Climate scientists are increasingly important to understanding how society relates to its environment. Yet, we still don’t know much about how social processes shape what climate science looks like — including who practices it, how climate knowledge is made, and how such knowledge is applied. Knowing more about these social processes can improve science. Zeke […]
A member of the meteorology community, Leslie “Les” Lemon, passed away in late May. Lemon was an eminent radar meteorologist during his career and saw it as his mission to aid forecasters on the interpretation of what they saw before the formalization of forecaster training. Lemon had an extensive resume. He worked for CIMMS, the […]
Weather forecasters use a suite of sophisticated computer models to help them predict the weather every day. To make better forecasts, you need better models. That’s where researchers play an important role. Every spring for more than 20 years, researchers and forecasters have come together in the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed to evaluate and improve […]
A Women’s History Month profile Severe weather researchers focus on more than just storms. They also study how people interpret and react to severe weather warnings and communications about severe weather. Cassandra Shivers-Williams studies just that — how the public responds to severe weather information. One specific item she studies is how people’s individual differences […]
A Women’s History Month profile Every NOAA National Weather Service forecaster across the nation travels to Norman, Oklahoma, for professional training with the NWS Warning Decision Training Division. Forecasters receive training on all factors, including the stress involved in issuing warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods. Jill Hardy specializes in flash flood warning […]
A Women’s History Month profile Researchers are constantly studying new ways to help weather forecasters utilize the vast amount of data provided by the nation’s Doppler radar network. Thea Sandmael is using her meteorological and computer programming skills to get them the information they need to issue life-saving severe weather forecasts and warnings to the […]
An in-residence workshop provided by OU CIMMS and NWS WDTD is the only one, and the first, of its kind. The workshop focused on training 122 forecasters, one from each NWS forecasting office, on a new warning software.
The weather enterprise is mourning the loss of visionary James “Jeff” Kimpel, who passed away early Saturday morning.
Throughout February, researchers are testing technologies to allow warnings to follow storms continuously in NOAA’s Hazardous Weather Testbed.
Weather models are the basic building blocks of any forecast. NOAA and cooperative institute researchers are leveraging machine learning techniques and high-resolution weather models in an effort to improve these tools.