Get a heads up on pop-up storms before there's rain to see on radar
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (June 10, 2013) — Using a tool developed at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), meteorologists in the continental U.S. now can get an advance warning of pop-up spring and summer storms before they pop up on radar.
Using data from weather satellites, the UAH program can predict which puffy clouds are most likely to produce rain and lightning in the next 30 minutes to two hours. Regional real-time, current satellite images showing these "nowcasts" are available online at nsstc.uah.edu/SATCAST/.
Knupp named UAH's top researcher
This spring, you would want Kevin Knupp in your office PowerBall pool. It has been that kind of spring.
Earlier this spring the UA System trustees approved preliminary design specs for Knupp's new $7 million Severe Weather Institute and Radar and Lightning Laboratory (SWIRLL), with final approval slated for June and groundbreaking soon after that.
In April, Knupp received the dean's service award from UAH's College of Science, in honor of his more than 25 years of contributions to the college's teaching, research and service programs.
And in May? In May, Knupp was honored as UAHuntsville's top researcher for the 2012-'13 academic year, an award that was presented at the university's spring commencement ceremony. The distinguished research award is the highest research honor presented by the university.
UAH scientists seek photos, video of storm
Scientists in UAHuntsville's Earth System Science Center are hoping the public can help them study the storm that dropped two small tornadoes over south Huntsville on Thursday afternoon.
The scientific team lead by Dr. Kevin Knupp hopes to marry amateur photos and video with the readouts of at least three Doppler radar units to learn more about how to recognize and provide warnings against fast forming tornadoes.
January 29th Storm Research
Graduate students and scientists from UAHuntsville's Atmospheric Science Department and the Earth System Science Center studied the storm that passed through north Alabama on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. --> read more
UAH professor honored for
a lifetime of applied science
Dr. Richard McNider, distinguished professor emeritus in atmospheric and mathematical sciences, receives the 2013 AMS award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advance of Applied Meteorology from the organization's president, Dr. Louis W. Uccellini, at the AMS awards banquet on Wednesday, Jan. 9. To read about this award, click here.