Kelly Mahoney

  • Kelly Mahoney
    NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
    Research Scientist, CIRES

    Kelly Mahoney

    Research Scientist

    Kelly is a NOAA Research Meteorologist in ESRL's Physical Sciences Laboratory/Hydrometeorology Modeling and Applications Team.

    Kelly came to NOAA ESRL as a postdoctoral research fellow with UCAR's Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) program. Her PACE appointment was supported by NOAA, the Western Water Assessment, and the US Bureau of Reclamation. She worked as a CIRES Research Scientist from 2011 - 2015, and joined NOAA in 2015.

    Kelly's research background is in weather forecasting and severe weather, with a focus on extreme precipitation and the research applications thereof. Her research at NOAA ESRL has included work on warm season extreme precipitation events in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, and understanding how these types of events may change in future climate scenarios. She also works on many other regional studies, focusing more recently on problems at the atmospheric-hydrologic interface, seeking to improve understanding of how extreme events can be better anticipated from both atmospheric and hydrologic perspectives. She enjoys working with stakeholders at the local, state, and federal levels to better inform water management, forecasting, and emergency preparedness.


  • Ralph, F. M., M. Dettinger, A. White, D. Reynolds, D. Cayan, T. Schneider, R. Cifelli, K. Redmond, M. Anderson, F. Gherke, J. Jones, K. Mahoney, S. Gutman, V. Chandresekar, J. Lundquist, N. P. Molotch, L. Brekke, R. Pulwarty, J. Horel, L. Schick, A. Edman, P. Mote, J. Abatzoglou, R. Pierce, and G. Wick (2014). A vision for future observations for Western U.S. extreme precipitation and flooding. Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education, 153(1): 16-32,   doi: 10.1111/j.1936-704X.2014.03176.x - 9915

  • Lukas, J., Wolter, K., Mahoney, K., Barsugli, J., Doesken, N., Ryan, W., Rangwala, I., Livneh, B., Gordon, E., Hoerling, M., and G. Kiladis (2013). Severe Flooding on the Colorado Front Range, September 2013: A Preliminary Assessment. Western Water Assessment. Severe Flooding on the Colorado Front Range.pdf  

  • Mahoney, K., M. A. Alexander, G. Thompson, J.J. Barsugli, and J. D. Scott (2012). Changes in hail and flood risk in high-resolution simulations over Colorado’s mountains. Nature Climate Change, 2: 125–131.

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