DISCUSSION: On earlier Wednesday morning (02/07/2018), the global meteorological community was shaken in a profound way with the sudden loss of a true pioneer from the field of tropical meteorology. This was a terribly sad day for many of atmospheric scientists and tropical researchers the world over due to the fact that Dr. Krishnamurti forever changed the way in which atmospheric scientists have come to understand the importance and impact of both tropical cyclone and seasonal/intra-seasonal tropical meteorological forecasting issues. Dr. Krishnamurti revolutionized the way in which tropical meteorology was recognized and understood by people both inside and outside of the global tropical research community. To even better understand what he meant to both scientific and non-scientific people alike, there is an exact excerpt from Dr. Lance Bosart from the State University of New York at Albany in which he gives tribute to Dr. T.N. Krishnamurti. Through reading it, you can more fully understand what he meant to people both within and beyond the extent of the global meteorological community.
"Krish, as everyone called him, was born in 1932. He was one of the legendary giants in the field of tropical meteorology and numerical weather prediction. Krish, along with equally legendary Bill Gray who died in 2017, played very prominent roles in pushing modern tropical meteorology forward...............
Krish the person was equally impressive to Krish the scientist to those who knew him. He was the real deal. What you saw is what you got. His enthusiasm for meteorology was contagious and knew no bounds. He was outgoing, friendly, and considerate. He loved to talk meteorology with anyone. He was equally comfortable talking with students, early career professionals, and established scientists. Krish will be sorely missed by all those who had the privilege to know him. On a personal note, I will always treasure my visits to Krish’s home. On one visit, Krish, his wife Ruby (a prominent FSU fluid dynamicist), and I took a car trip to Wakulla Springs. Krish drove his old Dodge Dart, if I am recalling the type of car he drove correctly. I was in the front seat with Krish and Ruby was in the back. Krish waxed on how his car had more than 200,000 miles on it, how he had never had any significant problems with the car, and how he seldom, if ever, changed the oil. From the back seat, Ruby piped up and said: “Would you like me to tell you the names of the famous scientists who have helped push this car?” I still laugh to this day when I think about Ruby’s one-line zinger."
Rest in Peace, Dr. Krishnamurti. You will be dearly missed by all of us.
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