Staff Notes Daily Announcements

A seedbed of greatness
The staff and alumni of NCAR's Advanced Study Program are taking pride this autumn in the program's 50th anniversary. What began as a novel idea just four years after the founding of NCAR has become a renowned launch pad for the careers of hundreds of young scientists, many of whom are now leaders in weather, climate, and solar research. more>

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

Wed, 10/01/2014

Michael Ferrari, Principal at Atlas Research Innovations
October 6, 2014 
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room

This is not your father’s weather forecast. Businesses across the commercial spectrum can be positively and negatively affected by weather and climate in deep and sometimes unanticipated ways.  Whether these are surprise acute weather events (i.e., weather black swans) or prolonged patterns that slowly enhance or curtail product demand and influence price, it is hard to find an industry that does not have some sort of operational and financial exposure to the atmosphere.  Michael will discuss how companies with exposure to fluctuations in commodity prices (primarily agriculture and energy) use weather/climate informatics to: (a) anticipate, and (b) manage commodity risk, with an emphasis on the global agricultural supply chain.  As we will see, this has impact on the small shareholder all the way through to the institutional investor.  The time has never been better to leverage the coupling of data analytics with the Earth Observation sciences to create a new industrial platform with over 1B potential customers.

This seminar is jointly sponsored by UCAR, Global Development Analytics and the Rocky Mountain Consortium for Global Development.

For more information, contact Susie Siders at ext. 1650,

Wed, 10/01/2014

New solar panels will be installed directly over the FLA main entrance this Thursday, Oct 2 (weather permitting).   For safety, the main building entrance will be closed for the day.  Barricades and signs will be put in place to direct employees to alternate entrances; the two end stair towers and the back dock.  

If you are visiting FLA please have your access badge with you.  All doors are equipped with card readers for entry.

If you are expecting an external visitor, please make arrangements to meet them outside the building and escort them in.

If there is a weather delay, the work will take place on Friday Oct 3.

Thank you for your patience.  As a side note, the FLA solar awning project is expected to wrap-up by Friday Oct 10.

Please email or call if you have questions:  David Patterson,,   (303) 497-8507

For more information, contact David Patterson at ext. 8507,

Wed, 10/01/2014

Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Time: 1:30–2:30 pm
Location: CG1 – 2126 (also webcast at

Title: Significant feedback from small-scale magnetic field and efficient energy transport in the solar convection zone

Efficiency of small-scale dynamo in the solar convection zone is investigated in high-resolution numerical calculations. The solar convection zone is filled with turbulent thermal convection. This convection transports the energy from the base of the convection zone to the solar surface. The turbulent motion has the ability to amplify magnetic field, i.e., dynamo. We significantly increase the numerical resolution by using a new method, the reduced speed of sound technique. Using higher resolution, the efficiency of dynamo is improved. Feedback of such magnetic field on fluid motion becomes strong. At the base of the convection zone, the root mean square velocity is reduced by 50%. In spite of significant reduction of the kinetic energy, the convective energy transport is not reduced much. In the talk, potential implications of these results for the recently raised issue of over-excited thermal convection in numerical calculations are discussed.

For more information, contact Sheryl Shapiro at ext. 1567,

Wed, 10/01/2014

Are you moving offices? Cleaning and organizing? Retiring?

Before you toss that box of old papers, newsletters, reports, or photos, contact the NCAR Archives!  We depend on you to help preserve the unique history of our organization and the contributions of our staff.

October is Archives Month and is a great time to go through old files and see if you have items to donate to the permanent collection of the NCAR Archives.  Our collections are used by staff looking to verify dates and facts, and scholars around the world rely on the collection for primary source material about UCAR/NCAR.

Contact Kate Legg, NCAR Archivist, if you have materials to donate or questions.

For more information, contact Kate Legg at ext. 8508,

Wed, 10/01/2014

The following travel application enhancements have been released for use.

  • Access to travel application now available during IFAS month end processing
  • Removal of business rule for President’s Council to approve all travel on indirect account keys
  • Added “round trip” feature to itinerary
  • U.S. Territories such as Guam, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands may now be entered in country field without requiring foreign approval
  • Various changes to the view trip screen such as:  added text description of the attachments types and account key descriptions
  • No Cost trip checkbox relocated to the financial information tab and reflects as a trip status
  • Search by begin and end date now sorts appropriately in ascending and descending order
  • Added verbiage to financial grid section for encumbrances and split encumbrances having a limit of six account keys
  • Added TA Number to the add attachments screen so users can ensure they are attaching to appropriate trip
  • Added the per diem links to the financial grid
  • Added new attachment type for after-the-fact justifications
  • Added link to the view trip page on travel arranger email
  • Added primary account key to display on the create TA confirmation page
  • Added “printer-friendly” link on view trip and the create trip summary page
  • Edited business rule on work address so it does not require city, state and zip on edit traveler and edit trip screens

Please contact Maddy McCowan,,  or Angie Yarbrough,, if there are questions about the released enhancements.

For more information, contact Karla Waltman at ext. 8881,

Wed, 10/01/2014

Mark your calendars for UCAR's 2014 Free Onsite Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinics. Sponsored by UCAR's Wellness Advisory Committee (WAC), this event is open to UCAR employees, retirees, their spouses/partners and dependent (adult) children 18-26 years of age. For dependent children under 18 years of age, please consult their healthcare provider(s) for these services.

Seasonal flu vaccinations are free to eligible participants. Optional FluMist is also available at all locations upon request and a co-pay of $19 to be paid by participants.  (Passport Health does not offer the Fluzone vaccine for those 65+; please contact your healthcare provider for questions on this vaccine.)  For questions on whether the vaccine is appropriate for you or a family member, please contact your healthcare provider.   

UCAR's 2014 On-site/Walk-in Flu Vaccination Clinics Schedule (No registration or vouchers are required): 

  • FL2-1003:                                                  October 14, 9:00-11:30 am
  • NWSC-Cheyenne Conference Room:             October 21, 10:00-11:30 am
  • CG1-2126:                                                 October 28, 9:00-11:30 am
  • RAF-Jeffco Conference Room:                      November 4, 10-11:30 am
  • ML-Damon Room:                                       November 13, 9:00-11:30 am

To subscribe and add events from the Google WAC WELLNESS EVENTS CALENDAR:

  1. In your personal Google Calendar, copy and paste this Calendar address within the “Other calendars” search box:
  2. Click Enter or Return
  3. Once selected, the Wellness Events in the Calendar will show up as a different color.


Eligible participants who can't attend any of the on-site clinics can schedule an appointment for the seasonal flu vaccination at any of the Passport Health Facilities listed below.  UCAR employees visiting the Boulder Passport Health location can show their employee ID/access card, no voucher is needed.  Vouchers are required for all other eligible participants and for everyone visiting any other Passport Health location listed below. Vouchers are ONLY valid at these select Passport Health locations and can be redeemed anytime between October 1-December 31, 2014 (or while supplies last).  For more information or to request a voucher, contact Cheryl Cristanelli, x8708,  

Appointments required at all Passport Health locations.  

Passport Health (Boulder*)
2355 Canyon Blvd, Suite 100
Boulder, CO 80302
*NO VOUCHER REQUIRED FOR UCAR Staff -- show employee ID/Access Cards --Boulder location only!  Vouchers required for retirees/and eligible dependents.

Passport Health (Bethesda)
10401 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-408-4544
Vouchers required for all eligible participants at this location 

Passport Health (DC)
1145 19th Street, NW #608
Washington DC  20036
Phone: 202-561-3600
Vouchers required for all eligible participants at this location

Passport Health (Largo) 
1100 Mercantile Lane
Suite 135
Largo, MD 20774
Phone: 301-408-4544
Vouchers required for all eligible participants at this location 

Passport Health (NJ)
Princeton Pike Corporate Center 
993 Lenox Dr., Suite 200 
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 
Phone: 732-345-0029 
Vouchers required for all eligible participants at this location

Passport Health (Silver Spring)
1734 Elton Road, Suite 112
Silver Spring, MD 20903
Phone: 301-408-4544
Vouchers required for all eligible participants at this location

Here’s to your good health from your friends on the WAC! 

This event is offered as a service, and participation is voluntary. UCAR does not endorse or recommend any product or service associated with this event. 

For more information, contact Cheryl Cristanelli at ext. 8708,

Wed, 10/01/2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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