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27 Mar 14
NOAA's Science On a Sphere® Dazzled Students at Boulder Colo Middle School

Because new Science On a Sphere® team members needed practical technical training in setting up the traveling SOS System, more than 500 students who attend Southern Hills Middle School in Boulder, Colorado were treated to demonstrations of SOS during the week of March 17- 21.

26 Feb 14
Improved Short-Range Weather Forecasts from RAP Model Upgrade to Ver. 2

The Rapid Refresh Version 2, the newest edition of this hourly-updated assimilation/modeling system, NOAA's most frequent rapidly updated weather forecast model, was installed operationally at NWS' National Centers for Environmental Prediction on February 25. RAPv2 provides improved predictions of quickly developing severe weather events, including thunderstorms and winter storms, as well as aviation hazards such as clear-air turbulence and icing.

12 Feb 14
Science On a Sphere® - Now With a Mandarin Chinese Website

Due to the great interest in SOS among Mandarin Chinese speaking nations, GSD's Technology Outreach Branch has developed a Mandarin-language version of the top-level SOS Web pages.

30 Jan 14
GSD Demonstrates Latest Hazard Services Tool to Six NWS Forecast Offices

From late October through November, members of the Hazard Services Development Team visited several NWS forecast offices to demonstrate and gather feedback on Production Version 2 of the Hazard Services application being developed for AWIPS II.

6 Nov 13
The Experimental Regional Ensemble Forecast System (ExREF)

The Experimental Regional Ensemble Forecast (ExREF) system is a tool for developing and testing new Numerical Weather Prediction methodologies. It is a joint project between ESRL/GSD, the Hydrometeorological Testbed, and the National Centers for Environmental Prediction.

15 Aug 13
OAR Data Sharing and Research Collaborations with EIG EUMETNET

NOAA and the European Meteorological Services Network are now exchanging GPS-Met data on a routine basis, contributing to improved weather and climate forecasting and research.

OAR Contributes to Improved Understanding of Precipitation in the Amazon
ESRL scientists participated in a study of how convective precipitation events occur in the Equatorial Amazon Rain Forest. The transition from shallow cumulus fields to precipitating cumulonimbus is detectable in high temporal resolution GPS-Met water vapor measurements.

12 Aug 13
GSD's Contributions to Summer 2013 Intensive Field Studies

In support of two intensive field studies in the Southeast U.S., GSD's Assimilation and Modeling Branch provided forecasts of air quality and weather using the state-of-the-art fully coupled Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model with the addition of chemistry (known as the WRF-Chem application).

6 Aug 13
Science On a Sphere® - The 100th System Installation Worldwide

The 100th worldwide installation of a Science On a Sphere® (SOS) System took place during the week of July 29 – August 2, 2013, at the headquarters of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Silver Spring, Maryland.

5 Aug 13
GSD's INSITE Tool Completed

INtegrated Support for Impacted air-Traffic Environments was developed to help bridge the gap between weather information and its use for air traffic management decisions.

23 Jul 13
SOS Holds Workshop in Boulder for Science and Social Studies Teachers

"The Sphere Next Door," a teacher workshop for Colorado secondary science and social studies educators, was held in Boulder on July 17 and 18, 2013.

9 May 13
Glider Soaring Distance Record with the Aid of GSD's HRRR Forecast System Infrastructure

High-Resolution Rapid Refresh model forecasts supported a recent long-distance soaring flight from Minden, NV to Gunnison, CO.

7 May 13
NOAA-NIST Collaboration on IT Infrastructure in Boulder, Colorado

Through an IT equipment co-location agreement, GSD is now home to NIST Boulder's Disaster Recovery Tape Library System.

26 Mar 13
NOAA Earth Information System (NEIS) Development Work at GSD

The NEIS team at GSD is developing prototype concepts for Open Weather and Climate Services (Open WCS), designed to help with the discovery, access, understanding, and visualization of NOAA data from the past, present, and future.

13 Feb 13
ESRL Contributes to Transition of Improved GOES Sounder Products into Ops

Web-based software developed by GSD/FAB has been used to support the decision to put new sounder retrieval algorithms into operational use.

16 Jan 13
Weather Evaluation Team Meets at ESRL in Boulder

The Weather Evaluation Team (WET), part of a joint government/industry initiative aimed at improving air traffic flow, held a meeting on 4-6 December 2012 at ESRL.

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