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.[5]

Keith Browning
Born (1938-07-31) 31 July 1938 (age 85)
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

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1978.[6] He was president of the Royal Meteorological Society from 1988 to 1990.

In 1992, Browning was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering for fundamental contributions to the detection and understanding of storms, and the development of operational storm-detection and warning systems.


  1. ^ Browning, Keith A.; Frank H. Ludlam (April 1962). "Airflow in convective storms" (PDF). Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society. 88 (376): 117–35. Bibcode:1962QJRMS..88..117B. doi:10.1002/qj.49708837602.; Browning, K. A.; Ludlam, F. H. (1962). "Airflow in convective storms". Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society. 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. hdl:2027/mdp.39015095125533.
  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. hdl:2027/mdp.39015095128867.
  4. ^ Sting Jets in Severe Northern European Windstorms Archived 2014-03-20 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Keith Browning". Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Fellows". Royal Society. Retrieved 20 December 2010.