NSSL's Accomplishments

NSSL's 10-cm Doppler radar antenna
NSSL's early Doppler research was carried out on a surplus 10-cm military radar.

DOC Gold Medal
The Department of Commerce awarded NSSL a Gold Medal for its contribution to the NEXRAD program.

A drawing shows reflectivity contours and the damage path in a dual-Doppler analysis of a tornadis storm.
A second radar at Cimarron made dual-Doppler analysis of storm structure possible.

The original NEXRAD radar tower
The original NEXRAD radar is now used for research and development.

One of NSSL's mobile atmospheric laboratories
NSSL developed mobile atmospheric laboratories to take upper air soundings near tornadoes and thunderstorms.

The SMART-R, a truck-mounted mobile Doppler radar
With the completion of the mobile SMART-Radars, scientists can now use Doppler radar to scan storms in the field.

U.S. forecast map based on the WRF model
NSSL researchers are contributing to new and improved weather forecast models.

TELEX researchers in the field maneuver the inflated balloon and launch tube to the launch site.
Scientists in the field during TELEX ready a balloon for release into a thunderstorm.

A crane lifts the radome into position atop the new phased array radar building.
A crane lowers the radome on the phased array radar during construction.

The architect's rendering of the new National Weather Center
The National Weather Center is scheduled for completion in 2006.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Severe Storms Laboratory leads the way in investigations of all aspects of severe and hazardous weather. Severe weather research conducted at NSSL has led to substantial improvements in severe and hazardous weather forecasting resulting in increased warning lead times to the public. NSSL scientists are exploring new ways to improve our understanding of the causes of severe weather and ways to use weather information to assist National Weather Service forecasters, as well as federal, university and private sector partners.

Historical Accomplishments

Recent Highlights

Current Research Projects

Contributions to NOAA's Mission

NSSL's accomplishments contribute to helping NOAA realize its goal to improve high-impact weather services by providing better observing, short-term forecasting and warning tools. NSSL provides the research foundation necessary to turn new findings into improved severe storm warnings and forecasts. Although research is accomplished both in the universities and other government laboratories, NSSL provides a conduit between operations and the academic research community and responds directly to NOAA short-term forecasting needs. NSSL maintains strong ties with both the operational and academic communities and continually strives to improve these ties through user groups and collocation with the Storm Prediction Center.

National Weather Center

NSSL has a unique opportunity to combine facilities with the National Weather Service and several key university weather organizations also focused on severe weather research. Construction is underway on the National Weather Center, a $67 million facility that will become the premier severe weather research and forecasting complex in the world. The new building will increase collaboration and communication for the weather researchers and forecasters engaged in complimentary efforts toward better forecasts and warnings of severe and hazardous weather.