Argo profiles

During the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, I am generating plots of Argo ocean profiles near active TCs that show temperature in the upper 120 meters of the ocean. Click here to access these profile plots.

storm-centered animations

I developed storm-centered animations to depict the evolution of tropical cyclones (TC) as revealed by geostationary satellite imagery. Most animations show infrared cloud-top temperatures within 600 km of the interpolated TC center. These animations are limited by the frequency of full-disk observations, which increased to 15 minutes with the launch of the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) and further increased to 10 minutes in early 2019.

The color scale in degrees Celsius is available in the image at this link. I also provide example Python code showing how to generate the colormap yourself.

View the full tropical lifecycle (a 2-week period) of Hurricane Dorian (2019) below. Displayed intensity (wind speed) is limited to the nearest 5 kt because HURDAT2 values are provided to an accuracy of 5 kt.

about Kim Wood

Kim Wood delivering a briefing on (then) Tropical Storm Dorian
In pre-pandemic times, I provided briefings on tropical weather during the North Atlantic and eastern North Pacific hurricane seasons in the Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State University. This picture was taken on 26 August 2019 when we talked about then-Tropical Storm Dorian. This discussion occurred nearly one week before eventual Hurricane Dorian devastated multiple islands in the Bahamas.

I'm an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences and part of the Meteorology team. I love pretty much every aspect of the tropics and can talk about tropical meteorology all day, but much of my research concentrates on tropical cyclone intensity, structural evolution, large-scale variability, effects on land, and satellite-based methods of tropical analysis.

I teach courses on tropical meteorology, satellite meteorology, and research methods. I believe every operational meteorologist should have some exposure to research and every research meteorologist should have some exposure to operations. I'm also a member of the 2019 American Geophysical Union's Voices for Science cohort, where I'm actively working on communication of hazard information and how to explain the behavior of various weather phenomena.

I've been fascinated by hurricanes for most of my life, so I studied physics as an undergraduate student at Oregon State University with a focus on geophysics. I then attended graduate school at the University of Arizona, where I earned my MS and PhD degrees in atmospheric science.