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Terry Schuur

Research Scientist

My research focuses on understanding the cloud microphysical structure associated with polarimetric radar signatures and how that information might be used by operational meteorologists to improve severe and/or winter weather warnings. As team leader of the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) Phased Array Meteorological Studies Team, I also oversee data collection and analysis by a recently-developed phased array weather radar (to be upgraded to include polarimetric capabilities in 2018) to investigate potential benefits of “rapid-scan” data collection to the operational weather and aviation communities. I also have a longstanding interest in storm electrification. In support of my research interests, I have participated in numerous field campaigns over the past 25 years to collect ground-based, balloon-borne, and air-borne radar and microphysical data sets.


Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 1997

M. S., Meteorology, University of Oklahoma, 1989

B. A., Mathematics, University of Minnesota, 1985


1997-Present, Research Scientist, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, National Severe Storms Laboratory/Doppler Radar and Remote Sensing Research, Norman, Oklahoma

1991-1997, Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

1989-1991, Research Associate, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, National Severe Storms Laboratory/Mesoscale Research Division, Boulder, Colorado

1986-1989, Graduate Research Assistant, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, National Severe Storms Laboratory/Storm Electricity and Cloud Physics Research, Norman, Oklahoma

Research Team(s):

Phased Array Meteorological Studies