Staff Notes Daily Announcements

The Dynamics of the Generation of Internal Waves by Explosive Volcanic Eruptions
Peter G. Baines
Department of Infrastructure Engineering - University of Melbourne

Explosive volcanic eruptions (in locations such as Iceland) have the potential to cause sudden disruption and potential for damage to air traffic on a large scale. Observations on the Caribbean island of Montserrat have shown that explosive volcanic eruptions can generate atmospheric internal waves with periods of several minutes. These waves can be observed by surface microbarographs (Baines & Sacks 2014, Geol. Soc. London Mem. 39, 153), and can give information about the nature of such eruptions. This may be significant in locations where other observations are scarce or absent. In this paper a new model for the generation of such waves is presented, based on the representation of the eruptions as modified forms of turbulent plumes, and the results are compared with observations. Properties of the internal waves produced by various forms of eruption are determined, for a variety of atmospheric conditions. One general conclusion is that powerful eruptions that are confined to the troposphere will generate larger amplitude waves than eruptions that penetrate into the stratosphere.

Seminar will be webcast at:
Thursday 25 August, 2016 11 a.m., Refreshments 10:45 a.m.
Foothills Laboratory 2, Small Seminar Room (Room 1001)

Posted by Meghan Stell at ext. 2043,

Friday, August 19, 2016 to Thursday, August 25, 2016

As a child, Becca Hatheway loved taking rain and temperature measurements at school. The Virginia native also enjoyed visiting the Smithsonian museums and wondered what it would be like to create the dioramas and other displays. So today, overseeing the updated climate exhibit at Mesa Lab seems like "coming full circle." By Jeff Smith, Science Writer and Public Information Officer. (Read more here.

Posted by Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Friday, August 19, 2016 to Friday, August 26, 2016


To prepare for the new supercomputer (Cheyenne) installation in the next few weeks, the power to the NWSC computer room needs to be shut down and upgraded.

A full NWSC computer room outage is scheduled to begin on Aug.22nd at 5am (services may be taken down earlier) and end at 5pm.


The Yellowstone supercomputer/related hardware, disk-storage (GLADE) and Tape Libraries will be down for an additional few days, until Aug.24 at 5pm.

Aug.22nd Corporate Service Interruptions

Supercomputing and Related Services - The Yellowstone, GLADE, Tape Libraries, Antarctic Weather Forecasting and related systems will be unavailable until Aug. 24 at 5pm.


Software License Servers - The CISL hosted (IDL) and Matlab license servers will not authorize licenses during this outage period.

Token Authentication for Staff Homed from the NWSC - People homed to NWSC (staff and supercomputer users)  for token authentication will not authenticate with their yubikeys or cryptocards until service is restored.

Google Account Syncing - Groups and individual account changes will not be completed until the service is restored.

Domain Name Service (DNS, Device name to IP Address Resolution) - The NWSC DNS servers will be unavailable, and Boulder servers with NWSC DNS as a backup may be slowed in response to DNS queries and may be perceived as a slowness in web page response.

Windows KMS/Casper (Microsoft Windows and Apple configuration management) - Organizational Systems Administrators who use Microsoft Windows KMS and/or Apple configuration management will be unable to license Microsoft software or login to UCAR administrator sites or tools.

Aug.22nd NWSC Specific Service Interruptions

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)/DNS) - Staff at the NWSC will have limited computer network functionality.

Aug.23nd and 24th Corporate Service Interruptions

Supercomputing and Related Services - The same supercomputing services will be down until Aug. 24 at 5pm.

For Detailed Information go to

Posted by Michael Kercher at ext. 4337,

Thursday, August 18, 2016 to Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A new question has been posted to the Delphi Question and Answer Service on the topic: Revisit Science Store at Mesa Lab.

UCAR’s Delphi Service (log in with your Google 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,

Thursday, August 18, 2016 to Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Deadline: September 30, 201

 ASP invites proposals from the NCAR staff for the annual Summer Colloquium topic for 201
. As you may know, ASP hosts a summer colloquium designed for graduate students. We favor subjects that represent new or rapidly developing areas or research for which good course material may not yet be available. The colloquium brings together lecturers and graduate students for 
weeks at NCAR for classroom presentations and other forms of instruction and interaction. 
ASP covers the cost of travel for students and speakers.  In addition, we also have an Education Specialist who can help you
design your workshop.  

Please refer to the link below for the full text of the call for proposals. 
Paula Fisher

Posted by Paula Fisher at ext. 1328,

Monday, August 15, 2016 to Monday, August 29, 2016

NCAR/CISL is hosting a Globus tutorial and developer workshop October 25 and 26 at the Center Green campus (CG1) in Boulder. The workshop, which is organized and led by the Globus development team, is targeted at developers building web applications for research, system administrators who have deployed or are planning to deploy Globus, and others who are  interested in learning more about the research data management service. It is open to all UCAR staff.

Attendees will walk away with the knowledge and tools required to build and maintain a modern research data portal that leverages the Globus platform.

The workshop is free to participants, who will need to bring a laptop and are asked to register here. Space is limited.

For more information, see the GlobusWorld Tour announcement or contact

Posted by B.J. Smith at ext. 1273,

Monday, August 15, 2016 to Wednesday, August 31, 2016

New Hires and Departures as of Friday, August 12, 2016


Posted by Annette Lampert at ext. 8719,

Monday, August 15, 2016 to Friday, August 26, 2016

The nominations for the UCAR annual awards are due on Friday, October 14th, before the close of business. Please submit nominations electronically to Susan Montgomery-Hodge, either in a Google Drive folder or on a flash drive. 

Please note that only NCAR Associate Directors, UCAR or UCP Program Directors, or their designates may submit nominations.

More information can be found at the “Request for 2016 Nominations” on the Employee Recognition Awards Procedures. There are two classes of awards: the Distinguished Achievement Award and the Outstanding Accomplishments Awards. Categories for the latter award include:  Publication; Scientific and/or Technical Advancement; Administrative Achievement; Education and Outreach; Mentoring; and, Diversity.  

A note on the publications awards, the focus of which is:  "published results in the past five years of original research, review papers, or pedagogically oriented books that contribute to the atmospheric sciences".  “Five years" is counted as five years prior to January 1 of the current year.  I.e., the nominated activity must have been accomplished or published AFTER January 1, 2011 for 2016's nominations.

In order to submit nominations which will be favorably considered, please use the appropriate checklists:

Distinguished Achievement Awards

Outstanding Accomplishments Awards

These Checklists have been compiled by previous Awards Jury members in order to make the process more consistent and streamlined.  This past year’s jury suggested that those who are providing supporting documents and/or letters of support for nominations should reference the appropriate Criteria Checklist.  It may also be helpful for them to review the request for nominations noted above.

Please do not hesitate to call me with any questions. 

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

Posted by Susan Montgomery-Hodge at ext. 1653,

Monday, August 15, 2016 to Friday, September 9, 2016

The agenda can be viewed here.

August 24-26, 2016

Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room

Posted by Kris Marwitz at ext. 8198,

Friday, August 12, 2016 to Friday, August 26, 2016

We had a fantastic event last Friday at the Up The Hill Race!

Thank you to everyone that made this event possible! We had a fantastic turn out, great weather, and amazing fun!

Congratulations to all participants!

Select this UTH Race link to view all participants and the final race times!

Note: The Bike Race is listed in the first tab and the Running Race is listed in the second tab.


View all photographs provided by Carlye Calvin via the EAC website.

If you have questions, please contact Toni Wallace

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 to Wednesday, August 31, 2016