CIMMS, a NOAA/OU Cooperative Institute
The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies is a research organization created in 1978 by a cooperative agreement between the University of Oklahoma and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. CIMMS promotes collaborative research between NOAA and OU scientists on problems of mutual interest to improve basic understanding of mesoscale meteorological phenomena, weather radar, and regional climate to help produce better forecasts and warnings that save lives and property. CIMMS research contributes to the NOAA mission through improvement of the observation, analysis, understanding, and prediction of weather elements and systems and climate anomalies ranging in size from cloud nuclei to multi-state areas.
New CIMMS Staff Join NWSTC
The National Weather Service Training Center (NWSTC) welcomes three new CIMMS staff members to the team.
Sarah Grana joins CIMMS after earning her Bachelor and Master’s from the University of Missouri. Grana spent time as a volunteer at the St. Louis National Weather Service (NWS) office and conducted research on “Radar Characteristics of Tornado-Producing and Non-Tornado Producing Quasi Linear Convective Systems”. This makes her an excellent addition to the Graphical Forecast Editor (GFE) and AWIPS II distance learning team.
Katie Crandall is also a University of Missouri alumnus. Crandall earned her Bachelor’s from Metropolitan State University of Denver, then headed to the University of Missouri where she earned her Master and PhD. Crandall’s research focused on the “Analysis of Forecast Performance for Hit, Miss, and False Alarm Thundersnow Events during ROCs” (Research on Convective Snows) and “Severe Winter Storms in Missouri.” Crandall spent time teaching, researching, testing software, and broadcasting. Her role in the Operations Proving Ground (OPG) will be to help evaluate new forecast tools and applications for their operational readiness in the NWS. In particular, Crandall will focus on forecaster workflow and human factors during OPG evaluations while gathering forecaster feedback on the new applications.
Derrick Snyder is a Purdue University graduate where he earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s. Snyder has spent time as a research assistant, an adjunct instructor at Trine University, and a volunteer at the NWS Forecast Office in Indianapolis. His research focused on operational weather forecasting, specifically related to transportation. Snyder is experienced with programming languages, statistics, GIS, and estimating the economic value of forecasts, which will make him a valuable asset in his role with the OPG. He will use his computing expertise to focus on preparing and ingesting meteorological data into AWIPS-2 for OPG evaluations.