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NOAA to Host National Symposium on Latest Developments

Sep 15th, 2007 | By Keli Pirtle

Multifunction phased array radar, a promising technology that has the potential to scan the atmosphere more than five times faster and with higher spatial resolution than present systems, will be the focus of a symposium Oct. 10-12 at the National Weather Center in Norman, Okla.

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CI-FLOW Program Targets Flooding

Jul 10th, 2007 | By Susan Cobb

New technologies and techniques for accurate and timely identification of inland and coastal floods and flash floods are being evaluated and tested through the Coastal and Inland Flooding Observation and Warning (CI-FLOW) project, a research and demonstration program focused on the Tar-Pamlico basin of North Carolina. NSSL was one of the pioneer CI-FLOW partners in 2000, along with National Sea Grant College Program, University of Oklahoma, North Carolina State University, and the North and South Carolina Sea Grant programs.

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NOAA Hosts Hazardous Weather Forecasting Experiment in New National Weather Center

May 14th, 2007 | By Keli Pirtle

More than 60 researchers and forecasters from government agencies, academia and the private sector are expected to visit the National Weather Center on the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus this spring to work towards improving forecasts of severe weather.

The Spring Experiment hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT) offers an irresistible opportunity for research scientists and operational forecasters to change roles for a week during the active spring severe weather season that affects large parts of the nation.

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Katrina documentary “Refuge of Last Resort” premieres with free screening in Norman Sept.19

Sep 28th, 2006 | By Keli Pirtle

A first person account of what happened in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina will have its premiere theater screening at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Sooner Theatre, 101 E. Main St. in Norman. The event is free and open to the public.

“Refuge of Last Resort” by James Bills, a New Orleans resident and local filmmaker, contains the only Hi-Definition video footage shot of Katrina and its aftermath. The documentary tells the survival stories of Bills, his family and close friends, trapped in downtown New Orleans throughout the storm and the flooding.

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Students spend summer with NOAA

Jul 18th, 2006 | By Keli Pirtle

Eight undergraduate students from across the country are spending their summer working alongside National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers and forecasters in Norman as part of the Hollings Scholarship Program and the Educational Partnership Program. Six students are working at the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory and two are at the NOAA Storm Prediction Center. During their internships, the students are working on projects related to hydrology, severe weather climatology, weather forecasting and radar.

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NOAA’s National Weather Service improves tornado rating system

Feb 2nd, 2006 | By Keli Pirtle

NOAA’s National Weather Service today announced plans to implement the Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale to rate tornadoes to replace the original Fujita (F) Scale. The EF Scale will continue to rate tornadoes on a scale from zero to five, but ranges in wind speed will be more accurate with the improved rating scale. The National Weather Service has approved the EF Scale and expects it to be fully implemented by February 2007.

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National Severe Weather Workshop March 2-4 to focus on learning and growing together

Feb 1st, 2006 | By Keli Pirtle

Emergency managers and members of the media will have an opportunity to exchange information and techniques for public safety during severe weather with academia and federal government experts from NOAA at the sixth annual National Severe Weather Workshop on March 2-4, 2006, in Midwest City, Okla.

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NOAA scientists work to improve severe weather forecasts

Jun 20th, 2005 | By Keli Pirtle

Thunderstorms with lightning, hail, strong winds and tornadoes can be devastating, resulting in hundreds of deaths and millions of dollars in damage each year. Researchers and forecasters with NOAA in Norman, Okla., are working together to improve the tools forecasters use to predict such storms, ultimately providing the public more time to prepare for severe thunderstorm events and more specific information about what type of severe weather to expect.

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Fostering effective partnerships focus of National Severe Weather Workshop

Feb 4th, 2005 | By Keli Pirtle

Emergency managers and media will have an opportunity to exchange information and techniques for public safety during severe weather with federal government experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the fifth annual National Severe Weather Workshop to be held March 3-5 at the Reed Center in Midwest City, Okla. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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Partnerships Theme of National Severe Weather Workshop

Feb 13th, 2004 | By Keli Pirtle

Severe weather experts, including Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore and forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service will discuss tornadoes, flash floods, lightning and responses to hazardous weather during the fourth annual National Severe Weather Workshop to be held March 4-6, 2004, at the National Center for Employee Development Marriott Conference Center in Norman, Okla. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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