Guest Contributor: Using a Dual-Pol Radar Feature to Anticipate Downburst Development

Downbursts—an area of strong winds in a thunderstorm—can damage trees and buildings, disrupt air travel, and cause loss of life. Decades of work by scientists has revealed a lot of information about downbursts including certain features seen on radar, known as precursor signatures, that can help forecasters anticipate when a downburst might develop. However, downbursts […]

OU earns lead for up to $208 million NOAA severe weather research institute

NORMAN, OKLA. – The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration announced today it selected the University of Oklahoma to host NOAA’s new Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CISHIWRO). The selection comes with an award of up to $208 million over five years, with the potential for renewal for another five years based […]