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

Researcher awarded by AMS

September 30, 2019

The American Meteorological Society announced the 2020 award and honor recipients.

Researchers are gathering data on Hurricane Dorian to improve forecasts

August 30, 2019

A team of scientists from NOAA and the University of Oklahoma are heading to Florida to collect weather data during the landfall of Hurricane Dorian.

Equipment deployed to study the impact of burn scars, flash flooding

August 30, 2019

To find ways to better protect people from flash floods, researchers are spending this summer evaluating methods of observing rain and flash floods.

Experimental tool helps improve flash flood forecasts in the Northeast U.S.

August 26, 2019

Floods and flash floods kill more people each year than any other severe weather hazard. And a few extra minutes of notice can make a big difference — reducing deaths and economic loss. This is…