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 […]

Students participate in forecaster training

Students participating in NWS WDTD training.

University of Oklahoma Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies researchers supporting work at the National Weather Service Warning Decision Training Division hosted a different type of training one Thursday in April. Instead of NWS forecasters flocking to the fourth floor training area at the National Weather Center, students took some time in the forecaster hot […]

Radar experts publish new book on weather radar technology

Alexander Ryzhkov with his Fellow award.

When it comes to Doppler weather radar, scientist with NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory wrote the book. Literally. Publications authored and co-authored by researchers at NSSL and the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies expanded  knowledge on radars and provided strategies used by weather forecasters today. Now more than three decades, those scientists have done […]

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Radar improvement helps forecasters to “see” storms better

Radars are a vital tool for weather forecasters because they provide a detailed picture of storms as they’re happening. A new radar technique is improving the picture for forecasters, helping them provide more accurate information about rain and snow storms. Developed by researchers at University of Oklahoma Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies supporting  NOAA’s […]