Staff Notes Daily Announcements

HAO staff are deeply saddened to tell you of the sudden passing of our dear friend and long-time colleague, Vic Tisone.  Vic passed away at Boulder Community Hospital on Thursday, July 14th after a short fight with pancreatic cancer. Vic began working at NCAR in 1968. Vic had spent some time at CU working a toward a physics degree.  When he chose work over school, the local employment office offered him two choices – a job unloading boxcars of lumber, or working at NCAR in Boulder. A native Boulderite, Vic chose NCAR and the rest is history. Vic came to work for Sydney Chapman and Jagdish Gupta, who was a postdoc at HAO at the time.  After 46 years of dedication and hard work to our organization, Vic retired from NCAR/HAO in early 2015 as a Software Engineer III.

Vic was dearly loved by many people throughout the organization and the community. The response to his passing has been overwhelming. Vic was quick with a joke and smile, generous with his support of staff and visitors, and is generally the one guy that thousands of HAO visitors and students he worked with never seem to forget. Vic enjoyed playing golf with his buddies, and shortly after retiring was able to take a trip to Hawaii to enjoy the game. It should also be noted that Vic was on the golf course just three weeks before he fell ill. Also, Vic was an artist.  Long-time employee of NCAR/UCAR, Ben Domenico, reflected recently that Vic made sketches of two of his children when they were small.  He also enjoyed painting and hoped to spend more time on some of these projects after retirement.

Vic was a father, husband and grandfather. To HAO and NCAR he was a colleague, a friend, and in so many ways, a role model for how to live – with lots of fun and laughter and always, always, keeping things light.

Vic’s wife, Phyllis, has organized memorial services on Wednesday, July 27 on the NCAR tree plaza at 4:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Vic's obiturary:

Posted by Joanne Graham at ext. 8651,

Monday, July 25, 2016 to Wednesday, July 27, 2016

UCAR's A+ long-term bond rating has been affirmed by the credit rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P). The A+ rating reflects UCAR's role as a leading organization supporting atmospheric and earth-system science, and its ability to increase its financial strength, S&P stated in the report. (Story by Jeff Smith, Science Writer and Public Information Officer. Read more here.)

Posted by Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Friday, July 22, 2016 to Thursday, July 28, 2016

Please join us for the CISL Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science (SIParCS)  final presentations next week.


Every morning from Wednesday July 27 until Friday July 29 starting at 9:00am

Location: Mesa Laboratory, Main Seminar Room

 For full program and abstracts please visit

Posted by silvia gentile at ext. 2480,

Friday, July 22, 2016 to Friday, July 29, 2016

Beginning around midday, Friday, July 22 (today), when you are submitting items to Staff Notes Daily, Events Calendar, and Classified Ads, you will be required to login in using your Google username and password instead of your UCAS password. We are moving to Google authentication for the site because it’s a more streamlined approach for logging in.

This change does not impact other sites, such as or

Once the change is made, your login screen will look different.  The first time you login, you will be asked for your Google username and password.

Next, you will see a window that says Google would like to:
    •    View your email address
    •    View your basic profile info

This is information that Google already has on file and it is requesting access simply to cross check and verify your identity. It is safe to allow Google permission. To login, you must click “Allow”.  On all subsequent logins, you will not be asked to allow Google to access your information.

We hope that this change will make submitting announcements, events, and classifieds more user-friendly.

Posted by Rebecca Swisher at ext. 8609,

Friday, July 22, 2016 to Friday, July 29, 2016

Please join us for the Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) final presentations next week.

Monday, July 25:

Colloquium Talks, 9:00 - 3:00, FL2 1001 Small Auditorium.

Thursday, July 28:

Poster Session public viewing and reception, 4:00 - 5:30, CG Auditorium & Lobby. I am also looking for posters evaluators from 2:30 - 4:00 so let me know if you're interested. Students from the following programs will present their summer research:

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) - UCAR/NCAR

Research Experieces in Solid Earth Sciences for Students (RESESS) - Unavco

National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Internship Program

Pre-College Internship Program (PRECIP) - RAL

Research Experience for Community College Students (RECCS) - CIRES & INSTAAR at CU Boulder

Posted by Laura Allen at ext. 2408,

Friday, July 22, 2016 to Friday, July 29, 2016

The Bonfils Blood Center mobile bus will visit CG1 on Monday, August 1.  The bus will be located on the north side of CG1.  Appointments are available between noon and 12:50 p.m. and between 1:20 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

If you would like to donate, please contact Laurie Carr to make an appointment.

Please review these blood donation guidelines: Bonfils Blood Center Donation Eligibility Guidelines

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Thursday, July 21, 2016 to Tuesday, July 26, 2016

THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2016 | 1-2 Pm | FL2 - Room 1001

National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder

Analysis of Forecast Bias in Convective Structure Across Regional Summertime Simulations

Mariusz Starzec | University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

Several months of convection-allowing summertime WRF simulations in eastern and western North Dakota across multiple seasons were evaluated using object-based methods. The analysis of these simulations revealed that forecasts generated too many convective cells, convection that was too large, and overly-intense convection. Additionally, simulation performance was shown to have high sensitivity to the concentration of cloud droplets, affecting the number and area biases by means of the autoconversion process.

To further investigate the sensitivity and quantify model biases in the region, four months of regional convection-allowing forecasts using different versions of WSM6 and Thompson microphysics (including the “aerosol-aware” scheme) are analyzed. Forecasts are evaluated by comparing the simulated and observed reflectivity fields at multiple heights. Using the reflectivity fields allows for direct analysis of the structure of convective systems and provides information on the vertical extent of convection that can be missing in fields traditionally verified, such as accumulated precipitation. The evaluation looks at the number and area of objects created using different reflectivity magnitudes. To compare with an operational baseline, results from the operational HRRR model relative to the locally-run simulations in the study region are also discussed.

This seminar will be webcasted at:

Posted by Marybeth Zarlingo at ext. 2751,

Thursday, July 21, 2016 to Thursday, July 28, 2016

Two new questions have been posted to the Delphi Question and Answer Service on the topics: My Total Rewards Login and Salary gap and Boulder cost of living.

UCAR’s Delphi Service (log in with your UCAS password) was created in 1974 to give staff a vehicle to ask management about UCAR policies and practices in a confidential manner. Submit questions to the Delphi Coordinator: Marc Genty, Mesa Lab Room 39D,, ext 1210. Staff can submit questions the following ways:
    1.    Interoffice mail in a sealed envelope marked "confidential,”
    2.    Email, with “confidential” in the subject line, or
    3.    US mail to the Delphi Coordinator’s home (call the coordinator to get his home address).

All questions must include your name and contact information so the coordinator can correspond confidentially with you. Questions and answers of general interest will be published in Staff Notes Daily.

Posted by Rebecca Swisher at ext. 8609,

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 to Tuesday, July 26, 2016

WHO: All staff shipping items internationally

WHAT: All UCAR/NCAR/UCP international shipments must be routed through UCAR’s Logistics Department according to UCAR Policy 1-6

WHY: Logistics manages all international shipping because:  

• They provide centralized record keeping of international shipments for the organization
• Risk is transferred from lab to Logistics
• Logistics staff are experienced experts in shipping and documentation
• It's faster and easier for labs/programs

CONTACT: Kerry Slaven (x1151) or Dave Sundvall (x8898)

Posted by Rebecca Swisher at ext. 8609,

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 to Tuesday, July 26, 2016

NCAR Associate Scientist Luna Rodriguez moved from Army base to Army base as a child. She learned how to adapt to new environments and, from her father, the sense of commitment to the country. Today, that sense of civic duty has been translated into her work as a member of NCAR's National Security Applications Program. (Read more here.)

Posted by Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 to Tuesday, July 26, 2016