On May 24, 2011, a series of 12 tornadoes swept across Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas, claiming 18 lives and leading Governor Mary Fallin to declare a State of Emergency for 68 Oklahoma counties. The one year anniversary for this tragic event serves as a reminder to continue to stay alert and be prepared for the threat of severe weather.
A team of researchers from the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory served as NOAA Scientists in Residence at the world-renowned San Francisco Exploratorium science museum March 8-25. During the event, “Rain in the Air: The Science of Storms,” the team offered Exploratorium staff and visitors a unique look at the tools, techniques and people behind the effort to better understand severe storms.
It’s always raining near Spearville, Kansas. At least it appears to be when forecasters like Larry Ruthi look at radar displays. Turns out, what looks like thunderstorms are actually rotating turbine blades from a wind farm.
The 2010 National Weather Festival drew as many as 5,000 visitors from throughout Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas and as far away as Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Russell Schneider has been named the new director of NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. SPC is the nation’s forecast center for high-impact weather, including tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, wildfires, hazardous winter weather and excessive rainfall. SPC is part of the NOAA National Weather Service and one of nine National Centers for Environmental Prediction.
The Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment – 2 data collection began its second year of data collection on May 1 and will be in the field through June 15. VORTEX2 is the largest tornado research project in history to explore how, when and why tornadoes form.
Researchers from the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory and their associates from about a dozen other organizations are gearing up for the second year of the VORTEX2 field campaign.
NSSL Video producer James Murnan has just finished a video on VORTEX2 as part of That Weather Show, a video/podcast series by the NOAA Weather Partners.
More about VORTEX2: http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/vortex2
Emergency managers and media will exchange ideas with academia and federal government experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the tenth annual National Severe Weather Workshop March 4-6 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 2501 Conference Drive, Norman, Okla.
Research scientists studying improvements in tornado forecasting and new radar systems at the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Okla., Michael C. Coniglio and Pamela L. Heinselman, received presidential commendation when they were awarded the prestigious 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) at a ceremony Jan. 13 at the White House. The award, which was conferred by President Obama, is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers. An award ceremony is planned in Washington, D.C. in the fall.
Tropical Storm Ida gave the Coastal and Inland – Flooding Observation and Warning project (CI-FLOW) team a valuable research opportunity this week to demonstrate, in real-time, the capability to use the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory’s real-time gridded quantitative precipitation estimates (QPE) in the CI-FLOW river models.