Headlines Archive 2001

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FSL's High Performance Computing System
The Forecast Systems Laboratory is starting a new quarter for projects on its High Performance Computing System (known as Jet). This is the first allocation quarter that includes the recent upgrade to Jet.

FSL to Share Observations and Observation-handling Technology
A new project has been established at FSL for the purpose of supporting meteorological research by sharing FSL observations and observation-handling technology with the greater meteorological community.

New Weather Observing System to Aid Forecasters During Winter Olympics
A new weather observing system developed at NOAA's Forecast Systems Laboratory (FSL) will make its public debut during the XIX Olympic Winter Games.

NOAA Profiler Network Backs National Readiness
The NOAA Profiler Network (NPN) is a valuable national asset in the event of a large-scale terrorist attack on the USA.

Forecast Systems Laboratory Supercomputer Upgraded
Today's atmospheric researchers depend on supercomputers to develop high-resolution prediction models that more closely resemble the actual weather.

Verification Goes Real Time
The Real-Time Verification System (RTVS) is a tool for assessing the quality and effectiveness of weather observations, warnings, and forecasts. It was implemented at the National Weather Service Aviation Weather Center to objectively monitor and evaluate the quality of in-flight aviation weather advisories issued for icing, turbulence, and convection.

Improving Weather Support for Western Range Launch Operations
A tailored version of the National Weather Service Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) has been installed at Lockheed Martin's development facility in Santa Maria, California.

FSL Workshop Investigates a Next Generation Weather Observing System
Leaders in the field of Global Positioning System (GPS) measurement science met in Boulder, Colorado on June 21, 2001 to discuss a new and potentially significant way to use GPS for atmospheric remote sensing.

Demonstration Division of the Forecast Systems Lab Collaborates with the EPA
The Demonstration Division will be collaborating with the EPA on their upcoming "Eastern Supersites Program" for the month of July, 2001. Our support will be provided in the form of important data sets from the Division's NOAA Profiler Network and GPS-Met Water Vapor Demonstration Network.

Training Project for the Thailand Meteorological Department
Approximately 30 Thai Met staff will visit the Forecast Systems Laboratory during May and June to participate in four training programs that have been specifically developed for the Thailand Meteorological Department.

Severe Space Weather Storms Affect GPS Meteorology Network
Between March 30-31, the GPS-Met Demonstration Network was affected by a severe geomagnetic storm associated with major solar flare activity on the surface of the Sun.

2001 FSL Web Awards
The FSL Web Awards serve to highlight the excellent work being done by FSL staff in making effective use of technology. This year's awards are in four categories:

Best Internal Use

The Hardware Assets Management System (HAMS; http://sentinel.fsl.noaa.gov/HAMS/ ) is used by all systems administrators, network staff, and staff responsible for procurement, property tracking, and maintenance. HAMS, whose Web interface refers to an elaborate Oracle database, was developed by Mark Andersen of the Facility Division. Using HAMS, technical staff can quickly examine the configuration of computer equipment, determine its maintenance status, and provide specific information about equipment, including location, user, model, etc.

Best Help System

Working round-the-clock shifts, it is difficult for members of the Central Facility operations staff to communicate effectively. The Systems Support Group Website, http://www-fd.fsl.noaa.gov/fd/oper/fsl-only/doc/ , is a repository for information on troubleshooting and supporting the FSL Central Facility systems. Developed by Art Urban, Jonathan Auerbach, Huming Han, Michael Stephenson, Peter Rahm-Coffey, and Yeng Her, this site helps ensure a high level of operational availability for Central Facility systems.

Most Improved

By incorporating MySQL, Bill Moninger of the Forecast Research Division significantly improved the speed of access to verification statistics on the Real Time Verification System (RTVS) site. An example of the improved system is at http://www-ad.fsl.noaa.gov/~moninger/mySQL_turb/ , which you can compare to the previous version at http://www-ad.fsl.noaa.gov/~moninger/turb2000/ . The improved performance is a boon to FSL scientists, our collaborators at AWC and NCAR, and the aviation user community.

Best Product

The High Performance Computing System (HPCS) information site, http://www-fd.fsl.noaa.gov/hpcs/ , was developed by Lee Cohen of the Facility Division. It contains information about the FSL HPCS, otherwise known as Jet. Included are forms to apply for projects and accounts, links to a FAQ, and other information. Within the HPCS tree are descriptions of all the projects using Jet and those that are under review, allowing the Jet External Project Review Board to examine prospective projects on-line.

Release of Scalable Modeling System Version 2.3.0
The Advanced Computing group in the Aviation Division of Forecast Systems Laboratory (FSL) in Boulder, Colorado, is responsible for making cost-effective high-performance computing resources more accessible to researchers. The most cost-effective high-performance computers available today are built from off-the-shelf desktop-class computers connected by high-speed networks.

NOAA Profiler Network News
Catch up on the latest news about NOAA's Profiler Network, operated and maintained by FSL's Demonstration Division.

Clear Air Turbulence Research
In collaboration with NOAA's Environmental Technology Laboratory, NCAR, and the FAA Aviation Weather Research Program, FSL is conducting research to improve forecasts of clear air turbulence (CAT) and to characterize CAT through observations. A field experiment, Severe Clear Air Turbulence Colliding with Air Traffic, or SCATCAT, is being conducted over the Pacific Ocean this winter.

FX-Net System Provides Real-Time Weather Data
FSL's FX-Net System is providing real-time meteorological data to the recently dedicated New England Weather Technology Evaluation Center (NEWTEC) at Plymouth State College.

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