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:

  • WEATHER RADAR
  • HYDROMETEOROLOGY
  • FORECAST & WARNING IMPROVEMENTS

NSSL News Items

Women of NOAA: Pam Heinselman

March 28, 2019

For Women’s History Month in March, we are highlighting some of NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory women scientists and their current research.

Women of NOAA: Kristin Calhoun

March 18, 2019

In honor of Women’s History Month, we are highlighting some of NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory women scientists and their current research.

Radar experts publish new book on weather radar technology

March 14, 2019

A new book highlights the biggest technological upgrade to Doppler radars since first installed - dual-polarization technology.

Radar improvement helps forecasters to “see” storms better

February 20, 2019

Radars are a vital tool for weather forecasters because they provide a detailed picture of storms as they’re happening. A new radar technique is helping forecasters provide more accurate information about rain and snow storms.