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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:


NSSL Hot Items

VORTEX-SE Field Campaign

February 12, 2016

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

Significant Paper: Multi-radar Multi-sensor (MRMS) Severe Weather and Aviation Products: Initial Operating Capabilities

February 4, 2016

Summary of the initial operating capabilities of the MRMS-Severe Weather applications and 3D radar mosaicking capability.

Significant Paper: A Qualitative Analysis of NWS Forecasters’ Use of Phased-Array Radar Data during Severe Hail and Wind Event

February 3, 2016

Qualitative findings from the 2013 Phased Array Radar Innovative Sensing Experiment and uses for social science in the forecaster warning decision process.

Clouds Enhance Greenland Ice Sheet Meltwater Runoff

January 12, 2016

NSSL’s Dave Turner has co-authored a paper which appears in Nature Communications this month.