Assistant State Climatologist
Karin Bumbaco joined JISAO's Office of the Washington State Climatologist (OWSC) in November 2008 as the Assistant State Climatologist.
Karin's interest in the weather began through her elementary school science fair, where she compared the newspaper's weather forecast and the Weather Channel's forecast for an entire season and determined which was more accurate. She won first place and learned that science is cool and lets you win things! Karin received a B.S. in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University, and gained some valuable experience working at the Pennsylvania State Climate Office as a student assistant for over a year. She then went on to earn an M.S. in Atmospheric Science from The Ohio State University, and conducted research using an embedded meteorological network within the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. She got to spend three weeks doing fieldwork there (see photos below).
Karin was happy to make the transition from Columbus to Seattle to start her position at JISAO. She currently works on a number of research projects, including quantifying drought in the Pacific Northwest, designing an optimal climate network for the Pacific Northwest using ensemble sensitivity techniques, and working towards homogenizing WA precipitation records. She also writes the monthly newsletter for OWSC, is the primary point-of-contact for questions or data inquiries from the public, is participating in outreach workshops with the Pacific Science Center, and updates the OWSC's webpage, among other tasks.
In her spare time, Karin enjoys running, watching college football while knitting, and spending time with her cat.