TEACHING & RESEARCH
- Ph.D., 2010, University of Alabama in Huntsville
- M.S., 2005, University of Alabama in Huntsville
- B.S., 2002, University of Oklahoma
Mesoscale meteorology; numerical weather prediction; numerical simulation of convective storms and systems.
Observations and predictability of high-impact, hazardous weather events.
Recent Research Projects
Dr. Kirkpatrick’s current research activities include:
- numerical simulations on the morphology and dynamics of deep, moist convection
(often referred to as "thunderstorms")
- recent climate trends in severe weather forecast parameters
(such as wind shear, cloud base heights, and surface temperatures and dewpoints)
- understanding the climatology of fire weather conditions in the United States
Kirkpatrick, C., McCaul, E.W. Jr. and Cohen, C. 2011. Sensitivities of simulated convective storms to environmental CAPE. Mon. Wea. Rev. 139:3514-3532.
Kirkpatrick, C., McCaul, E.W. Jr. and Cohen, C. 2009. Variability of simulated convective storm updrafts and downdrafts as a function of environmental parameters. Mon. Wea. Rev. 137:1550-1561.
Kirkpatrick, C., McCaul, E.W. Jr. and Cohen, C. 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.