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Shirley T. Murillo
Deputy Director of Hurricane Research Division
Hurricane Research Division
phone: 305-361-4509
fax: 305-361-4402

NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149

Professional Interests

Shirley Murillo is a research meteorologist for NOAA's Hurricane Research Division in Miami, FL. Her scientific interests are in tropical cyclone wind field structure, radar observations, hurricane field program planning and overseeing the transition of scientific research into the hurricane forecasting operational enviroment.

Ms. Murillo is the on-site lead for the Hurricane Wind analysis (H*Wind) science team. This group, comprised of meteorologists and computer software engineers, conduct real time wind analyses products that are available to the scienctific community. Shirley is also the science liaison for NOAA's Joint Hurricane Testbed (JHT). The JHT serves to bridge and transfer new technology and research results into operations. Shirley plays critical role in ensuring the transition of research happens smoothly. Murillo also participates in numerous research flights into tropical cyclones aboard NOAA's WP-3D aircraft over the Atlantic Basin and Gulf of Mexico. On these flights she has operated and monitored various instruments onboard the aircraft. Ms. Murillo served as the Hurricane Field Program Director (2011 and 2012) where she was responsible for organizing, planning and overseeing all research and operational flights into tropical cyclones.

Current Research Projects

Manuscripts in Review

  1. Lathem, T. L., A. Nenes, D. Rosenfeld, Y. Deng, H. Zhang, B. E. Anderson,S. Crumeyrolle, A. J. Beyersdorf, L. D. Ziemba, K. L. Thornhill, E. L. Winstead, R. A. Black, and S. T. Murillo, 2013: Blowing salt into the eye infuriates hurricanes. Submitted to Science.

Recently Published Peer-Reviewed Papers

  1. Zawislak, J., R.F. Rogers, S.D. Aberson, G.J. Alaka, G. Alvey, A. Aksoy, L. Bucci, J. Cione, N. Dorst, J. Dunion, M. Fischer, J. Gamache, S. Gopalakrishnan, A. Hazelton, H.M. Holbach, J. Kaplan, H. Leighton, F. Marks, S.T. Murillo, P. Reasor, K. Ryan, K. Sellwood, J.A. Sippel, and J.A. Zhang. Accomplishments of NOAA’S airborne hurricane field program and a broader future approach to forecast improvement. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-20-0174.1 2021
  2. Ryan, K., L. Bucci, R. Atlas, J. Delgado, and S. Murillo. Impact of Gulfstream-IV dropsondes on tropical cyclone prediction in a regional OSSE system. Monthly Weather Review, 147(8):2961-2977, doi:10.1175/MWR-D-18-0157.1 2019

      Awards and Honors

      2013Winner, South Florida Federal Employee of the Year – Management CategorySouth Florida Federal Executive Board
      2012Dr. Charles Anderson AwardAMS
      2011NASA GRIP Group Achievement AwardNASA
      2008Department of Commerce Bronze Medal (Hurricane Katrina wind fields)US Department of Commerce
      2007Department of Commerce Bronze Medal (Hurricane Katrina flights)US Department of Commerce
      2007Employee of the MonthNOAA
      2007Finalist, South Florida Federal Employee of the Year – Professional/Scientific CategorySouth Florida Federal Executive Board
      2007FInalist, William A. Jump Memorial Foundation AwardUS Office of Personnel Management
      2006NASA TCSP Group Achievement AwardNASA
      2003Young Scientist/Rising Star Award Career Communications Group
      2001Best Technology Transfer to Operations Award, NOAATech 2001 Conference (H*Wind team)NOAA
      2000Best JAVA implementation Award, NOAATech 2000 Conference (H*Wind team)NOAA
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