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Please join me in congratulating UCAR’s second cohort of Next Generation Fellows. These outstanding students are receiving support for two years of graduate study and two summer internships with NCAR and UCAR:
  • Paulette Blanchard, Diversity and Inclusion Fellow (University of Kansas)

  • Lilly Jones, Earth System Science Fellow (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology)

  • Johnny Quispe, Public Policy Fellow (Rutgers University)

UCAR’s Next Generation Fellowships program is an important initiative to foster diversity and excellence in Earth system science. Read more about the 2018 fellows in this news release.

In August, we completed phase one of our web modernization project with the launch of new websites for NCAR and UCAR. The goal of these “umbrella” sites is to make it easier for new faculty, students, and others who do not already know us to understand the breadth of research, resources, and services NCAR and UCAR offer the community, and the value and relevance of that work. The websites are organized by theme, and are responsive to varying screen sizes so they can more easily be viewed on mobile devices. To see the results please visit,, and

Many hands and considerable time and effort went into this first phase. We are currently planning for phase two, modernizing the rest of NCAR’s web presence, including the NCAR laboratories and Education and Outreach program. The design is carrying over into publications such as this newsletter, and the expertise and lessons learned will be applied over time to the modernization of the rest of our online assets. Your comments for the Web Modernization Project Team are welcome via

The process for selecting the next Director of NCAR is well underway. The NCAR Director Search Committee recently had their meeting to go through the applications for the NCAR Director position to determine the semi-finalists to be interviewed by the committee. The interviews will take place in person on the East Coast later this month. After this round of interviews, the committee will arrive at a set of finalists to invite to Boulder in mid-October. The finalists will be interviewed, give a seminar, and meet with various NCAR and UCAR constituent groups. A staff announcement of the finalists to be invited to Boulder and the dates of their interviews will be provided by the end of the month.  

Antonio J. Busalacchi
UCAR President


In recognition of the passing of organizational colleagues and leaders in our community, we provide links on our website to obituaries as we learn of their deaths. We are sad to report these recent additions:
  • Robert (Bob) Niffenegger (NCAR Computational & Information Systems Lab) 
  • George William (Bill) Curtis (NCAR High Altitude Observatory)


▹ Call for Input - The Future of the US Weather Enterprise

National Academies Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC)

In a message to the community, BASC writes: "The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are planning to conduct a study that will outline a vision for the U.S. Weather Enterprise over the next 10-25 years and are reaching out to the weather community both to participate in the study and to help support it."

Details: The Future of the US Weather Enterprise
Contact: Amanda Staudt, Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate


▹ Automated Vehicle & Meteorology Summit

Organized by AMS Commission on the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise

This American Meteorological Society summit will bring together the weather enterprise (public, private, and academic sectors) and the advanced driver assistance system and automated vehicle industries to discuss the meteorological impacts, current capabilities, weather, and pavement-condition information needs of automated surface vehicles and unmanned airborne vehicles. The goals are to support the advancement of automated vehicle development, reduce risk, accelerate adoption, and support operations.

Details: Automated Vehicle & Meteorology Summit
Hotel discount deadline: September 14
Event: October 23–24
Contact: Bill Mahoney, NCAR Research Applications Laboratory

▹ Call for US CLIVAR-supported workshops

U.S. Climate Variability and Predictability Program

The US CLIVAR program annually sponsors open community workshops, conferences, and science meetings to coordinate, develop, plan, and implement new or focused activities for the benefit of the scientific community that are relevant to the goals of US CLIVAR. Also see the related working group call for requests, below.

Details: Call for US CLIVAR Workshops
Deadline: September 28
Contact: Kristan Uhlenbrock, US CLIVAR

▹ Unidata Software Training Workshops - Fall 2018

Data display and analysis tools for geoscience

The workshop will feature these display and analysis packages: MetPy, IDV, and AWIPS; these data access and management tools: Local Data Manager (LDM) and THREDDS Data Server (TDS); and a session on the Network Common Data Form (netCDF).

Details: Unidata Software Training Workshop
Registration Deadline: October 5
Event: October 15–30 
Contact:  Workshop Coordinator, UCAR Unidata Program

▹ Call for New US CLIVAR Working Group

U.S. Climate Variability & Predictability Program

Requests are now being accepted for one new US CLIVAR-sponsored working group for 2019. Submissions are encouraged from the U.S. climate science community. The US CLIVAR program establishes limited-lifetime, action-oriented Working Groups of scientists to coordinate and implement focused activities for the benefit of the scientific community. This year's call supports the possibility of up to one new Working Group, which will be initiated around January 2019 and undertake actionable and measurable tasks over a two- to three-year period.

Details: Call for US CLIVAR Working Groups
Deadline: October 12
Contact:  Kristan Uhlenbrock, US CLIVAR

▹ WRF-Hydro Version 5 Released

NCAR WRF-Hydro Team releases latest community model update

In this new version, the Community WRF-Hydro code base has been merged with the NOAA National Water Model (NWM) code base to create a single, unified code base. On the ‘back end’ this provides one unified code base supported by both the NCAR WRF-Hydro Team and the NOAA Office of Water Prediction. On the ‘front end,’ the community now has access to many of the features developed for the NWM, the first operational, high-resolution, hydrologic prediction model to be implemented across the continental United States.

Details: WRF-Hydro Version 5 Announcement
Contact: Molly McAllister, NCAR Research Applications Laboratory

▹ Bring an NCAR Expert to Campus - UVisit

Applications for UCAR-supported visits welcome at any time of year

Are you interested in bringing an NCAR or UCAR scientist, engineer, or other professional to your college or university to teach a class, give a lecture, or provide other forms of training and interaction? Do you need support to make the visit possible? UVisit was created to get NCAR and UCAR experts out to the universities for visits lasting anywhere from a few days to a full semester. Travel support is available to get our staff to your campus. Applications may be submitted by college or university faculty or by NCAR/UCAR staff and are accepted year round. 

Details: UVisit
Contact: Aneka Finley, UCAR Governance & University Relations

▹ New from the COMET Program


National Blend of Models v3.1 Upgrade
Intended for U.S. NWS forecasters, this short video describes changes to the NWS National Blend of Models when it was updated to v3.1.


GOES-16 and S-NPP/JPSS Case Exercise: Hurricane Harvey Surface Flooding 
This lesson highlights the August 2017 flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey in southeastern Texas. The learner will become familiar with interpreting satellite imagery in regions with surface flooding. The satellite-derived flood map and the data that go into the flood map will both be highlighted in the lesson.

Determining the Onset and Risk of Tropical Cyclone Winds
This lesson introduces forecasters to the probabilistic guidance products used by the National Hurricane Center to assess tropical cyclone wind threats. it provides an overview of how these probabilistic wind speed products are created, their purposes, and how to interpret them.

Situational Awareness in the Fire Environment
This lesson introduces the Situational Awareness Cycle, which learners will use to continuously monitor and adapt their support strategies and decision-support information, depending on rapidly evolving wildfire conditions. The lesson also discusses a range of tools that can be used to build and maintain situational awareness.

Unified Terrain in the National Blend of Models
This lesson discusses errors associated with the use of inconsistent terrain in the Real-Time and the Un-Restricted Mesoscale Analyses (RTMA and URMA, respectively), and in downscaling numerical weather prediction model data to the resolution of the U.S. National Weather Service National Blend of Models (NBM).

New Spanish Translations

Cómo comunicar la incertidumbre de las predicciones
Communicating Forecast Uncertainty (also available in French)

Cómo comunicar la incertidumbre de las predicciones, caso europeo
Communicating Forecast Uncertainty (European Case)

Details: All MetEd lessons, courses & translations
Contact: UCAR COMET Program
Follow COMET:
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▹ Professional, Technical, and Student Career Opportunities

On the web

Email - Opportunities in the UCAR community & beyond via OppsList

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▹ Reminders

from our previous issue

High Performance Computing in Earth System Modeling Workshop (2018 MultiCore 8)
Workshop: September 18-19

NOAA/NCEP Research Collaboration Opportunities - Request for Proposals
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.


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