Staff Notes Daily Announcements

UCAR is offering 20% off of its inventory of stamps, and the sale ends TODAY! A list of stamps, the current inventory, and their sale prices is located at the link below. The stamps can be purchased at the FL, CG and ML front desks. Feel free to contact Christy Fletcher, or Kristen Alipit, if you have questions.

UCAR Stamp Inventory List

For more information, contact Kristen Alipit at ext. 1661,

Fri, 07/31/2015

The CISL User Services Section will hold a 60- to 75-minute seminar and discussion for Yellowstone users at 10 a.m. Friday, August 7, in the Small Seminar Room at the Foothills Lab in Boulder (FL2-1001). The session will also be webcast via UCARConnect.

Three brief presentations are planned:

Accessing RDA collections from Yellowstone: Grace Peng (CISL/DSS)—A large subset of NCAR/CISL Research Data Archive (RDA) dataset collections can be accessed directly from the GLADE file spaces on Yellowstone. This presentation will provide an overview of the RDA resources and tools, including metadata access and subsetting services, that are available to Yellowstone users.

Simple “command file” syntax for task parallelism: Dick Valent (CISL/USS/CSG)—By using command file syntax to exploit characteristics of your workflow, you may be able to achieve task parallelism to make more efficient use of your Yellowstone allocation and reduce time to solution. Command file syntax can be used in forms from simple to complex. Dick will present the simplest form of command file.

Real-time, ensemble forecasting using CISL resources: Ryan Sobash (MMM)—A daily, real-time, ensemble forecasting system has been running at NCAR since late March using Yellowstone and other CISL resources. Ryan will talk about some unique computing challenges this type of system poses, solutions developed to maintain reliability and timeliness, and the development of an ensemble visualization system and website ( to view the forecasts.

All Yellowstone users are welcome. If you plan to attend in person, please sign up here to give us an idea of how many participants to expect.

For more information, contact B.J. Smith at ext. 1273,

Fri, 07/31/2015

Act fast! UCAR is offering 20% off of its inventory of stamps until tomorrow, July 31, 2015. A list of stamps, the current inventory, and their sale prices is located at the link below. The stamps can be purchased at the FL, CG and ML front desks. Feel free to contact Christy Fletcher, or Kristen Alipit, if you have questions.

UCAR Stamp Inventory List

For more information, contact Kristen Alipit at ext. 1661,

Thu, 07/30/2015

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is excited to announce the relaunch of our Website with new features.  We invite you to visit our site today.  If you missed our recent IP webinar or just want to review the presentation and slides, they are available here:  Copyright, Trademark or Patent?   

For more information, contact Christy Locke at ext. 8874,

Thu, 07/30/2015

It’s time to nominate your colleagues for the 2015 UCAR Distinguished Achievement and Outstanding Accomplishment Awards. Michael Thompson's memo requesting nominations for this year's awards can be found on the Employee Recognition Awards Policy website. In order for your submission to be favorably considered, please use the appropriate Criteria Checklist (there are two): for either the Distinguished Achievement Award and/or for one of the Outstanding Accomplishments Awards.

Submit your nominations electronically to Susan Montgomery-Hodge, either on a flash drive or to the UCAR at CIT (U) drive. Although any employee may initiate a nomination, only Directors or their designates can submit nominations.

The deadline for this year’s nominations is Friday, October 16th.

For more information, contact Susan Montgomery-Hodge at ext. 1653,

Wed, 07/29/2015

The annual Up The Hill Race and all-staff party will be Friday, August 7 at the Mesa Lab. If you want to participate in the running or the bike race, please sign up at The schedule is as follows, and the shuttle schedule will not change for the day:

  • 2:55 Mesa Lab road closes
  • 3:00 Bike Race and Bar Opens
  • Road will open between the bike and the foot races (approximately 3:15)
  • 3:25 Mesa Lab road closes
  • 3:30 Foot Race
  • Road will re-open after the last racer (approximately 4:00)

After the race, we will have the last summer all-staff party on the tree terrace at the Mesa Lab. Join us for cold beverages, appetizers, live music by the Craig Maierhofer Trio, and social time with your colleagues. Families are welcome to attend.

New! The bar will open at 3:00 PM along with appetizers. 

For more information, contact Kristen Alipit at ext. 1661,

Wed, 07/29/2015

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.

An Introduction to Lightning
Authors: Vernon Cooray
Publisher: Springer
Location: FL Library
Call Number: QC966 .C66 2015

Lightning Protection for Engineers: An Illustrated Guide for Critical High Value Facilities In Accord With Recognized Codes And Standards, Revised and Updated 2013
Author: Richard Kithil
Publisher: National Lightning Safety Institute (NLSI)
Location: ML Library
Call Number: TH9057 .L485 2013

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

Tue, 07/28/2015

Please join us in celebrating Dan Wilson's 31.5 years at UCAR. He accepted a position as Treasurer, Chief Investment Officer, and Associate Vice President for Finance at the University of Colorado.

Event:  Dan Wilson's going away party

Date:  Wednesday, July 29, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Location:   Patio between FL1 & FL2

Refreshments:  Beverages and Light Appetizers

All are welcome, please share this invitation!

For more information, contact Michelle Travis at ext. 8895,

Mon, 07/27/2015

The latest blog post about the NCAR ozone garden discusses how to identify ozone damage on plants. Check it out, and next time you're at the Mesa Lab take a look at the gardens by the front entrance and on the cafeteria patio. Also, contact our education staff at the Mesa Lab if you'd like to try out our new ozone garden data collection sheets!

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

Mon, 07/27/2015

UMatch is not the next generation of dating websites as its name might suggest, but it was designed to connect people who have mutual interests.  

UMatch helps connect the university community with NCAR|UCAR scientists, engineers, and other staff who are interested and available for collaboration and service opportunities. Possible activities include participation on thesis committees, teaching assignments, hosting student and professional visits, service to observational or computational facilities, and more.

NCAR|UCAR staff who are interested in adding their profile to the site, can register on UMatch.  Members of the community will be encouraged to contact UMatch staff members directly to discuss possibilities for working together and collaboration.  

In addition to UMatch, UCAR offers extended university stays for teaching and collaboration. For more information, see UVisit

For more information, contact Aneka Finley at ext. 1655,

Mon, 07/27/2015

Traveling abroad? Need to brush up on a foreign language for international collaboration?

Transparent Language Online is an online language learning application available to the UCAR/NCAR/UCP community through the NCAR Library. This product offers free remote access anytime from anywhere for over 80 languages. It provides personal progress tracking as well as audio pronunciation analysis and cultural resources.

Access is available through the Transparent Language NCAR Library login page. Your initial visit will require a one-time set-up process for your account. Once you have established your account a mobile application is available.

See more at NCAR Library On-Line Resources.

For more information, contact NCAR Reference at

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

Wed, 07/22/2015
Please join us in celebrating Richard Anthes!

  Event: Distinguished Scholar Talk and Celebration 

  Topic: Contributions of Radio Occultation to Weather and Climate: Using the World’s          Most Accurate and Precise Thermometer from Space

  Date:  Monday, August 17, 2015, 2pm

  Location:  Main Seminar Room, Mesa Lab

  Refreshments:  Beverages, hors d'oeuvres, and merriment to follow the talk!

  All are welcome, please share this invitation!      

For more information, contact Marissa Miller at ext. 1108,

Tue, 07/21/2015

Per the previous Heads Up announcement, Contracts issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit a vendor for the next office supply Non-Encumbered Blanket Purchase Order (NBPO).  This process is now complete.  Faison Office Products was the successful vendor in this RFP.  Thanks to all those who participated in the evaluation process!

If your lab/program wants to purchase office supplies through this NBPO, please submit a Purchase Requisition (PR) to Contracts at  The account key series for the lab/program should be used on the PR with the exception of account keys in 30xxxx, 31xxxx, or 32xxxx.  Also, the person(s) authorizing the PR must have at least $5,000 in signature authority for the account key series included on the PR.   Please utilize the NBPO Purchase Requisition form found on the Contracts webpage under Contract Forms.

Please submit the PRs for this NBPO to Contracts no later than Friday July 17, 2015. 

Please direct any questions regarding this NBPO or the ordering process to Justin Lee at or 303-497-2069

For more information, contact Justin Lee at ext. 2069,

Wed, 07/15/2015

August 11 - 14, 2015
NCAR Facility
3450 Mitchell Lane, Boulder, Colorado

GSI & EnKF - Starting Tuesday Morning on August 11 - 14, 2015
EnKF Only  -  Starting Thursday Afternoon on August 13 - 14, 2015
                  GSI knowledge is required for the EnKF Only Session

The combined Gridpoint Statistical Interpolation and Ensemble Kalman Filter (GSI/EnKF) Community Data Assimilation System Tutorial will be offered at the NCAR Foothills Laboratory, in Boulder, Colorado on August 11-14, 2015. This will be the sixth Community GSI tutorial, but the first time EnKF will be included.

GSI is the operational data assimilation (DA) system being used by various national operational and research centers, including NOAA and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). It is traditionally a three-dimensional variational DA system and has been extended to run with advanced features, including the hybrid ensemble-variational data assimilation technique and the four dimensional EnVAR technique.

The EnKF system is a Monte-Carlo algorithm for data assimilation that uses an ensemble of short-term forecasts to estimate the background-error covariance in the Kalman Filter. The EnKF uses the observation operators in the GSI system to transform model variables to observed variables in observation space. Therefore, the types of observations available for use in the EnKF match those for the GSI. Currently this EnKF is running operationally as part of the GSI based hybrid data assimilation system for the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) global applications.

The combined GSI/EnKF Community Tutorial will be held over the four days of August 11-14. The GSI/EnKF tutorial will consist of both lectures and hands-on practical exercises. The lecturers are invited from various GSI and EnKF development/support teams including NCEP/EMC, NASA/GMAO, NOAA/GSD, NCAR/MMM and DTC. The practical sessions will provide the necessary skills to run both the GSI and EnKF systems for both basic and advanced implementations. The tutorial will be tailored to the upcoming release code (GSI and EnKF) scheduled for June, 2015

The tutorial consists of a combination of classroom lectures and a hands on practical session. We offer a choice of two registration options:

    Full GSI/EnKF Tutorial (4 days): $400 (includes lunch and refreshments)
    EnKF Only Tutorial (1.5 days): $130 (includes lunch and refreshments)

There will be NO refunds for cancellations made on, or after 3 PM MT on Friday July 31th, 2015. Prior to the July 31th deadline, we will refund the registration fee, less $25.00 to cover administrative costs.

To register use the link to reg-on-line ( - More information can be found at the tutorial webpage (

If you have any questions or are unable to register please e-mail: MaryBeth Zarlingo (
    - Due to seating limitations, the registration is limited to 40 participants.
    - 31 July, 2015: Last day to register if you need a temporary account on NCAR's Yellowstone computer for the hands on practical exercises.
    - Before 3 PM MT on Friday 31 July 2015, we will refund your registration fee less $25.00 to cover administrative fees.
    - After 31 July 2015, there will be no refunds.

We are looking forward to your attendance!

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

Tue, 05/12/2015