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The Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO), formerly known as the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies or, CIMMS, is a research organization formed in 1978 by a cooperative agreement between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Oklahoma.

CIWRO News

Making Connections Between Weather and UAS

Tony Segalés Espinosa says his love of small-scale aircraft began as a kid, flying model aircraft with his dad. Today, that love transfers into engineering drones for severe weather research. Segalés Espinosa combines his robotics background and his electrical engineering knowledge to build severe weather research drones or uncrewed aerial systems. These systems will be utilized in field experiments by the NOAA ...
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Translations and Beyond - Research Seeks to Improve Severe Weather Communication and Response in Spanish-speaking Communities

As a child, Joseph Trujillo Falcón was terrified of thunderstorms. The loud booms and crashes would have him hiding inside, until one day his mother dragged him onto the porch. She told him to look at the beauty within the storm. His perspective changed. Born in Peru, Trujillo Falcón moved from what can be described as a mild, coastal climate to the storm-riddled Midwest United States. “At the time, I was ...
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OU Meteorologists to Intercept Hurricane Ida in Coastal Louisiana

NORMAN, OKLA. – Earlier today, the NOAA National Hurricane Center upgraded the storm gaining momentum off the United States Gulf Coast from a tropical storm to a hurricane, with sustained winds of more than 74 miles per hour. A research team led by Michael Biggerstaff, professor of meteorology in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, is en route to Louisiana to deploy ...
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This data plot shows real-time analyses from the combined data of both OU SR mobile radars. The real-time analyses were conducted by Addison Alford and  Gordon Carrie (SoM). The left panel shows the maximum wind observed east of New Orleans by the SRs at 1500 meters above ground. The right panel shows the time at which that maximum wind occurred. The plot highlights the wind maximum associated with the The Shared Mobile Atmospheric Research and Teaching Radar (SR) 2 deployed near Franklin, Louisiana, during Hurricane Ida in late August 2021. (Photo by Addison Alford/CIMMS)CIMMS Researcher David Schvartzman with OU CIMMS Senior Research Scientist Sebastian Torres at the 39th AMS International Conference on Radar Meteorology. (Photo provided)Dr. Yoshi Sasaki in 1969Dr. Rex Inman, the first director of CIMMSDr. Peter Lamb, CIMMS's fourth director, and longest serving director.CIMMS Researcher Kimberly Hoogewind speaking to two people at the National Weather Festival in 2019. (Photo by Emily Jeffries, CIMMS/NSSL)CIMMS Researcher Kevin Thiel at the National Weather Festival in 2009, sharing the work he does at CIMMS. (Photo by James Murnan, NOAA)Researchers release a weather balloon during the RiVoRS field project. Photo by Matt Mahalik (OU CIMMS/NOAA NSSL)CIMMS Researcher Hannah Wells takes notes as OU School of Meteorology students undergo forecaster training. University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology students partook in training normally provided to NOAA National Weather Service forecasters by the NWS Warning Decision Training Division, with support from CIMMS researchers, in March 2019 as part of their coursework. CIMMS Researcher Dale Morris works with an OU School of Meteorology student. Students partook in training normally provided to NOAA National Weather Service forecasters by the NWS Warning Decision Training Division, with support from CIMMS researchers, in March 2019 as part of their coursework. CIMMS Researchers with the ARM Data Quality Office visit the field site to inspect on-site instrumentation.CIMMS Researcher Jorge Duarte Garcia and NOAA NSSL Researcher Danny Wasielewski install a stream radar in southern Oklahoma in 2018. (Photo by Emily Jeffries, CIMMS/NSSL)CIMMS and NOAA Researchers at the NOAA\'s Air Resources Laboratory\'s Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division in Tennessee completed field experiments and tests in 2020. NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory Researcher Elizabeth Smith and CIMMS Researcher Tyler Bell test a LiDAR system. The LiDAR, which stands for Light Detection And Ranging, is unlike radar systems. A LiDAR utilizes laser light. (Photo by Emily Jeffries/ CIMMS/NSSL)
*Photo was taken before COVID-19. The Collaborative Lower Atmospheric Mobile Profiling System in Fall 2020. The system was utilized in a project funding by CIMMS Director's Discretionary Research Fund.
(Photo by Emily Jeffries/CIMMS/NSSL)The Collaborative Lower Atmospheric Mobile Profiling System in fall 2020 during an experiment. The experiment was funded by CIMMS's Director's Discretionary Research Fund.
(Photo by Emily Jeffries/OU CIMMS/NOAA NSSL)NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory Researcher Elizabeth Smith and CIMMS Researcher Tyler Bell test a LiDAR system. The LiDAR, which stands for Light Detection And Ranging, is unlike radar systems. A LiDAR utilizes laser light. (Photo by Emily Jeffries/ CIMMS/NSSL)
*Photo was taken before COVID-19. The Collaborative Lower Atmospheric Mobile Profiling System in fall 2020. The CLAMPS platforms were deployed near a weather radar and a weather station in Oklahoma as well as the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Shreveport, Louisiana. The fast-updating, high-resolution data collected provides a more detailed view of the atmosphere and its processes for researchers to analyze.
(Photo by Emily Jeffries/OU CIMMS/NOAA NSSL)CIMMS conducted an All-Hands Meeting in early March 2020 prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. CIMMS employees presented on their work in the  NOAA NWS Warning Decision Training Division and the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory radar research division.
(Photo taken prior to COVID-19) (Photo by Emily Jeffries,  CIMMS/NSSL.)

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