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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

TORUS project expects “groundbreaking” results

July 11, 2019

After 32 days on the road, 19 supercell storms and at least eight tornadoes, researchers expect results from a recent field project.

Laser light system among the armada of tools used in TORUS

June 4, 2019

The LiDAR team collects observations for TORUS, utilizing the device to track how quickly all the dust, dirt and particles move in the atmosphere.

Scientists to launch new tornado research mission

May 3, 2019

Targeted Observation by Radars and Unmanned Aircraft Systems of Supercells, or TORUS, will be discussed during a news conference and open house.

The Emotional Toll of Tornadoes

May 2, 2019

A societal impacts researcher meets with those involved in alerting the public when tornadoes are near and locals who were personally impacted.