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National Weather Center Turns Oklahoma Weather Into Art

Dr. Linda Spilker of NASA

The National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma, is unveiling a monumental sculpture on February 15, 2017 at 4:00pm. Weathering Oklahoma is a sculpture composed of 77 individual steel plates, cut in the shape of each county in Oklahoma depicting weather variations across the state. The sculpture is about 6 feet tall by over 11 feet wide weighing over 350 pounds.
 
The artist, Leslie Anne Martin, and her husband, Daniel Martin, traveled across the state, installing the steel plates in each county, to be weathered by Oklahoma’s climate from March-June of 2016. Using Oklahoma Mesonet data, Martin cross referenced how the steel weathered with the varying temperatures, rain totals, and wind speeds.
 
Oklahomans across the state volunteered to allow Martin to use their property for this project. At the conclusion of the project, the plates were returned to Martin and she reassembled the sculpture.
 
“This project is fascinating. You can literally see how the weather across Oklahoma is unique from any other place. The forecasters have a very challenging job and we are so grateful for all their hard work to keep us safe,” stated Dr. Berrien Moore, Director of the National Weather Center. “Weathering Oklahoma is a beautiful display of the impacts of weather. What a coo to have this work here!”
 
The Oklahoma born artist believes that altitude, soil type, wind speed, human contact, and the amount of rain each county received impacted the result of each county. Weathering Oklahoma portrays the magnitude of natural force and celebrates the people who survive and thrive in the rugged and beautiful Oklahoma landscape.
 
The sculpture reveal will be accompanied by an artist talk and book signing on Wednesday, February 15th from 4:00-5:30 PM at the National Weather Center, 120 David L. Boren Blvd, Norman, OK 73072. Refreshments will be provided.
 

 

Galileo's World

In celebration of OU’s 125th anniversary, Galileo’s World is a series of exhibits, events, and programs at the Bizzell Memorial Library, the Sam Noble Museum, the National Weather Center, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Headington Hall, the Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library, and the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library. Starting August 2015 through 2016, Galileo’s World illustrates connections between science, art, literature, music, religion, philosophy, politics, and culture.

NASA talks: The Search for Life: Oceans Beyond Earth

Dr. Kevin Hand - Search for Life

NASA researcher Dr. Kevin Hand is coming to the National Weather Center beginning at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 22. Dr. Hand, an expert on the distribution of life in the solar system, is the Deputy Chief Scientist for Solar System Exploration. He will tell the story of the how the exploration of Earth’s oceans is helping to inform our understanding of the potential habitability of worlds like Europa, which is a top priority for future NASA missions.    

Immediately before the forum, visitors are invited to attend a complimentary reception accompanying the Galileo’s World exhibits at the National Weather Center.

For more information, click here.

 

NASA talks: Mars in the Age of Space Exploration

NASA researcher Dr. Richard Zurek is coming to the National Weather Center beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10. Dr. Zurek, an expert on the climate of Mars, the Chief Scientist for the Mars Program Office at JPL. He will tell the story of the three Mars missions and their discoveries, from the possiblilty of habitation to the changing climate.

Immediately before the forum, visitors are invited to attend a complimentary reception accompanying the Galileo’s World exhibits at the National Weather Center.

For more information, click here.

Dual Pol Radar Training Course Offered Spring 2015

Register today and receive some of the same training as NWS forecasters. The course consists of a unique two-part learning experience: 1) a series of online modules to be completed at your location over an 8-week period, and 2) a two-day hands-on workshop at the NWC. In this workshop, you will participate in an interactive forecast-operations simulation to make warning decisions.

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Statement from OU President David Boren

TO: All Students, Faculty, and Staff

To those who have misused their free speech in such a reprehensible way, I have a message for you.  You are disgraceful.  You have violated all that we stand for.  You should not have the privilege of calling yourselves "Sooners."  Real Sooners are not racist.  Real Sooners are not bigots.  Real Sooners believe in equal opportunity.  Real Sooners treat all people with respect.  Real Sooners love each other and take care of each other like family members.

Effective immediately, all ties and affiliations between this University and the local SAE chapter are hereby severed.  I direct that the house be closed and that members will remove their personal belongings from the house by midnight tomorrow. Those needing to make special arrangements for positions shall contact the Dean of Students.

All of us will redouble our efforts to create the strongest sense of family and community. We vow that we will be an example to the entire country of how to deal with this issue.  There must be zero tolerance for racism everywhere in our nation.

David L. Boren, President, University of Oklahoma

Have you heard about PECAN?

Pecan at Night

Plains Elevated Convection At Night (PECAN) is a large, intensive field project to collect data before and during nighttime thunderstorms in the Great Plains from June 1 to July 15, 2015. Scientists hope to learn what triggers these storms, how the atmosphere supports their lifecycle, and how they impact lives, property, agriculture and the water budget in the region. PECAN is a research project comprised fourteen universities, eight research groups and three government agencies. 

For more information about this project, click here or search #PECAN15 in Twitter

Carbon-Climate System Workshop

Carbon-Climate System Workshop

15-18 MARCH 2015 - The Carbon-Climate System Workshop in Norman, OK.  A community workshop to review developments in carbon science and identify needed measurements for the coming Decadal Survey process.   Contact Dave Schimel (JPL), Piers Sellers (GSFC) or Berrien Moore III (University of Oklahoma) for more information.  The agenda will be posted here when it is available.  By invitation only.

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NSSL Celebrates 50 Years

NSSL 50th Logo

On Dec. 3 and 4, the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory was feted with birthday cake, a delectable dinner and numerous scientific talks in honor of the 50th anniversary of the research organization. The impact NSSL has had on the weather industry is vast and incomparable ranging from advancement of the Doppler radar system to air turbulence experiments to development of mobile radar in partnership with OU.

A detailed timeline of major NSSL accomplishments and awards and honors bestowed upon NSSL during its 50 years can be found on the NSSL website, linked below. Please join us in celebrating the past 50 years of critical weather research and looking ahead to another 50 years of success!

NSSL 50th Anniversary

NWC Personnel Teaching in Korea

Hocker Basara KMA

Forecasters at the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) are receiving hands-on training in Dual Polarization Radar from two meteorologists at the National Weather Center - James Hocker (Lead Instructor, Public Safety Outreach Program Manager, OK-First/Oklahoma Mesonet) and Dr. Jeffrey Basara (Associate Professor, OU School of Meteorology and Director of Research, Oklahoma Climatological Survey).

The KMA is in the process of upgrading their current radar network with S-Band dual polarization radars. While the KMA already uses dual-pol technology, training continues to ensure thorough knowledge and understanding. Dr. Kevin Kloesel (OU University Meteorologist) also has spent time teaching forecasters at the KMA.

This particular five-day course (Nov. 17-21) is being delivered through the Office of Weather Programs and Projects (OU) and the Center for Applied Research and Development (OU) to 16 KMA forecasters. Its focus is on the understanding and interpreting dual-pol data, and applying those data to monitor and forecast mesoscale hazardous weather events, including winter weather, heavy rain, hail, and typhoons.

The training is under the continued partnership agreement between KMA and OU.

Dr. Carr Named AMS President

Dr Carr Headshot

Our heartiest congratulations to Dr. Frederick Carr, McCasland Foundation Professor of Meteorology, who has been elected President of the American Meteorological Society for 2015-2018. Dr. Carr has been educating students at OU since 1979. He joins an elite list of past-Presidents and will serve as the third School of Meteorology faculty member to be elected AMS President (Dr. Jeff Kimpel and Dr. Elbert "Joe" Friday).

Congratulations Dr. Carr!

National Weather Festival Set For Nov. 1

National Weather Festival

The annual National Weather Festival highlights the many weather related organizations and activities in central Oklahoma. Visitors can view the National Weather Center’s premier facilities including National Weather Service forecast operation areas and the new Radar Innovations Laboratory. 

This year's event will be held Saturday, November 1st from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the National Weather Center.  Some activities will be outside so please plan accordingly.

This unique event features hourly weather balloon launches with local TV meteorologists, emergency response vehicle and equipment displays, robot demonstrations, children’s activities, and weather related information and products. In addition, the Oklahoma Mesonet is celebrating its 20th anniversary with many themed activities near the mesonet station at the National Weather Center. We’ll also have special booths where people can ask their questions about tornadoes, storm shelters, storm fears and Oklahoma weather patterns.

Weathernews Celebrates 10 Years in Oklahoma

Weathernews

Weathernews International marked their 10th anniversary in Oklahoma with a great celebration! Part of the festivities included a ceremonial opening of casks of sake and all guests in attendance participated in toasting the accomplishments of Weathernews in Oklahoma as well as providing best wishes for continued success. We look forward to many more years of partnership with our Research Campus neighbors!

Radar Innovations Laboratory Opens!

RIL Ribbon Cutting

University of Oklahoma officials dedicated the Radar Innovations Laboratory in a public ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 22, on OU’s Research Campus.

The 35,000-square-foot facility encourages creative thinking and collaboration among faculty, students and external partners with a goal of innovating the next-generation radar, microwave electronics and related technologies. 

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AMS Accolades for NWC Personnel

AMS Logo

Recently, the American Meteorological Society announced its 2015 Award Winners, Fellow and Honorary Members. The National Weather Center is proud to boast that faculty, researchers, meteorologists and organizations within the building were among the recipients of these prestigious honors.  See the list of NWC-related winners below.

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Dr. Ken Crawford - 1943-2014

Ken Crawford

Dr. Ken Crawford, Director Emeritus of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey and Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Meteorology at OU, passed away on July 23, 2014, at the age of 71.

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Dr. Peter Lamb - 1947-2014

Peter Lamb

Dr. Peter James Lamb, Director of the Cooperative Institute of Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at the University of Oklahoma and George Lynn Cross Research Professor, passed away in his home in Norman, Oklahoma, on May 28, 2014. 

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Research Campus Wins National Award

Research Campus

The University of Oklahoma Research Campus has been named the nation’s top research park for 2013 by the Association of University Research Parks.  The award recognizes the OU Research Campus for excellence in innovation and places it among such past recipients as the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, Purdue Research Park in Indiana and University City Science Center in Pennsylvania.

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