Kelly Redmond

Dr. Kelly Redmond: Professional Qualifications/CV

Dr. Kelly Redmond
Dr. Kelly Redmond

Title: Deputy Director and Regional Climatologist, Western Regional Climate Center
Affiliation: Western Regional Climate Center
Affiliation: Division of Atmospheric Sciences
Location: Reno, NV
Phone: 775.674.7011
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Keywords: climate, meteorology, western usa

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

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Selected Publications

Redmond, K.T., and J.T. Abatzoglou, 2014:  Chapter 2. Current Climate and Recent Trends. In Climate Change in North America, Regional Climate Studies, G. Ohring (ed.),  Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-03768-4_2.

Overpeck, J., G. Garfin, A. Jardine, D.E. Busch, D. Cayan, M. Dettinger, E. Fleishman, A. Gershunov, G. MacDonald, K.T. Redmond, W.R. Travis, and B. Udall, 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, edited by G. Garfin, A. Jardine, R. Merideth, M. Black, and S. LeRoy, 1-20. A report by the Southwest Climate Alliance.  Washington, DC: Island Press.

Steenburgh, W. J., K. T. Redmond, K. E. Kunkel, N. Doesken, R. R. Gillies, J. D. Horel, M. P. Hoerling, and T. H. Painter. 2013. “Present Weather and Climate: Average Conditions.” In Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment, edited by G. Garfin, A. Jardine, R. Merideth, M. Black, and S. LeRoy, 56–73. A report by the Southwest Climate Alliance. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Kunkel, K.E., T.R. Karl, D.R. Easterling, K. Redmond, J. Young, X. Yin, and P. Hennon, 2013.  Probable maximum precipitation (PMP) and climate change.  Geophys. Res. Lett., 40(7), 1402-1408.  DOI:10.1002/grl.50334.

Stahle, D.W., R.D. Griffin, M.D. Therrell, J.R. Edmondson, M.K. Cleaveland, L.N. Stahle, D.J. Burnette, J.T. Abatzoglou, K.T. Redmond, D.M. Meko, M.D. Dettinger, and D.R. Cayan, 2013: The ancient blue oak woodlands of California. Earth Interactions, 17(12), 1-23.

Kunkel, K.E., T.R. Karl, H. Brooks, J. Kossin, J.H. Lawrimore, D. Arndt, L. Bosart, D. Changnon, S.L. Cutter, N. Doesken, K. Emmanuel, P. Ya. Groisman, R.W. Katz, T. Knutson, J. O’Brien, C.J. Paciorek, T.C. Peterson, K. Redmond, D. Robinson, J. Trapp, R. Vose, S. Weaver, M. Wehner, K. Wolter, and D. Wuebbles, 2013: Monitoring and Understanding Trends in Extreme Storms: State of Knowledge. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 94 (4), 499-514.

Mote, P.W., and K.T. Redmond, 2011. Western climate change. Chapter 1, p 3-26, In Ecological Consequences of Climate Change: Mechanisms, Conservation, and Management, editors J.L. Belant and E. Beever, Taylor and Francis Publishing, CRC Press, New York, NY, 336 pp.

DeGaetano, A.D., T.J. Brown, S. Hilberg, K.T. Redmond, Kevin D. Robbins, P.J. Robinson, M. Shulski, and M. McGuirk, 2010.  Toward regional climate services:  The role of NOAA’s Regional Climate Centers.  Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 91(12), 1633-1644.  doi: 10.1175/2010BAMS2936.1

Kunkel, K.E., L. Ensor, M. Palecki, D. Easterling, D. Robinson, K.G. Hubbard, K. Redmond, 2009: A new look at lake-effect snowfall trends in the Laurentian Great Lakes using a temporally homogeneous data set. J. Great Lakes Res., 35(1), 23-29. doi: 10.1016/j.jglr.2008.11.003.

Kunkel, K.E., M. Palecki, L. Ensor, K.G. Hubbard, D. Robinson, K. Redmond, and D. Easterling, 2009: Trends in 20th Century U.S. snowfall using a quality-controlled data set. J. Atmos. Ocean. Tech., 26(1), 33-44. DOI: 10.1175/2008JTECHA1138.1.

Kunkel, K.E., M.A. Palecki, L. Ensor, D. Easterling, K.G. Hubbard, D. Robinson, and K. Redmond, 2009: Trends in 20th Century U.S. extreme snowfall seasons. J. Climate, 22(23), 6204-6216, DOI: 10.1175/2009JCLI2631.1.

Abatzoglou, J.T, K.T. Redmond, and L.M. Edwards, 2009: Classification of regional climate variability in the state of California. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 48(8), 1527-1541, DOI: 10.1175/2009JAMC2062.1

Redmond, K.T., 2009. Historic climate variability in the Mojave Desert. Chapter 1, p 11-30, in The Mojave Desert: Ecosystem Processes and Sustainability, eds. R.H. Webb, L.F. Fenstermaker, J.S. Heaton, D.L. Hughson, E.V. McDonald, and D.M. Miller, University of Nevada Press.  481 pp., May 2009.

Abatzoglou, J.T., and K.T. Redmond, 2007: Asymmetry between trends in spring and autumn temperature and circulation regimes over western North America. Geophys. Res. Lett., 34(18), L18808, 10.1029/2007GL030891,

Kunkel, K.E., K.G. Hubbard, D. Easterling, D. Robinson, and K.T. Redmond, 2007: Trend identification of Twentieth-Century snowfall: The challenges. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol, 24 (1), 64-73.

Redmond, K.T., 2007: Evaporation and the hydrologic budget of Crater Lake, Oregon. Hydrobiologia, 574(1), 29-46, DOI 10.1007/s10750-006-0345-3.

Christy, J.R., W.B. Norris, K.T. Redmond, and K. Gallo, 2006: Methodology and Results of Calculating Central California Surface Temperature Trends: Evidence of Human-Induced Climate Change? J. Climate, 19(4), 548-563.

Hubbard, K.G., a.T. DeGaetano, K.E. Kunkel, and K.T. Redmond, 2005: Sources of uncertainty in the calculations of design weather conditions. RP-1171. ASHRAE Transactions, 111(2), 317-326.

Hayes, M., M. Svoboda, D. LeComte, K. Redmond, and P. Pasteris, 2005: Drought Monitoring: New Tools for the 21st Century. pp. 53-70, in Drought and Water Crises: Science, Technology, and Management Issues. D.A. Wilhite, ed., Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 406 pp.

Kunkel, K.E., D.R. Easterling, K. Hubbard, K.. Redmond, K. Andsager, M.C. Kruk, and M.L. Spinar, 2005:
Quality control of pre-1948 cooperative observer network data. J. Atmos. and Oceanic Technol., 22(11), 1691-1705.

Dettinger, M.D., K.T. Redmond, and D.R. Cayan, 2004: Winter orographic-precipitation ratios in the Sierra Nevada : Large-scale atmospheric circulations and hydrologic consequences. J. Hydrometeorology, 5, 1102-1116.

Pagano, T., P. Pasteris, M. Dettinger, D. Cayan, and K. Redmond, 2004: Spring 2004 – Western water managers feel the heat. Eos, v. 85, pp. 385, 392-393.

Kunkel, K.E., D.R. Easterling, K.T. Redmond, K.G. Hubbard, 2004:
Temporal trends in frost-free season in the United States: 1895-2000. Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L03201, Feb 2004, doi:10.1029/2003GL018624.

Lewis, J.M., Koracin, D., and K.T. Redmond, 2004: Sea Fog Research in the United Kingdom and United States: A Historical Essay Including Outlook. Bull. Amer. Met. Soc., 85(3), 395–408.

Janis, M.J., K.G. Hubbard, and K.T. Redmond, 2004: Station Density Strategy for Monitoring Long-Term Climatic Change in the Contiguous United States. J. Climate, 17(1), 151–162.

Hayes, M., M. Svoboda, D. LeComte, K. Redmond, and P. Pasteris, 2004: Drought Monitoring: New Tools for the 21st Century. pp. 53-70, in Drought and Water Crises: Science, Technology, and Management Issues, D.A. Wilhite, ed., Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 406 pp.

Cayan, D.R., M.D. Dettinger, K.T. Redmond, G.J. McCabe, N. Knowles, and D.H. Peterson, 2003:
The transboundary setting of California 's water and hydropower systems. Chapter 10, p. 237-262, In Climate and Water: Transboundary Challenges in the Americas, eds H.F. Diaz and B.J. Morehouse, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 424 pp.

Kunkel, K.E., D.R. Easterling, K.T. Redmond, K.G. Hubbard, 2003: Temporal variations of extreme precipitation events in the United States: 1895-2000. Geophys. Res. Lttrs., 30(17), 1900, 09 Sept. 2003, doi:10.1029/2003GL018052.

Redmond, K.T., 2003: Climate variability in the intermontane West: Complex spatial structure associated with topography, and observational issues. Chapter 2, p. 29-48, in Water and Climate in the Western United States, ed. W.M. Lewis Jr., University Press of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.

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