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

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Leader of early Doppler radar development passes away

June 24, 2020

An original founder of the National Severe Storms Laboratory and instrumental leader of early Doppler radar development has passed away. Kenneth Wilk helped establish NSSL's reputation as the leading federal laboratory focused on weather radar.

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Creator of instrumental radar techniques passes away

June 11, 2020

A member of the meteorology community, Leslie “Les” Lemon, passed away in late May. Lemon was an eminent radar meteorologist during his career and saw it as his mission to aid forecasters.

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Research continues to improve forecasting tools

May 14, 2020

Every spring, researchers and forecasters have come together in the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed but this year they're trying something new.

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Q&A with Researcher Cassandra Shivers-Williams

March 31, 2020

Severe weather researchers focus on more than just storms. They also study how people interpret and react to severe weather warnings.