July 17, 2011 | HAO’s HiWind, a balloon-borne instrument that measures winds in the thermosphere, was launched from Esrange, Sweden. It ascended about 26 miles (43 kilometers) into the atmosphere and headed west across the Atlantic Ocean, passing above Greenland on its way to Canada in round-the-clock sunlight. The flight was terminated on June 17 and the payload landed with a parachute descent 300 miles northeast of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.
July 26, 2011 | Heavy rains in the Midwest and a deep Western snowpack led to floods across much of the country this spring and summer. The Lower Mississippi recorded its greatest flood in history, the Missouri River inundated towns and fields, and runoff-swollen Western rivers threatened to jump their banks.
July 19, 2011 | A trip to Ghana last February brought UCAR/NCAR researchers from different disciplines together to reduce meningitis in Africa’s Sahel region.
July 1, 2011 | A group of inventors was honored at a luncheon sponsored by the UCAR Foundation and UCAR Office of General Counsel on June 9. The last such luncheon was held six years ago. Since then, UCAR/NCAR researchers and retirees have garnered 15 new patents, for everything from radar technology to lidars, precipitation measurement devices, and de-icing information systems.
A group of people in a line.
June 16, 2011 | Senior scientist Jim Hurrell (NESL/CGD) will take the helm of NESL on September 1. “NESL has an unparalleled record of leadership and achievement in advancing knowledge and providing and supporting community-based resources,” Jim says. “I am very honored and excited by this opportunity to work closely with my NESL, NCAR, and community colleagues to build on this record and tackle the many challenges and opportunities ahead.”
Jim Hurrell
June 14, 2011 | Raj Pandya will take the helm of EO on July 1. Raj, who has served as the group’s deputy director for the past year, was selected for the director position after a rigorous internal search. Raj replaces Susan Foster, who is retiring after 16 years at UCAR. Susan spent her first five years in OGA, followed by 10 years as EO’s deputy director and the past year as director.
Raj Pandya
June 14, 2011 | On Monday, May 30, the UCAR/NCAR community was saddened to learn of the sudden death over the weekend of Tom Warner, long-time senior scientist in RAL, due to an ascending aortic dissection. A memorial service for staff is being planned for later this summer.
May 17, 2011 | With the recent clouds parting conveniently for a day, staff gathered at Center Green on May 13 to celebrate Spring Fling, the annual all-staff party sponsored by the Employee Activities Committee. The new shade structure in front of CG1 provided the perfect venue for party-goers to relax and enjoy a barbeque buffet and the country band Mortensen Variety Quartet.
May 11, 2011 | Peggy LeMone (NESL/MMM) has always loved clouds. A particularly striking one on the afternoon of March 23 prompted her to write a blog post and carry out follow-up work that could include a peer-reviewed paper.
May 12, 2011 | RAL’s new home is taking shape at the Foothills campus in the new Anthes Building. The remodel that’s under way is part of UCAR’s long-term strategic plan for space needs. The building, which was purchased back in 2009, will feature energy-efficient, “green” components and resulting long-term cost savings.
Construction workers working on geothermal system.


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