The Tornado and Storm Research Organization ("TORRO") is a
privately supported research body, serving the national public interest.
The National Severe Storms Laboratory is one of NOAA's internationally known Environmental Research Laboratories, leading the way in investigations of all aspects of severe weather. Headquartered in Norman OK with staff in Colorado, Nevada, Washington, Utah, and Wisconsin, the people of NSSL, in partnership with the National Weather Service, are dedicated to improving severe weather warnings and forecasts in order to save lives and reduce property damage.
The College of Geosciences was established in 1981 to bring together OU's academic and research units related to the earth sciences. It is nationally recognized for its educational and research programs in petroleum geology exploration and environmental geophysics, geochemistry, applied climatology, hydrology, atmospheric dynamics, mesoscale meteorology and severe storms radar, atmospheric physics, remote sensing, geographical information systems, resource management, and Native American and Hispanic and Asian studies.
You can call us "The Wind Busters" because we try to offer engineering solutions to wind-related problems. Do you find it hard to believe that the breeze that ruffles your hair would concern engineers? Perhaps a look at wind damage figures will convince you. It is estimated that extreme-wind events such as hurricanes, tornadoes and microbursts are the cause of more than 80% of the total property damage due to all natural hazards in the United States.
Supported by the Meteorological Service of País Vasco (Spain). Working on lightning-precipitation relationships subjects, including hail occurrences since 1996.