October 4, 2010 | In the early 1960s, NCAR scientists Warren Washington and Akira Kasahara began developing one of the world’s first computer models of atmospheric circulation. They used a CDC 6600 computer in the basement of the Mesa Lab, before today’s computing room was even built. The machine received input via punch cards and seven-channel digital magnetic tape, and generated output via two line printers, a card punch, a photographic plotter, and standard magnetic tape.
October 4, 2010 | A team of NCAR researchers recently convened in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, to investigate tropical cyclogenesis (how tropical cyclones develop and strengthen), one of the most challenging aspects of atmospheric science. The field project, called PREDICT (PRE-Depression Investigation of Cloud-systems in the Tropics), ran from August 15 to September 30. Scientists used the Gulfstream V to analyze tropical disturbances that showed the potential for developing further.
September 29, 2010 | The biblical account of the parting of the Red Sea—in which Moses and the Israelites are trapped between the Pharaoh's advancing chariots and a body of water—has mystified people for millennia. A new computer modeling study led by Carl Drews (NESL/ACD) shows how the movement of wind as described in the Exodus account could have parted the waters.
September 24, 2010| Searching the NCAR Library got a whole lot easier and more efficient in early September, when the Library launched OpenCat, a new online catalog.
September 22, 2010 | The CG1 beautification project is under way. Inside the construction fence near the building’s entrance are the makings of a 50th anniversary commemorative garden that will include a sun shade, seating areas, and a short path leading to a concrete UCAR star logo on the ground. The first phase of the project, which covers the hardscape portion, is scheduled for completion in mid to late November. FMS plans to temporarily remove the construction fence for the annual UCAR Members’ Meeting on October 5-6.
September 17, 2010 | About a dozen staff gathered behind the Mesa Lab on September 16 to celebrate the refurbishment of the Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail. The weather made its own appearance in the form of a beautiful fall day. The trail, which opened in 1997, has been outfitted with new interpretative signs that feature revised text and more colorful graphics.
September 15, 2010 | Michael Thompson is no stranger to NCAR—he’s been visiting regularly ever since completing a postdoctoral appointment with HAO in 1988–89. He recently left the United Kingdom’s University of Sheffield, where he headed the School of Mathematics and Statistics and was a professor of applied math and solar physics, to take the helm of HAO. He replaces Michael Knölker, who held the position since 1994.
September 3, 2010 | The repaving project that was on tap this summer for the Foothills Lab parking lot and ring road has been delayed until next spring. In the meantime, FMS is coordinating a patch and repair operation with a paving contractor to fill potholes and address immediate safety concerns. “The patching will be done prior to winter weather and will get us through one more season, until we can start on the larger effort,” says Matt McMullen, director of FMS.
September 2, 2010 | Some might say that it was even more hardcore than the Up-the-Hill Races. After all, pulling off a proper bump, set, and spike with your co-workers and a beach ball can be more challenging than it looks. With the Mesa Road under construction, participants gathered on August 27 for The Amazing Race, an alternative to the annual Up-the-Hill Races. Afterward, an all-staff photo took place at Foothills Lab, followed by food and music.
August 11, 2010 | The UCAR Board of Trustees appointed three new senior scientists in July: Fei Chen, Wen-Chau Lee, and Steve Massie. Senior scientists provide NCAR with long-term scientific leadership. The position is analogous to that of full professor at a tenure-granting university. Selections are based on individual competence in research and activities that enhance NCAR’s interaction with scientists in the broader community.  


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