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Travis Smith

Senior Research Associate

His research is focused on improving the quality of warnings for severe convective weather events (tornadoes, large hail, damaging wind) through the use of blended real-time observational data sets. He is an original developer of the Multi-Radar / Multi-Sensor (MRMS) system that is operationally used in the National Weather Service and licensed to a number of commercial entities. He co-founded the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed’s Experimental Warning Program to bring forecasters and researchers together to test new science and software and improve the quality of severe storm warning guidance. Current research includes developing methods to create and deliver detailed and continuously updating hazard information as part of the Forecasting A Continuum of Environmental Threats (FACETs) program.


MS in Meteorology, University of Oklahoma, 1994

BS in Meteorology, University of Oklahoma, 1992


Research Meteorologist, OU/CIWRO, 1995-present

Scientific Programmer and Applied Researcher - severe convective storms and radar algorithms (1995-present)

Team Lead, Severe Weather Warning Applications and Technology Transfer group (2004-present)

Research Team(s):

Severe Convection Group