Lei Wang


I am an atmospheric dynamist. My research aims to improving our understanding of mid-latitude atmospheric waves, with a focus on high-impact extreme weather and climate events.

Sub-seasonal to seasonal variability poses a forecast gap between medium-range and seasonal timescales. High-impact extreme events such as heat waves, cold spells, and heavy precipitation episodes often occur on this key timescale, and are challenging to predict.

I have recently obtained a Ph.D. from The University of Chicago. Under the direction of Dr. Noboru Nakamura, My dissertation research is focused on the fundamental dynamics of a 20-30 day periodic behavior in the storm tracks – a newly identified climatic driver and early warning of extremes.

I am currently a postdoc at Dr. Zhiming Kuang‘s group at Harvard since 2017 summer. With my Ph.D. expertise on theoretical mid-latitude dynamics, I am exploring new directions of understanding the wide variety of scales in the atmosphere to bridge the weather-climate gap. At Harvard, I will build a new research program focused on understanding the role of moist convection on the mid-latitude climate and extreme events.



  • Please check out our new paper on GRL (link) that, in collaboration with Dr. Jian Lu and Dr. Zhiming Kuangwe discover a robust increase of the underlying large-scale tone regulating intense precipitation events in response to global warming. This finding serves as a stimulus for future theoretical studies to unveil the role of changing diabatic heating — an exciting yet overlooked key physical process for understanding extreme weather events.


  • A review article titled “The influence of Arctic Amplification on mid-latitude summer circulation“, led by Dr. Dim Coumou and I also contributed, has been accepted by Nature Communication. The accelerated global warming signal in the Arctic might have profound impacts on Jetstreams and storm tracks. We identify key knowledge gaps, physical mechanisms, dynamical feedbacks, and make suggestions for future research.

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leiwang at g.harvard.edu

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Harvard University

20 Oxford Street
Cambridge MA 02138