Support COMET’s MetEd Online Weather Training

metedCOMET’s  MetEd free, online training courses help more than 275,000 meteorologists, pilots, firefighters, emergency managers, other professionals, and students better predict potential threats to society, including hurricanes and severe storms, aviation hazards, tsunamis, and emergency responses to hazardous releases.

MetEd is seeking donations to continue service to its global community. Recent budget cuts and sequestration impact have forced several government agencies sponsoring MetEd to reduce, delay, or eliminate funding for the program’s base expenses.

“Meteorologists who provide critical prediction services for the nation’s weather services and the U.S. military, as well as pilots and emergency managers, rely on MetEd to stay up to date on forecasting research and technology,” COMET director Rich Jeffries says. “Without MetEd, the ability of these forecasters and other professionals to keep their skills current and provide needed predictions of potentially dangerous weather events would be seriously impaired.”

For more information see UCAR/NCAR AtmosNews. Click on Donate to support this valuable resource.

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Nominations are open for AMS Awards

The Council of the American Meteorological Society invites members and friends of the AMS to submit nominations for consideration for the Society Awards, Lecturers, Named Symposia, Fellows, Honorary Members, and nominees for elective Officers and Councilors of the Society. Take this opportunity to recognize peers and colleagues who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and contributions to the atmospheric and related science fields. This year AMS is honoring Edward N. Lorenz by renaming the Teaching Excellence Award after the pioneer meteorologist.

As AMS president, J. Marshall Shepherd, emphasizes, “We’re particularly interested in promoting nominations for awards and advancement to Fellow for members in the private sector, including our broadcaster colleagues, and in the ‘related sciences,’ to include oceanography, hydrology, climatology, atmospheric chemistry, space weather, environmental remote sensing (including the engineering and management of systems for observations), and the social sciences, etc.”

Nominations  are due May 1st, 2013. Check the website to view all available awards and nominating procedures.

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Study Detects Human Impact on China’s Climate

A study recently published in AGU’s Geophysical Research Letters “directly links greenhouse gas emissions with warmer temperature extremes in a single country, rather than on a global scale.” The paper entitled, “Detecting human influence on extreme temperatures in China”, presents “vast amounts of data that the research team extracted” from 2400 weather stations in China, gathered between 1961 and 2007, noted Xuebin Zhang, an author on the paper. Zhang admits that “actually seeing a warming trend in a single location is hard….. You need a lot of data to distill the day-to-day weather noise from the general trend.” This paper provides evidence of human impact on China’s already challenged climate, specifically the current heat waves and drought occurrences. Read more details pertinent to the study on the AGU website.


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NCAR Remembers Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, visits Mesa Lab on August 3, 1990

British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, visits Mesa Lab on August 3, 1990

Margaret Thatcher’s visit to NCAR in 1990 was the first time a foreign head of government had visited NCAR and the Boulder area. It reflected the prime minister’s increasing interest in the greenhouse effect, environmental issues, and global warming.  Detailed descriptions of her visit and schedule that day are documented in NCAR’s internal Staff Notes hosted by the Archives. That same year, the Prime Minister presented her thoughts in a speech at the 2nd World Climate Conference.  In this speech she linked the impact of climate change on economic growth and standard of living throughout the world. Educated in Chemistry at Oxford University, Margaret Thatcher was one of the first world leaders to “sound the alarm” on global warming and yet later in her life she expressed some skepticism in her original thoughts. Please feel free to share your remembrance of that special event with our community.

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NCAR’s Climate Data Guide

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, Co (courtesy of Climate Data Guide)

Like an insider’s guidebook to an unexplored country, the Climate Data Guide provides the key insights needed to select the data that best align with your goals, including critiques of data sets by experts from the research community. We invite you to learn from their insights and share your own. Enabling researchers and students to identify and make effective use of climate data sets, the Climate Data Guide will be a living repository for the climate community’s collective wisdom and expertise on a broad array of observational datasets and their appropriate use in analyses and model evaluation. This resource is freely available to all.

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Tips and Techniques on Talking with Funders and Reporters

Looking for ways to showcase your science with potential funders as well as the media? The NCAR Early Career Scientist Assembly and NCAR & UCAR Communications are sponsoring two presentations this month:

Talking with Reporters
Two local science reporters will join the NCAR/UCAR Media Office to discuss best techniques for talking with reporters.
Thursday, April 11, 10:00-11:00 a.m.; FL2 Main Auditorium

Talking with Potential Funders
A three-person panel of internal and external experts will provide tips on communicating with potential funders in government and the private sector.
Thursday, April 25, 10:00-11:00 a.m.; FL2 Main Auditorium

Coming in May: There will be an opportunity to take part in a special session on practicing communications with key audiences. More information to come.

For more information, contact David Hosansky at ext. 8611,

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Supercomputers Impact Science Discovery and Progress

NCAR’s Yellowstone Supercomputer,   Wyoming (courtesy of UCAR Communications)

NCAR’s Yellowstone Supercomputer, Wyoming (courtesy of UCAR Communications)

Recently NSF has provided over $200 million funding for NCAR’s “Yellowstone“, NCSA’s “Blue Waters” and TACC’s “Stampede” supercomputers. Each computer adds value to the other and will provide the nation’s research communities expansive computational capabilities to test scientific hypothesis and produce simulations impacting the science discovery and progress. Read details of real-time applications and usage of each of these supercomputers. Scientific visualizations using NCAR’s Yellowstone supercomputer are freely available.

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Art and Science Intersect

“Nimbus II” (Berndnaut Smilde - Courtesy of the artist)

“Nimbus II” (Berndnaut Smilde – Courtesy of the artist)

Artist Berndnaut Smilde’s recent project of installing real Nimbus clouds in empty gallery spaces in Amsterdam reflects his interest in “the ephemeral aspect of the work”. By deliberately regulating the temperature and humidity of the designated space he can create a cloud to appear for a brief moment. The “art” can be seen only in person and documented in photographs, as the clouds dissipate quickly. You can view all of Smilde’s work on his website.

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Current Views on Changing Weather in Northern Europe

Review presentation of research and various studies/models, discussing the status of the current Arctic Ice and its impact on the cold weather in Germany this past winter. Maps and simulations from NCEP/NCAR data plotted with KNMI Climate Explorer, are included within the discourse. This ongoing global debate is being held in all venues and disciplines.  Join the conversation.

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Course on Visualization of Climate Data at NCAR

IMAGeRegistration is open for the free IMAGe STATMOS Workshop on Visualization of Climate Data to learn approaches to explore and visualize climate data sets, using R. It will consist of a mix of instruction and hands-on practice and is targeted to first or second year graduate students in Statistics or Atmospheric Science, who are interested in honing their data analysis and computing skills for climate data.

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