Saving Lives & Property...

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:


NSSL Hot Items

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.

Significant Paper: Aircraft Observations of Dry Air, the ITCZ, Convective Cloud Systems, and Cold Pools in MJO During DYNAMO

May 27, 2016

Airborne measurements from the NOAA P-3 aircraft provide valuable new insights into distinct atmospheric characteristics.

Significant Paper: Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) Quantitative Precipitation Estimation: Initial Operating Capabilities

May 25, 2016

This paper provides a comprehensive description of the initial operating capabilities of the MRMS QPE system.

During busiest month for storms, researchers gather in the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed

May 10, 2016

A diverse group of scientists is coming together to improve how severe weather information is conveyed to the public.