Lauren Decker (M.S.)
I was born and raised in Jeffersonville, Indiana, which is a small town just north of Louisville, Kentucky. My love of storms and severe weather started when I was younger, and only grew stronger as severe weather consistently hit my hometown. I would always get excited when I would hear the lightning sirens sound (I live next to a golf course) and would run to the windows to watch the lightning. When I was in middle school a very strong, and violent tornado flattened part of the county that I live in. This was a major turning point in my life, and I realized from that moment on that I wanted to study the weather, specifically tornadoes. I graduated with my B.S. in Meteorology and minor in math from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2021. In my final semester of undergrad, I conducted a case study of the EF-4 tornado that destroyed the northern part of my home county and was a part of the May 2nd, 2012, tornado outbreak. I then presented this at the UNC Charlotte Undergraduate Research Conference. My interests in meteorology include supercells, tornadoes, and cloud microphysics. In my free time I like to read, hike, spend time at the lake, and hang out with my dog, Zoey!