Kurt Hondl


Director Staff

Job Title:Deputy Director


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Kurt began his career as a Research Associate with the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Since 1993 he has been employed as a Meteorologist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Norman, OK. Mr. Hondl led the Warning Decision Support System – Integrated Information (WDSS-II) project from 2000 through 2011, and was temporarily detailed to the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research for 6 months in 2008/2009. He also served as the Acting Deputy Director of NSSL from March 2010 through April 2011. He was appointed as the Multifunction Phased Array Radar (MPAR) Program Manager in 2012 to lead the research and development efforts of the MPAR program at NSSL. Mr. Hondl was selected as the NSSL Deputy Director in December 2018 and served as the NSSL Acting Director from February 2019 through March 2020 and again from April 2022 through January 2023.

Degree (Ph.D, M.S, B.A, etc.) Major Subject University or College Name Year (YYYY) (optional)
B.S. Meteorological Studies University of North Dakota
M.S. Meteorology University of Oklahoma
Research Interests
  • Phased Array Radar (PAR)
  • Research-to-Operations Transitions
  • Government Bureaucracy
Honors & Awards
Award Name Year
NOAA Technology Transfer Award 2008
NOAA Research Employee of the Year Award 2010
Selected Publications

Weber, M., K. Hondl, N. Yussouf, Y. Jung, D. Stratman, B. Putnam, X. Wang, T. Schuur, C. Kuster, Y. Wen, J. Sun, J. Keeler, Z. Ying, J. Cho, J. Kurdzo, S. Torres, C. Curtis, D. Schvartzman, J. Boettcher, F. Nai, H. Thomas, D. Zrnic, I. Ivic, D. Mirkovic, C. Fulton, J. Salazar, G. Zhang, R. Palmer, M. Yeary, K. Cooley, M. Istok, M. Vincent, 2021: Towards the Next Generation Operational Meteorological Radar. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 102, E2357–E1383, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-20-0067.1.

Stailey, J. E., K. D. Hondl, 2016: Multifunction Phased Array Radar for Aircraft and Weather Surveillance. Proceedings of the IEEE, 104, 649–659, doi:10.1109/JPROC.2015.2491179.

Smith, T. M., V. Lakshmanan, G. J. Stumpf, K. L. Ortega, K. Hondl, K. Cooper, K. M. Calhoun, D. M. Kingfield, K. L. Manross, R. Toomey, J. Brogden, 2016: Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) Severe Weather and Aviation Products: Initial Operating Capabilities. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 97, 1617–1630, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00173.1.

Lakshmanan, V., T. M. Smith, G. J. Stumpf, K. D. Hondl, 2007: The Warning Decision Support System—Integrated Information. Weather and Forecasting, 22, 596–612, doi:10.1175/WAF1009.1.

Lakshmanan, V., T. Smith, K. Hondl, G. Stumpf, A. Witt, 2006: A Real-Time, Three Dimensional, Rapidly Updating, Heterogeneous Radar Merger Technique for Reflectivity, Velocity and Derived Products. Weather and Forecasting, 21, 802–823.

Hondl, K. D., M. E. Eilts, 1994: Doppler radar signatures of developing thunderstorms and their potential to indicate the onset of cloud-to-ground lightning. Monthly Weather Review, 122(8), 1818–1836.