NSSL staff created a new outreach tool called “That Weather Show,” a number of short podcasts covering a wide range of weather-related topics.
National Severe Storms Laboratory
The American Meteorology Society (AMS) has announced the recipients of the 2009 AMS Awards including two NSSL researchers. Awardees will be honored at the AMS Conference January 11-16, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona.
NSSL scientists have been waiting for severe weather to test algorithm techniques on Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) radars located in central Oklahoma.
While NOAA forecasters warned residents to evacuate the Texas Coast, researchers were moving into position to scan the eyewall of Hurricane Ike. A crew from NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) and the University of Oklahoma rode out the storm as they recorded the it’s power in their anchored vehicles.
NSSL scientist and Chief of the Forecast Research Division David J. Stensrud has been awarded the 2008 OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Award, Special Recognition Award for his book “Parameterization Schemes: Keys to Understanding Numerical Weather Prediction Models,” published by Cambridge University Press. This book was deemed to be one of the most original, important, useful, and best written, by a team of reviewers.
NSSL’s Dave Jorgensen arrived at Andersen AFB in Guam on Friday August 22, 2008 to participate in TCS08 and T-PARC experiments. Jorgensen was invited as one of the Chief Scientists on the Naval Research Lab P-3 aircraft. Jorgensen has extensive experience from P-3 research flights all over the world and will help plan and direct flight paths to gather data on the structures of developing typhoons.
NSSL is gearing up for a two-year epic field program, VORTEX-2 (Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment – 2). VORTEX-2 is set to run from April 20-June 15 of 2009 and 2010, and is a follow-on to the VORTEX project of the mid 1990′s designed to study how tornadoes form.
The NSSL and University of Oklahoma Shared Mobile Atmospheric and Teaching Radar (SMART-radar) team was awarded the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Award to upgrade one of the mobile C-band radars with dual-polarimetric capability. SR-2 will be taken apart during Fall-Winter 2008 and rebuilt with the ability to perform simultaneous transmit/receive dual-polarization measurements. The radar is expected to be fully functional again in time for the proposed VORTEX-2 project beginning in April 2009.
Eight undergraduate students from around the U.S. are in Norman this summer working on research projects as part of the NOAA Hollings Scholars program. The prestigious program is designed to help encourage students to pursue a future career in atmospheric science research.
NSSL scientists recently reported on the unusual opportunity to scan a tropical cyclone with an experimental radar located far from the coast. Using the National Weather Radar Testbed Phased Array Radar (NWRT PAR) in Norman, Oklahoma, scientists captured images of Tropical Storm Erin as the unusual weather event stalled over the state.