NCAR & UCAR at AMS 2013

AMS 2013 - Austin skyline at night, from CongressWe're looking forward to seeing many colleagues and friends at the 2013 meeting of the American Meteorological Society, at the Convention Center in Austin, Texas, January 5–11. Here are some ways to connect with us.

Participate in discussion re: the idea of a weather commission
Connect with Tom Bogdan
Stop by our exhibit booths (and catch us at WeatherFest)

Community Discussion on the Idea of a U.S. Weather Commission

Monday, January 7
12:15 – 1:15 pm
Austin Convention Center, Room 18C

UCAR and the Weather Coalition are continuing this series of informal community networking events to foster discussion about the idea of a proposed U.S. Weather Commission. Box lunches will be available. More information is on the AMS meeting website: Town Hall Meeting: Toward a U.S. Weather Commission: Protecting Lives, Livelihoods and the American Economy.

Tom Bogdan 

Connect with Tom Bogdan

UCAR President Tom Bogdan will be participating in the AMS meeting. Please introduce yourself and/or catch up with him on what you're doing. If you'd like to set up a time to meet, please contact Cindy Schmidt in the President's Office. 


Stop By WeatherFest and the Exhibit Hall

Check out WeatherFest on Sunday, 12:00–4:00pm, Exhibit Hall 1
Then find us Monday–Thursday in Exhibit Hall 4
Mon   5:30pm–7:30 pm
Tue   9:30am–6:00 pm
Wed   9:30am–6:30pm
Thu   9:30am–noon

NCAR - Exhibit Booth 520  
The NCAR booth will be staffed by Carol Park and Michelle Rangel. Maura Hagan, Peter Backlund, Chris Davis (ASP), Davide Del Vento (CISL) and other NCAR staff will also be in the booth during the week. If you're a staff member who would like to spend some time in the NCAR booth, please let Carol Park know or just drop by. We will be giving away NCAR branded totes, pens, notepads, magnets, and (non-branded) chocolate kisses!

The COMET Program - Exhibit Booth 521
And at WeatherFest: Booth W1308
Whether you're an experienced meteorologist honing existing skills or a student looking for new topics of interest, we have something for you. Explore interactive distance learning materials and classroom training opportunities on a wide range of geoscience topics. Meet members of the COMET staff for informal Q&A and a tour of COMET's MetEd Website. We'll also have handouts on a wide variety of topics.

Spark: NCAR & UCAR Science Education at WeatherFest Booth W1310
Look for Spark's booth right across from the WeatherFest stage and experience "Weather that Spins," featuring tornadoes, hurricanes, and vortices of all kinds. We'll be exploring angular momentum, the Coriolis Effect, and the forces that quite literally put a spin on weather. Hop on the turntable and get a spin yourself, then look at recent weather events that spun their way into the record books!

UCAR Community Programs - Exhibit Booth 523 
Ligea Ruff and Chrystal Pene will be at the UCP booth this year. We invite any UCP Programs to use our booth/display monitor to give presentations and/or demos. Staff can let Ligea Ruff know if you would like to use the screen or our booth seating area. We are giving away recyclable pens and luggage grabbers this year. We will be showing Air • Planet • People and other UCAR videos on our screen, along with our UCP slide show.

Unidata - Exhibit Booth 524  
Doppler on Wheels during field campaignMembers of the Unidata Program Center staff will be at the booth; feel free to stop by to talk with us. The booth will feature live, hands-on demonstrations of Unidata software and services, including a look at the current state of the AWIPS II environment. Come and talk with the developers about what's coming up and what you'd like to see.

NCAR Earth Observing Lab and friends - Lower Atmospheric Observing Facilities - Exhibit Booth 936
Check out the Doppler on Wheels radar truck and visit with staff from EOL and other LAOF partners to learn about the available NSF observing facilities and how to request them. This is a great opportunity to meet and talk with facility managers and NSF representatives and ask questions about a specific facility or the request process.

The GLOBE Program - at the NASA booth
And at WeatherFest
Look for UCAR staff from the GLOBE Program Office on Sunday at WeatherFest, where they'll be helping visitors explore weather with the same kinds of scientific equipment used by primary and secondary students around the world to make cloud observations and other scientific measurements. In the exhibit hall, GLOBE, whose primary sponsor is NASA, will have a table at the NASA booth providing visitors with information about the GLOBE Program, so look for them there as well.

Additional information

NCAR Earth Observing Lab at AMS 2013

AMS Annual Meeting 2013