When the weather is at its worst, NOAA researchers get busy. At the height of the severe weather season each spring, NOAA meteorologists and their federal, academic, emergency management and broadcast partners gather to test and evaluate the tools and techniques forecasters use to warn the public about tornadoes, hail and strong winds. The ultimate goal: To save lives.
This research is done in the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed located in Norman, Oklahoma. The Testbed provides a real-time environment for experiments focused on improving weather models and developing new technology. Scientists and forecasters with different perspectives and experiences come from across the country and around the world to sit side-by-side in collaboration to solve forecasting problems.