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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 (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

Forecasting Workshop Returns to In-Person Learning

NORMAN, OK (April 22, 2022) – About two dozen National Weather Service forecasters from across the country stepped into the weather event simulator this week as a flagship workshop returned to in-person instruction at the National Weather Center for the first time in two years. The weeklong workshop is the culmination of the Radar & Applications Course (RAC), an approximately 100-hour long, blended learning ...
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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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Justin Gibbs, a scientist from the National Weather Service, instructs meteorologists during the Radar and Applications Course (RAC) on April 18, 2022, at the National Weather Center in Norman, OK. The flagship course allows forecasters to practice issuing severe storm warnings in a simulated environment.Jim LaDue, a scientist from the National Weather Service, instructs meteorologists during the Radar and Applications Course (RAC) on April 18, 2022, at the National Weather Center in Norman, OK. The flagship course allows forecasters to practice issuing severe storm warnings in a simulated environment.Kevin Grempler, a scientist from CIWRO's Warning Decision Training Division working with NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory, instructs meteorologists during the Radar and Applications Course (RAC) on April 18, 2022, at the National Weather Center in Norman, OK. The flagship course allows forecasters to practice issuing severe storm warnings in a simulated environment.Stephanie Edwards, a research scientist from CIWRO's Warning Decision Training Division working with NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory, instructs a meteorologist during the Radar and Applications Course (RAC) on April 18, 2022, at the National Weather Center in Norman, OK. The flagship course allows forecasters to practice issuing severe storm warnings in a simulated environment.Andy Wood, a research scientist team lead from CIWRO's Warning Decision Training Division working with NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory, instructs a meteorologist during the Radar and Applications Course (RAC) on April 18, 2022, at the National Weather Center in Norman, OK. The flagship course allows forecasters to practice issuing severe storm warnings in a simulated environment.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.

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