Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Presenting Data and Information: A Summary of the Edward Tufte Course and Its Relevant Lessons for NCAR Scientists

David John Gagne II

National Center for Atmospheric Research

I recently attended the one-day course on “Presenting Data and Information” by Edward Tufte, a major pioneer of data visualization, thanks to generous support from Dr. Doug Nychka and IMAGe. During the course, Tufte covered important principles of analytical design and guidelines for giving effective presentations. He also provided his perspective on a wide range of topics related to data visualization and showcased visualizations that exemplified his design principles. In this seminar, I will highlight important lessons from the course, analyze some of the featured visualizations, and discuss how NCAR scientists can incorporate these design principles into their scientific workflows.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Mesa Lab, 680 - Penthouse

(Bring your lunch)



Posted by Michelle Patton at ext. 1253,

Friday, July 21, 2017 to Tuesday, July 25, 2017
The NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, August 12, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. as part of the festivities celebrating the City of Cheyenne's 150th anniversary. All staff and their families are enthusiastically invited to attend, and enjoy the visitor center and hands-on activities for all ages.
Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., NCAR, UCAR SciEd, and University of Wyoming staff and students will present fun, interactive events and games for the whole family, including:
  • Robot demonstrations
  • Raspberry Pi video games
  • Tornado simulations
  • Computational thinking challenges
The visitor center is also inaugurating new exhibits, videos, and information about the Sun and the oceans, the new Cheyenne supercomputer, and the 2017 solar eclipse.
We look forward to seeing you at the NWSC!
Date: 12 August
Location: NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC)
Address: 8120 Veta Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82009
Time: Open 10a.m.-4p.m., activities and demos 11a.m.-3p.m.
Admission: free

Posted by Marijke Unger at ext. 1285,

Friday, July 21, 2017 to Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Beginners Introduction to the Analog Ensemble Technique


Have you heard about the Analog Ensemble (AnEn) technique? Would you like to learn more about the technique and its evolution? Want to learn its possible applications and the current state-of-the-art research being conducted using this technique? Then come for a beginners adventure into the AnEn technique brought to you by the Warner Internship for Scientific Enrichment (WISE) Program!

 The Analog Ensemble (AnEn) technique was developed to generate a probability distribution function (PDF) of an expected outcome from a current deterministic forecast and corresponding sets of historical forecasts and verifying observations. The technique has implications in physical science subject areas where: 1) single deterministic predictions, past predictions, and their corresponding observations are available; 2) it is necessary to have quantifiable and justifiable measures of uncertainty; and 3) computational resources are precious.  The AnEn technique provides an alternative option for generating probabilistic forecasts without requiring the computational expense of a NWP ensemble thus allowing scientists to choose between the tradeoff of higher resolution modeling or ensemble modeling at a coarser resolution. The AnEn improves short-term weather prediction accuracy, decreases real-time computational costs, and provides spatial and temporal uncertainty estimation (Delle Monache et al. 2011; Delle Monache et al. 2013; Alessasndrini et al. 2015; Zhang et al. 2015).  Applications of the technique include but are not limited to: a range of weather parameters (e.g., 10-m and 80-m wind speed, 2-m temperature, relative humidity) solar power forecasting, wind power forecasting, air quality forecasting, tropical cyclone predictions, and downscaling of parameters as wind speed and precipitation.  

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 1:00PM-2:00PM FL2-1001

Posted by Jessa Johnson at ext. 2751,

Thursday, July 20, 2017 to Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Join a cohort of your colleagues from across NCAR|UCAR to share, learn, and talk about topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This 4-part training series is an introduction to the ways in which various identities can affect our experiences in society and the workplace. Together we will explore different aspects of our own identities, hear the background and lived experiences of people with different gender identities and from different races. We’ll learn how to identify problematic and potentially hurtful interactions as they occur, and learn practical tools for intervening. Each session will focus on a different topic, with some required pre-readings and videos (about 2-3 hours). The sessions will involve reflection on the pre-readings, hands-on activities to explore further, and shared discussions to learn from each other’s perspectives. Check your calendars, sign up now! 

To sign up please go to the Connect Website. Once you log in, click on the EOD calendar and registration link, search for “UNEION)”. You must register for ALL FOUR sessions in order to participate- the sessions are under the general title UNEION, be sure to register for the courses with the PRO144, PRO145, PRO146, and PRO147 in the titles. All sessions will be held from 3:00pm to 5:00pm on August 8, September 12, October 17, and November 7.

For more information please visit the UNEION page on the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website or contact Kristen Luna Aponte (  

Target Audience:

Open to all NCAR|UCAR employees (who have not already completed UNEION 101) interested in learning more about diversity, equity and inclusion, and who are willing to approach these topics with an open mind, and a willingness to be challenged and consider alternative viewpoints. Attendance at all four sessions is mandatory, as the sessions build on each other, and you will be part of a cohort learning group. Please DO NOT sign up if you are unable to attend ALL FOUR sessions. Please note dates, times, and locations for all the sessions.

Posted by Kristen Luna Aponte at ext. 1657,

Thursday, July 20, 2017 to Tuesday, August 1, 2017

ACOM Seminar

IASI has been probing the atmosphere for 10 years: Highlights and what’s next

Dr. Cathy Clerbaux
Senior Scientist at LATMOS/CNRS and NCAR Affiliate Scientist

The IASI family of instruments has been sounding the atmosphere since 2006 onboard the Metop series of satellites. Using the radiance data recorded in the thermal infrared spectral range concentrations for atmospheric compounds can be derived, and circulation patterns can be followed from space. Now that a ten year record of trends can be determined, we will be able to manipulate the data in near real time to detect exceptional events, such as large fires, volcanic plumes, specific dynamics events, and high pollution peaks. We will also be able to contribute to future forecasting using data assimilation. The talk will present some recent results and also future plans.


Monday, July 31, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

Refreshments 3:15 p.m.


NCAR Foothills Laboratory

3450 Mitchell Lane, Boulder, CO 80301

FL2-1022, Large Auditorium
Live webcast:

Posted by Bonnie Slagel at ext. 8318,

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 to Monday, July 31, 2017

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Wyoming National Guard is opening its doors to the public July 26, at the 153rd Airlift Wing, 217 Dell Range Blvd., in Cheyenne, Wyoming from 10:45 am - 3:00 pm.

National Science Foundation (NSF) supported atmospheric science research facilities will also be present at the Wyoming National Guard Open House this year and will include the NSF/NCAR C-130, the Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR) Doppler on Wheels (DOW), and the University of Wyoming (UW) King Air. These facilities are used to research a wide range of atmospheric phenomena from severe weather to drought to air quality.

Tours of the facilities and weather balloon launches will be held throughout the day.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) makes significant investments in the atmospheric sciences to address a wide variety of atmospheric phenomena ranging from severe weather to air quality. By improving our understanding of the atmosphere and our ability to predict storms, droughts, wildfires, and even the small-scale movements of air that can influence the energy produced by wind turbines, this research makes our country more resilient and safer as we are better prepared to assess and respond to our future needs.

Funding from the NSF enables the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the University of Wyoming (UW), and the Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR) to manage and operate a variety of research equipment used to collect the data needed to study the atmosphere.

For more information visit

Additionally, you're invited to join the NCAR Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) Open Hosue event on Saturday, 12 August. Family-friendly, hands-on activities for all ages will take place from 11:00 - 3:00 pm. 

Posted by Alison Rockwell at ext. 8758,

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 to Wednesday, July 26, 2017

ACOM Seminar

Title: New Sensors for large-scale air quality monitoring

Speaker: Suresh Dhaniyala, Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Clarkson University

Abstract: An important air quality parameter, from a human health perspective, is the mass concentration of particles smaller than 2.5μm, i.e. PM2.5.  The importance of this air quality parameter for human health was first established from a series of epidemiological studies in the US and Europe in 1990s and subsequently ,PM2.5 has become globally accepted as one of the critical measures of air pollution. Conventional PM2.5 monitoring by national agencies has been based on techniques focused on accuracy of mass measurements rather than convenience of deployment. With the need for high temporal- and spatial-resolution of air quality data for health effect studies, newer measurement technologies are increasingly being explored and deployed.

In this talk, I will provide an overview of the currently available low-cost monitoring technologies and their advantages and limitations. I will then introduce our efforts to develop a new low-cost aerosol monitoring instrument based on electrical-mobility technique for real-time monitoring of particle size, number ,and mass concentrations over abroad diameter range of 10 nm to 2.5 μm. The combination of existing and emerging low-cost monitoring sensors will help improve our understanding of health effects of aerosol particles and result in the evolution of more locally-appropriate air quality parameters.

Monday, July 24, 2017, 3:30p.m.
NCAR Foothills Laboratory
3450 Mitchell Lane,  Boulder, CO 80301
Live webcast:


Posted by Bonnie Slagel at ext. 8318,

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 to Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Posted by Annette Lampert at ext. 8719,

Monday, July 17, 2017 to Friday, July 28, 2017

“Toy” Model of Convective Dynamics for Testing Data Assimilation Methodologies

Jun-Ichi Yano
CNRM, Météo France, Toulouse

The purpose of this talk is to propose a "toy" model for testing various data assimilation methodologies for convective-scale predictions.

All the major numerical weather prediction (NWP) centers are now running their regional model with horizontal resolutions that marginally resolve individual convective elements. 

Under this new NWP regime, new assimilation strategies are required due to highly transient nature of the atmospheric convective system with much shorter prediction time scale.

The traditional approaches for testing a new assimilation methodology in the preliminary phase is to use a series of Lorenz models (1963, 1982), that qualitatively represent the basic behavior of the synoptic-scale flows.

However, for the convective-scale NWP, these are no longer optimal models for testing, but a new type of "toy" model is required that represents the convection dynamics better.

This talk suggests that the convective energy-cycle system that I have been working on with R. S. Plant serves for this purpose by adding a spatial dependency to its original formulation. 

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Mesa Lab, 680 - Penthouse
(Bring your lunch)

Posted by Michelle Patton at ext. 1253,

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 to Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Please join the UCAR President's office in bidding a fond farewell to Susan Montgomery-Hodge, whose final day with UCAR is Monday, August 7.  We will celebrate Susan's 30 years of dedication to this organization serving as the Executive Assistant to the President.  The celebration will happen in the Damon room, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 7.  We hope you will join us for food, drink and to wish Susan well.  For catering purposes, an RSVP is needed and can be sent to  The party theme is Western, so wear your favorite cowboy hat, boots, chaps, spurs, etc.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Martz, x1654,

Posted by Gloria Kelly at ext. 2102,

Monday, July 10, 2017 to Monday, July 31, 2017