What We Do
Our Mission Statement
The Office of the Mississippi State Climatologist is here to provide accurate and relevant climate data, information, and expertise to the citizens of Mississippi. This is accomplished through applied research, monitoring of past, present, and future climate trends, and outreach activities. In particular, we strive to educate the public on how climate affects their lives and how they can best address the challenges and opportunities that come with a variable and changing climate here in Mississippi.
Who We Are
Dr. Mike Brown, State Climatologist
Mike Brown is the Mississippi State Climatologist, as well as a professor of Meteorology and Climatology at Mississippi State University. Mike's primary interest is in land-surface-atmosphere interactions. He has looked at the impact of heterogeneous surfaces upon formation regions of convection in Illinois and Mississippi. Mike has also studied severe local storms in the Mid-Atlantic region in an attempt to identify processes generated at the Earth's surface that augment the mesoscale atmosphere, creating an environment of enhanced instability and shear. Outside of work Mike enjoys storm-chasing, playing with his dogs, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Chris Fuhrmann, Assistant State Climatologist
Chris Fuhrmann is the Assistant State Climatologist and an Assistant Professor of Climatology in the Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State University. His research interests are in the fields of applied and synoptic climatology, where he studies the effects of weather and climate on society (particularly agriculture and public health) and the role of large-scale circulation features on the distribution and intensity of surface weather events. He is also interested in the nature of these relationships in the context of climate variability and change. Dr. Fuhrmann was a contributing author on the Southeast region technical report that was used in the 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment and has given numerous presentations on climate variability and change to various groups across the Southeast. As Assistant State Climatologist, Dr. Fuhrmann coordinates applied research projects and participates in education and outreach activities to help decision-makers and the general public in Mississippi better understand and address their climate-related needs and vulnerabilities.
Andrew Collins, Graduate Assistant
Andrew Collins is a current graduate student at Mississippi State University pursuing his Master’s Degree in Climatology. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Geosciences with a concentration in Professional Meteorology from Mississippi State University. His research interests pertain to studying heat climatology within the southeastern United States and its contributing factors such as vegetation and urbanization. Andrew is also interested in assessing dew point climatology and making the dew point a more widely accessible and understandable variable to ultimately facilitate methods in mitigating heat stress on public health. When he’s not studying the fascinating world around him, he enjoys playing saxophone, performing improvisational comedy, and discovering good places to eat.
Megan Spade, Graduate Assistant
Megan Spade is a graduate student in Professional Meteorology at Mississippi State University. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree with a major in both Professional Meteorology and Environmental Geosciences from Mississippi State University, as well. She also has a certificate in Geospatial and Remote Sensing Technologies. Megan is from Birmingham, Alabama, and she has volunteered at the National Weather Service in that area. Megan is a student member of the East Mississippi Chapter of the National Weather Association at Mississippi State. She is interested in tornadoes, tornado climatology in the southeastern U.S., and severe weather in general. When Megan is not involved with her studies, she enjoys playing tennis, rock climbing, and hiking.