As State Climatologist for Mississippi,
he monitors climate events and impacts in the state and often speaks
or presents workshops or shortcourses on weather and climate. He
served as Head of the Department of Geosciences from 1989 to 2001.
His current research projects investigate climatological effects
on land application of municipal wastewater and large hog farm wastewater,
climatological potential for groundwater conservation in aquaculture,
climatic water balance in Southern forests, climatic variability,
and the effects of weather on phenological stages of soybeans in
Mississippi. His hobbies include exercising, gardening, woodworking,
and restoring and maintaining antiques.
He serves as Chairman of the Board
of Trustees of the Starkville First United Methodist Church and
as Sectretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Oktibbeha County
District Five Volunteer Fire Department.
Ph.D.(physical geography: climatology), Louisiana
State University, 1977
M.S.(physical geography: geomorphology), Louisiana State University,
B.A.(political science), Delta State University, 1969
A.A., Miss. Delta Jr. College, 1967
Professor of Geography, Mississippi State University,
Professor and Head of the Department of Geosciences, Mississippi
State University, 1989-2001;
State Climatologist for Mississippi, 1983-present;
Part-time Professor of Geography, Mississippi University for Women,
Research Climatologist, Miss. Ag. and Forestry Experiment Station,
Dept. of Ag. and
Bio.Engineering, Mississippi State University, part-time 1984-1990;
Associate Professor of Geography, Mississippi State University,
Assistant Professor of Geography, Mississippi State University,
Associate Scientist, Coastal Environments, Inc., Baton Rouge, LA,
Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Wetland Resources, LSU,
Research Associate, Coastal Studies Institute, LSU, summer 1973;
Instructor, Department of Geography and Anthropology, LSU, 1973-1975;
U.S. Marine Corps, 1969-1972.
C.L. Wax. “Mississippi’s Climate.” The
Ed. Charles R. Wilson. University Press of Mississippi, Oxford,MS.
W.H., K. Grala and C.L. Wax. “A Method for Estimating Pan
Evaporation for Inland and Coastal Regions of the Southeastern
U.S.” Southeastern Geographer, 48(2) pp 149-171.
Wax. “Late Freeze Impacts in Mississippi.” In, The Easter
Freeze of April 2007: A Climatological Perspective and Assessment
of Impacts and Services. NOAA/USDA Technical Report 2008-01.
_____, J.W. Pote and M.E. Brown. “Integrating the Natural
Climate Regime Into Management Plans for Swine Wastewater Lagoons.”
Journal of Service Climatology, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp 1-10.
Cathcart, C.L. Wax, J.W. Pote and Sugeng Triyono. “A
Climatological Basis for Conserving Groundwater and Reducing
Overflow in Aquaculture Ponds in the Southeast United States.”
Aquacultural Engineering, 36(2007)225-232.
M.E. and C.L. Wax. “Temperature as an Indicator of the
Influence of Landforms on Atmospheric Processes.” Physical
Geography, 28(2), pp 148-157.
_____. “Climate of Mississippi.” Climatography of The United
States No. 60, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC. Online at:
Beasley, R., D. Schmitz and C.L. Wax. “A Peer Teaching
Exercise Using Rachael Carlson’s Book, Silent Spring:
Increasing Self-esteem and Achievement.” National Tech-Prep
Network Journal, 18:4-5.
Schmitz, D.W., C.L. Wax and C.E. Peacock. “Water Resource
Controls on Human Habitation in the Black Prairie of North Central
Mississippi.” In Blackland Prairies of the Gulf Coastal Plain:
Culture, Nature, and Sustainability, Ed. Evan Peacock and
Timothy Schauwecker. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, AL.
D.W., C.L. Wax and C.E. Peacock. "Water Resource Controls on
Human Habitation Along the Blackland Prairie in North Central
Mississippi." Submitted, University of Alabama Press.
J.W., C.L. Wax and B.L. Karr. "Effects of Climate and Soil
Type Interactions on Probable Work Days with Harvest Equipment in
Mississippi and Alabama Forests". Southern Journal of Applied
C.S., S.K. Kingsbury, J.W. Pote and C.L. Wax. "Effluents from
Channel Catfish Ponds in Northwest Mississippi." Aquaculture, 147:
"Geography of Mississippi." In Microsoft Encarta 96 Encyclopedia.
Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA.
and J.W. Pote. "The Influence of Climate on Design of Systems for
Land Application of Wastewater." Climate Research, 6:71-78.
J.W. and C.L. Wax. "Climatic Criteria for Land Application of
Municipal Wastewater Effluent". Water Research, Vol 29, No.1, pp.
J.W. and C.L. Wax. "Modelling the Climatological Potential
for Water Conservation in Aquaculture." Transations of the American
Society of Agricultural Engineers, Volume 36 (5), 1343-1348.
"General Climatology of Mississippi--Floods and Droughts." In
National Water Summary 1988- Hydrologic Events and Floods and
Droughts, USGS Water Supply Paper 2375. U. S. Geological Survey,
and J.W. Pote. "A Derived Climatology of Water Temperatures for the
Mississippi Catfish Industry." Journal of the World Aquaculture
Society, 21(1), pp. 63-89.
"The Weather Factor in Preparing for a Presidential Visit." The
State Climatologist, V. 13(4). U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA,
National Climatic Data Center, Ashville, NC.
"Narrative Summary of Geographical and Climatological
Characteristics." In Local Climatological Data, Annual Summary with
Comparative Data, 1986, Tupelo, MS. NOAA, National Climatic Data
Center, Asheville, NC.
and J.C. Walker. "Climatological Patterns and Probabilities of
Weekly Precipitation in Mississippi." Mississippi Agricultural and
Forestry Experiment Station Information Bulletin 79, Mississippi
State University, Mississippi State, MS. Nine figures, 112 tables,
Atlas of the Climatic Water Balance in Mississippi: Normals and
Variability, 1951-1980. Water Resources Research Institute Technical
Publication DO 18. Mississippi State University, Mississippi State,
MS, 82 pp.
"Modelling Climatic Aspects of Pearl River Flooding." In Applying
Research to Hydraulic Practice, Peter E. Smith, ed. American Society
of Civil Engineers, New York. pp. 340-349.
C.L. and J.L. Tingle. "The Pearl River Flood of Easter 1979: A
Water Balance Explanation." Water Resources Research Institution
Bulletin, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, 33
R.A. and C.L. Wax. "Comparative
Climatic Baseline for Coastal Louisiana." In Geoscience and Man,
Vol. 18: 121-129. School of Geoscience, LA State University, Baton
Charles L. Wax is active in several state, regional,
and national organizations, among which are the Mississippi Geographic
Alliance and the Association of American Geographers. He served
on and chaired the U.S.D.A.'s Southern Region Research Committee
for Climatology in Agricultural Production, and has served as President
of the American Association of State Climatologists. He has been
presented the Outstanding Faculty Award by the University Honors
Council at Mississippi State University.