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 […]

Better training provides forecasters information for better decision making

NOAA National Weather Service forecasters now have updated training available on demand to help them provide critical information when floods threaten the areas they serve. The NWS Warning Decision Training Division, also known as WDTD, recently updated the Warning Operations Course Flash Flood Track. Warning Operations Courses, or WOCs, are extensions to WDTD’s Radar & […]

Working improve forecast models: Q&A with Temple Lee

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at the University of Oklahoma is highlighting those CIMMS researchers outside the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Temple Lee is a CIMMS research scientist based in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where his work supports NOAA’s Air Resources Laboratory’s Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division. Lee completed his doctorate from […]

CIMMS researchers attending AMS annual meeting

More than 50 researchers from the University of Oklahoma Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies are attending the American Meteorological Society 99th Annual Meeting. Researchers are presenting on topics ranging from radar technologies to societal impacts. Please check us out on Facebook and Twitter for updates from the conference! Attending the conference? Stop by the […]

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 annual research […]

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

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  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 […]