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.

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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

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NSSL mourns innovator and idealist Doug Forsyth

September 15, 2020

The weather community lost a caring innovator and leader this month when retired NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory employee Doug Forsyth passed away.

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Researchers travel to Gulf of Mexico to study Hurricane Laura

August 26, 2020

Researchers from NOAA NSSL and the University of Oklahoma traveled to the Texas-Louisiana border near the Gulf of Mexico to collect data during the landfall of Hurricane Laura.

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Leader of early Doppler radar development passes away

June 24, 2020

A NSSL founder 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.

NSSL Video

Threats in Motion

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In nature, hazardous weather is almost always in motion. New research and technology are making it possible to provide more continuous information about the storm and its movement. Threats in Motion (TiM) is the next step in the evolution of how weather information is provided to the public. Learn more →

Advanced Technology Demonstrator

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Radar research at the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory has taken another step forward. The Advanced Technology Demonstrator is the first full-scale, S-band, dual-polarization phased array radar built from the ground up and designed specifically for use as a weather radar. Learn more →