Gab at the Lab: Bim Wood

Bim Wood, Research Scientist

Bim Wood




Background:M.S. Meteorology, Texas A&M University (1977)
B.A. Meteorology, University of St. Thomas (Houston, TX) (1973)
Experience:Bim was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and grew up in Houston, Texas. He earned his degrees in meteorology from the University of St. Thomas in Houston and Texas A&M University. In 1976, he joined NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory as a research scientist, helping to transfer new technologies into Federal Government weather operations. He used Doppler radar simulations for applied research for many years at the Lab. With this focus in mind, he was transferred from NSSL’s Warning Research and Development Division to the Radar Research and Development Division in 2011.
What He Does:Currently, Bim is collaborating with Bob Davies-Jones, an Emeritus at NSSL, on phased-array radar research. They are looking at how to improve tornado warnings through advanced understanding of mesocyclones. Bim has also been an important advocate for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. In 2004, he was awarded the NOAA Gold Medal, along with Jim Papura (NWS), for instituting a program of disseminating NWS hazardous weather warnings through alphanumeric pagers.
Trivia: Bim and his wife, Nancy, were married in 1994. They adopted two daughters from China in the late 1990s.