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:

  • WEATHER RADAR
  • HYDROMETEOROLOGY
  • FORECAST & WARNING IMPROVEMENTS

NSSL News Items

Radar improvement helps forecasters to “see” storms better

February 20, 2019

Radars are a vital tool for weather forecasters because they provide a detailed picture of storms as they’re happening. A new radar technique is improving the picture for forecasters, helping them provide more accurate information…

NSSL names new Deputy Director

December 20, 2018

NSSL Deputy Director Lans Rothfusz announced his retirement at the end of 2018 and NSSL is pleased to announce Kurt Hondl as the new deputy director.

NSSL instrumentation meteorologist retires after 47 years

December 13, 2018

Sherman Fredrickson retired in early December after working over 40 years. He remembers a time atmospheric measurements were made via pen and pad.

VIDEO: Advanced Technology Demonstrator

October 17, 2018

Learn about NSSL's latest radar with this Bite Sized Science video!