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Dear community members,
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We know that many of you will be at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, and we look forward to reconnecting with you there.

We invite you to drop by booth 505 to meet our scientists and staff, learn about opportunities with NCAR and UCAR, and see what resources we have available to help enrich your science.

New this year, you can also join us for presentations about the latest research and resources from our organization. Please see the preliminary schedule online and check back as we get closer to the conference for more details!


Multiple simulations from the CESM large ensemble
A massive dataset that is widely used by the climate and atmospheric research community to study phenomena such as extreme rainfall, ice loss, and extended droughts in North America, is now freely available on the commercial cloud. Learn more about accessing the Community Earth System Model (CESM) Large Ensemble Numerical Simulation via Amazon Web Services.
Screenshot of NCAR augmented reality app in action
Use augmented and virtual reality technology to let your students explore global geoscience datasets in 3D. NCAR has developed free mobile apps that are available for download via the Apple App Store and Google Play. 
Welcome to our new UCAR Member institutions: Clemson University, Indiana University, and Michigan Technological University. These additions bring the number of members in the UCAR consortium to 120. 
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Learn about resources, training opportunities, and community support for the WRF-Hydro® Modeling System and its configuration as the National Water Model by attending a webinar at 10 a.m. mountain time on on Nov. 12. 
Register for the AMS Short Course: Introducing the Community WRF-Hydro® Modeling System: An Interactive Hands-on Tutorial. The course will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11, in advance of the AMS Annual Meeting. 


Science funding package makes progress

Last week, the Senate passed a four-bill spending package that includes appropriations for NSF, NOAA, and NASA for FY2020. The bills now move on to reconciliation negotiations with the House versions.

Space weather hearing

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing last month on space weather research, monitoring, and forecasting. Witnesses from NOAA, NASA, and GeoOptics, Inc., discussed aging observing platforms and the priorities of government and the academic community for developing the next ones.
A solar flare captured by NASA

Bill promotes public collaboration on model improvement

Senators Thune (R-SD) and Schatz (D-HI) recently introduced the Learning Excellence and Good Examples from New Developers (LEGEND) Act, legislation that would require NOAA to make certain operational models publicly available and to utilize any resulting innovations from public collaboration to improve the models.

Continuing resolution watch

NSF and all other federal agencies will continue to be funded at FY19 levels until November 21 under the existing continuing resolution (CR) passed by Congress and signed by the president in September. However with no FY20 appropriations bills signed into law yet there is a good chance the Congress will need to pass another CR in the coming weeks.

NSF geosciences report

The NSF Advisory Committee for Geosciences met in October to discuss a draft report recommending priorities for the agency’s programs in Earth, oceans, and atmospheric sciences. The report will be a successor to the committee’s 2014 Dynamic Earth study for the Geosciences Directorate.


2019 NIDIS California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System (CA-NV DEWS) Partner Meeting
November 18-19
Sacramento, CA

Midwest Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) Fall 2019 Meetings
November 19-21
St. Paul, MN

Annual NOAA Earth System Science and Modeling Community Workshop
November 18–19
Silver Spring, MD
Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020
February 16–21
San Diego, CA

Surface Currents in the Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere System Workshop
February 22-23
La Jolla, CA
Registration coming soon!

Workshop on Societally Relevant Multi-Year Climate Predictions
March 31-April 2
Boulder, CO
Registration coming soon!

Check out more upcoming events in the
NCAR/UCAR Earth System Science Community Calendar


An artist's rendering of the four PUNCH microsatellites
The recently funded Polarimeter to UNify the Corona and Heliosphere (PUNCH) mission will take a never-before-seen look at the young solar wind. The mission, which consists for four microsatellites, will fill the current observational gaps to create a seamless view. 
Fishermen on Lake Victoria
The HIGH impact Weather Lake System Project, known as HIGHWAY, aims to help the nations in the Lake Victoria Basin disseminate lifesaving storm warnings for fishers and boaters, who are vulnerable to severe thunderstorms and strong winds that form rapidly at night.
Image of 1962 nuclear bomb test
A hypothetical nuclear war between India and Pakistan could kill 50-125 million people in the two nations in less than a week, according to new research.


fire and smoke during Yellowstone fire

MetEd offers 36 online lessons on fire weather

With so many wildfires affecting California, remember that COMET’s MetEd offers 36 lessons on fire weather analysis and forecasting, fire behavior, and fire detection. The fire environment triangle captures the relationship of fuels, topography, and weather influences on fire behavior. The strong winds and complex terrain of California have resulted in a recipe for rapid moving fires that consume everything in their path.

Firefighters battling the current wildfires in California and other Western states rely heavily on the weather forecast. Many of the available lessons form two courses that cover advanced fire weather forecasting and wildland fire behavior. To access the lessons and courses, go to the Fire Weather topic on the MetEd website. Increase your knowledge of fire weather, behavior, and detection by taking a COMET lesson.

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