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Drop by booth 505 at this year's AGU Fall Meeting to learn about opportunities with NCAR and UCAR, listen to a presentation, grab a sticker, and more! We'll see you there. 
A WRF run
The winter WRF Tutorial will be held from January 27-31 at NCAR in Boulder, Colorado. Space is limited, so sign up now!
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.
Register for the AMS Short Course: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Geoscientists. The course will be held January 12, in advance of the AMS Annual Meeting.
Get involved with Reintegrating Biology, a series of virtual and face-to-face events filled with engaging and exciting diverse expertise for the purpose of reintegrating the different subdisciplines of biology.
Retrospective data from the National Water Model is now available via Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services. 
English-speaking and multi-lingual scientists are needed as judges for GLOBE's 2020 International Virtual Science Symposium. Learn more about how to volunteer. 
An image of the Sun from NASA
Applications for the 2020 Living With a Star Heliophysics Summer School are due February 21. This year's theme is "Explosive Space Weather Events and their Impacts."
Applications for the SOARS (Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science) 2020 program are due February 1. SOARS is an undergraduate-to-graduate bridge program designed to broaden participation the atmospheric and related sciences. 
Project descriptions for NCAR's 2020 SiParCS (Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science) are now posted online
NCAR's Advanced Study Program is now accepting applications for postdoctoral fellowships. The deadline to apply is January 6. 
Applications for the Ralph Cicerone Fellowship in Earth System Science are due February 28. The fellowship is housed in NCAR's Atmospheric Chemistry Observations & Modeling Lab and is intended for graduate students with experience in, or working with, underrepresented communities. 


Budget updates

Congress passed a stopgap spending measure funding the federal government through December 20. House and Senate appropriators then began negotiations over the allocations for each of the 12 annual spending bills and struck a compromise late November. Though the final allocations have yet to be publicly released, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) subcommittee benefitted the most from these negotiations, leaving other subcommittees, like Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS), with fewer funds to work with. 

EPIC hearing

On November 20, the House Science Committee, Environment Subcommittee, held a hearing titled “A Task of EPIC Proportions: Reclaiming U.S. Leadership in Weather Modeling and Prediction.” The witnesses who testified were Neil Jacobs, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction at NOAA; Clifford Mass, Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Washington; Peter Neilley, Director of Weather Forecasting Sciences and Technology at The Weather Company, an IBM business; and Thomas Auligné, Director of the Joint Center of Satellite Data Assimilation at UCAR. 

The witnesses answered questions from members about EPIC’s engagement with the academic community, the acquisition timeline, and the project’s contribution to increased weather forecast accuracy. They also answered questions on the governance structure for EPIC, and whether EPIC would ever have a physical location.

Barry Myers withdrawal:

Barry Myers withdrawal: Barry Myers, the former chief executive of AccuWeather who was first nominated to lead NOAA in a controversial move by President Trump in 2017, asked the White House to withdraw his nomination, saying that surgery and chemotherapy made it “impractical” for him to serve.  Myers’ nomination had stalled for nearly two years in the Senate, leaving NOAA without a Senate-confirmed leader for the longest period since the agency was created in 1970.


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
Abstract submissions and applications due December 16

Michael Knoelker Symposium: From Solar Physics to Exoplanets
February 26-28
Boulder, CO
Early registration ends January 31

Workshop on Societally Relevant Multi-Year Climate Predictions
March 31-April 2
Boulder, CO
Abstracts due January 10

SEA's Improving Scientific Software Conference 2020
April 27-May 1
Boulder, CO
Submissions due January 27

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


NOAA scientist Joe Cione with a Coyote drone
A new type of disposable drone will enable scientists to collect detailed observations of intense hurricane winds that blast just above the ocean surface near the eyewall. (Image: NOAA)
If society continues on its present path of greenhouse gas emissions, populations of emperor penguins would likely be devastated by the end of the century. But reduced emissions under the Paris Agreement would enable the penguins to survive. (Image: Christopher Michel, Flickr)


MetEd offers 46 online lessons related to winter weather

Winter weather has begun to affect many areas in the Northern Hemisphere bringing cold Arctic air, strong winds, snow, and freezing precipitation. COMET has developed 46 lessons to facilitate understanding of the processes that combine to create these brutal weather elements. Twelve of these lessons are part of COMET’s Winter Weather Distance Learning Course, which provides information on the scientific and forecasting aspects of winter weather. To access these lessons and the course, go to the Winter Weather topic on the MetEd website

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