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 ...go to article
Posted - April 10, 2023
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 ...go to article
Posted - February 20, 2023
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 – ...go to article
Posted - December 05, 2022
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 ...go to article
Posted - November 07, 2022
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 ...go to article
Posted - October 11, 2022
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 ...go to article