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Meteorologist Gary England welcomes you to the National Weather Center! Click on the link below to take a quick tour of our building and learn a bit more about the enterprise housed within our walls.NWC Welcome Video

Research is a hallmark of the National Weather Center. From national research organizations such as the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory to academic researchers from multiple disciplines, the National Weather Center remains at the forefront of innovation and critical discovery in the field of meteorology.

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The National Weather Center Library supports the research and education of all entities in the National Weather Center and the students of the University of Oklahoma. Students, faculty, staff and other members of the National Weather Center have access to numerous databases of information including both OU and NOAA Libraries.

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Join us November 5th for the National Weather Festival! Details about the event can be found here!

NSF-supported research at the University of Oklahoma uses supercomputers and simulations to improve storm forecasts

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When a hail storm moved through Fort Worth, Texas on May 5, 1995, it battered the highly populated area with hail up to 4 inches in diameter and struck a local outdoor festival known as the Fort Worth Mayfest.

The Mayfest storm was one of the costliest hailstorms in U.S history, causing more than $2 billion in damage and injuring at least 100 people.

Scientists know that storms with a rotating updraft on their southwestern sides -- which are particularly common in the spring on the U.S. southern plains -- are associated with the biggest, most severe tornadoes and also produce a lot of large hail. However, clear ideas on how they form and how to predict these events in advance have proven elusive.

A team based at University of Oklahoma (OU) working on the Severe Hail Analysis, Representation and Prediction (SHARP) project works to solve that mystery, with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Read More

 

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Congratulations Lance Leslie and Mike Richman

on your paper co-authored by Hamish A. Ramsay titled Seasonal Tropical Cyclone Predictions Using Optimized Combinations of ENSO Regions: Application to the Coral Sea Basin reaching #1 in J Climate and #3 in all AMS Journals! We are so proud of you!

 

Click here for the link to the paper.

US project looks to develop meteorological-monitoring UAV

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The Cloud-Map team, which consists of divisions from the universities of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kentucky and Nebraska, is looking to create a tailored system for scientists, incorporating different elements of technology team members have previously developed into a low-cost package.The idea is to replace the role that weather balloons have, but in a mobile way so weather can be followed and tracked to better predict when and where it will develop....

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Dr. Yoshi Sasaki, 1927-2015

Dr. Yoshi Sasaki, Professor Emeritus and a founder in the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology, passed away on March 12, 2015. 

Dr. Sasaki earned a Ph.D. in Science from Tokyo University in 1955. Born in Akita, Japan in 1927, Dr. Sasaki emigrated to the United States after World War II. He moved to the University of Oklahoma in 1960, and helped start the meteorology program. 

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Flying Cow Cafe

The Flying Cow Cafe is located on the first floor of the National Weather Center and is open from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. A delicious selection of breakfast and lunch items await you at "the Cow." Come join us during your visit to the National Weather Center!

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Doppler Depot

The Doppler Depot is an online retail shop, with a physical location within the National Weather Center. Whether you are in need of a t-shirt, travel mug or pet tornado, the Doppler Depot has all your National Weather Center items! Find the perfect gift for your weather enthusiast!

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