Skylar Williams is a Research Associate at the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) and the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma. She manages the Multi-Year Reanalysis of Remotely Sensed Storms (MYRORSS) Project, a historical database of the WSR-88D network processed using the Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) framework to blend multiple radars with near storm environmental data. Skylar’s research focuses on severe weather radar applications with the MYRORSS dataset including hail size prediction using machine learning, storm statistics, and radar-derived climatologies. She also leads a team of six undergraduate research assistants and enjoys teaching valuable research skills such as coding, big data visualization, and writing.
Skylar received her M.S. in 2017 in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her B.S. in 2015 in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. Her research while at University of Wisconsin-Madison involved the validation of the Water Vapor Sensing System (WVSS) using NWS radiosondes. Skylar also completed a certificate in artificial intelligence from the Microsoft Professional Program at the end of 2019.