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The University of Oklahoma
National Weather Center
120 David L. Boren Boulevard, Suite 2100
Norman, Oklahoma 73072
(405) 325-3041

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Research Themes

  • Weather Radar Research and Development – Continual involvement to improve weather radar technologies, including conducting research, developing and improving technologies and transitioning ideas from research to operations. Radar techniques and processes improve the quality, coverage, accuracy, precision, and timeliness of weather products and forecasts.
  • Stormscale and Mesoscale Modeling Research and Development – Operations in this area include conducting observational and modeling studies, and support, to investigate and improve weather models and systems. Research also includes understanding how forecasters utilize models and interpret probabilistic forecast guidance. 
  • Forecast Improvements Research and Development – Utilizing the latest improvements in modeling, radar, and forecasting technologies to design and implement training for National Weather Service forecasters. Improve impact-based decision support tools, improve the detection and short-term forecasting of severe convective weather threats, conduct readiness evaluations of forecasters and tools.  
  • Impacts of Climate Change Related to Extreme Weather Events – Review collected data to minimize time required to address problems with instruments that measure climatological factors, like temperature and humidity. Study how cloud processes and atmospheric boundary layers impact extreme weather events and tornado formation.
  • Social and Socioeconomic Impacts of High Impact Weather Systems – Study, review, and question how the meteorology community communicates severe weather threats and how those threats are perceived by the public. Studies, surveys, and experiments increase the usefulness and usability of weather information provided to the public and partners.

Award Details

 First 5-Year AwardSecond 5-Year Award
Award NumberNA11OAR4320072NA16OAR4320115
Award PeriodOctober 1, 2011 –
September 30, 2016*
October 1, 2016 –
September 30, 2021^+
Award Amount$75,000,000$142,348,892
Research Performance
Progress Reports
October 2011 – June 2012
July 2012 – June 2013
July 2013 – June 2014
July 2014 – June 2015
July 2015 – June 2016
July 2016 – June 2017
July 2016 – June 2017
July 2017 – June 2018
July 2018 – June 2019
July 2019 – June 2020
July 2020 – June 2021
July 2021 – June 2022
CI Review by
Science Advisory Board
December 2015 

*CIMMS received a no-cost extension through June 30, 2017.
^CIMSS received a no-cost extension until September 30, 2022.
+CIMSS received a second no-cost extension until October 1, 2023.