Original NSSL logo, 1964

NSSL's Mission

The mission of the National Severe Storms Laboratory is to enhance the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's capabilities to provide accurate and timely forecasts and warnings of hazardous weather events such as blizzards, ice storms, flash floods, tornadoes, and lightning.

NSSL accomplishes this mission, in partnership with the National Weather Service, through a balanced program of research to advance the understanding of weather processes, research to improve forecasting and warning techniques, development of operational applications, and transfer of understanding, techniques, and applications to the NWS and other public and private sector agencies.

NSSL's three directors, Jeff Kimpel, E Kessler, and Bob Maddox
NSSL's directors (L to R): Jeff Kimpel (current), Ed Kessler (1964-1986) and Bob Maddox (1986-1996)