Staff Notes Daily Announcements

James Edson
University of Connecticut

Direct covariance measurements of surface fluxes from ocean-going platforms have been used in marine boundary layer studies for decades. More recently, we have made significant progress in computing these fluxes from buoys in autonomous operation for a year or more. Such buoys have been deployed in the CLIMODE, SPURS and IOVWST programs to study a variety of coupled ocean-atmosphere processes over annual cycles. The talk will begin by presenting results from a study that aims to optimize the motion correction algorithms required to compute the fluxes. The study relies on a comparison between a surface mooring and a nearby flux tower. The second part of the talk will provides examples of how the fluxes from both ships and buoys are being used for scientific investigations in the CLIMODE, SPURS, IOVWST and DYNAMO programs. T hese examples will focus on the behavior of the fluxes under high wind conditions and the role of surface heat and momentum fluxes in the dynamics of the MJO.

Tuesday May 26, 2015
3:30pm – 4:30pm
FL2-1022 Large Auditorium
Refreshments Served at 3:15

Seminar will be webcast at

For more information, contact Meghan Stell at ext. 2043,

Sat, 05/23/2015

Please be aware that mail sent to your UCAR address may include unsolicited credit card offers or other attempts to get your personal information.

We bring this to your attention because an employee recently received an unsolicited credit card offer at work that included a credit card with his name and an incorrect department printed on it.  The mail came from a company called IMCA Capital and was similar to the kinds of credit card offers that we get in our home mailboxes all of the time. Despite how it may have appeared, this was not a UCAR offering or program, it was a solicitation by a credit card company. The only communication about UCAR credit cards should come from the UCAR credit card administrators.  Should you receive similar unsolicited offers, please shred the card and the letter.

For more information, contact Peter Chamberlain at ext. 8892,

Fri, 05/22/2015

Do you have a summer project suitable for a part-time student? Would you like to mentor a part-time intern for six weeks? The Pre-College Internship Program (PRECIP) is looking for mentors who would be willing to work on a small research or engineering project with a high school student over the summer. Modeled after the successful SOARS program, PRECIP is targeted towards high school students with the goal of encouraging students to pursue college degrees in STEM-related fields. The students participating in this program work part time (up to 20 hrs/week) starting June 20th through July 31st. They'll participate in a writing workshop for an hour each week, to help them produce a poster of their work that they'll present at the end of the program on July 30th. 

Join us in helping make a big impact on our future scientists and engineers!  For more information, contact: 

Carolyn Brinkworth at, x1137 or  Scott Landolt at, x2804




For more information, contact Valerie Sloan at ext. 2572,

Fri, 05/22/2015

Please join F&A IT in celebrating Dan Nead's retirement.   Dan has been at IT for 38 years, starting in August 1977. The celebration will begin at 3:00 p.m. and goes until 5:00 p.m. in the FL2 Cafe Atrium. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, contact Cindy Worster at ext. 8530,

Fri, 05/22/2015
Please join us for an update on the Operational Excellence (OPEX) program from Michael Thompson, Gina Taberski, Shawn Winkelman and Anthony Mariani on Tuesday, May 26 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in FL2 Room 1022.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

The meeting agenda will include: 
    •    Program Overview, CIO Role & OPEX Roadmap - Michael Thompson
    •    Sourcing & Procurement System - Gina Taberski and Shawn Winkelman
    •    Update on Various Projects - Anthony Mariani
    •    Questions & Answers / Discussion - All

If you are unable to attend in person, the meeting will be webcast on UCARLive and recorded for later viewing.  Once you're on the UCARLive site, click on the Room 2: FL2-1022 link.  

We have participated in several assessments conducted by Deloitte over the past year to help inform decisions related to OPEX. We have received a wealth of information from Deloitte and a large amount of it is being used to develop plans moving forward. 
We very much appreciate the time many of you took to complete the Deloitte assessments, engage in focus groups, and provide assistance with the data collection. Please come along and find out more about how we are moving forward with OPEX business improvement at UCAR.
About Operational Excellence (OPEX) 
Operational Excellence (OPEX), an overarching program launched last August to streamline and modernize our business operations at UCAR. The interim lead for OPEX is Michael Thompson, NCAR Chief Operating Officer. For more information, please see the OPEX website.

For more information, contact Rebecca Swisher at ext. 8609,

Thu, 05/21/2015

For many years, the front desk staff at FL2, CG1, and ML have provided banking services to employees. These services were provided as a convenience before ATM machines and online services were widely available. Some of these services are no longer used very frequently. After receiving a suggestion through Ideation to streamline and improve the efficiency of the front desk services, we are moving forward with some changes.

The campus front desk staff will no longer sell stamps and cash employee personal checks effective July 1, 2015. Employees may purchase stamps at FL2, CG1, and ML front desks between now and June 30th. After July 1, stamps may be purchased at the post office, grocery stores, and on the USPS website. ATMs are available for cash withdrawals in the lobbies of FL2, CG1, and ML.

The front desk staff will continue to offer workshop per diem check cashing for visitors. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us implement this cost-saving measure. 

For more information, contact Melissa Miller at ext. 8575,

Wed, 05/20/2015

May 28, 2015
Foothills Small Auditorium (FL2, Room 1001) from 2:00 - 3:30 pm.  

Come hear a panel of NCAR scientists and engineers offer their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges of workng with a variety of sponsors.  Panelists include: Bill Mahoney, Sue Ellen Haupt, Zhiquan Liu, Terry Hock and Greg Holland.  Moderated by the UCAR Office of General Counsel.  

For more information, contact Sarah Pritchard at ext. 8564,

Wed, 05/20/2015

The TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions for June 2015 have been scheduled. The TIAA-CREF representative will be at:

Center Green 1, Boardroom 3150. Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 8:30am – 3:00pm

Foothills Lab 2, Room 1001. Thursday, June 18, 2015, 8:30am - 3:00pm

Mesa Lab, Chapman Room 245. Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 8:30am - 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,

Wed, 05/20/2015

U.S. residents' exposure to extreme heat could increase four- to six-fold by mid-century, due to both a warming climate and a population that's growing especially fast in the hottest regions of the country, according to new research by NCAR scientists. The study highlights the importance of considering societal changes when trying to determine future climate impacts. more>

For more information, contact Laura Snider at ext. 8605,

Tue, 05/19/2015

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.

Renewable Energy Integration: Practical Management of Variability, Uncertainty and Flexibility in Power Grids
Author: Lawrence E. Jones, Ph.D.
Publisher: Elsevier
Call Number: TJ808 .J66 2014
Location: FL Library

Special Issue on Charcoal
Energy for Sustainable Development, Vol. 17, No. 2, April 2013
Editors: Dr. Adrian Ghilardi; Dr. Tuyeni Heita Mwampamba
Publisher: International Energy Initiative
Call Number: 102140
Location: ML Reports

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

Tue, 05/19/2015

All receiving of goods procured must be at 3090 Center Green Drive, Boulder, CO 80301 unless the UCAR Contracts office has authorized an alternate receiving location. "Standing" authorized alternate receiving locations are: 

  • EOL Machine Shop (bulk materials) – 3450 Mitchell Lane, Boulder, CO 80301
  • RAF (specifically Aircraft on Ground and/or very large or sensitive goods) – Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, 10802 Airport Court, Broomfield, CO 80021
  • NWSC – 8120 Veta Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82009
  • 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20006
  • 2349 Distribution Circle, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • 1201 New York Avenue, Washington, DC 20005

If you need to request an alternate receiving location for a specific purchase, please complete the form found at:

If you are making purchases on the UCAR P-Card and need to request an alternate receiving location for a specific purchase, please complete the Exception Form located at:

Once you have obtained an authorized alternate receiving location for a specific purchase, it is the responsibility of the requisitioner to:

1) obtain the appropriate receiving documentation, e.g., packing list and 3rd party verification of receiving (someone other than the requisitioner);

2) write “all items received” or “received only items as specified” and sign the packing list; and

3) forward all documents in hard copy to Logistics at CG3 or electronically to within five business days.   

If you have personal accounts with vendors that include your home address in the ‘ship to’ profile, please be aware that you will need to revise this information to avoid an accidental shipment of goods for UCAR business purposes to your home address.  As detailed above, the primary receiving location for goods procured is 3090 Center Green Drive, Boulder, CO 80301 and the addresses listed as "standing" authorized alternate receiving locations. 

Please freely disseminate to all staff that need this information in order to perform their respective job duties.

Questions?  Please contact your assigned lab/division/program Contract Administrator or send your inquiry to   

For more information, contact Peter Chamberlain at ext. 8892,

Mon, 05/18/2015

As you may recall from Al Kellie's all-staff email of April 16th, we are required to filter inappropriate adult content from our network to retain funding. The required DNS filtering is scheduled to go into effect this morning (18 May 2015). If you have questions, please contact your support teams or drop us a line at

For more information, contact Richard Johnson at ext. 1844,

Mon, 05/18/2015

There were 21 articles by NCAR/UCAR staff recently added to OpenSky and published between April 1 and April 30, 2015:

Adam, J.C., J.C. Stephens, S.H. Chung, M.P. Brady, R.D. Evans, C.E. Kruger, B.K. Lamb, M. Liu, C.O. Stöckle, J.K. Vaughan, K. Rajagopalan, J.A. Harrison, C.L. Tague, A. Kalyanaraman, Y. Chen, A. Guenther, F.-Y. Leung, L.R. Leung, A.B. Perleberg, J. Yoder, E. Allen, S. Anderson, B. Chandrasekharan, K. Malek, T. Mullis, C. Miller, T. Nergui, J. Poinsatte, J. Reyes, J. Zhu, J.S. Choate, X. Jiang, R. Nelson, J.-H. Yoon, G.G. Yorgey, K. Johnson, K.J. Chinnayakanahalli, A.F. Hamlet, B. Nijssen, and V. Walden, 2015: BioEarth: Envisioning and developing a new regional earth system model to inform natural and agricultural resource management. Climatic Change, 129, 555-571, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-014-1115-2 | OpenSky

Archambault, H.M., D. Keyser, L.F. Bosart, C.A. Davis, and J.M. Cordeira, 2015: A composite perspective of the extratropical flow response to recurving western North Pacific tropical cyclones. Monthly Weather Review, 143, 1122-1141, DOI: 10.1175/MWR-D-14-00270.1 | OpenSky

Barlage, M.J., M. Tewari, F. Chen, G. Miguez-Macho, Z.-L. Yang, and G.-Y. Niu, 2015: The effect of groundwater interaction in North American regional climate simulations with WRF/Noah-MP. Climatic Change, 129, 485-498, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-014-1308-8 | OpenSky

Berner, J., K. Fossell, S. Ha, J. Hacker, and C.M. Snyder, 2015: Increasing the skill of probabilistic forecasts: Understanding performance improvements from model-error representations. Monthly Weather Review, 143, 1295-1320, DOI: 10.1175/MWR-D-14-00091.1 | OpenSky

Chen, F., G. Zhang, M.J. Barlage, Y. Zhang, J.A. Hicke, A. Meddens, G. Zhou, W.J. Massman, and J. Frank, 2015: An observational and modeling study of impacts of bark beetle–caused tree mortality on surface energy and hydrological cycles. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 16, 744-761, DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-14-0059.1 | OpenSky

Fang, X., and Y.H. Kuo, 2015: A new generic method for quantifying the scale predictability of the fractal atmosphere: Applications to model verification. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 72, 1667-1688, DOI: 10.1175/JAS-D-14-0112.1 | OpenSky

Gettelman, A., A. Schmidt, and J.E. Kristjansson, 2015: Icelandic volcanic emissions and climate. Nature Geoscience, 8, 243, DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2376 | OpenSky

Matus, A.V., T.S. L’Ecuyer, J.E. Kay, C.E. Hannay, and J.-F. Lamarque, 2015: The role of clouds in modulating global aerosol direct radiative effects in spaceborne active observations and the Community Earth System Model. Journal of Climate, 28, 2986-3003, DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00426.1 | OpenSky

Nehrkorn, T., B.K. Woods, R.N. Hoffman, and T.D. Auligne, 2015: Correcting for position errors in variational data assimilation. Monthly Weather Review, 143, 1368-1381, DOI: 10.1175/MWR-D-14-00127.1 | OpenSky

Oleson, K.W., A.J. Monaghan, O. Wilhelmi, M.J. Barlage, N. Brunsell, J. Feddema, L. Hu, and D.F. Steinhoff, 2015: Interactions between urbanization, heat stress, and climate change. Climatic Change, 129, 525-541, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-013-0936-8 | OpenSky

Park, K., L. Emmons, Z. Wang, and J.E. Mak, 2015: Joint application of concentration and δ¹⁸O to investigate the global atmospheric CO budget. Atmosphere, 6, 547-578, DOI: 10.3390/atmos6050547 | OpenSky

Radhakrishna, B., F. Fabry, J.J. Braun, and T.M. Vanhove, 2015: Precipitable water from GPS over the continental United States: Diurnal cycle, intercomparisons with NARR, and link with convective initiation. Journal of Climate, 28, 2584-2599, DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00366.1 | OpenSky

Richter, D., P. Weibring, J.G. Walega, A. Fried, S.M. Spuler, and M.S. Taubman, 2015: Compact highly sensitive multi-species airborne mid-IR spectrometer. Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics, 119, 119-131, DOI: 10.1007/s00340-015-6038-8 | OpenSky

Steiner, M., W. Deierling, K. Ikeda, and R.G. Bass, 2015: Ground delays from lightning ramp closures and decision uncertainties. Air Traffic Control Quarterly, 22, 223-249. | OpenSky

Stern, D., J. Vigh, D.S. Nolan, and F. Zhang, 2015: Revisiting the relationship between eyewall contraction and intensification. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 72, 1283-1306, DOI: 10.1175/JAS-D-14-0261.1 | OpenSky

Sun, J., L. Mahrt, C. Nappo, and D.H. Lenschow, 2015: Wind and temperature oscillations generated by wave–turbulence interactions in the stably stratified boundary layer. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 72, 1484-1503, DOI: 10.1175/JAS-D-14-0129.1 | OpenSky

Thériault, J.M., J.A. Milbrandt, J. Doyle, J.R. Minder, G. Thompson, N. Sarkadi, and I. Geresdi, 2015: Impact of melting snow on the valley flow field and precipitation phase transition. Atmospheric Research, 156, 111-124, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2014.12.006 | OpenSky

Wang, S., C. Fu, H. Wei, Y. Qian, Z. Xiong, J. Feng, D. Zhao, L. Dan, Z. Han, B. Su, M. Zhao, Y. Zhang, J. Tang, H. Liu, J. Wu, X. Zeng, M. Chen, and L. Wang, 2015: Regional integrated environmental modeling system: Development and application. Climatic Change, 129, 499-510, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-013-0973-3 | OpenSky

Weber, M.A., and Y. Fan, 2015: Effects of radiative diffusion on thin flux tubes in turbulent solar-like convection. Solar Physics, , DOI: 10.1007/s11207-015-0674-3 | OpenSky

Wong, M., W.C. Skamarock, P.H. Lauritzen, J.B. Klemp, and R.B. Stull, 2015: Testing of a cell-integrated semi-Lagrangian semi-implicit nonhydrostatic atmospheric solver (CSLAM-NH) with idealized orography. Monthly Weather Review, 143, 1382-1398, DOI: 10.1175/MWR-D-14-00059.1 | OpenSky

Zarzycki, C., C. Jablonowski, D.R. Thatcher, and M.A. Taylor, 2015: Effects of localized grid refinement on the general circulation and climatology in the community atmosphere model. Journal of Climate, 28, 2777-2803, DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00599.1 | OpenSky

For more information, contact Michael Flanagan at ext. 1180,

Mon, 05/18/2015

The COMET Program is seeking any interested native Korean-speaking staff with backgrounds in atmospheric science to assist with interpretation during an upcoming residence course. Approximately 12 students from the Korean Meteorological Agency will arrive in Boulder in November 2015 for a two-week course of lectures and lab activities in weather analysis.  

Students have demonstrated clear ability to read and write in English.  However, speaking, especially with regard to meteorological and scientific terms, will require some interpretation.  The interpreter is expected to perform consecutive interpretation and assist with instructor-student discussions.

The UCAR/NCAR staff member’s salary will be paid by COMET during the course and any preparatory activities.  

For more information, contact Andrea Smith at ext. 8320,

Mon, 05/18/2015

Corporate Technical Training Center
Center Green campus, Building CG-2, Room 3024
3085 Center Green Drive (CG-2)

This three-day workshop is geared towards new users of NCL. It will be taught by both a scientist and a software engineer, and offers a combination of introductory lectures and hands-on labs. During the labs, the instructors work with students to help them write NCL programs for analyzing their own data.

Students must have basic knowledge of programming in languages like Fortran, C, Python, IDL, or matlab, and must be comfortable working on a UNIX system. Guest computers with NCL already installed will be provided, but you may also bring your own laptop.

Registration is free and limited to 16 students. You may register by filling out this survey:

See the link below for more details.

For more information, contact Mary Haley at ext. 1254,

Fri, 05/15/2015

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

May 28, 2015
Foothills Small Auditorium (FL2, Room 1001)
2:00 - 3:30 pm

Come hear a panel of NCAR scientists and engineers offer their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges of workng with a variety of sponsors.  Panelists include: Bill Mahoney, Sue Ellen Haupt, Zhiquan Liu, Terry Hock and Stephen Cohn.  Moderated by the UCAR Office of General Counsel.  

For more information, contact Sarah Pritchard at ext. 8564,

Tue, 05/05/2015

Effective immediately, for payroll assistance, please contact Missy Boone-Hall at (303)497-8860.  You can also send email to  This email alias is monitored by the payroll office staff, and someone will get back to you in a timely manner.

Questions?  Please contact Melissa Miller at or (303)497-8575.

For more information, contact Melissa Miller at ext. 8575,

Mon, 04/27/2015

The NCAR Community Art Program proudly presents two new exhibits:


Gay E. Lasher’s work combines digital photography, printing and computers and is expressed in the medium of textiles. As an artist, she is concerned with ideas of transformation and re-creation. Lasher is fascinated by the potential that even common photographs can be reborn in a new and completely different way. Using features of Adobe Photoshop, she transforms ordinary photographs into abstract images. Small areas are then greatly enlarged to produce the final composition which is printed on cotton. She then uses black thread and stitching to sharpen the image, create depth, and give the surface a sculptural quality. In this show Lasher is presenting selected works from her Transformations and Playing in Traffic series. Lasher's work will be on exhibit in the Community Art Gallery l of the National Center for Atmospheric Research Mesa Lab March 30, 2015 through May 30, 2015.


Over the past ten years, Michael “m.g.” Davis has explored the character of distinctly Western icons such as the horse and saddle, grain elevators, and Airstream trailers, and has sought to capture common Front Range landscapes in an uncommon style—Pointillism2. The style, employing gentle abstraction, allows Davis to recreate underappreciated objects and places which he injects with new energy through unexpected contexts and the use of vibrant color. Davis will feature two works in this show never before exhibited publicly. Davis's work will be on exhibit in the Community Art Gallery ll of the National Center for Atmospheric Research Mesa Lab March 30, 2015 through May 30, 2015.

For more information, contact Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570,

Mon, 03/30/2015

January 20-23, 2015
June 9-12, 2015
Corporate Technical Training Center
Center Green campus, 3085 Center Green Drive (CG-2)

These 3.5 day workshops are geared towards new users of NCL, and will be taught by both an associate scientist and a software engineer. The workshops include a combination of introductory lectures and hands-on labs.

During the labs, the instructors work with students to help them write NCL programs for analyzing their own data.

Limited travel funds are available for eligible students or faculty members at minority serving institutions in the United States, or from universities in EPSCoR states.

Registration is free and limited to 16 students per class, so be sure to register as soon as possible.

See the link below for information on registering for the workshop and/or applying for travel funds.

For more information, contact Mary Haley at ext. 1254,

Fri, 10/10/2014