October 18, 2011
The UCAR Board of Trustees has named Thomas J. Bogdan to succeed Richard Anthes as UCAR president, beginning on January 9, 2012. Bogdan, who has led NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center for over six years, has a rich history with NCAR, UCAR, and NSF.
Tom Bogdan
September 07, 2011
Every so often, a dome of upper-level high pressure sits in place for a few days, sometimes as long as several weeks. A major block can produce seemingly endless stretches of blazing heat or bitter cold. By the time it dissipates, it may leave behind a whole stack of broken weather records and an array of disastrous consequences.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport under a heavy snow
September 07, 2011
A group of scholars and students from nine countries came together in Boulder this summer for two weeks of study dedicated to the world’s second largest and second most populous continent.
UCAR Magazine
September 07, 2011
A balloon-borne instrument sailing in the Arctic stratosphere in June obtained some of the best observations to date on the high-speed, Sun-driven winds that howl through the thermosphere more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) above Earth.
UCAR Magazine
September 07, 2011
The MetEd online training service covers topics in meteorology, weather forecasting, and related geosciences. Users can delve into everything from satellite meteorology to tsunami preparedness and forecasting dust storms.
Tropical meteorology module illustration
September 06, 2011
A small but active group of discipline-crossing specialists are analyzing the response of disease transmission to temperature, moisture, and other atmospheric variables.
Aedes aegypti mosquito biting a human
June 20, 2011
New directors announced for Communications and for Education and Outreach as well.
UCAR Magazine
June 14, 2011
Reporters from Wyoming and northern Colorado got their first look inside the nearly completed building that will house the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center.
UCAR Magazine
June 06, 2011
The air in the vicinity of Earth’s biggest urban areas includes a wild variety of constituents emitted by cars, factories, trees, and much more. Tracking the fate of such air as it spreads outward is no simple task.
Pollution over Mexico City
May 06, 2011
The surfeit of snowfalls across the U.S. East Coast over the last two winters brought ample evidence of just how much the white stuff can vary from place to place—and how difficult it is to assess accurately.
UCAR Magazine
May 06, 2011
In a business park just southwest of downtown Cheyenne, the scene has been changing almost daily as construction unfolds on the NCAR–Wyoming Supercomputing Center.
UCAR Magazine
May 06, 2011
A group of five master’s and doctoral students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University broke new ground this semester as they learned from top researchers halfway across the United States.
Geoff Tyndall and Stephany Taylor
May 06, 2011
On 17–18 January, staff from the German Aerospace Center got to compare their new Gulfstream G550 jet, dubbed HALO, with its closest counterpart—the NSF/NCAR Gulfstream V, called HIAPER, which debuted in 2005.
HALO and HIAPER staff with their respective aircraft
May 06, 2011
It’s been two decades since NOAA launched its Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Program. The C&GC program was created in response to a lack of trained specialists, and it’s kept up with continued expansion in climate change study.
Alumni of the NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Program
March 11, 2011
One of the most enduring mysteries in solar physics is why the Sun’s outer atmosphere, or corona, is millions of degrees hotter than its surface. Now scientists believe they have discovered a major source of hot gas that replenishes the corona.
A close-up of the solar limb
March 10, 2011
Snowstorms have been a dime a dozen across much of the central and eastern United States over the last few months, but four of them got special scrutiny.
Grad students and Doppler on Wheels unit
March 08, 2011
The biggest upgrade to the U.S. weather-radar network in 15 years gets rolling this winter with a minimum of fanfare—debuting under the radar, as it were. But the new capabilities should get their fair share of attention in the long run.
Dual-polarization radars sending out signals
March 04, 2011
Atmospheric science has lost one of the last living links to its formative era. Joachim Kuettner—the eminent researcher, administrator, field project leader, and glider pilot—died on 24 February at the age of 101.
Joachim Kuettner on a gliding expedition, 1950s
March 01, 2011
No stranger to NCAR or to observational meteorology, Vanda Grubišić (University of Vienna) will take the helm of NCAR’s Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) on 1 July.
Vanda Grubišić
March 01, 2011
When climate change leaped into global consciousness more than 20 years ago, there was no doubt that sea levels would rise, but the main worry was how those rising seas would affect civilization, not on how the oceans themselves might be transformed.
Sampling coral in the Pacific near Kiribati
February 25, 2011
Long-time UCAR president Richard Anthes announced on 25 February that he plans to step down at the end of 2011. Appointed to his position in 1988, Anthes is the longest serving of the five UCAR presidents since the organization was established in 1960.
Rick Anthes
November 04, 2010
In a bid to unlock longstanding mysteries of the Sun, including the impacts on Earth of its 11-year cycle, a team of scientists from NCAR, France, and Spain has successfully probed a distant star.
Savita
November 03, 2010
International collaboration has always been at the heart of COSMIC, a six-satellite network that intercepts GPS signals to measure weather, climate, and space weather variables. Now one of the leading university collaborators on COSMIC, the University of Graz, is UCAR’s latest international affiliate.
UCAR president Rick Anthes and representatives from University of Graz
November 02, 2010
As part of NCAR and UCAR 50th anniversary festivities, university members and affiliates attended a gala dinner on 5 October at the University of Colorado’s Stadium Club.
Thomas Malone at UCAR 50th anniversary dinner
November 02, 2010
There was no gold medal, no podium ceremony, and definitely no tears from the losers on 30 July, but there was a new national champion. On that date, NOAA proclaimed that a South Dakota hailstone had surpassed all contenders in both size and weight.
Charles Knight with 2010 Vivian, SD, hailstone

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