Staff Notes Daily Announcements

The Mesa Lab semi-annual building maintenance shutdown is scheduled for Saturday, 11 October from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  During this time the Mesa Lab and Fleischmann Buildings will experience intermittent electrical, heating, and air conditioning interruptions, some for extended periods.

Access to the Mesa Lab will be restricted to authorized employees, and there will be no public access to the building.  Visitors may still use the trails around the building.

CISL will be releasing information regarding the impact of the Mesa Lab Data Center portion of the shutdown in the near future as details become available.

For Mesa Lab Data Center questions, contact Jasen Boyington, ext. 1859 or

For more information, contact David Maddy at ext. 1134,

Tue, 09/30/2014
 Where, When, Who:
  • September 30th, Tuesday, Mesa Lab Damon Room, from noon to 1pm, or
  • October 9th, Thursday, Foothills Lab - Room 1003, from noon to 1 pm
  • Who: Anyone with an interest in hearing about and/or fostering greater computational literacy in our youth and adolescents.
Reminder! The UCAR Center for Science Education will be holding two brown-bag lunch meetings to explore educational ideas that support computer science(CS) and computational thinking with  K-12 students. We will share some alarming statistics regarding the current CS landscape and why there's a strong interest in helping address "a need where we lead." Your perspectives and personal stories will help inform a path forward. Come and share your ideas, here about the upcoming computer science AP course and exam, and contribute your expertise to form an intelligent plan for making a meaningful difference. We hope to see and hear from many of you! All are welcome to attend.
Contact: Teri Eastburn, x. 1152,

For more information, contact Teresa Eastburn at ext. 1152,

Tue, 09/30/2014

It is with sadness that I am announcing the unexpected death of George Stringe. George passed on September 21, 2014 he was 77. George is survived by his wife Ann, 3 sons and 8 grandchildren.

George came to work at NCAR as an employee in SCD (now CISL) as part of NETs in 1994. George's position included maintaining the card access and closed circuit security systems. George moved to the Safety and Site Services division in 2002 and he managed the Technical Security department until he retired in 2007. George was active with the Boulder Amateur Radio Club and their program for young radio enthusiasts.

Services for George will be held at 11:00 am September 30, 2014 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel in Longmont. His obituary and links to shared stories and photos can be found at In lieu of flowers contributions are being accepted in his name to for West Nile virus Research selecting the Microbiology Immunology and Pathology Department Research, Colorado State University Foundation. Visit to share condolences.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Kriete at ext. 8556,

Tue, 09/30/2014

The NCAR Community Art Program proudly presents two artists:

Fernando Boza is an award-winning photographer who resides in Boulder, Colorado –just a few blocks from NCAR.  He believes in ancient knowledge that “a deep connection with the environment is not only embedded in the human psyche, but is fundamental to experience a greater sense of peace and one’s own true nature.”  This exhibit includes photographs of nature from 2013 and 2014, from different parts of the world, but mostly from Colorado and surrounding areas. Boza's work will be on exhibit in Gallery I of the NCAR Mesa Lab October 2014 through November 2014.

A graduate of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Steven Homsher paints landscapes, animals, and figures. Painting both in the studio and “plein aire”, Steven’s aim is to convey the transient nature of light and atmosphere. Steven is represented by Mary Williams Fine Arts, and is a yearly presenter in Boulder Open Studios, and other juried shows in Colorado. As a participant of the NCAR Community Art Program, Steven looks forward to sharing his work with people who appreciate the interpretation of light as it reveals the beauty and sanctity of nature. Homsher's work will be on exhibit in Gallery II of the NCAR Mesa Lab October 2014 through Novenber 2014.

Both artists work can be viewed Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Saturday/Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

For more information, contact Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570,

Tue, 09/30/2014

These new acquisitions will be displayed at each NCAR Library location for one week, first at FL Library and then at ML Library. If you have questions regarding the items or want to suggest additions to the library collection, please contact the NCAR Library at or ext. 8505.

Linux for Beginners
Author: Jason Cannon
Publisher: CreateSpace
Call Number: QA76.76 .O63 C226 2014
Location: ML Library

Bash Pocket Reference
Author: Arnold Robbins
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Call Number: QA76.76.O63 R599 2010
Location: FL Library

The Linux Command Line: A Complete Introduction
Author: William E. Shotts, Jr.
Publisher: No Starch Press
Call Number: QA76.76.O63 S5556 2012
Location: ML Library

Forests and Global Change
Editors: David A. Coomes, David F.R.P. Burslem, William D. Simonson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Call Number: QK938 .F6 F745 2014
Location: ML Library

Fundamentals of Electro-optic Systems Design: Communications, Lidar, and Imaging
Author: Sherman Karp, Larry B. Stotts
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Call Number: TK5103.59 .K337 2013
Location: FL Library

For more information, contact NCAR Library at ext. 8505,

Tue, 09/30/2014

Click on the link below to view the new hires and departures as of Friday, September 26, 2014.

For more information, contact Betty Singleton at ext. 2005,

Tue, 09/30/2014

The TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions for October 2014 have been scheduled. The TIAA-CREF representative will be at:

Foothills Lab 2, Room 1002. Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 9:00am – 3:00pm

RAF. Library. Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 9:00am - 3:00pm


To schedule a counseling session, please call their Scheduling and Service Group phone reservation center at 1-800-732-8353.

These sessions are in high demand, so if you have to miss your appointment, be sure to contact TIAA-CREF as soon as possible so they can fill your time slot.

For more information, contact Irena Haimsky at ext. 8706,

Tue, 09/30/2014

The CG1, FL and ML front desk banks will close at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 for year-end processing. All transactions must be completed by 12:00 pm.  No exceptions will be made. The front desk banks will re-open at 8:30 am on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

For more information, contact Christy Fletcher at ext. 8557,

Mon, 09/29/2014
IMAGe Brown Bag

Zachary Thomas The Ohio State University   Classical techniques for spatial interpolation have relied on the specification a stationary/isotropic covariance model for the characterization of spatial coherence. However, there is much interest in the development of more flexible methodologies capable of approximating the complex, nonstationary spatial dependence which often manifests itself in geophysical (and other) processes. Current techniques for achieving this have focused on either geometric deformations of the spatial domain or the construction of spatially varying covariance models. We present an alternative approach in which covariance is not directly modeled. Rather, dependence structure is learned via the construction of a multiresolution Bayesian spatial clustering process. Induced covariance is then naturally data-driven, nonstationary, and anisotropic. Example applications for several geostatistical problems will be presented.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Mesa Laboratory - Chapman Room 12:00 PM  

For more information, contact Carolyn Mueller at ext. 2491,

Mon, 09/29/2014

Stereo photogrammetry applied to orographic cumulus

The elevated terrain in the desert southwest of the United States provides an ideal location in which to observe the onset and development of deep convection. Thunderstorms associated with the North American Monsoon occur on a well-defined diurnal cycle, with shallow convection developing under typically clear skies over the highest peaks a few hours after sunrise. The shallow convection builds as a series of successively taller turrets that rise through the remnants of the preceding ones, transitioning into cumulus congestus and eventually cumulonimbus. This talk will provide an overview of the CuPIDO 2006 Field Experiment, which examined the initiation and development of thunderstorms over the Santa Catalina Mountains in southern Arizona. The emphasis will be on photogrammetric techniques and some examples of cumulus development and interaction of the convection with the environment will be presented.

Thursday, 2 October 2014, 10:30AM
NCAR-Foothills Laboratory
3450 Mitchell Lane
Bldg. 2 Large Auditorium (Rm 1022)

Seminar will be live webcast at the following link:

For more information, contact Steve Oncley at ext. 8757,

Fri, 09/26/2014

In case you missed the recent presentations on the latest Metrics Database version and the OpenSky refereed publications process, a recorded version of the training is now available on the Metrics Database help page:

As a reminder, the deadline for FY14 Metrics data entry is Monday, November 3; the deadline for OpenSky Citations is Monday, November 10th. Publications lists will be issued October 1 for verification by staff.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the presentation or this year's process. We're here to help!

For more information, contact Jennifer Phillips at ext. 1173,

Fri, 09/26/2014

Founded on a special version of the NCAR-based WRF-ARW model, a new weather prediction system will soon be transforming how the National Weather Service simulates and predicts short-range weather threats, including severe thunderstorms and blizzards. Already a success during several years of experimental use, the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model is currently scheduled for official adoption as an NWS operational model on September 30. more>

For more information, contact Bob Henson at ext. 8605,

Thu, 09/25/2014

Case studies of tropical cyclogenesis of within the critical layer of easterly waves: typhoon Nuri (2008) and hurricane Sandy (2012)

Lou Lussier
Research Aviation Facility
Earth Observing Laboratory

A recently proposed tropical cyclogenesis model showed that the Kelvin’s cat’s eye within the critical layer of a tropical easterly wave (EW) was the preferred location for storm formation, observed near the intersection of the wave's critical latitude and trough axis. In this talk, mesoscale organization of low-level vorticity substance and convection within the critical layer of an EW is examined. After discussing the theoretical framework of the new tropical cyclogenesis model, two observational case studies are presented that illustrate the usefulness of the model. The first case, Typhoon Nuri (2008), was observed during the T-PARC field project. A 3D-VAR analysis scheme that synthesizes aircraft Doppler radar and dropwindsonde data is used to document low-level spin-up and vorticity organization on the mesoscale. The second case examined is Hurricane Sandy (2012), which offers an interesting deviation from the standard tropical cyclogenesis model in that the critical layer of the parent EW exhibited an opening to the south. Fortuitously, the opening was juxtaposed with a favorable dynamic and thermodynamic environment that allowed accretion of cyclonic vorticity into the critical layer, leading to growth and intensification of the nascent storm.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 3:30PM
NCAR-Foothills Laboratory
3450 Mitchell Lane
Bldg. 2 Large Auditorium (Rm 1022)

Seminar will be live webcast at the following link:

For more information, contact Steve Oncley at ext. 8757,

Wed, 09/24/2014

Join members of the UCAR Center for Science Education to discuss K-12 computer science, computational thinking nationally, the present challenges facing the field, and the need for computationally literate and skilled citizens both today and tomorrow.  We invite all interested staff to join us for one of two brown-bag lunch meetings, as we discuss possible programs for addressing a national need where we lead.


  • Tuesday, September 30th, from 12-1pm in the Mesa Lab Damon Room
  • Thursday, October 9th, from 12-1pm in FL2 Room 1003 

All who are interested are welcomed and encouraged to attend! We look forward to your participation.

For more information, contact Teri Eastburn at ext. 1152,

Tue, 09/23/2014

For the fifth consecutive year, UCAR is hosting a Job Fair for Veterans and People with Disabilities. This year’s event will take place on Tuesday, October 7th at the Center Green 1 auditorium.

We need volunteers to serve as hosts for the event. In this role you will welcome job seekers to the fair, answer questions and give directions.

This year we are offering a job fair preparation and mock interview class. The purpose of this session is to instruct job seekers on job fair protocol and interview etiquette. If you have been a hiring supervisor or have interview experience, this volunteer opportunity may appeal to you.

Job Fair Host: 2-hour blocks, any time between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Job Fair Prep Mentor: 2-hour block from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

To volunteer, please contact Nancy Wade, x8717.

For more information, contact Nancy Wade at ext. 8717,

Fri, 09/19/2014

Super Science Saturday is coming soon!

November 8, 2014 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Mesa Lab.

Please join us for our "SUPER" annual event where both kids and adults explore hands-on activities, think about new ideas and learn how we study the weather.

We are looking for volunteers. If you have any interest in volunteering for this fun filled day, there are three ways to sign up. 

Please feel free to contact:

Natalie Ponsford



Eileen Carpenter


We also now have available a Volunteer Online Form at:

For more information, contact Natalie Ponsford at ext. 2585,

Thu, 09/18/2014

Have your academic publications been attributed to an author other than yourself? Do you face the challenge of distinguishing your research activities from those with similar names?

The NCAR Library recommends that all authors who are concerned about proper reference citation consider using an author identifier.

There are numerous competing alternatives but the NCAR Library recommends the ORCID system. ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and output.

If you have questions or concerns about setting up an ORCID profile, please contact the library at or at x8505.

For more information, contact NCAR Library at ext. 8505,

Wed, 09/17/2014

The information security team within CISL runs two notification lists that may be of interest to all employees.

1) Patches.  This list provides announcements of patch availability for applications commonly found on home computers.  Its purpose is to help employees keep their personally owned systems patched and up-to-date, which increases protection for their personal data and files, as well as aiding in protecting UCAR networks when those personally owned computers connect to the UCAR network.

2) VPN.  This list provides announcements of planned work and service outages for the UCAR VPN service, as well as announcements of any emergency or unplanned outages.  Additionally, new client version availability is announced here.

Subscription to either notification list is optional.

To subscribe:

  1. Go to
  2. Log in using your UCAS account and password.
  3. Click "subscribe" in the left-hand menu.
  4. Use the search box at the top to search for "patches" or "vpn".
  5. Click the checkbox to the left of the name, and the Submit button at the bottom of the page.

Please let us know at if you have any questions.

For more information, contact Wendy Derman at ext. 1259,

Wed, 09/17/2014

With snow around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about skiing.

The annual sale of skiing lift tickets will take place starting this week. 

Copper Mountain - Corporate lift tickets for Copper Mountain are $52 with no blackouts dates - this is over half off the window price.  This price is valid through November 25th.  These tickets are non-refundable.  We will also have for sale Four Packs and Season Pass products. These will be offered at the standard rate.

Eldora Mountain - Corporate 4packs for $159 will be on sale.

Winter Park – Soon, Winter Park will begin rolling out a new corporate on-line system that will allow our employees access to special 48 hour sales which include discounts to Lift tickets, Lodging, Ski School and Passes. This new on-line system will allow those members of our team to access great deals without making it to the event.  More details to follow.

Stop by on Thursday September 18th at the Foothills Lab Cafeteria  10:00am  - 2:00pm

                Thursday  October 9th at the Mesa Lab Cafeteria    10:00am  - 2:00pm

Discount tickets are available for UCAR employees, family and friends as a benefit of the Employee Activities Committee.

For more information, contact Alexis Baile at ext. 8553,

Wed, 09/17/2014

Unidata's 2014 Training Workshop will be held October 21 - November 6, 2014. 

 Unidata's training workshops are created and presented by the software developers and support staff for each package, so you'll be sure to get your questions answered.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn more about your favorite Unidata software program(s) and interact with our developers. 

Workshop Sessions & Dates:

Using Unidata Technologies with Python - October 21 – 22

THREDDS Data Server (TDS) - October 23 – 24

GEMPAK with an Introduction to AWIPS-II - October 27 – 29

LDM - October 30 - 31 (1½ days)

IDV with RAMADDA - November 3 – 6  

Please see the following link to register and for more information:

For more information, contact Sheri Ruscetta at ext. 8639,

Mon, 09/15/2014

In four weeks - Friday, October 17th - before the close of business, nominations for the annual UCAR awards are due. Please submit them electronically to Rachel Hauser via Google Drive, on a flash drive (send to FLA), or to the UCAR/CIT (U) drive. When submitting nominations, please also send an email to Rachel that includes the director submitting the nomination(s), the person(s) being nominated, and the award category.

More information can be found at the Request for 2014 Nominations on the Employee Recognition Awards Procedures.

In order to submit nominations that will be favorably considered, please use the appropriate checklists (previous Awards Jury members have compiled these checklists to make the process more consistent and streamlined):

Distinguished Achievement Award
Outstanding Accomplishments Awards

Although any employee may initiate a nomination, only NCAR Associate Directors, UCAR or UCP Program Directors, or their designates can submit nominations. Award categories include the Distinguished Achievement Award, as well as six Outstanding Accomplishment Awards (Publication, Scientific and/or Technical Advancement, Administrative Achievement, Education and Outreach, Mentoring, and Diversity).  

For more information, contact Rachel Hauser at ext. 1117,

Mon, 09/15/2014

We are cleaning out the lost and found. Please check the lost and found locations for any items you may be missing. All items not claimed by close of business on September 30, 2014, will be donated. The lost and found locations are: The CG, FLA, FL2 and ML reception desks.

For more information, contact Christy Fletcher at ext. 8557,

Mon, 09/15/2014

Construction will begin Monday, September 22 on the Mesa Lab roofs. Most of the B-Tower and portions of the A-tower roof will be removed and replaced. You will notice a crane, dumpsters, and construction vehicles in the front drive circle and rear dock areas. Please remember to obey all construction signs and barriers for safety.

Adhesive odors may be present during some phases of the project. It is advised to keep all windows in the upper levels of both towers closed during construction. The roof replacement will provide a better seal to the building. We understand this can be an inconvenience and will make every effort to complete the work without interruptions. If you find that the construction severely interferes with your work environment please discuss alternative work options with your direct manager.

The roof replacement will have to be completed in three separate phases. 

Phase 1 is scheduled to begin Monday, September 22. It is projected that this phase will take approximately 3 weeks to be completed with weather permitting. Phase 2 updates will be provided as Phase 1 finishes.

For a diagram of construction access points, please see

For additional information, please contact project manager Brad Pattison at ext. 2403 or email

For more information, contact Brad Pattison at ext. 2403,

Mon, 09/15/2014

The NCAR Data Assimilation Inventory Workshop will be held on Monday 6 October 2014 at Foothills Lab Main Seminar Room

The goal of this workshop is to identify all data assimilation research activities at NCAR and provide an opportunity for scientists engaged in these activities to learn more about the work being done by their colleagues. The final product will be a written report summarizing data assimilation activities at NCAR along with recorded presentations from the workshop.

If you are an NCAR or UCAR scientist involved in research on data assimilation methodology or applications, please contact the member of the organizing committee from your division or lab to be sure that your work will be included in the workshop. Members of the organizing committee can also answer questions you might have about the workshop.

The agenda and registration link are available . Please visit the workshop webpage

For more information, contact Jeff Anderson at ext. 8991,

Mon, 09/15/2014

Please join us at Ignite VI

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

FL2 Main Seminar

3:00 - 4:15pm

Ignite VI Presenters:

Eileen Carpenter & Marc Mueller, UCAR Center for Science Education
Rebecca Centeno Elliott, High Altitude Observatory
Sheldon Drobot, Research Applications Laboratory
Frank Flocke, Atmospheric Chemistry Division
John Hubbert, Earth Observing Laboratory
Paul Kushner, University of Toronto
Marla Meehl, Computational & Information Systems Laboratory, 
 Network Engineering & Telecommunications Section
Karyn Sawyer, Joint Office for Science Support

20 slides x 15 seconds per slide

Five-minute presentations that will enlighten, inspire, or make us think a little differently.

For more information, contact Natalie Ponsford at ext. 2585,

Tue, 09/09/2014

A Google Calendar showing UCAR Payroll Holidays through the end of 2016 has been built.  You may view it or even use it to add Holidays to your personal Calendar.  The Calendar is called "UCAR Payroll Holidays" and instructions for accessing and copying it are posted on the Google Apps Support Site.

For more information, contact Alex Eschenbaum at ext. 8886,

Fri, 08/29/2014

Ever wonder what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report says?  Learn more Tuesday and Thursday afternoons this fall during a seminar series by IPCC authors and contributors. This fall’s focus is on Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis (Working Group I’s contribution to the IPCC 5th Assessment Report).

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:15 • CIRES Auditorium (room 338 CIRES)

Th Aug 28 Policymakers/Technical summaries | Jerry Meehl
Tu Sept. 2 Ch. 1: Introduction | Linda Mearns
Tu Sept 9 Ch. 2: Observations: Atmosphere & Surface | Owen Cooper
Tu Sept 16 Ch. 3: Observations: Ocean | Mike Alexander
Tu Sept 23 Ch. 5: Information from Paleoclimate Archives | Bette Otto-Bliesner
Tu Sept 30 Ch. 11: Near Term Climate Change | Marika Holland
Th Oct 9 Ch. 6: Carbon and other Biogeochemical Cycles | Pieter Tans
Tu Oct 14 Ch. 7: Clouds and Aerosols | Dave Randall
Tu Oct 21 Ch. 8: Anthropogenic and Natural Forcing | J. F. Lamarque
Tu Oct 28 Ch. 12: Long Term Climate Change | John Fasullo
Tu Nov 4 Ch. 10: Detection and Attribution of Climate Change:
From Global to Regional | Judith Pearlwitz
Tu Nov. 11 Ch. 4: Observations: Cryosphere | Tad Pfeffer
Tu Nov 18 Ch. 9: Evaluation of Climate Models | Clara Deser
Tu Dec. 2 Ch. 13: Sea Level Change | Steve Nerem
Tu Dec 9 Ch. 14: Climate Phenomena and their Relevance
for Future Regional Climate Change | Kevin Trenberth

For more information, contact Gaylynn Potemkin at ext. 1618,

Thu, 08/28/2014

Logistics Operations would like to remind everyone of UCAR receiving policies.

ALL receiving MUST come through 3090 Center Green Drive (CG3).

Tacitly, there may be exceptions required for different scenarios that may arise. 

These are available by prior approval only.

Such requests for exclusion to the receiving policy must be obtained in writing through Kerry Slaven ( or Joseph Lujan (

There are also preexistent exceptions that have blanket approval for deliveries not coming into CG3 (i.e. bulk and raw materials for DFS (EOL Machine Shop), AOG (Aircraft On Ground) articles and extremely large or sensitive items for RAF, and all receiving for NWSC). These validations remain in effect with no further action required. However, all related packing slips MUST be sent to Logistics Operations. 

For all receiving, please make sure that your vendor includes the end-user name and telephone number, an association to the purchase order/blanket order number or credit card reference, in addition to the vendor’s order numbers. Packages received into Logistics Operations without this information will be held from delivery until the necessary data has been acquired. Logistics personnel will email the end-user for this, case by case. 

All personal packages coming in MUST be clearly denoted as “Personal/Confidential”, or they will be opened and received as a normal business item.

For more information, contact Kerry Slaven at ext. 1151,

Thu, 08/14/2014