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Welcome From The Director
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
Cavallo, Lamb, Morrissey, Postawko
Beasley, Biggerstaff, Straka, Zhang
Data Assimilation & NWP
Carr, Cavallo, Droegemeier, Leslie
Shapiro, Wang, Xue
Cavallo, Fedorovich, Fiedler, Leslie
Biggerstaff, Bluestein, Cavallo, Xue
Droegemeier, Fiedler, Shapiro, Straka
Biggerstaff, Bluestein, Shapiro, Snow, Straka
Radar Physics/Remote Sensing
Chilson, Palmer, Zhang
Chilson, Morrissey, Palmer, Richman
Bluestein, Carr, Cavallo, Crawford
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.
Academic Research Units
Academic Partners & Associates
The School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma is the largest such program in the nation, with more than 300 undergraduate and 110 graduate students. Is ranked in the top ten of all atmospheric sciences graduate programs in the nation by the Chronicles of Higher Education. The atmospheric sciences in this ranking were broadly defined and, among this elite group, SoM is at or near the top spot in the severe storms, radar, and mesoscale research. For more information about the School of Meteorology, please read our fact sheet. To learn about the department's history, please read about the evolution of SoM.
Easily access academic information, such as course catalog and schedule, resources, and student organizations.
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.
Former OU Professor and Longtime NOAA Employee to Receive International Honor
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
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 Qualfies for 2014 Boston Marathon!
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
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.
Dr. Alan Shapiro - 2013 Recipient of Regents' Award for Superior Teaching
At the Faculty Tribute held on April 18th, Professor Alan Shapiro won the Regents' Award for Superior Teaching. Dr. Shapiro is an American Airlines Professor and Presidents' Associates Presidential Professor with the School of Meteorology.