• Keren2007@hotmail.com
  • Howard University


Keren Rosado is currently pursuing the doctoral degree in Atmospherics Science at Howard University. She earned the Master of Science degree from Florida Institute of Technology, in December 2011. Keren received the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Sacred Heart University, Puerto Rico, in May 2007.

Current Research

I am investigating the role of lightning during the life cycle of a tropical cyclone using the Hurricane Weather and Research and Forecast (HWRF) computer model. In this study, I propose to implement a scheme for modeling the potential of lightning using the HWRF model, which is compared to a ground-based lightning network.  I hypothesize that modeling lightning potential will provide insights on the mechanisms associated with rapid intensification in tropical cyclones. Rapid intensification includes changes in wind speed and minimum sea level pressure.  The prediction of lightning involves forecast of vertical velocities and mixing ratios of hydrometers whose vertical distributions can help to explain charge separation and convective intensity.

Presentations and Publications

The 95th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona. January 2015

Howard University Research Day, Washington DC. March 2014

The 94th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia. February 2014

Geophysical Fluids Dynamic Laboratory, Princeton, NJ.   Summer 2013


NOAA Educational Partnership Program Graduate Research & Training Scholarship Program (GRTSP) Fellow 2015

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory: Summer Internship 2013

NASA Howard University, Beltsville Center for Climate and System Observation
System Observation Fellow Washington, DC.  August 2012 – August 2013

NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences Fellow Washington, DC.
August 2012- Present