National Severe Storms Laboratory

2008 Hazardous Weather Testbed Spring Forecast-Scale Activities

May 5th, 2008 | By Susan Cobb

This is the second week of the 2008 Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT) EFP (Experimental Forecast Program) Spring Experiment held in the NOAA HWT at the National Weather Center in Norman, Okla. Each spring during the climatologically most active severe weather periods, multi-agency collaborative forecasting experiments known as the HWT EFP Spring Experiment have occurred since 2000. A strength of the program is the involvement of scientists and forecasters throughout the meteorological community. Participating in the EFP this week will include visiting forecasters from NOAA/NWS Pendleton OR, NOAA/NWS Amarillo TX, and researchers from NCAR, Boulder CO, Colorado State Univ., North Carolina State Univ., Mitre Corp./FAA, and Environment Canada.


NSSL’s “On-Demand” Severe Storms Verification Support System

Apr 28th, 2008 | By Susan Cobb

The NSSL “On-Demand” Severe Storm Verification system, funded by the NOAA High-Performance Computing and Communications Program (HPCC) is a new web-based query tool designed to help National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologists quickly verify their severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings. The system is part of NSSL’s Warning Decision Support System-Integrated Information (WDSSII) — a suite of multiple radar/sensor severe weather decision assistance algorithms that run in real-time across the entire continental United States (CONUS).


NSSL’s Experimental Warning Program Kicks Off

Apr 28th, 2008 | By Susan Cobb

NSSL is hosting the six-week Experimental Warning Program (EWP) Spring Program beginning today, 28 April 2008, in the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed at the National Weather Center in Norman, Okla. The mission of the EWP Spring Program is to evaluate the accuracy and operational utility of new science, technology, and products in a testbed setting, and to promote collaboration between NSSL scientists and operational meteorologists. NSSL’s goal is to provide an arena for feedback on their experimental products and improve them prior to their potential implementation into NWS severe convective weather warning operations.


2008 Spring Real-time Phased Array Radar Demonstration Begins

Apr 14th, 2008 | By Susan Cobb

The Spring 2008 National Weather Radar Testbed (NWRT) Phased Array Radar Demonstration begins April 14, 2008 and will run through June 15, 2008. A primary objective of the experiment will be to have forecasters from National Weather Service (NWS) forecast offices across the nation evaluate Phased Array Radar (PAR) data in real-time to investigate the potential operational benefits of PAR technology.


NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory Researcher Harold Brooks Honored by Alma Mater

Mar 6th, 2007 | By Keli Pirtle

Research meteorologist Harold Brooks, Ph.D., research meteorologist at the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Okla., will receive the William Jewell College Alumni Achievement Award during the William Jewell College 63rd Annual Achievement Day Dinner and Celebration on Thursday (March 8) in Liberty, Mo. The award is given to four alumni each year who have made significant contributions in their respective fields.


NOAA senior scientist elected to National Academy of Engineering

Feb 10th, 2006 | By Keli Pirtle

Dusan Zrnic, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) senior scientist working at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Okla., has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


NOAA’s Dusan Zrnic receives Presidential Rank Award

Apr 22nd, 2005 | By Keli Pirtle

Dusan Zrnic, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) senior scientist working at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Okla., has received the Presidential Rank Award for exceptional long-term accomplishments. He was among a group of federal senior executives recently honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.


NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory celebrates 40 years

Oct 5th, 2004 | By Keli Pirtle

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Severe Storms Laboratory will celebrate its 40th Anniversary with invited talks, a celebration dinner and a public open house Oct. 15 and 16 in Norman, Okla. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.


Radar project receives NOAA Tech Transfer Award

Jun 23rd, 2004 | By Keli Pirtle

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded the team behind a collaborative project to make high-resolution weather radar data available in real-time to the public its prestigious 2004 Technology Transfer Award. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The award recognized the team for “development of a national real-time radar data archival and Internet2 delivery system for university, government and private sectors.” Taking advantage of high performance networking capabilities and other recent technological advances, the team successfully transferred the technology from research into NOAA’s National Weather Service, private sector operations and research and education facilities.


Mobile research radars capture complete picture of Hurricane Isabel

Sep 19th, 2003 | By Keli Pirtle

As Hurricane Isabel came ashore along the North Carolina coast Thursday, two mobile 5-cm Doppler radars placed 40 miles apart gathered data in coordination with each other for the first time. Researchers hope the 13 hours of continuous data gathered can provide new information about the severe winds and turbulence associated with hurricanes.