Kevin Knupp, Ph.D.

Professor, Atmospheric and Earth Science


301 Sparkman Drive
Room 122
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Curriculum Vitae

Personal Website


  • B.S. Meteorology, Iowa State University (graduated with distinction)
  • M.S. Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University

Honors & Awards

  • 2013 - Dean's Service Award
  • 2013 - UAH Distinguished Research Award
  • 2012 - Special award, Committee on Severe Local Storms, American Meteorological Society
  • 2011 - Fellow, American Meteorological Society
  • 1998 - Editor's Award, Monthly Weather Review, American Meteorological Society
  • 1977 - Father James B. Macelwane Award, 2nd place

Recent Publications

  • Conrad, D.M., and K.R. Knupp, 2019: Doppler Radar Observations of Horizontal Shearing Instability in Quasi-Linear Convective Systems. Mon. Wea. Rev., in press.

  • Lyza, A.W., and K.R. Knupp, 2018: A Background Investigation of Tornado Activity across the Southern Cumberland Plateau Terrain System of Northeastern Alabama. Mon. Wea. Rev., 146, 4261-4278,

  • Gatlin, P., W.A. Petersen, K. Knupp, and L. Carey, 2018: Observed Response of the Raindrop Size Distribution to Changes in the Melting Layer, Atmosphere, 9, 319, https://DOI: 10.3390/atmos9080319

  • Coleman, T. A., A. W. Lyza, K. R. Knupp, K. Laws, and W. Wyatt, 2018: A significant tornado in a heterogeneous environment during VORTEX-SE. Electronic J. Severe Storms Meteor., 13 (2), 1–25

  • Lyza, A. W., A. W. Clayton, K. R. Knupp, E. Lenning, M. T. Friedlein, R. Castro, and E. S. Bentley, 2017: Analysis of mesovortex characteristics, behavior, and interactions during the second 30 June?1 July 2014 midwestern derecho event. Electronic J. Severe Storms Meteor., 12 (2), 1–33.

  • Geerts, B., D. Parsons, C. L. Ziegler, T. M. Weckwerth, D. D. Turner, J. Wurman, K. Kosiba, R. M. Rauber, G. M. McFarquhar, M. D. Parker, R. S. Schumacher, M. C. Coniglio, K. Haghi, M. I. Biggerstaff, P. M. Klein, W. A. Gallus, B. B. Demoz, K. R. Knupp, R. A. Ferrare, A. R. Nehrir, R. D. Clark, X. Wang, J. M. Hanesiak, James O. Pinto, J. J. Moore, 2016: The 2015 Plains Elevated Convection At Night (PECAN) field project. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 98, 767-786

  • Coleman, T. A., and K. R. Knupp, 2016: Review and Case Studies of Non-Traditional Severe Local Windstorms. J. Oper. Meteor., 4, 192-206.

  • Wingo, S., and K.R. Knupp, 2016: Structure of mesovortices in Hurricane Ike (2008) derived from ground-based dual-Doppler analyses. Mon. Wea. Rev., 144, 4245-4263.

  • Finlon, J.A., G. M. McFarquhar, R. M. Rauber, D. M. Plummer, B. F. Jewett, D. Leon, and K. R. Knupp, 2016: A Comparison of X-band Polarization Parameters with In-Situ Microphysical Measurements in the Comma Head of Two Winter Cyclones. J. Appl. Meteor. Clim., 55, 2549-2574.

  • Kristovich, D.A., R. D. Clark, J. Frame, B. Geerts, K. R. Knupp, K. A. Kosiba, N. F. Laird, N. D. Metz, J. Minder, T. D. Sikora, W. J. Steenburgh, S. M. Steiger, J. Wurman, and G. S. Young, 2016:The Ontario Winter Lake-effect Systems (OWLeS) Field Project, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 98, 315-332.