photo: keimBarry D. Keim

Richard J. Russell Professor and Louisiana State Climatologist


Ph.D. Louisiana State University, 1994
M.S. Louisiana State University, 1990
B.A. University of New Orleans, 1987


Dr. Keim is interested in climate extremes, including heavy rainfall and hurricanes. He also works on issues involving climate datasets, detection of climate change and its impacts, statistical analysis of extremes, and Probable Maximum Precipitation.

Selected Publications

Powell, E.J., and B.D. Keim.  2015.  Trends in Daily Temperature and Precipitation Extremes for the Southeastern United States: 1948-2012.  Journal of Climate 28:1592-1612.  DOI:

Lewis, A.B., and B.D. Keim.  In Press (available online).  A Hybrid Procedure for Classifying Synoptic Weather Types for Louisiana.  International Journal of Climatology. DOI: 10.1002/joc.4283

Allard, J.M., C.R. Thompson, and B.D. Keim.  2015.  How Robust is the Pre-1931 National Climatic Data Center – Climate Divisional Dataset? Examples from Georgia and Louisiana.  Theoretical and Applied Climatology 120(1-2):323-330.  DOI 10.1007/s007.

Needham, H.F., and B.D. Keim.  2014.  Correlating Storm Surge Heights with Tropical Cyclone Winds at and before Landfall. Earth Interactions 18:1-26.  DOI:

Needham, H.F., and B.D. Keim.  2014.  An Emperical Analysis on the Relationship between Tropical Cyclone Size and Storm Surge Heights along the U.S. Gulf Coast.  Earth Interactions 18:1-15. DOI:

Courses Taught

Climatology of Extreme Events
Global Environmental Change
Physical Geography of the Atmosphere


E327 Howe-Russell-Kniffen Geoscience Complex
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-6170
Fax: 225-578-4420



Louisiana Office of State Climatology
Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program