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Hazardous Weather Testbed Allows Researchers and Forecasters to Experiment With New Weather Software

During severe weather, colored polygons on radar maps represent traditional weather warnings. But for researchers with the Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO), the future of forecasting isn’t tied to a static shape. Adrian Campbell and Rebecca Steeves, research associates for CIWRO at the University of Oklahoma, were part of a team that recently conducted ...
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OU receives $888,000 grant to study Arctic clouds - Research will address blind spot in cloud microphysics

A research team from the University of Oklahoma has been awarded an $888,000 grant to explore how Arctic clouds form over time and to unlock secrets about the release of heat and radiation from the atmosphere. The three-year grant was one of 22 projects totaling $14 million funded by the U.S. Department of Energy this month to advance fundamental scientific understanding of atmospheric processes. Andrew Dzambo, ...
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CIWRO Research Leads to Improved Storm Forecasts for Spanish Speakers

Joseph Trujillo Falcón saw confusion among how Spanish speakers were receiving severe storm warnings while he was an undergraduate broadcast meteorology student at Texas A&M University. Direct translations from English didn’t carry the same urgency across the wide range of dialects. This issue spurred him to change his professional focus from forecasting to bilingual risk and crisis communication, and he joined ...
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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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A person flying a drone as the sun sets behind them. | A person holding a Coptersonde UAS. | Two people standing together with a drone.

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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A tornado touching down in a field. | A Person sitting at a table with a computer in front of them. | A group of people gathered around a table having a discussion.

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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