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 News Items

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Severe weather luminary, former NOAA NSSL director passes away

February 24, 2020

The weather community mourns the loss of leader and luminary Jeff Kimpel, who passed away Saturday morning. He was the NSSL director for 13 years.

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Researchers test experimental severe weather warning tools

February 10, 2020

Throughout February, researchers are testing technologies to allow warnings to follow storms continuously in NOAA’s Hazardous Weather Testbed.

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Researchers leverage machine learning to improve forecasting tools

January 27, 2020

Weather models are the basic building blocks of a forecast. Researchers leverage machine learning techniques in an effort to improve these tools.

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NOAA researchers are working to make traveling in winter weather safer

December 2, 2019

A team of scientists is working on ways to better forecast potentially dangerous winter weather to cut down on these impacts to travelers.