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Kevin Manross
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305-3328


Kevin Manross - CIRA Research Associate IV

Kevin grew up in NW PA where he experienced the 31 May 1985 tornado outbreak that affected eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania and that piqued his interest in severe weather. After getting degrees in mathematics, meteorology and atmospheric science, Kevin worked at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, OK where he was involved in Decision Support tools focusing on radar detection and assessment of hazardous weather associated with severe local storms. At NSSL Kevin was also involved in the early stages of Probabilistic Hazard Information (PHI) as well as the Forecasting a Continuum of Environmental Threats (FACETs) concept. Having made multiple trips to Colorado during this time, the mountains kept calling and Kevin took a position at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and eventually found his way back to Decision Support tool development at the NOAA Global Systems Lab. At GSL, Kevin serves as the project lead and developer focusing on implementing FACETs related concepts in Hazard Services - a tool that NWS forecasters use to issue the nation’s hazardous weather watches, warnings and advisories. Kevin and his wife, Jo, live in Westminster, CO

Research Interests

  • Decision Support
  • Severe Local Storms / Impacts
  • Software Engineering


  • B.A. Mathematics: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania - 1996
  • B.S. Meteorology: University of Oklahoma - 2000
  • M.S. Atmospheric Science: Texas Tech University - 2002


  • Research Associate IV: Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere / Colorado State University in cooperation with the NOAA Global Systems Laboratory. Boulder, CO (2014-present)
  • Software Engineer III: National Center for Atmospheric Research. Boulder, CO (2012-2014)
  • Research Associate: Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies / University of Oklahoma in cooperation with NOAA/OAR National Severe Storms Laboratory. Norman, OK (2002-2012)

Professional Activities

  • UCAR SOARS Mentor (2015-2017)
  • AMS Summer Policy Colloquium Attendee (2011)
  • Unidata NetCDF and THREDDS Data Server workshop attendee (2010)
  • NOAA Hollings Scholar Mentor (2009, 2011)
  • Member of American Meteorological Society (1998-2019)
  • Member of American Geophysical Union (2013-2015)
  • NSSL/SPC Employees Association President (2005-2008)
  • OU Student Chapter of AMS (member 1998-2000, VP 1999)

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 NWA Larry R. Johnson Award - CIMMS for “research, development, and delivery of severe weather applications within the MRMS system, which has been successfully transitioned into NWS operations, providing critical tools for NWS forecasts and warnings.”
  • 2015 NOAA Silver Medal - CIMMS for “successful transition of MRMS system into NWS operations” 
  • 2013 NOAA Technology Transfer Award (On-Demand Interface)
  • 2010 WMO Dr. Vilho Vaisala Award (Phased-Array Radar)
  • 2009 Outstanding Scientific Paper Award, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce (Phased-Array Radar)
  • 2008 NOAA Technology Transfer Award (WDSS-II Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor Development)
  • 2008 American Meteorological Society Outstanding Poster Award


Argyle, E.M., J.J. Gourley, Z.L. Flamig, T. Hansen, and K. Manross, 2017: Toward a User-Centered Design of a Weather Forecasting Decision-Support Tool. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 98, 373–382, 

Smith, T., V. Lakshmanan, G. Stumpf, K. Ortega, K. Hondl, K. Cooper, K. Calhoun, D. Kingfield, K. Manross, R. Toomey, and J. Brogden, 2016: Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) Severe Weather and Aviation Products: Initial Operating Capabilities. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 97, 1617–1630, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00173.1. 

Smith, T., J. Gao, K. Calhoun, D. Stensrud, K. Manross, K. Ortega, C. Fu, D. Kingfield, K. Elmore, V. Lakshmanan, and C. Riedel, 2014: Examination of a Real-Time 3DVAR Analysis System in the Hazardous Weather Testbed. Wea. Forecasting, 29, 63–77, doi: 10.1175/WAF-D-13-00044.1. 

Gao, J. , T. M. Smith, D. J. Stensrud, C. Fu, K. Calhoun, K. L. Manross, J. Brogden, V. Lakshmanan, Y. Wang, K. W. Thomas, K. Brewster, M. Xue, 2013: A Real-Time Weather-Adaptive 3DVAR Analysis System for Severe Weather Detections and Warnings. Weather and Forecasting, 28, 727–745, doi:

Ortega, K. L., T. M. Smith, K. L. Manross, K. A. Scharfenberg, A. Witt, A. G. Kolodziej, J. J. Gourley, 2009: The severe hazards analysis and verification experiment. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 90, 1519–1530, doi:10.1175/2009BAMS2815.1

Heinselman, P. L., D. L. Priegnitz, K. L. Manross, T. M. Smith, R. W. Adams, 2008: Rapid sampling of severe storms by the National Weather Radar Testbed Phased Array Radar. Weather and Forecasting, 23, 808–824. doi: 10.1175/2008WAF2007071.1

Trapp, R. J., G. J. Stumpf, K. L. Manross, 2005: A reassessment of the percentage of tornadic mesocyclones. Weather and Forecasting, 20, 680–687, doi:10.1175/WAF864.1