Bio


Michael studies the large-scale extratropical circulation response to tropical convection, the tropospheric signal associated with sudden stratospheric warming events, and teleconnections more generally. Additionally, he has recently researched the role of anthropogenic global warming on increasing the risk of wildfires in California, such as the destructive and deadly wildfire seasons of 2017 and 2018.

Professional Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University (2017)
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Washington (2009)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Michael studies the large-scale extratropical circulation response to tropical convection, the tropospheric signal associated with sudden stratospheric warming events, and teleconnections more generally. Additionally, he has recently researched the role of anthropogenic global warming on increasing the risk of wildfires in California, such as the destructive and deadly wildfire seasons of 2017 and 2018.

All Publications


  • Climate change is increasing the likelihood of extreme autumn wildfire conditions across California Environmental Research Letters Goss, M., Swain, D. L., Abatzoglou, J. T., Sarhadi, A., Kolden, C. A., Williams, A., Diffenbaugh, N. S. 2020
  • Can ENSO-Like Convection Force an ENSO-Like Extratropical Response on Subseasonal Time Scales? JOURNAL OF CLIMATE Goss, M., Lee, S., Feldstein, S. B., Diffenbaugh, N. S. 2018; 31 (20): 8339–49
  • Testing the Sensitivity of the Extratropical Response to the Location, Amplitude, and Propagation Speed of Tropical Convection JOURNAL OF THE ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES Goss, M., Feldstein, S. B. 2018; 75 (2): 639–55
  • Why Do Similar Patterns of Tropical Convection Yield Extratropical Circulation Anomalies of Opposite Sign? JOURNAL OF THE ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES Goss, M., Feldstein, S. B. 2017; 74 (2): 487–511
  • Stationary Wave Interference and Its Relation to Tropical Convection and Arctic Warming JOURNAL OF CLIMATE Goss, M., Feldstein, S. B., Lee, S. 2016; 29 (4): 1369–89
  • The Impact of the Initial Flow on the Extratropical Response to Madden-Julian Oscillation Convective Heating MONTHLY WEATHER REVIEW Goss, M., Feldstein, S. B. 2015; 143 (4): 1104–21