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 Hot Items

CI-FLOW total water level system prepared for test by Tropical Storm

September 1, 2016

Researchers with the Coastal and Inland Flooding Observation and Warning (CI-FLOW; project are preparing for Tropical Storm Hermine to test their total water level system in North Carolina this weekend.

Make Plans Now to Attend Second Annual Research Operations Nexus at NWA Annual Meeting

August 15, 2016

Given the success of the RON in Oklahoma City, a second meetup has been scheduled for the upcoming 2016 NWA Annual Meeting in Norfolk.

Significant Paper: The HMT Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor Hydro Experiment

August 4, 2016

This paper describes how NSSL scientists and NWS forecasters evaluate new tools and techniques through real-time testbed operations for the improvement of flash flood detection and warning operations.

Significant Paper: A Situation-based Analysis of Flash Flood Fatalities in the United States

August 4, 2016

This paper investigates flash flooding fatalities from 1996 to 2014 across the United States, providing insight into the circumstances and context of the flooding.