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.
National Weather Service Operations Proving Ground
The National Weather Service Operations Proving Ground recently finished six weeklong evaluations in which 17 National Weather Service forecasters traveled to Kansas City, Missouri to evaluate the use of 1-minute satellite imagery in the forecast and warning process. CIMMS researchers were integral in the planning and execution of these evaluations.