Staff Notes Daily Announcements

NCAR Senior Scientist Martyn Clark will be honored next week as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for his exceptional contribution to Earth science. NCAR Senior Scientist Bette Otto-Bliesnerhas been asked to give a prestigious lecture. Read more here.

Posted by Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Friday, December 9, 2016 to Thursday, December 15, 2016

NCAR Senior Scientist Martyn Clark will be honored next week as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for his exceptional contribution to Earth science. NCAR Senior Scientist Bette Otto-Bliesner has been asked to give a prestigious lecture. Read more here.

Posted by Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Friday, December 9, 2016 to Thursday, December 15, 2016

A new Delphi question and answer has been posted about: delegating supervisor approval on all timecards to administrative assistants. 

To learn more about Delphi, visit the Delphi website. 

Posted by rebecca swisher at ext. 8609,

Thursday, December 8, 2016 to Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Former NCAR staffer Joseph (Joe) Choy, the first Mass Store System Group Head, passed away last week. He began work at the Scientific Computing Division (now CISL) in 1980, playing an instrumental role in the early data communications group, which has since become NETS. One of the many highlights of his career at NCAR was to lead the development and installation of the satellite internet network link between NCAR and the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. Joe was an integral part in the development of a mass storage system and computer networking at NCAR, and he is remembered fondly and with respect. For more about Joe, including his generous volunteer activities, see his Daily Camera obituary.

Posted by David Hosansky at ext. 8611,

Thursday, December 8, 2016 to Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Verification in Complex Terrain with Ensemble-Analysis including observation uncertainty

Simon Kloiber, University of Vienna

Traditionally, verification means to verify a forecast (ensemble) with the truth represented by observations. The observation errors are quite often neglected arguing that they are small when compared to the forecast error.

In this study as part of the MesoVICT (Mesoscale Verification Intercomparison over Complex Terrain) project it will be shown, that observation errors have to be taken into account for verification purposes. The Observation uncertainty is estimated from the VERA (Vienna Enhanced Resolution Analysis) and represented via two analysis ensembles which are compared to the forecast ensemble. For the whole study the COSMO-LEPS provided by Arpae-SIMC Emilia-Romagna are used as forecast ensemble. The time period covers the MesoVICT core case from 20-22 June 2007.

For the first part, developing verification methods to compare two ensembles, knowledge about their distribution is necessary. To answer that question, tests have been executed (Kolmogorov-Smirnov-Test, Finkelstein-Schafer Test, Chi-Square Test etc.) and they haven’t shown an exact mathematical distribution. So the main focus is on non-parametric statistics (e.g. Kernel density estimation, Boxplots etc.) and also the deviation between “forced” normal distributed data and the kernel density estimations.

In the second part, the observational deviations due to the analysis ensembles are represented. A boxplot shows the range of a score, which is calculated multiple times with every ensemble member as the “true” observation. Additionally, the bootstrapping method may also provide a boxplot, if two ensembles getting compared. These possible approaches to incorporating observational uncertainty into the computation of statistics will be discussed in the talk. 

This seminar will be webcasted at:

Monday, December 12, 2016 | 2-3 pm | FL2 - Room 1001 

National Center for ATmospheric Research, Boulder

Posted by Rhonda Moore at ext. 8389,

Thursday, December 8, 2016 to Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A new question has been posted to the Delphi Question and Answer Service on the topic: Health insurance options that include Boulder County Hospital.

UCAR’s Delphi Service (log in with your Google password) was created in 1974 to give staff a vehicle to ask management about UCAR policies and practices in a confidential manner. Submit questions to the Delphi Coordinator: Marc Genty, Mesa Lab Room 39D,, ext 1210. Staff can submit questions the following ways:
    1.    Interoffice mail in a sealed envelope marked "confidential,”
    2.    Email, with “confidential” in the subject line, or
    3.    US mail to the Delphi Coordinator’s home (call the coordinator to get his home address).

All questions must include your name and contact information so the coordinator can correspond confidentially with you. Questions and answers of general interest will be published in Staff Notes Daily.

Posted by rebecca swisher at ext. 8609,

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 to Tuesday, December 13, 2016

If you're going to the AGU or AMS meetings this winter, or visiting university campuses, please take a few minutes to read over our new elevator pitch (link below) describing our educational and visitor opportunities at NCAR and UCAR. We offer multiple ways for the university community, from students to faculty, to get involved, and we're doing our best to get the word out. Please help us by taking our message with you, and letting people know about their chances to visit, attend training and workshops, and get resources from us. 

You’ll find links to the pitch, presentation slide templates, and more speaking tools online at

More information about all of our opportunities, programs and resources will be at the NCAR and UCAR booths. If you have any questions, please contact me ( and I'll be happy to tell you more. 

Brought to you by the NCAR Diversity, Education & Outreach Office and NCAR|UCAR Communications

Posted by Carolyn Brinkworth at ext. 1137,

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 to Friday, December 16, 2016
The Children's Holiday Party was a great success on Saturday, 12/3. The successful outcome would not have been possible without all of our wonderful volunteers! We had over 115 families attend the event and there were approximately 200-250 children that visited Santa!
Special Shout Out to everyone!
  • Randy Schalhamer (aka, Santa): Thanks for your support!
  • Set-up Crew: Courtney Gibson, Tom Cordova, Dan Ziskin, Lisa Packard, and North Rittner
  • Media Services: Tyler Scherpenseel, Aurelio Hernandez, and Reed Summers.
  • Handing out Santa numbers for photos: Annette Lampert & Vanessa Vincente
  • Assisting the photographer: Dan Ziskin & Wenxian Li
  • Handing out gifts to children: Carlos Rojas-Torres (and family) & Matthew Paulus
  • Decorating Cookies with children: Lara Cervantes (and family) & Naomi Williams (and family)
  • Painting ceramics with children: Brian Bevirt & Benjamin Cross
  • Photography: Carlye Calvin
  • Music: Macy Nedelko
  • Advertising: Rebecca Swisher
  • Ceramics: Dee Johnson and family 
  • Stickers and Art: Stephanie Ivancic
  • Clean-up Crew: Joseph Knittle, Laurie Chavez, and Art Chavez
  • Event Services: Cathy Ryan, Neelee Smith, and Mari Bradley
  • EACThank you for all of your support!
The team effort is appreciated more than words can express. Great job to everyone and many thanks to all of the families that attended! Looking forward to next year!!!

If you attended the event and took photos with Santa, here is a link where you can access the images provided by Carlye Calvin:

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 to Sunday, December 11, 2016

New Hires and Departures as of Friday, December 2

Posted by Annette Lampert at ext. 8719,

Monday, December 5, 2016 to Friday, December 16, 2016

The UCAR Community Art Program presents two new exhibits:

December 5, 2016 – February 3, 2017

Oil Paintings by Olga Karpeisky

“Everyone can understand beauty. It descends on us in different ways. But there is something that appeals to everybody – it is the life given to us. It could be bright and full of joy, or could feel abandoned and lonesome. Sometimes in the sequence of fast racing events we notice the divine moment of spiritual peace and harmony and we want to prolong it. To find inspiration in things of everyday life that appeal to the senses, to capture the stillness of the moment and then to describe it as a beautiful theme to a viewer – that’s my goal. I try to achieve this through rhythmic, dynamic and balanced composition, wrapped into the movement of light through the volume of space. “ – Olga Karpeisky 2016. Karpeisky’s work will be on exhibit in the UCAR Community Art Gallery at the NCAR Mesa Lab.

Acrylic and Mixed Media Paintings by Joan Jordan

Joan Jordan creates intuitive acrylic and mixed media paintings inspired by nature. Joan’s paintings capture impressions of the seasons – summer abundance, fall harvesting, winter dormancy, and the rebirth of spring. Her colorful artwork captures a sense of the place and the emotion or feeling of being in the landscape. Jordan’s work will be on display in the UCAR Community Art Gallery at the NCAR Mesa Lab.

Preview all artists' work on the UCAR Community Art Calendar

Posted by Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570,

Monday, December 5, 2016 to Friday, February 3, 2017