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Meet Dr. Tiruvalum N. (T.N.) Krishnamurti: Lawton Distinguished Professor of Meteorology, Florida State University
Photo of Dr. T.N. Krishnamurti Dr. Tiruvalum N. (T.N.) Krishnamurti is the Lawton Distinguished Professor of Meteorology in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at Florida State University. A pioneer in numerical weather predicting, his research interests include high-resolution forecasting of hurricane tracks, landfall, and intensities; short- and long-range monsoon prediction; and inter-seasonal and inter-annual variability of the tropical atmosphere.

Among his many accomplishments, Krishnamurti led a team of Florida State University meteorologists, under the sponsorship of the university’s Real-Time Hurricane Forecast Center (RTHFC). The RTHFC developed a new forecasting method called the Superensemble which has shown enormous potential in accurately predicting hurricanes, droughts, and floods.

Notably, Dr. Krishnamurti has contributed to NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) and NASA’s Laser Atmospheric Wind Sounder (LAWS). In addition to his research pursuits, Dr. Krishnamurti’s interests in meteorological phenomena include hurricanes, monsoons, jet streams, and the meteorology of arid zones.

He is the recipient of several awards of excellence in his field including the most prestigious award in meteorology – the International Meteorological Organization Prize (in 1996) from the World Meteorological Organization – and the Carl Gustav-Rossby Research Medal of the American Meteorological Society.

Dr. Krishnamurti holds a B.A. degree in physics from Delhi University, Delhi, India, and a M.A. degree in meteorology from Andhra University in Visakhapatnam, India. In addition to his tenure at Florida State University, Dr. Krishnamurti previously served for five years on the faculty at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA). He earned his Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Chicago in 1959.

Dr. Krishnamurti's interest in hurricanes began during his early years as a student. Professor Herbert Riehl, a pioneer on hurricane research at the University of Chicago, was his primary instructor in the late 1950's and 1960's. Dr. Krishnamurti participated in early exploratory flights into hurricanes and typhoons from West Palm Beach and Guam during those years.

Related Web Sites:

Krishnamurti's Florida State University Biography


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