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

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Q&A with Research 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.

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Q&A with Researcher Thea Sandmael

March 27, 2020

Researchers constantly study new ways to help weather forecasters utilize the vast amount of data provided by the nation’s Doppler radar network.

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NOAA NSSL announces new director

March 20, 2020

A collaborative leader in the meteorological community and expert in weather modeling is returning to NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma, as its new director. John “Jack” Kain starts in this new position…

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Severe weather luminary, former NOAA NSSL director passes away

February 24, 2020

The weather community mourns the loss of leader and luminary Jeff Kimpel, who passed away Saturday morning. He was the NSSL director for 13 years.