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Keith Anthony Browning (born 31 July 1938) is a British meteorologist who worked at Imperial College London, the Met Office, and the University of Reading departments of meteorology. His work with Frank Ludlam on the supercell thunderstorm at Wokingham, UK in 1962 was the first detailed study of such a storm.[1][2][3] His well regarded research covered many areas of mesoscale meteorology including developing the theory of the sting jet.[4] Arguably his greatest talent is his intuitive understanding of complex three-dimensional meteorological processes which he has described more simply using conceptual models.[citation needed]

Keith Browning
Born (1938-07-31) July 31, 1938 (age 80)
Alma materImperial College London (B.S., Ph.D.)
Known forSupercell, sting jet, and other conceptual meteorological work
AwardsCarl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal
The Chree Medal and Prize (1981)
Symons Gold Medal (2000)
Scientific career
InstitutionsAir Force Cambridge Research Laboratories, Met Office, University of Reading
InfluencedCharles A. Doswell III, Leslie R. Lemon

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1978.[5] He was president of the Royal Meteorological Society from 1988 to 1990.


  1. ^ Browning, Keith A.; Frank H. Ludlam (April 1962). "Airflow in convective storms" (PDF). Q. J. R. Met. S. 88 (376): 117–35. Bibcode:1962QJRMS..88..117B. doi:10.1002/qj.49708837602.; Browning, K. A.; Ludlam, F. H. (1962). "Airflow in convective storms". Q. J. R. Met. S. 88 (378): 555. Bibcode:1962QJRMS..88..555B. doi:10.1002/qj.49708837819.
  2. ^ Browning, Keith A. (November 1964). "Airflow and Precipitation Trajectories Within Severe Local Storms Which Travel to the Right of the Winds". J. Atmos. Sci. 21 (6): 634–9. Bibcode:1964JAtS...21..634B. doi:10.1175/1520-0469(1964)021<0634:AAPTWS>2.0.CO;2.
  3. ^ Browning, Keith (November 1965). "Some Inferences About the Updraft Within a Severe Local Storm". J. Atmos. Sci. (abstract). 22 (6): 669–77. Bibcode:1965JAtS...22..669B. doi:10.1175/1520-0469(1965)022<0669:SIATUW>2.0.CO;2.
  4. ^ Sting Jets in Severe Northern European Windstorms Archived 2014-03-20 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Fellows". Royal Society. Retrieved 20 December 2010.

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