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College of Sciences

Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences

Keith Sherburn


I am a Ph.D. candidate working with Dr. Matthew Parker on topics related to high-shear, low-CAPE severe convection. Additionally, I work part-time at the Raleigh National Weather Service Forecast Office as their Pathways intern. 

Research Description

My ongoing research focuses on improving our understanding and prediction of high-shear, low-CAPE (HSLC) severe weather events, which comprise a considerable fraction of tornadoes occurring during the cool season and overnight, particularly in the Southeast U.S. Recent work has investigated the spatial organization of key environmental features across severe events, false alarms, and non-events. Over the course of my dissertation research, I intend to study the sensitivity of simulated HSLC convection to changes in its environment and the processes influencing the development and maintenance of strong, low-level vortices within HSLC environments.


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M.S., Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, NC State University (2013)
B.S., Meteorology, University of Oklahoma (2011)

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