UPDATE: Laser light system among armada of tools in TORUS

The unabridged version of this story appears on the University of Oklahoma College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences website and was produced in collaboration with OU CIMMS. This is an updated version of “Laser light system among the armada of tools in TORUS,” which originally ran on June 3, 2019. Researcher Elizabeth Smith Smith is […]

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Experimental tool helps improve flash flood forecasts in the Northeast U.S.

Cars stuck in flooded roadways in D.C.

Floods and flash floods kill more people each year than any other severe weather hazard. And a few extra minutes of notice can make a big difference — reducing deaths and economic loss. The Warn-on-Forecast System, or WoFS, provides additional information different from what forecasters currently use because it is high-resolution and can update quickly.

The NWS Operations Proving Ground: Q&A with Ryan Difani

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at the University of Oklahoma is highlighting a CIMMS researcher outside of its main office at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Ryan Difani is a CIMMS research associate based in Kansas City, Missouri, where his work supports the National Weather Service Operations Proving Ground and the […]

Laser light system among the armada of tools in TORUS

Researcher Elizabeth Smith sits in the backseat of a white Chevy pick-up truck surrounded by computer equipment on a windy day in Oklahoma. Smith works as a University of Oklahoma Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies researcher supporting NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory. On this day she’s testing equipment after a recent deployment on TORUS, […]

Path to understanding: How sharing tornado stories impacts severe weather research

Researcher Kim Klockow-McClain absorbs the sights and sounds around her at Providence Baptist Church in Lee County, Alabama — almost one month since tornadoes devastated the community. Klockow-McClain wants to tell people’s stories. They guide her effort to create a more complete picture of storms — not just how they happen meteorologically, but the impression […]

CIMMS researcher studies how communicating tornado information impacts lives

Kim Klockow-McClain interviews a resident of the area of Alabama that experienced deadly tornadoes in early March to learn more about what kind of information is most effective at saving lives and property.

When a tornado threatens a community, NOAA National Weather Service forecasters issue a tornado warning. Local emergency management agencies sound emergency tornado sirens or send out phone alerts. Broadcast meteorologists tell everyone to take shelter. But how does all of this help the public and how does the public respond? This scenario played out in […]