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Donald Burgess

CIMMS Research Fellow

Don has a long history of working with Doppler radar, including applications for warnings and forecasts, and better understanding of tornadoes and windstorms. His research is divided between: 1) Transfer of warning and forecast applications to the NEXRAD Radar Program (National Weather Service, Air Force, and Federal Aviation Agency). He is the NSSL manager of a Technology Transfer MOU between NSSL and NEXRAD. He also assists with a Radar Product Improvement MOU between the same two groups. 2) Basic research into better understanding of tornadogenesis and tornado wind speeds. He takes part in research experiments (such as VORTEX2, VORTEX-Southeast, RiVors, and TORUS), usually in association with operation of NOAA/NSSL, X-Band, Dual-Polarization, Mobile Doppler Radar (NOXP). As part of understanding tornado wind speeds, he has been a part of developing the Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale (NWS, 2007), and is now is a part of an ASCE-led effort to improve the EF-Scale and develop a standard for tornado wind speed estimation. Currently, he has reduced his work hours to time.


M.S., University of Oklahoma, 1974

B.S., University of Oklahoma, 1971


Research Fellow, CIWRO, University of Oklahoma, Affiliated with NSSL, 2003-present

Chief, Warning Research and Development Division, NSSL, 2000-2003

Chief, NWS Operations Training Branch, 1995-1999

Acting Director, NEXRAD OSF (aka ROC), 1994-1995

Chief, Operations Branch, NEXRAD Operational Support Facility (OSF), 1991-1994

Manager, Forecast Applications Research Group, NSSL, 1987-1991

Chief Scientist, Joint Doppler Operational Project, NSSL,1976-1979

Research Meteorologist, National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), 1972-1976 and 1980-1986

Research Associate, Oklahoma Research Institute, Norman, OK, 1970-1972

Research Team(s):

Phased Array Meteorological Studies