Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Announcement will run from Fri, 08/22/2014 to Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Devils and hairpins in the atmospheric surface layer

Steve Oncley
In-Situ Sensing Facility
Earth Observing Laboratory

Vorticies in the atmospheric surface layer passing through a fixed array of 31 turbulence sensors have created a data set with unprecedented resolution of their characteristics and dynamics.  During the day, these vorticies likely are dust devils, though no visual observations are available to confirm this.  At night, this array appears to have made the first field observations of hairpin vorticies.  This talk will describe the structure and dynamics of several types of vorticies and relate them to other vortex investigations, including tornadoes and hurricanes.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 3:30PM
NCAR - Foothills Laboratory
3450 Mitchell Lane
FL2 Large Auditorium (FL2-1022)

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

Announcement will run from Thu, 08/21/2014 to Friday, August 29, 2014

Using GPS to improve tropical cyclone forecasts
One of the challenges in forecasting tropical cyclones is that measuring atmospheric conditions over the open ocean is extremely difficult. A new case study involving the Arabian Sea's most powerful cyclone on record indicates that the COSMIC microsatellite system, which uses GPS radio occultation to observe remote regions of the atmosphere, can significantly improve predictions of tropical cyclones. more>

For more information, contact David Hosansky at ext. 8611,

Announcement will run from Thu, 08/21/2014 to Sunday, August 24, 2014

The deadline for FY14 Metrics and OpenSky Citations data entry is Monday, November 3.  The Metrics Database is now viewable by the public so it has a new address:  Update your bookmarks if you have it marked! 

Here is the schedule for Metrics & Open Sky Training presentations:

  • Session 1 Monday, September 8, 10 -11 am, FL1 EOL Atrium
  • Session 2 Tuesday, September 9, 3 - 4 pm, ML Damon Room

We request that staff sign up in advance of the training by emailing Cindy Worster ( by September 5.

We'll record the two trainings and post the best one to the Metrics help page.   If you would like custom training, we would be happy to meet with your team and staff; let us know how we can help. 

For more information, contact Cindy Worster at ext. 1101,

Announcement will run from Thu, 08/21/2014 to Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Speaker:     Bob Gall, NOAA. Development Manager of HFIP
Date:          August 26, 2014
Time:          11:00am
Place:          FL 2 – Room 1001


The Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program (HFIP) has goals to reduce the error in track and intensity forecast guidance from numerical model systems by 20% in five years (by 2014) and 50% in ten years. Additional goals include skillful seven-day forecasts and a greatly increased ability to forecast rapid intensification and decay. To meet these goals by the deadlines the HFIP has organized a large component of the hurricane community to focus on various aspects of development of the numerical and statistical model forecast guidance systems expected to lead to these improvements. This includes development of advanced data assimilation systems and ensemble systems at high resolution for both regional and global models followed by statistical post processing.

HFIP was summarized extensively in a recent Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society article: In this presentation we will give an overview of the program followed by recent results.

We are nearing the end of the first five years of the HFIP and if the Project is to be successful, some of the research results that it has been working on with NCEP and the community to get into operations ought to be apparent in operational hurricane model results. In this talk we will outline those results and note where we need to focus the effort during the next five years.

For more information, contact Marybeth Zarlingo at ext. 2751,

Announcement will run from Wed, 08/20/2014 to Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Do you need to access an article from the Library's journal subscriptions while working from home or while on a field project?

UCAR/NCAR/UCP staff can access the Library's electronic journals from anywhere in the world. The NCAR Library provides Remote Access through UCAR's Proxy Service, allowing staff to view journal articles and other licensed materials while outside the UCAR domain. The Proxy Service also extends access to content to official visitors and collaborators world-wide.

Go to the Library home page at and click on "Remote Access" on the top bar of the page. Enter your UCAS Username and password.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact NCAR Reference at or (303) 497-8505.

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

Announcement will run from Wed, 08/20/2014 to Monday, September 15, 2014

Save the date! The UCAR Center for Science Education will be hosting two brown bag brainstorming sessions to discuss content and ideas for the new climate exhibit, which we will be developing over the next year. Please attend and bring your great ideas for how we can share information about climate science and climate change with our visitors in this new exhibit.

  • Session #1 - Monday, September 8 from 12:00-1:30pm in the ML Main Seminar Room
  • Session #2 - Monday, September 15 from 12:00-1:30pm in FL2-1001

For more information, contact Becca Hatheway at ext. 2597,

Announcement will run from Tue, 08/19/2014 to Monday, August 25, 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.

Ocean Circulation and Climate: A 21st Century Perspective
Editors: Gerold Siedler, Stephen M. Griffies, John Church
Publisher: Elsevier
Call Number: GC228.5 .O254 2013
Location: ML Library

Nonlinear Dynamics and Quantum Chaos: An Introduction
Author: Sandro Wimberger
Publisher: Springer
Call Number: QC174.17.C45 W54 2014
Location: ML Library

Nonlinear Time Series Analysis, 2nd Ed.
Authors: Holger Kantz and Thomas Schreiber
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Call Number: QA280 .K355 2004
Location: ML Library

Extreme Value Theory: An Introduction
Authors: Laurens de Haan, Ana Ferreira
Publisher: Springer
Call Number: QA273.6 .H29 2006
Location: FL Library

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

Announcement will run from Thu, 08/14/2014 to Tuesday, September 30, 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,

Announcement will run from Tue, 08/12/2014 to Friday, August 29, 2014

Each year, UCAR is required to notify all employee participants of the status of the benefit plans.  Each of the annual reports has been filed with the Internal Revenue Service as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Acti of 1974 (ERISA).

The Summary Annual Reports are furnished electronically via a Web site listed below. 

For more information, contact Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Announcement will run from Mon, 08/04/2014 to Saturday, September 27, 2014

NCAR Community Art Program proudly presents: 

The Fresh A.I.R. Show: Artists In Recovery Group Art Show

Show Theme: “Through Art, Visions and Dreams the Light Comes Through.”

"Recovery” is a way of life – sobriety a model for living.

An estimated 23 million people grapple with severe alcohol or drug abuse—more than twice the number of Americans afflicted with cancer. Today, 1.2 million people belong to one of the major addiction-recovery programs, listing 55,000 meeting groups in the U.S.

Each of us is in this alone together.The most successful addiction-recovery programs focus on a Fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, in order to solve their common problems and help others to recover from their addictions—alcohol, narcotics, eating, gambling, etc. The healing power of a support group with a common condition was never shown to be more powerful than in sponsorship-oriented 12-Step Programs. Staying active, attending meetings and “being there” for the new comers is how our 20 Fresh A.I.R. artists all met.

For an artist, faith without works is dead. Through fellowship and service, I have come to know many talented artists, jewelers, photographers, metal & woodworkers, musicians, and more – who daily make the conscious choice of Life, Art, Joy and Freedom from addiction. Some have done so for decades… some only for months… but each of us regained our freedom one-day-at-a-time. As a group of independent artists, acting in the spirit of fellowship to build bridges of understanding, we wish to share our stories and our vision of hope through our artwork. We celebrate dignity, wellness and community.

The Fresh A.I.R. Show series is an unaffiliated grassroots project started by Michael Hamers, who lives in Niwot, CO. Its purpose is to promote, share and celebrate with other creative individuals in the process of recovery and openly with the Boulder County community, the daily joy of being in recovery. This has as its basis the fresh perspective of adopting healthier attitudes and practices taken toward life: our art and work, our community, a sense of freedom, spirituality, and the acceptance of a Higher-Power actively influencing our lives.

"Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

The Fresh A.I.R. Show will be on exhibit in Gallery I & Gallery II of the NCAR Mesa Lab August 4, 2014 to September 27, 2014. 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,

Announcement will run from Thu, 07/31/2014 to Friday, August 29, 2014

Thanks to everyone who took time to provide feedback during one or more of the Goal Team Open House sessions for the UCAR Strategic Plan. We realize that summer is a busy time so we've made recordings for those who missed one or more of these sessions. I encourage you to listen to the recordings pertaining to the goals that interest you, and to join the conversation, using the online commenting feature for each goal.

Look for the “Add New Comment” field for each page at (use your UCAS password to log in). The Goal Team leaders can also be emailed with your input

I've appreciated the thoughtful, spirited and valuable contributions made by colleagues attending the live sessions, and look forward to continuing the conversation on the website.

Webcast recordings of all eight sessions

Managing operations through best practices (Co-leads: Katy Schmoll and Michael Thompson)
Tuesday, July 15

Advocating for the atmospheric sciences (Co-leads: Joanie Kleypas and Scott Rayder)
Friday, July 18

Fostering an engaged, inclusive workforce (Co-leads: Helen Moshak and Jielun Sun)
Friday, July 18

Building connections and partnerships (Co-leads: Emily CoBabe-Ammann and Liz Ritchie)
Friday, July 18

Inspiring a culture of excellence (Co-leads: David Edwards and Meg Austin)
Friday, July 25

Serving as a locus of capability and innovation (Co-leads: Karyn Sawyer and Mohan Ramamurthy)
Monday, July 28

Supporting NCAR’s mission (Co-leads:Vanda Grubišić and Bill Brune, Penn State)
Tuesday, July 29  

Translating our science into learning (Co-leads: Mary Marlino and John Ristvey)
Wednesday, July 30

Thanks again to everyone for your participation in this important effort.


For more information, contact Tom Bogdan at ext. 1652,

Announcement will run from Thu, 04/03/2014 to Thursday, September 25, 2014

For more information, contact D Nychka at ext. 1711,