Dr. Kelly T. Redmond

Research Professor Climatology
climate, meteorology, western usa

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Professional Interests

Dr. Kelly Redmond maintains an interest in all facets of climate and climate behavior, its temporal variability, spatial characteristics and physical causes, how climate interacts with other human and natural processes, and how such information is acquired, used, communicated, and perceived. As Regional Climatologist for the western United States, Dr. Redmond has played an active role nationally in development of the climate services sector.  He has taught graduate and undergraduate classes in climatology, forecasting and synoptics, atmospheric dynamics and hydrology.  Interdisciplinary interactions have encompassed topics such as fisheries and wildlife, forestry, water resources and hydrology, and western land management, with much emphasis on observational and data management systems, and NOAA Coop and Reference Networks.  He is currently working on several projects for the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS).  He is closely involved in the NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment (RISA) Program, and the Department of Interior Climate Science Center Program.  He has served on and contributed to approximately a dozen committees for the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council.  He interacts daily with members of the public and with print, radio and television media across the West.

This has entailed work on topics such as climate variability, the observational process, instrumentation, data management, quality control, the interpretation of weather and climate information, drought frequency and characterization, energy consumption, climate indices, trends and variability in climate properties, flood frequency analysis, design criteria, spatial patterns of western U.S. climate variability, El Nino / Southern Oscillation, paleoclimate, wind energy, heavy precipitation and landslides, climate prediction, wildfire, Crater Lake climate and hydrology, salmon, atmospheric stability and inversions, western hydroclimate, and the national snow data set. Interdisciplinary interactions have included agriculture, fisheries, wildlife, forestry, limnology, engineering, water resources and hydrology, land management, entomology, horticulture, marine and terrestrial systems.

Dr. Redmond is currently participating in several national and regional activities, initiatives and projects, including: NOAA Regional Climate Center Program, National Weather Service Coop Modernization, the NOAA Climate Reference Network, the Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Mountain Regions (CIRMOUNT), the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment (RISA) Program under the Climate Program Office, the California Energy Commission PIER and CIEE programs, and the CalFed Bay-Delta Program.

Research Areas

  • Climate Dynamics
  • Large-Scale Dynamic Meteorology

Research Website


Ph.D. 1982 University of Wisconsin-Madison Meteorology
M.S. 1977 University of Wisconsin-Madison Meteorology
B.S. 1974 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Physics

Publications & Presentations


Wernstedt, K., Roberts, P., Arvai, J. L., Redmond, K. T. (2015). The Risks of Seasonal Climate Information in Emergency Management, Paper, 95th AMS Annual Meeting: Phoenix, AZ, January 7, 2015


Brown, T. J., Redmond, K. T., Breckner, M. A., Daudert, B., McCurdy, G. D., Oakley, N. S., Simeral, D. B. (2014). The Role of a Regional Climate Center in Complex Terrain, American Meteorological Society 16th Conference on Mountain Meteorology: San Diego, CA, August 18, 2014
Brown, T. J., Redmond, K. T., Wall, T. U., Simeral, D. B., Oakley, N. S., McCurdy, G. D., Breckner, M. A., Wolff, A. J., Daudert, B. (2014). Providing Western Region Climate Services: Perspectives from the Western Regional Climate Center, 2014 American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 15, 2014
Oakley, N. S., Redmond, K. T. (2014). A Climatology of 500-hPa Closed Lows in the Northeastern Pacific Ocean, 1948, J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 53, (6), 1578-1592, http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/JAMC-D-13-0223.1


Backes, T. M., Schumer, R., Mejia, J. F., Kaplan, M. L., Redmond, K. T. (2013). Combined effect of mid-level jets and atmospheric rivers on winter precipitation in the eastern Sierra Nevada, Poster session at the AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, December 9, 2013
Kunkel, K. E., Karl, T. R., Brooks, H., Kossin, J., Lawrimore, J. H., Arndt, D., Bosart, L., Changnon, D., Cutter, S. L., Doesken, N., Emanuel, K., Groisman, P. Y., Katz, R. W., Knutson, T., O'Brien, J., Paciorek, C. J., Peterson, T. C., Redmond, K. T., Robinson, D., Trapp, J., Vose, R., Weaver, S., Wehner, M., Wolter, K., Wuebbles, D. (2013). Monitoring and Understanding Trends in Extreme Storms: State of Knowledge, Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 94, (4), 499-514
Kunkel, K. E., Karl, T. R., Easterling, D. R., Redmond, K. T., Young, J., Yin, X., Hennon, P. (2013). Probable maximum precipitation (PMP) and climate change, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, (7), 1402-1408, DOI:10.1002/grl.50334
Oakley, N. S., Redmond, K. T., Wall, T. U., Brown, T. J. (2013). Current and Future Partnerships for Climate-Related Decision Making in the Great Basin, Great Basin Consortium: Boise, ID, January 13, 2013
Oakley, N. S., Redmond, K. T., Wall, T. U., Brown, T. J. (2013). Improving the Flow of Climate Information in the West, EPSCoR Annual Meeting: Las Vegas, NV, March 27, 2013
Overpeck, J., Garfin, G., Jardine, A., Busch, D. E., Cayan, D., Redmond, K. T., Dettinger, M., Fleishman, E., Gershunov, A., MacDonald, G., Travis, W. R., Udall, B. (2013). Chapter 1. Summary for Decision Makers, In Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment, A report by the Southwest Climate Alliance: Washington, DC: Island Press
Redmond, K. T., Brown, T. J. (2013). Overview of Climate Change and Effects on Western Great Basin, Washoe County Regional Resiliency Preparedness Study Meeting: Reno, NV, December 20, 2013
Stahle, D. W., Griffin, R. D., Therrell, M. D., Edmondson, J. R., Cleaveland, M. K., Stahle, L. N., Burnette, D. J., Abatzoglou, J. T., Redmond, K. T., Meko, D. M., Dettinger, M. D., Cayan, D. R. (2013). The ancient blue oak woodlands of California, Earth Interactions, 17, (12), 1-23


Abatzoglou, J. T., Diehl, H., Leising, J. F., Lutz, A. D., Redmond, K. T., Thomas, J. M. (2012). Evaluation of Climate Change Effects on Water Resources in Eastern Nevada, DRI Publication Number: 41255
Thomas, J. M., Redmond, K. T., Lutz, A. D., Abatzoglou, J. T., Stone, M. C., McCurdy, G. D., Earman, S. B., Leising, J. F., Donovan, D. J. (2012). Preliminary Evaluation of Climate Change Effects on Water Resources in Eastern Nevada, Ed. Lutz, A. D., 82, Desert Research Institute Publication prepared for the Nevada System of Higher Education and the Southern Nevada Water Authority, DRI Publication Number 41252


DeGaetano, A. T., Brown, T. J., Hilberg, S. D., Redmond, K. T., Robbins, K., Robinson, P., Shulski, M., McGuirk, M. (2010). Toward Regional Climate Services: The Role of NOAA's Regional Climate Centers, Bull Amer Meteor Soc, 91, (12), 1633-1644, doi:10.1175/2010BAMS2936.1


Kunkel, K. E., Palecki, M., Ensor, L., Hubbard, K. G., Robinson, D., Redmond, K. T., Easterling, D. (2009). Trends in Twentieth-Century U.S. Snowfall Using a Quality-Controlled Dataset, J. Atmos. Ocean Tech., 26, (1), 33-44, DOI: 10.1175/2008JTECHA1138.1.


Bales, R. C., Kirchner, J., Fogg, G., Warwick, J. J., Hopmans, J., Dozier, J., Rice, R., Molotch, M., Redmond, K. T., Famigletti, J. (2004). Plan for a Sierra Nevada Hydrologic Observatory: Science aims, measurement priorities, research opportunities & expected impacts