Atmospheric Science Program
Office: MSBII 304
- 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.
- Introduction to Weather and Climate
- Severe and Unusual Weather
- Weather Analysis and Forecasting
Advanced Synoptic Meteorology and Climatology.
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., 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.