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Weather drones to measure atmosphere ahead of summer storms in Oklahoma, Texas

Scientists from the Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO) at the University of Oklahoma will embark on a new field study this summer to collect lower atmospheric observations prior to severe thunderstorms. The project, Oklahoma UAS Targeted Flights for Low-level Observations of Weather (OUTFLOW), will concentrate on portions of northern and western Oklahoma and ...
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Ebone Smith facilitates a conversation with focus group participants on extreme heat in Oklahoma City. | Ebone Smith works at the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center recruitment table at the Senior Center in Oklahoma City.

Graduate Assistantship Recipient Explores Effects of Extreme Heat on Communities

Two years ago, Ebone Smith set out to study the social impacts of extreme heat and provide solutions to an Oklahoma community. But to her surprise, encouragement and resilience go both ways. Partners and collaborators in northeastern Oklahoma City have infused the University of Oklahoma student’s research with hope and a vision for her career. Smith is the first recipient of the Research to Transform Diversity ...
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Anthony Lyza

Scientists expand PERiLS tornado study for second year of research

Hundreds of research scientists from across the country will track severe storms this spring in an attempt to better understand how prominent tornadoes in the southeastern United States form. PERiLS (Propagation, Evolution and Rotation in Linear Storms) is one of the largest and most comprehensive field studies of its kind, examining the conditions before, during and after quasi-linear convective storms – ...
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OU Engineers Offer Glimpse Into Future with State-of-the-Art Radar Technology

An estimated quarter-million lines of code were required for computer-generated imagery in the movie “Twister,” giving audiences a big-screen view of simulated tornadoes. But that’s only a fraction of the technology required to track the real storms. University of Oklahoma radar engineers have already created approximately 1.8 million lines of code to operate the most advanced weather radar in ...
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A radar image mirrors a photograph of a physical storm. | A photo of Jacob Carlin

Connecting Data to Phenomena Drives Radar Researcher to Investigate Winter Weather Hazards

On warm, sunny days, Jacob Carlin can be found creating his own severe weather – radar simulations of winter storms that help forecasters make short-term predictions about what can't be seen inside a storm. Carlin analyzes dual-polarization radar data as a research scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO) at the University of Oklahoma. By studying ...
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Researcher Bridging Gaps in Flash Flood Research

When Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida in late September, destructive mass flooding was imminent, but not all flash floods are as easy to predict. Forecasters must have access to a variety of data to issue flash flood warnings, and researcher Humberto Vergara Arrieta and his hydrology team are working to make it easier to communicate life-saving watches and warnings to the public. Vergara Arrieta is the lead ...
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