Brandon Smith


Stormscale Convection & Radar Team (SCRT)

Job Title:Research Associate


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Brandon is a Research Associate at CIWRO/NSSL and is a member of the Stormscale Convection & Radar Team within WRDD.  His research mainly focuses on the development of single-radar applications for the WSR-88D radar network and multi-radar applications for the Multi-Radar/Multi-Sensor (MRMS) system.  These applications largely focus on identifying rotation within radar observations of severe thunderstorms.

Degree (Ph.D, M.S, B.A, etc.) Major Subject University or College Name Year (YYYY) (optional)
M.S. Geoinformatics University of Oklahoma 2015
B.S. Meteorology University of Oklahoma 2013
Research Interests
  • Radar observations of severe storms and tornadoes
  • Single-radar application development (WSR-88D)
  • Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) application development
  • Research-to-Operations (R2O)
Selected Publications

Sandmæl, T. N., B. R. Smith, J. G. Madden, J. W. Monroe, P. T. Hyland, B. A. Schenkel, T. C. Meyer, 2023: The 2021 Hazardous Weather Testbed Experimental Warning Program Radar Convective Applications Experiment: A Forecaster Evaluation of the Tornado Probability Algorithm and the New Mesocyclone Detection Algorithm. Weather and Forecasting, 38, 7, 1125–1142, doi:10.1175/WAF-D-23-0042.1.

Sandmæl, T. N., B. R. Smith, A. E. Reinhart, I. M. Schick, M. C. Ake, J. G. Madden, R. B. Steeves, S. S. Williams, K. L. Elmore, T. C. Meyer, 2023: The Tornado Probability Algorithm: A Probabilistic Machine Learning Tornadic Circulation Detection Algorithm. Weather and Forecasting, 38, doi:10.1175/WAF-D-22-0123.1.

Mahalik, M. C., B. R. Smith, K. L. Elmore, D. M. Kingfield, K. L. Ortega, T. M. Smith, 2019: Estimates of Gradients in Radar Moments Using a Linear Least Squares Derivative Technique. Weather and Forecasting, 34, 415–434, doi:10.1175/WAF-D-18-0095.1.

Martinaitis, S. M., J. J. Gourley, Z. L. Flamig, E. M. Argyle, R. A. Clark, A. Arthur, B. R. Smith, J. M. Erlingis, S. Perfater, B. Albright, 2017: The HMT Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor Hydro Experiment. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 98, 347–359, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00283.1.

Burgess, D. W., K. Ortega, G. Stumpf, G. Garfield, C. Karstens, T. Meyer, B. Smith, D. Speheger, J. LaDue, R. Smith, T. Marshall, 2014: 20 May 2013 Moore, Oklahoma, Tornado: Damage Survey and Analysis. Weather and Forecasting, 29, 1229–1237, doi:10.1175/WAF-D-14-00039.1.