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The National Severe Storms Laboratory (or NSSL) is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather research laboratory located at the National Weather Centermarker in Norman, Oklahomamarker.NSSL investigates all aspects of severe weather to improve severe weather warnings and forecasts in order to save lives and reduce property damage. Research areas include weather radar, automated algorithm detection tools for use with weather radar, and basic tornado research to understand how tornadoes form.
NSSL's first Doppler Weather Radar located in Norman, Oklahoma.
1970s research using this radar led to NWS NEXRAD WSR-88D radar network.
NSSL scientists developed the first Doppler weather radar, and have since contributed to the development of NEXRAD, as well as research mobile radar systems.

NSSL also works with the Storm Prediction Center to help verify and improve severe weather forecasting.

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