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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 and Observations – To accelerate the transfer of knowledge between  the meteorological and engineering communities (in academia, and government and private laboratories) to  improve the design, usability, and supportability of the NEXRAD WSR-88D Doppler weather radar. 
  • Mesoscale and Stormscale Modeling R&D – To understand cloud and mesoscale dynamics,  microphysics and the precipitation process and their relationships to large and small scale forcing, and to  develop procedures for assimilation of meteorological data into simulation and prediction models of these  processes. The work done here represents a fundamental building block for eventual applied techniques.  
  • Forecast Applications Improvements R&D – To accelerate the transfer of research knowledge and skills between the academic and NOAA operational meteorological communities to both improve the  design and utilization of weather observing systems and improve weather analysis, prediction and warning  products. 
  • Subseasonal to Seasonal Predictions for Extreme Weather Events – To extend and apply the understanding of mesoscale processes to the problem of climate maintenance and change and S2S predictability in the context  of extreme events.  
  • Social and Socioeconomic Impacts of High Impact Weather – To estimate the societal and socioeconomic  impacts and values of stormscale and mesoscale high-impact weather systems and regional-scale climate  variations of extreme events to facilitate the mitigation (enhancement) of the adverse (beneficial) impacts.   

Consortium Members

  • Howard University^
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Albany

^ Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)

Award Details

  First 5-Year Award
Award Number NA21OAR4320204-T1-01
Award Period October 1, 2021-
September 30, 2026
Award Amount $208,000,000
Research Performance
Progress Reports
October 2021 – June 2022
July 2022 – June 2023
CI Review by
Science Advisory Board
Scheduled for 2025