Fifty years ago, on May 24, 1973, a violent F-4 tornado tore through the central Oklahoma town of Union City, killing two people and injuring at least four more. While the human impact of the storm was devastating, the Union City tornado was also historic as it marked the first time researchers were able to use radar to observe the entire lifecycle of a tornado.
Then and Now: 25 years ago
Twenty-five years ago today, NSSL joined the information superhighway with the creation of the lab’s first website in November 1994.
NSSL Announces Passing of Pioneering Lightning Researcher Dave Rust
We are saddened to announce the death of one of the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory’s renowned scientists who made significant and revolutionary contributions to thunderstorm science. David “Dave” Rust, NSSL scientist emeritus, passed away…
Edwin Kessler, first NSSL director, 1928–2017
We are sad to announce the National Severe Storms Laboratory’s first director, Dr. Edwin Kessler, passed away recently. Under his leadership, NSSL scientists conducted Doppler radar research that led to the NEXRAD, deployed in the 1990s and still in use today.
NSSL: The Modern Era (2010-2015)
NSSL’s highlighted accomplishments in recent years,
Highlights from NSSL’s history between 2000 and 2010.
Highlights from NSSL’s history between 1980 and 2000.
NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory is celebrating 51 years of history. Take a look back at some of the milestones in our first two decades.
NSSL Then & Now
NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory celebrated its 50th anniversary in December 2014. Take a look at how we’ve evolved over the years!
US Annual Tornado Death Tolls, 1875-present
We frequently get asked, “how many…” occur each year. One of the most common of those questions involves tornado deaths. Here’s the raw data.