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The National Severe Storms Laboratory serves the nation by working to improve the leadtime and accuracy of severe weather warnings and forecasts in order to save lives and reduce property damage. NSSL scientists are committed to their mission to understand the causes of severe weather and explore new ways to use weather information to assist National Weather Service forecasters and federal, university and private sector partners.

At NSSL, our basic and applied research focuses on understanding severe weather processes, developing weather observation technology, and improving forecast tools, with emphasis on:

  • WEATHER RADAR
  • HYDROMETEOROLOGY
  • FORECAST & WARNING IMPROVEMENTS

NSSL Hot Items

Technology Converging on Early Prototype Merged National HRRR Ensemble and “Warn-on-Forecast” System for High-impact Weather

May 2, 2016

An early prototype of a high-impact weather forecast system will get a real-time demonstration in the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT) this spring.

Significant Paper: Using Citizen Science Reports to Evaluate Estimates of Surface Precipitation Type

March 30, 2016

This is the first paper to comprehensively evaluate the MRMS rain-snow product using mPING crowd-sourced observations.

Significant Paper: Multifunction Phased Array Radar for Aircraft and Weather Surveillance

March 8, 2016

Multifunction Phased Array Radar (MPAR) is a multiagency radar initiative. This paper provides an overview of the MPAR program.

VORTEX-SE Field Campaign

February 12, 2016

Read more about VORTEX-Southeast, a research project coordinated by NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory.