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 […]

New data product offers a more complete picture of storms

Researchers are excited to announce the release of a new, extensive data product that combines a multitude of data sources to help researchers, forecasters, and weather enthusiasts. The Multi-Year Reanalysis of Remotely Sensed Storms Project, or MYRORSS combines individual radar data with other sources, like weather models and lightning data, for a more complete picture […]

Q&A with Researcher Thea Sandmael

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 […]

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 […]

Collaboration improves UK and US radar techniques to improve forecasts

The national weather radar system used throughout the United States by NOAA National Weather Service  forecasters to “see” weather across the country is unique because it can be upgraded and modified with the newest capabilities, unlike other systems worldwide. Because of this, and the need to work with experts in radar signal processing for improving […]