Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Only 5 days left to work with your team to enter your FY 2017 (Oct 1, 2016 - Sept 30, 2017) metrics into the Metrics Database ( by this Friday, Oct. 27! This will ensure that your Staff Directory metrics and individual Activity Reports are current and our year-end reporting to NSF is accurate.

Please take a few minutes to enter your metrics if you have:

  • Served on a thesis committee

  • Served as a journal editor

  • Received an external award or honor

  • Contributed to K-12 activities

  • Mentored a colleague

  • Presented a poster or talk

  • Served on an external  or internal committee

  • Gone on a collaborative staff leave greater than 2 weeks

  • Taught in a college classroom

  • Taught in a Workshop/Tutorial

Need help?  Check out the Learn in a Minute Videos - The Metrics Database Series

Click on the link to Videos in the navigation near the top of the page in the database or go directly to the video by clicking on the title below:

Metrics Database 101

Data Entry

Metrics Dashboard

Activity Report

Metrics in the Staff Directory

Call or email Konnie Phillips at ext. 1101, or your Metrics Maven if you have any questions.  

Posted by Helen Moshak at ext. 1112,

Monday, October 23, 2017 to Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Digital Asset Services Hub (DASH) is introducing the beta version of its search and discovery service (, and the Data Stewardship Engineering Team (DSET) would like to invite you to its first Show and Tell sessions!

Sophie Hou, the Data Curation & Stewardship Coordinator, will give demonstration of and answer questions about the new service between 12 and 1pm at the following dates/locations:

  • Mesa Library, Tuesday, November 7th

  • FL-2 Library, Wednesday, November 8th

  • Center Green Room 2126, Thursday, November 9th

Be sure to come to one of the sessions to learn about how DSET and DASH are providing open, public access to the scientific research at NCAR/UCAR, and how you could share your research too!

Posted by Sophie Hou at ext. 1832,

Monday, October 23, 2017 to Thursday, November 9, 2017

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Monday, October 23, 2017 to Friday, November 3, 2017

NCAR's Yellowstone supercomputing cluster will be decommissioned on December 31, 2017. This means that the system will be powered down on that date and no longer available to users.

Users who have not already done so are strongly encouraged to migrate their work to Cheyenne as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary interruptions. Documentation is available to help Yellowstone users make the transition and includes this Quick start overview as well as procedures and scripts for running jobs. For help in migrating job scripts or rebuilding executables, please contact

Please note that it is not necessary to copy or move files to HPSS or to another disk space as a result of Yellowstone’s decommissioning. All files in the GLADE system file spaces - home, scratch, work, and project - are accessible via Cheyenne. Copying or archiving files unnecessarily will waste expensive tapes and valuable disk space while increasing use of your allocation.

See CISL's allocations documentation if you do not already have a Cheyenne allocation. 

Posted by Mick Coady at ext. 1828,

Monday, October 23, 2017 to Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Deadline: Thursday, November 16

The new President's Strategic Initiative Fund provides seed funding for promising interdisciplinary scientific research across the whole of the organization. Awards are made to incentivize transformational science across NCAR, UCP, and/or with UCAR Member Institutions. Successful submissions will outline new activities likely to lead to future external funding.

Proposals (approximately five pages) will be accepted through close of business on November 16, 2017, with a target start date of January 2018 for a one-year performance period.

Details and application process:

Posted by Joanna Schmitz at ext. 1653,

Friday, October 20, 2017 to Wednesday, November 1, 2017

February 6-9, 2018
Corporate Technical Training Center
Center Green campus, 3085 Center Green Drive (CG-2)
Boulder, CO

This 3.5 day workshop is geared towards new users of NCL. It will include a combination of introductory lectures on NCL, scientific data formats, and graphics, with hands-on labs every day. During the labs, the instructors work with students to help them write NCL programs for analyzing their own data.

Registration is limited to 16 students. The deadline is January 15, 2018.

Travel support is available on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified students from EPSCoR states or minority-serving institutions to attend. The deadline for applying for funds is December 11, 2017.

See the link below for full details and a link to the registration form.

Posted by Mary Haley at ext. 1254,

Friday, October 20, 2017 to Friday, December 8, 2017

The Denver-Boulder AMS chapter would like to call your attention to this new AMS fund, which our chapter is gladly supporting.

The "Winds of Change For Students" Fund has been established by Marshall Shepherd through the American Meteorological Society. As many of you know, Dr. Shepherd is an AMS past-president and distinguished professor at the University of Georgia.

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season has caused hardship for students in parts of the Caribbean, Texas, and Florida. This fund is established to assist students from affected regions that may want to attend the AMS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas in 2018.

Numerous reports have documented that meteorological-research-instructional programs, particularly in Puerto Rico, have been adversely affected, and students need support. Dr. Shepherd initiated the fund with an initial donation of $1000 with the hope that others would contribute in helping reverse winds of fortune for these students in the same way that winds change as the eye of a hurricane passes.

If you would like to contribute to the fund, please contact Stephanie Armstrong at AMS headquarters ( All donations to AMS are tax deductible.

Vanessa Vincente, President
Denver-Boulder AMS Chapter

Posted by Vanessa Vincente at ext. 8475,

Thursday, October 19, 2017 to Friday, November 3, 2017

Essential People Management 

UCAR Human Resources is excited to announce a new best practices one-day training program and cohort project for all managers and supervisors. Essential People Management will run quarterly (every January, April, July, and October).

First Training Date: Tuesday, October 24th 2017 - spots are limited, please register ASAP.

Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (lunch provided)

Location: CG1 3131

*Future dates are provided in Connect via EOD Training Catalog as well.

Please register as soon as possible. Each session allows 25 participants maximum and spots will go quickly.

Registration Instructions:
Managers and Supervisors can register with their manager’s approval.

REGISTER by logging into Connect:

Select "EOD Training Catalog" and register.

If you have questions, please contact: Toni Wallace,, 303-497-8716

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Thursday, October 19, 2017 to Wednesday, October 25, 2017


TITLE: Parameterization of Blue Jets and lightnings in WACCM: Frequency and chemical impact of atmospheric electricity phenomena

SPEAKERS: Francisco J. Pérez-Invernón and Francisco J. Gordillo-Vázquez
Instituto De Astrofisica De Andalucia
Granada, Andalucia, Spain

ABSTRACT: We will present the results of our ongoing work about four different parameterization of lightning and Blue Jets in WACCM. Blue Jets are 20 km tall stratospheric electrical discharges taking place in the stratosphere from the bottom of the cloud top as a consequence of lightning. It is known that lightning are an important source of tropospheric NOx. In addition, Blue Jets can generate stratospheric NOx, N2O, O and other chemical species. In this seminar, we will comment on the global frequency and possible global chemical influence of both Blue Jets and lightning in the atmosphere of the Earth. Finally, we will compare our calculations with available lightning flash frequency observed by satellites and with some of the latest NOx measurements.

Monday, October 23, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
Refreshments 3:15 p.m.
NCAR Foothills Laboratory
FL2-1022, Large Auditorium

Posted by Bonnie Slagel at ext. 8318,

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 to Monday, October 23, 2017

A Hurricane WRF Tutorial will be held on January 23-25, 2018 at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP) in College Park, MD. This will be a three-day event organized by the Developmental Testbed Center (DTC) and by the NOAA Environmental Modeling Center (EMC). The Hurricane Weather Research and Forecast system (HWRF) is a coupled atmosphere-ocean model suitable for tropical cyclone (TC) research and forecasting in all Northern and Southern Hemisphere ocean basins.

Tutorial participants can expect to hear lectures on all aspects of HWRF, including model physics and dynamics, nesting, initialization, coupling with the ocean, postprocessing, and vortex tracking. Additionally, enrichment lectures on HWRF's multistorm capability, TC verification, HWRF ensemble system, and NCEP's future plans for TC numerical weather prediction will be presented. Practical sessions will give tutorial participants hands-on experience in running HWRF.

Date: January 23-25, 2018 

Location: NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, MD

Posted by Jessa Johnson at ext. 2751,

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 to Friday, December 22, 2017