About Us


CIMMS is defined organizationally by a Memorandum of Agreement between NOAA and The University of Oklahoma that was last written and signed in 2017.

The Executive Board meets regularly to provide advice and recommendations to the Director of CIMMS regarding appointments, procedures, and policies and to periodically review the accomplishments and progress of the technical and scientific programs and projects of the CIMMS.

The Council of Fellows is composed of a cross-section of local and national scientists who have expertise relevant to the research themes of CIMMS and are actively involved in the programs and projects of CIMMS. The Council will review and suggest modifications of bylaws, participate in reviews of CIMMS activities, and elect two of their number to serve on the Executive Board.

Organizational Structure

  • Director (Greg McFarquhar)
  • Associate Director (Randy Peppler)
  • Executive Director, Finance and Operations (Tracy Reinke)
  • Assistant Director for NOAA Relations (Sebastian Torres)
  • Account & Budget Representative (Jamie Foucher)
  • Staff Assistant (Mandi Campbell)
  • Staff Assistant (Tanya Riley)
  • Executive Board
  • Council of Fellows
  • Funding Structure

CIMMS Mission

Promote collaborative research among University and NOAA scientists on problems of mutual interest to improve basic understanding and to help produce better forecasts and warnings that save lives and property.

CIMMS Fact Sheet

CIMMS Research

CIMMS Newsletter Summer/Fall 2018

CIMMS Vision

A center of research excellence in mesoscale meteorology and related topics, and foster vibrant University-NOAA collaborations.

The desired outcome of all research performed at CIMMS is to improve fundamental understanding of mesoscale meteorological phenomena, weather radar, forecasting and warning processes, and regional climate that will lead to better, quicker, and more valuable weather and water information to support improved decisions that can reduce loss of life, injury, and damage to the economy.

NOAA Mission

To understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nations economic, social, and environmental needs

OU Mission

To provide the best possible educational experience for our students through excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and service to the state and society