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MAY 2022
Dear UCAR community,

I want to begin this month's email by acknowledging the profound loss our community suffered when three undergraduate meteorology students from the University of Oklahoma were killed last week in a car accident.

Drake Brooks, Nicholas Nair, and Gavin Short had bright futures in our field. Their passion for weather was obvious in the stories told by their friends and professors that were shared in the media over the weekend.

One of the most rewarding parts of our work at UCAR and NCAR is mentoring the next generation of atmospheric scientists. Students bring a fresh enthusiasm for our science that energizes us and reminds us of the vital nature of our research, which is one of the reasons a loss of three such passionate students from our field and from our extended UCAR family is tragic and deeply felt. As we mourn the untimely death of these students, we are also grappling with the loss of the contributions I am sure they would have made to the weather community.

On behalf of the staff at UCAR and NCAR, I would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of these three students and offer our support to our colleagues at the University of Oklahoma.

Antonio Busalacchi
UCAR President


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Join our new community platform, the UCAR Commons

Last month we launched a new tool for connecting, collaborating, and celebrating with our member universities. UCAR Commons is a virtual gathering place where you can come to engage in discussions, share relevant news, and keep up to date with events and announcements. All faculty and students at UCAR Member Institutions are eligible to join. Head over to to learn more. 

Applications for the UCAR Next Generation Fellowships are due May 16. The two-year awards provide financial support for graduate school and two summer visits. 
Nominations are being accepted for the UCAR Board of Trustees and governance committees. The deadline is June 20.


From Left: Ed Perlmutter, Jerry McNerney, Donald Norcross, and Joe Neguse

UCAR hosts visit from the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Yesterday we were honored to host a visit from four members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: (Pictured from left) Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), and Joe Neguse (D-CO).

Our scientists talked with the committee members about urgent research directions in wildfire science, including better understanding the future risks of wildland fires burning through the urban landscape and the effects of such fires on local air quality.

We also discussed the need for investment in solar research so that we can improve our ability to predict potentially damaging space weather events, and the resources needed to continue pushing the boundaries of Earth system prediction.

Finally, we discussed the strain that inflation puts on our ability to maintain world-class facilities, retain the best and brightest staff, and make those resources available to the broader Earth system research community.

“It was wonderful to visit with the leaders and incredible staff of NCAR and UCAR to learn more about the cutting edge atmospheric research taking place here,” said Representatives Perlmutter and Neguse. “These efforts are absolutely critical as we work to address the climate crisis and mitigate its impacts. From wildfire research to space weather, the knowledge and solutions we stand to gain by strongly supporting research facilities like NCAR are vast.”

We were grateful for the opportunity to discuss these important topics and for the thoughtful questions from the representatives.


Many of our community events are hosted by the Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science, or CPAESS. To learn how CPAESS can support your event, visit

Pattern Effect: Coupling of SST Patterns, Radiative Feedbacks, and Climate Sensitivity Workshop
May 10-13, 2022
Boulder, CO, and virtual

Workshop on Future U.S. Earth System Reanalysis
May 16-18, 2022
Boulder, CO, and virtual 

Ocean Salinity Conference
June 6-9, 2022
New York, NY

NASA 3rd Eddy Cross Disciplinary Symposium
June 6-10, 2022
Vail, CO

Whither the Gulf Stream Workshop: Present Understanding and Future Opportunities for Elucidating the Role of the Gulf Stream in Weather and Climate
June 15-17, 2022
Woods Hole, MA, and virtual

CEDAR Workshop
June 19-24, 2022
Austin, TX
*Early registration ends May 19

Observing, Modeling, and Understanding the Circulation of the Arctic Ocean and Sub-Arctic Seas Workshop
June 27-30, 2022
Seattle, WA

IGS Workshop IGS 2022: Science from Earth to Space
July 27 - Aug 1, 2022
Boulder, CO

Southeast Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) Partners Dialogue
August 9-10, 2022
Atlanta, GA
*Applications due July 22


Low water levels in Lake Mead

New method can predict summer rainfall in the southwest months in advance

As reservoir levels dwindle in the arid southwestern United States, scientists have developed a method to estimate summer rainfall in the region months in advance. Such seasonal predictions can help state and local officials make key reservoir storage and water allocation decisions earlier in the season and support more efficient water management.

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Visualization of a geospace storm

NCAR partners to build community geospace model

The Multiscale Atmosphere-Geospace Environment (MAGE) model is the focus of the Center for Geospace Storms (CGS). The center was recently chosen to receive $15 million in funding from NASA to work on the model. 

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Wildfire smoke

Wildfires alter air pollution patterns across North America

Increasingly large and intense wildfires in the Pacific Northwest are altering the seasonal pattern of air pollution and causing a spike in unhealthy pollutants in August, new research has found.

Read more


Screen shot of Meted class

COMET offers classes in multiple languages

COMET recently published Introduction aux marées océaniques, the French version of Introduction to Ocean Tides, on the MetEd website. MetEd hosts over 100 lessons in French, as well as hundreds of other lessons in nine languages.

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