The life-saving mission of NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center: Monitoring severe weather across the U.S.
Dr. Russell Schneider, Director, The Storm Prediction Center, Norman, Oklahoma
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center monitors the threat of severe weather across the Chicago area, the Midwest and the country as a whole around the clock. All U.S. severe thunderstorm and tornado watches are issued from the Norman, Oklahoma-based facility. It’s an immense task which involves the efforts of some of the most talented severe weather forecasters and researchers which walk our planet.
The effort has been ongoing for years and has been bolstered by advances in remote sensing of our atmosphere from space and from the ground as well as revolutionary advances in computer modeling of the atmosphere and advances in our understanding of how severe weather outbreaks occur. Each of these advances has given forecasters at SPC a view of our atmosphere and its workings only dreamed of years ago.
Dr. Schneider, a native of the Chicago area and alumus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, joins us again at our 2013 Fermilab Tornado and Severe Storm seminar on April 6, noting in his acceptance of our invitation to speak the Fermilab program’s role over the years of helping prepare one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States for the dangers of tornadoes and severe storms.