OU Cooperative Institute Celebrates 40 years of Innovative Research

NORMAN—The University of Oklahoma’s Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies celebrates 40 years of innovative severe weather research on November 15 at the National Weather Center. CIMMS, which began at the former engineering laboratory building 40 years ago, is the largest research organization at OU with nearly 200 employees and $19 million in research funding. […]

Where we’ve been and where we’re going: CIMMS set a precedent 40 years ago and continues growing its mission

Numerical weather models, Doppler radar, quantified precipitation estimates. These are all words that can be heard within the National Weather Center, a building created to foster severe weather research and innovation. But what if entities within the building never existed? Brick and mortar house the largest research entity at the University of Oklahoma. The University […]

More research for less: CIMMS funded project utilizes 3D tech

Two students putting metal rods into the PVC legs for additional support in the concrete

  Low-cost weather sensors and 3D-printing technology may provide an alternative for research looking to make a big impact. University of Oklahoma Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies research associates are conducting a year-long data comparison of a low-cost weather station with an Oklahoma Mesonet site in Norman, Oklahoma. The CIMMS station measures temperature, relative […]

Can’t stop, won’t stop: Researchers continue to improve operational products

Hazardous weather research does not stop once the finalized product is in the hands of NOAA National Weather Service forecasters and decision makers. Research may continue to update and improve current products, like those with the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor system. MRMS was developed to produce severe weather and precipitation products aimed […]

mPING awarded for help in operational meteorology

The National Weather Association recently awarded the  mPING  development team for help the application has provided in meteorology. The Meteorological Phenomena Identification Near the Ground – or mPING – team was awarded the Larry R. Johnson Special Award for significantly contributing to operational meteorology. “For creating the mPING applications which improved forecast operations by significantly increasing […]

CIMMS employee receives AMS Editor’s Award

The American Meteorological Society recently announced 2019 award and honor recipients. Among those named was CIMMS Researcher Kimberly Klockow-McClain. Klockow-McClain received an Editor’s Award for Weather Climate and Society. The reason provided for the award was, “for [Klockow-McClain’s] insightful, constructive, and extremely knowledgeable reviews.” Klockow-McClain is a research scientist at CIMMS. Working with NOAA’s National Severe […]

CIMMS employees continue to place at AMS conferences

Sarah Borg

Several University of Oklahoma Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies travel to various American Meteorological Society conferences and professional development opportunities, sharing their research with others, throughout the summer. Among those was Sarah Borg, CIMMS employee and OU School of Meteorology graduate student. In early July Borg participated in AMS’ 15th Conference on Cloud Physics and […]

NSSL research project gathered information about tornadoes in new way

Researchers in front of a mobile radar unit and the NOAAP-3 airplane.

NOAA researchers from the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory had a different view of tornadoes this spring — flying high above them in a NOAA P-3 “Hurricane Hunter” aircraft. During the Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes EXperiment-Southeast project, or VORTEX-SE, scientists collected data on several isolated supercells and large convective systems during […]