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  • Welcome From The Director

    Dr. Parson's

    Welcome to the website for the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. While the School is most well known for national leadership in the areas of severe storms, mesoscale dynamics, convective-scale modeling and radar studies, we also cover such research areas such as boundary layer and urban meteorology, climate, data assimilation, tropical meteorology, lightning, cloud physics, dynamics,and even polar studies. The faculty collaborate with hydrologists, researchers working on ecosystem modeling and the societal and economic aspects of weather.

    My term as Director started in July 2010. I am proud to join the OU after spending over two decades at the National Center in Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado with sabbaticals at U of Reading, Meteo France and the UN system with the World Meteorological Organization. Coming to the School of Meteorology was one of the best decisions of my professional career.

    The facilities here at the National Weather Center are excellent and our co-location with research and operational laboratories of NOAA and OU research centers provides an unparalleled opportunities for research and educational opportunities that often includes internships. The result is an engaged student body with a variety of student organizations with activities that range from advising the Director on the student prospective on education to social functions, talks by experts in our field and community outreach. For more information about the School of Meteorology, please read our fact sheet.

  • Faculty and Research

    The School of Meteorology is most well known for national leadership in the areas of severe storms, mesoscale dynamics, convective-scale modeling and radar studies. We are much more than severe weather research at SoM, covering such research areas as boundary layer and urban meteorology, climate, data assimilation, tropical meteorology, lightning, cloud physics, dynamics, and even polar studies.

    Air Quality & Boundary Layer

    Chilson, Fedorovich, Klein, Leslie

    Climate Variability/Change

    Cavallo, Lamb, Morrissey, Postawko

    Richman

    Cloud Physics/Lightning

    Beasley, Biggerstaff, Straka, Zhang

    Data Assimilation & NWP

    Carr, Cavallo, Droegemeier, Leslie

    Shapiro, Wang, Xue

    Dynamics

    Cavallo, Fedorovich, Fiedler, Leslie

    Shapiro, Xue

    Mesoscale

    Biggerstaff, Bluestein, Cavallo, Xue

    Droegemeier, Fiedler, Shapiro, Straka

    Radar Meteorology

    Biggerstaff, Bluestein, Shapiro, Snow, Straka

    Radar Physics/Remote Sensing

    Chilson, Palmer, Zhang

    Statistical Analysis

    Chilson, Morrissey, Palmer, Richman

    Synoptic

    Bluestein, Carr, Cavallo, Crawford

    Tropical

    Biggerstaff, Leslie, Morrissey, Postawko

  • NWC and Partners

    The School of Meteorology is located on the 5th floor of the National Weather Center on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. The 244,000-square-foot building opened its doors in September 2006. One of the largest facilities of its kind in the world, it houses 12 University of Oklahoma, state, and federal organizations with more than 650 employees, faculty, researchers and students.

  • Academics

     

    Visit our academics page for more information!

    http://som.ou.edu/academics.php

     

  • Alumni

    The School of Meteorology has limited general funds and modest scholarship and fellowship funds from which many student educational and professional development needs are met. The only sources of these funds are gifts from alumni and friends. Each year, the requests for assistance far exceed the amounts available.

    Support a specific need with a gift of any amount and make a real difference in the lives of current and future students in the School of Meteorology. Examples of the school's needs are found here. Gifts can be targeted to any of these items.


    Latest News

    Fall 2011 MeteoGram: Newsletter of the SoM

Recent News

School of Meteorology Student Award Winners for Fall 2012 / Spring 2013

recent news

Congratulations to the many SoM students who were recognized for outstanding achievements during the 2012-2013 academic year!!!!!!!!

Former OU Professor and Longtime NOAA Employee to Receive International Honor

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Dr. Ken Crawford, former Regent's Professor of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, will receive the Order of Civil Merit from the Republic of Korea in a ceremony on Monday, May 13th at the National Weather Center. LEE Ilsoo, Administrator of the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), will present the award. The award, also known as the Dongbaek Medal, is the primary series of honors …

Incoming SoM Graduate Student Awarded State Department Fellowship

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Veronica Fall, an incoming School of Meteorology graduate student was awarded a fellowship under the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. The fellowship program is sponsored by the State Department Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and was established under the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961. The program is funded by the German Bundestag and the US Congress. Veronica …

SoM Graduate Student Qualifies for 2014 Boston Marathon!

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Carly Kovacik, a Masters student in the School of Meteorology, took 3rd among her age group and 11th among female finishers in the 2013 Oklahoma City Marathon. Her time was 3:27:34, which qualified for the next Boston Marathon. It was her first marathon and, running at a pace of a sub-8 minute, Carly easily beat the first faculty finisher, Dr. Steven Cavallo. Carly's thesis topic is focused on …

CAPSTONE Presentations for Spring 2013

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CAPSTONE poster sessions for this year's Senior class were presented on April 30th & May 2nd in the National Weather Center. Topics included Climate Change; Weather and Society; Weather, Climate and Health; Weather and Society; Tropical Cyclones; Physical Meteorology; Satellite Meteorology; Heat Waves, Droughts and Land Surface Properties.

NWC Colloquium and Seminar Series

Title: Investigating dynamics of error growth in ECMWF forecast bustsSpeaker: Sam Lillo
OU School of Meteorology
Affiliation: When: Today @ 3:00 pmWhere: NWC Rm. 5600
Title: The Phased Array Radar Innovative Sensing Experiment 2013Speaker: Katie Bowden
OU School of Meteorology
Affiliation: When: Thu, Apr 24th, 2014 @ 1:00 pmWhere: NWC Rm. 4500
Title: Observational and Model Analyses of the Oklahoma City Urban Heat IslandSpeaker: Kodi L. Nemunaitis
OU School of Meteorology
Affiliation: When: Fri, Apr 25th, 2014 @ 9:00 amWhere: NWC Rm. 2910A
Title: Evaluation of a Microwave Radiometer Thermodynamic Retrieval AlgorithmSpeaker: Stephen Castleberry
OU School of Meteorology
Affiliation: When: Fri, Apr 25th, 2014 @ 2:00 pmWhere: NWC Rm. 5600
Title: Identifying and characterizing atmospheric bores during IHOP_2002Speaker: Kevin Haghi
OU School of Meteorology
Affiliation: When: Fri, Apr 25th, 2014 @ 3:00 pmWhere: NWC Rm. 5600
Title: Anvil Lightning in the 29 May Kingfisher Supercell Observed During DC3Speaker: Elizabeth DiGangi
OU School of Meteorology
Affiliation: When: Mon, Apr 28th, 2014 @ 3:00 pmWhere: NWC Rm. 5600
Title: Speaker: Irenea C. Lodangco
OU School of Meteorology
Affiliation: When: Wed, Apr 30th, 2014 @ 2:45 pmWhere: NWC Rm. 2100
Title: TBASpeaker: Petar BukovcicAffiliation: When: Thu, May 01st, 2014 @ 1:15 pmWhere: NWC Rm. 1350
Title: TBASpeaker: Dr. Adam Sobel
Columbia University
Affiliation: When: Tue, May 06th, 2014 @ 4:00 pmWhere: NWC Rm. 1313
Title: A new approach for parameterizing cloud microphysics based on the prediction of ice-phase particle properties
Speaker: Hugh Morrison, NCAR
Jason A. Milbrandt, Environment Canada
Affiliation: When: Tue, May 13th, 2014 @ 3:00 pmWhere: NWC Rm. 5600

Graduate Profiles

David Moran

recent grads

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Dr. Steven Cavallo

Student Spotlight

Nicole Ramsey