Staff Notes Daily Announcements

The Intermediate Complexity Atmospheric Research model (ICAR), developed by NCAR scientists, gives hydrologists increased accuracy simulating precipitation over mountainous terrain using only a fraction of the computing resources that would be necessary to run the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF). (Story by Senior Science Writer Laura Snider. Read more here.)

Posted by Laura Snider at ext. 8605,

Friday, February 17, 2017 to Friday, February 24, 2017

The quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO): Past, present. and the future
Jadwiga (Yaga) Richter, NCAR/CGD

The quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO) is the primary mode of variability of the tropical lower stratosphere. The QBO has been observed for over 50 years, showing easterly and westerly wind regimes alternating with a period of 28 months on average - until year 2016. In 2016, a QBO interruption occurred, with an unprecedented formation of an easterly jet within the westerly QBO phase. Although the basic driving mechanism for the QBO has been understood for many years, only a handful of contemporary GCMs can reproduce it. Simulations of the QBO over the last 50 years, as well results of efforts to model the present QBO interruption using the newly developed 110-level Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM) will be presented. As the QBO is driven by a combination of upward propagating equatorial planetary waves and small-scale gravity waves, it is tightly linked to the tropospheric climate. Possible changes to the QBO in a warming climate and under various climate engineering scenarios will be explored.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017
11:00 AM, refreshments at 10:45
Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room

Posted by Gaylynn Potemkin at ext. 1618,

Friday, February 17, 2017 to Wednesday, February 22, 2017

We are looking for a few new UCAR staff to join our group of Super Science Saturday Wizards! Individuals who have a willingness and the ability to engage with the general public, starting with children ages eight and higher can contact us for more information and training.

Working as a Wizard requires creativity in collaboratively developing simple, engaging ways to present basic science concepts and highlight NCAR/UCAR/UCP's research. Expressing the excitement of science is the Wizard's goal! We do not teach science, but rather interact with the audience, using different demos, to expose our audience members to a single scientific concept. The hope is to motivate them to learn more!

If you're interested in being a Wizard, please email Tim Barnes at He will follow up with you to discuss this opportunity. Depending on the number of people who respond, we may not be able to select everyone who expresses interest. However, are many ways to participate in Super Science Saturday, and other education and outreach activities, through UCAR SciEd. We would love to talk to you about these opportunities, too.

Posted by Tim Barnes at ext. 1169,

Friday, February 17, 2017 to Friday, February 24, 2017

NCAR researchers and computational scientists are encouraged to submit requests for NCAR Strategic Capability (NSC) projects to be run on the new 5.34-petaflops Cheyenne system.

The deadline for NSC submissions is March 30. NSC allocations target large-scale projects lasting one year to a few years that align with NCAR’s scientific priorities and strategic plans.

For more information, see the 2017 Call for Proposals from NCAR Researchers for NSC Resources.

Send questions to:

Posted by Michelle Smart at ext. 1226,

Friday, February 17, 2017 to Friday, March 3, 2017

Novel Ways to See More: Polarized Active Remote Sensing

Ryan R. Neely III
National Centre for Atmospheric Science and The School of Earth and Environment
University of Leeds, UK

Polarization is the phenomenon in which waves of electromagnetic radiation are restricted in direction of vibration. The only reason polarization state is worth contemplating is that two beams of radiation, otherwise identical, may interact differently with matter if their polarization states are different. Thus, observing the polarization of scattered light in the atmosphere provides a unique way to probe clouds, precipitation and aerosol. In this seminar we will review polarized active remote sensing and how these techniques may be used to explore the atmosphere in novel ways. We will then specifically discuss the application of polarized lidar to observe clouds over the top of the Greenland Ice Sheet and the use of NCAS's new Mobile Dual Polarization Doppler radar to observe mixed phased clouds and precipitation in Africa.

Friday, February 24, 2017
3:30 p.m
Refreshments 3:15 p.m.
NCAR Foothills Laboratory, FL2-1022, Large Auditorium

Posted by Caitlyn Quinn at ext. 1308,

Thursday, February 16, 2017 to Friday, February 24, 2017

Instructions for Adding UCAR Payroll Holidays to Your Google Calendar

Follow these instructions to add UCAR Payroll Holidays to your Google Calendar and to any other Calendars you manage. There are two options for how to display a Holiday in your Calendar.  You can select which one you prefer and can even use both if you want:

1. As a special configured all day “banner” at the top of the day.
2. As an “event” that goes from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm on the holiday.

I. First subscribe to the “UCAR Payroll Holidays” Calendar

1. In your  Google Calendar, copy and paste (ctrl-C for Copy and ctrl-V for Paste) this Calendar address within the “Other calendars” search box: then click Enter or hit Return.
2. Once selected, the Holidays in the Calendar will show up as a different color.

II. Browse to the first instance of each Holiday and Copy to your desired calendar(s)

Each Holiday has two entries, one is the banner and one shows on the entire day.  You can copy one or both of these to your Calendar(s) depending on your preference.

The Holiday entries are built as a series, repeating through 2019.

1. Click on the Holiday entry you want to put on your Calendar(s), making sure it is the UCAR Payroll Holiday version.
You can quick click on the Add to My Calendar Button and then Save.  This will add that Holiday to your calendar.  If you use this quick click method you will need to scroll to the next year to add the next instance of that holiday.  If you want to add the series of that holiday through 2019, (e.g. President’s Day Holidays through 2019) to your calendar then follow these instructions:
2. At the top of the detail view is a “More Actions” dropdown.
3. Click that box and select “Copy to..” the destination Calendar that you want.  This will make a copy of the Holiday entry that you now own.
4. You can change any of the details you want.
5. Be sure to check that the “Show me as: Busy” is checked.
6. Click “Save”.

You’ll now see the Holiday in your Calendar(s) through 2019.  Continue to the next Holiday and repeat until you see all Holidays in your Calendar(s). You can perform these steps for each Google Calendar you manage.

Due to observed versus actual Holidays, 12/26/2016, 1/2/2017, and 11/29/2019 will need to be added separately.

Note: UCAR Payroll Holidays will continue to be posted on the Payroll web site within the Payroll Schedule

These instructions and other UCAR Google User Support resources are available at the Google Apps Support Site.

Posted by Helen Moshak at ext. 1112,

Thursday, February 16, 2017 to Monday, February 20, 2017

This conference will be held 28–29 July 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland (preceding the 2017 American Statistical Association's Joint Statistical Meetings).The AMS website includes important dates, a link for abstract submission, and additional information for this conference. A preliminary program, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted in late April. 

Papers for this conference are solicited on statistical applications relevant to any area of atmospheric science, but particularly to climate variability and change, as well as methods for handling and mining large data. New statistical applications or methodologies are of particular interest, including statistical applications related to the following topics: subseasonal to seasonal (S2S) prediction and predictability; ensemble and multi-model ensemble forecasting methods; artificial intelligence, machine-learning and decision making; process-oriented model evaluation and prediction; extreme value analysis and prediction; climate change and non-stationarity in analysis and prediction; derived forecasts, decision support and climate services; as well as forecast verification. 

Multiple submissions are allowed by individual authors. However, AMS policy limits participation to one oral presentation each, with additional submissions assigned as posters. When submitting more than one abstract, authors are also asked to specify which abstract they would prefer to be considered for oral presentation.

Submit abstracts online by the deadline: 21 March 2017.

Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via email in late April 2017. 

Student Travel Awards

The Probability and Statistics Committee of AMS is proud to offer three student travel awards to help supplement travel expenses. Applicants must be a current AMS student member and must have submitted an abstract for presentation at the meeting. To apply, students should send a CV and a brief (1/2-page) justification to the program chairpersons (see below) by the travel award deadline: 15 May 2017.

For additional information

Please contact the program chairpersons:

Ed Boone <>, Dan Collins <>, Eric Gilleland <>, Nathaniel C. Johnson <>, Amy McGovern <>, Brian Reich <>

Posted by Eric Gilleland at ext. 2849,

Thursday, February 16, 2017 to Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Future of Software Engineering in Academic and Research-based Organizations

Deadline for submissions:  February 28th, 2017
Conference & Tutorials:  April 10th-14th, 2017

The sixth annual National Center for Atmospheric Research Software Engineering Assembly (SEA) conference will take place in Boulder, CO, at the NCAR Center Green Campus from April 10th to April 14th, 2017. The theme for this year is the future of software engineering in academic and research-based organizations.


We are soliciting 30 min. talks from all engineering disciplines with a focus on all aspects of contemporary software engineering. We particularly welcome talks from speakers who are underrepresented in the computational sciences. Conference topics:

1.      Data Analysis and Visualization
2.      Security and Compliance
3.      Agile Software Development
4.      Emerging Technology and Trends

The conference will also have 3 days of tutorials. We are soliciting tutorials that will focus on but not be limited to:

    • Software Carpentry (Git, GitHub)
    • Cloud hosting environments and workflows
    • Continuous Integration / Delivery pipelines
    • Docker / Containerization
    • Shifter HPC
    • Multicore software optimization

    Abstracts can be submitted online at the conference registration website

    For more information or questions please contact:

    Nathan Wilhelmi
    Software and Web Engineering Group Head

    See the full information at:

    Posted by Cecilia Banner at ext. 1231,

    Thursday, February 16, 2017 to Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    A free seminar series presented by the Pre-Retirement Planning Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization specializing in financial planning and pre-retirement counseling services will begin on February 10.  Combining elements of both financial planning and pre-retirement planning, the series is offered in five, mini-session modules. Participants can choose to attend one or all sessions depending on interest.  At the end of each session module, participants may request to schedule private, consultation services with the certified financial professionals (paid by participants).  Employee spouses/partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Each module session requires a minimum of 10 participants.

    To enroll, access the Connect Employee Self-Service Web site using the link below, click on the "EOD Training Catalog" link.  To see all of these sessions at once, "Select Course Type" as "Informational" and click "Display".


    Financial Planning & Investments
    February 17, 2017
    12:00-2:00 pm MST (no Webcast due to state licensing issues)
    Overview - Discover the benefits of financial planning and different types of investment options

    Long-Term Care & Social Security
    February 24, 2017
    12:00-2:00 pm MST and Webcast
    Overview - Review Long-term Care and Social Security Benefits

    Medicare Basics
    March 3, 2017
    12:00-2:00 pm MST and Webcast
    CG1 – Room 2126
    Overview - Gain a better understanding of Medicare, what is and isn't covered, how to register, and review various plan options.

    Estate Planning and Housing/Transitions
    March 10, 2017
    12:00-2:00 pm MST and Webcast
    Overview - Learn key elements of Estate Planning and what to expect in the work-to-retirement transition

    Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017 to Friday, February 24, 2017

    Contracts invites all interested staff to attend its upcoming lunch and learn sessions.  Information is as follows:




    March 8, 2017


    Export evaluations at the proposal stage

    April 5, 2017


    Subrecipient monitoring

    May 10, 2017


    Closeout process and requirements

    June 13, 2017


    Competitive process for procurements (RFIs/RFQs/RFPs)

    Please feel free to bring your lunch if you attend in person.  A Google hangout will be initiated for each of the sessions if you are unable to join in person, but please note that the sessions will not be recorded.  Please email Christy Zwingle at before 11:00 am the day of the session if you wish to participant via a Google hangout.

    Posted by Christy Zwingle at ext. 8894,

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017 to Tuesday, February 21, 2017