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Chris Fuhrmann: Assistant Professor, Climatology & Assistant State Climatologist

Chris Fuhrmann

Assistant Professor, Climatology & Assistant State Climatologist

208 Hilbun Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Dr. Chris Fuhrmann is an Assistant Professor of Climatology in the Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State University. He also serves as the Assistant State Climatologist. His research interests are in the fields of applied and synoptic climatology, where he studies the effects of weather and climate on society and the role of large-scale circulation features on the distribution and intensity of surface weather events, particularly across the southeastern United States. He is also interested in the nature of these relationships in the context of climate variability and change. Dr. Fuhrmann has published articles in leading geography and atmospheric science journals on topics such as tornado outbreaks, heat waves, winter weather, and the linkages between climate and various aspects of society, such as agriculture and public health. He was also a contributing author on the Southeast technical report used for the 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment. 


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Geography, 2011
  • M.S., University of Georgia, Department of Geography, 2006
  • B.A. with highest honors, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Geography, 2004


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences, Mississippi State University, 2014-present
  • Regional Climatologist, Southeast Regional Climate Center, 2010-2014
  • Research Assistant, Southeast Regional Climate Center, 2007-2010
  • Instructor, Department of Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008-2009

Research Interests

  • Applied climatology, synoptic climatology, biometeorology, climate variability and change

Teaching Areas

  • GR 4523/6523 Physical Climatology
  • GR 4613/6613 Applied Climatology
  • GR 8633 Climate Change

Honors/Professional Activities

  • American Meteorological Society
  • Association of American Geographers
  • American Association of State Climatologists
  • Eastern Snow Conference
  • International Society of Biometeorology

Graduate Students

  • Peter Crank (M.S.)
  • Chris Elcik (M.S.)

Recent Publications

  • Sugg, M.M., C.E. Konrad II, and C.M. Fuhrmann, in press: Relationships between maximum temperature and heat-related illness across North Carolina, USA. International Journal of Biometeorology. DOI: 10.1007/s00484-015-1060-4
  • Fuhrmann, C.M., M.M. Sugg, C.E. Konrad II, and A. Waller, 2016: Impact of extreme heat events on emergency department visits in North Carolina (2007-2011). Journal of Community Health, 41, 146-156.
  • Kovach, M.M., C.E. Konrad II, and C.M. Fuhrmann, 2015: Area-level risk factors for heat-related illness in rural and urban locations across North Carolina, USA. Applied Geography, 60, 175-183.
  • Fuhrmann, C.M., C.E. Konrad, M.M Kovach, J.T. McLeod, W.G. Schmitz, and P.G. Dixon, 2014: Ranking of tornado outbreaks in the United States and their climatological characteristics. Weather and Forecasting, 29, 684-701.
  • Knox, P.N., C.M. Fuhrmann, and C.E. Konrad, 2014: Challenges and opportunities for Southeast agriculture in a changing climate: Perspectives from State Climatologists. Southeastern Geographer, 54, 118-136.
  • Konrad, C.E. and C.M. Fuhrmann, 2014: “Climate of the Southeast United States: Past, present and future”. In Ingram, K.T., K. Dow, and L. Carter (Eds.) Climate of the Southeast United States: Variability, Change, Impacts, and Vulnerability, Island Press: Washington D.C.
  • Lippmann, S.J., C.M. Fuhrmann, A. Waller, and D.B. Richardson, 2013: Ambient temperature and emergency department visits for heat-related illness in North Carolina, 2007-2008. Environmental Research, 124, 35-42.
  • Fuhrmann, C.M. and C.E. Konrad, 2013: A trajectory approach to analyzing the ingredients associated with heavy winter storms in central North Carolina. Weather and Forecasting, 28, 647-667.
  • Kunkel, K.E., L.E. Stevens, S.E. Stevens, L. Sun, E. Janssen, D. Weubbles, C.E. Konrad, C.M. Fuhrmann, B.D. Keim, M.C. Kruk, A. Billot, H. Needham, M. Shafer, and J.G. Dobson, 2013: Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. Part 2: Climate of the Southeast United States. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 142-2.
  • Durkee, J.D., C.M. Fuhrmann, J.A. Knox, and J.D. Frye, 2012: Ageostrophic contributions to a non-convective high wind event in the Great Lakes region. National Weather Digest, 36, 27-41.
  • Fuhrmann, C.M., C.E. Konrad II, M.M. Kovach, and D.J. Perkins, 2011: The August 2007 heat wave in North Carolina: Meteorological factors and local variability. Physical Geography, 32, 217-240.
  • Knox, J.A., J.D. Frye, J.D. Durkee, and C.M. Fuhrmann, 2010: Nonconvective high winds associated with extratropical cyclones. Geography Compass, 5, 63-89.
  • Fuhrmann, C.M., 2010: The effects of weather and climate on the seasonality of influenza: What we know and what we need to know. Geography Compass, 4, 718-730.
  • Fuhrmann, C.M., and W.S. Ashley, 2010: “Lightning”. In Warf, B. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Geography, SAGE Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA.

Chris Fuhrmann's C.V.

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