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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

Make Plans Now to Attend Second Annual Research Operations Nexus at NWA Annual Meeting

August 15, 2016

Given the success of the RON in Oklahoma City, a second meetup has been scheduled for the upcoming 2016 NWA Annual Meeting in Norfolk.

Significant Paper: The HMT Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor Hydro Experiment

August 4, 2016

This paper describes how NSSL scientists and NWS forecasters evaluate new tools and techniques through real-time testbed operations for the improvement of flash flood detection and warning operations.

Significant Paper: A Situation-based Analysis of Flash Flood Fatalities in the United States

August 4, 2016

This paper investigates flash flooding fatalities from 1996 to 2014 across the United States, providing insight into the circumstances and context of the flooding.

Significant Paper: Visualization of a simulated long-track EF5 tornado embedded within a supercell thunderstorm

June 22, 2016

This paper reports elucidates three-dimensional features thought to play an important role in creating and maintaining the tornado vortex.