happy to give you access.

MATLAB Tutorial

I co-wrote a MATLAB tutorial several years ago, which can be found here. This includes basic exercises relevant to the atmospheric sciences. A similar Python tutorial will be forthcoming when I have the time.

Useful Links