Indiana University Bloomington

Erika Elswick

Cody Kirkpatrick

Visiting Assistant Professor

Atmospheric Science Program

Office:   MSBII 304
Phone:   812-855-3481
Email:   codykirk/at\indiana.edu

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., 2010, University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • M.S., 2005, University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • B.S., 2002, University of Oklahoma

Research Interests

Mesoscale meteorology; numerical weather prediction; numerical simulation of convective storms and systems.

Observations and predictability of high-impact, hazardous weather events.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Weather and Climate
  • Severe and Unusual Weather
  • Weather Analysis and Forecasting

Upcoming Courses

Advanced Synoptic Meteorology and Climatology.

Recent Research Projects

Dr. Kirkpatrick’s current research activities include:

  1. numerical simulations on the morphology and dynamics of deep, moist convection (often referred to as "thunderstorms")
  2. recent climate trends in severe weather forecast parameters (such as wind shear, cloud base heights, and surface temperatures and dewpoints)
  3. understanding the climatology of fire weather conditions in the United States

Representative Publications

Kirkpatrick, C., E. W. McCaul, Jr., and C. Cohen, 2011: Sensitivities of simulated convective storms to environmental CAPE. Mon. Wea. Rev., 139, 3514-3532.

Kirkpatrick, C., E. W. McCaul, Jr., and C. Cohen, 2009: Variability of simulated convective storm updrafts and downdrafts as a function of environmental parameters. Mon. Wea. Rev., 137, 1550-1561.

Kirkpatrick, C., E. W. McCaul, Jr., and C. Cohen, 2007: The motion of simulated convective storms as a function of basic environmental parameters. Mon. Wea. Rev., 135, 3033-3051.

McCaul, E. W., Jr., C. Cohen, and C. Kirkpatrick, 2005: The sensitivity of simulated storm structure, intensity, and precipitation efficiency to environmental temperature. Mon. Wea. Rev., 133, 3015-3037.