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Headlines Archive 2005

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9 Dec 05
2005 OAR Employee of the Year for Public Service: Dr. Bill Moninger

GSD's Bill Moninger has been named 2005 OAR Employee of the Year for Public Service for his work to collect and effectively utilize weather data collected by commercial aircraft.

17 Nov 05
GSD's FX-Net Team Receives Fire Weather Honor Award

The FX-Net team of GSD received an Honor Award from the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service's Predictive Services Program for their work supporting firefighting and control workers.

2 Nov 05
ESRL/GSD's Graphical Hazards Generator Supports NWS Forecasters

As of 1 Nov, NWS forecasters are using the GSD-developed Graphical Hazards Generator to issue weather warnings and advisories.

GPS-Meteorology Observations Increase by 40% in Texas
On Nov 1, the ESRL/GSD GPS Meteorology project increased the number of sites in Texas from 28 to 45; an increase of almost 40%.

14 Oct 05

GSD's TAMDAR team received an award for "outstanding contributions to aviation weather safety research and development" at the recent NASA Aviation Weather Accident Prevention Project Review.

12 Sep 05
FX-Net Used to Support Clean-up Efforts in the Aftermath of Katrina

FSL's FX-Net, as the display component of NWS' All-hazards Meteorological Response System, has helped support post-Katrina rescue and evacuation operations.

9 Sep 05
FSL Data Supports NOAA Weather Forecasting and Hurricane Research

As the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed over south Florida and later made landfall near New Orleans, continuous water vapor measurements were produced by FSL using data observed by U.S. Coast Guard Differential GPS sites at Virginia Key and English Turn.

NOAA Provides Buoy Observations in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina
When Hurricane Katrina forced the closure of NOAA's National Data Buoy Center, FSL stepped up to make its MADIS surface data viewer a backup source of C-MAN and buoy data.

6 Sep 05
FSL Supporting Post-Hurricane Recovery

FSL's GPS-Met project is providing high-accuracy location information to the Corps of Engineers and NASA to aid the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

29 Jun 05
Operational Implementation of the 13-km RUC Model at NCEP

The 13-km version of NOAA's Rapid Update Cycle (RUC13) model became operational at 1200 UTC Tuesday, June 28, 2005, at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction.

GPS-Met Project's Water Vapor Data Now Used by NWS Weather Models
For the first time, GPS integrated precipitable water vapor data are being used by a National Weather Service operational weather model running at the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction.

6 Jun 05
Successful Evaluation of NOAA's Volcanic Ash Coordination Tool

On May 25, FSL facilitated a test of the Vocanic Ash Coordination Tool in Alaska. Participating agencies were the Alaska Aviation Weather Unit (AAWU), Alaska Volcano Observatory (supported by the U.S. Geological Survey and State of Alaska), and the Anchorage Center Weather Service Unit.

27 May 05
NOAA's Science on a Sphere™ Unveiled at The National Maritime Center

NOAA and Nauticus officials unveiled NOAA's Science on a Sphere™ at The National Maritime Center in Norfolk, Virginia, on June 2, 2005.

NOAA Upper-Air Data Highlighted on "CSI: Miami" TV Episode
A Skew-T data plot from FSL's interactive sounding display provided a crucial clue in the final season episode of the popular TV show "CSI: Miami."

24 May 05
Dr. John Brown of NOAA honored with NASA Group Achievement Award

FSL's John Brown served on a board to investigate the crash of Helios, a solar-powered "flying wing" Remotely Piloted Aircraft that suffered structural failure during a long-duration test flight in June, 2003. The team is being honored at a ceremony on June 10, 2005, at the Langley Research Center.

23 May 05
OAR and NESDIS collaborate to improve real-time satellite moisture observations

FSL is cooperating with the NESDIS Office of Research and Applications to use GPS water vapor measurements to help assess and improve the GOES moisture retrieval process.

11 May 05
RSA development team receives the NOAA Technology Transfer Award

A nine-member team from FSL has been selected as the recipient of the 2005 NOAA Technology Transfer Award for its work on the design, development, integration, testing, and implementation of the RSA (Range Standardization and Automation) Weather System, now running at the Eastern and Western Ranges.

9 May 05
Research on GPS and NOAA's Profiler Network Presented at AIR-MASS 2005

FSL scientists presented talks on the NOAA Profiler Network and the use of GPS water vapor observations at the first bi-annual Air Capital Mid-America Storm Symposium.

6 May 05
FSL staff selected for 2005 NOAA Administrator's Award

Leslie Hart, HPCS management team lead, and Scott Nahman, logistics management specialist, are part of a group selected to receive a 2005 NOAA Administrator's Award for their "extraordinary efforts, dedication, and teamwork to develop and issue integrated requirements for a NOAA high performance computer system that realistically demonstrates our One-NOAA vision."

4 May 05
FSL hosts workshop on the Collaborative Convective Forecast Product

FSL hosted a May 2 - 4 workshop at which government and industry researchers discussed the evolution of the Collaborative Convective Forecast Product to a probabilistic forecast and its application to strategic decision-making procedures, and verification and evaluation of the CCFP forecast.

30 Apr 05
FSL Researchers Receive 2005 NOAA Administrator's Award

FSL researchers Paul Schultz and Patricia Miller are among a group selected to receive a 2005 NOAA Administrator's Award for their work supporting development of improved weather products and services to support the nation's surface transportation system.

FSL's Mesoscale Model Ensemble Supports the 2005 MDSS Demonstration
An ensemble of FSL mesoscale models is used to generate point forecasts along roadways, which contribute to more efficient, less costly, and less environmentally damaging snow plowing operations and chemical application.

FSL Participates in ROA Flight Demonstration Project
FSL participated in a test flight of the Altair Remotely Operated Aircraft (ROA) on April 20, 2005 in California. The technology demonstrated provides many scientific benefits including offering a rapid response platform for improved high impact weather forecasts at 1-day to 2-week lead times, and better climate change detection, attribution, and prediction in support of policy decisions.

4 Mar 05
Alaska's Recent Heavy Snowfall Affects Profiler Wind Measurements

Wind reports from the Talkeetna, Alaska, profiler were degraded by recent heavy snows. Clearing the snow has restored data to their normal quality.

FSL Troika's Vision for Operational Regional Radar Volume Now a Reality
A recent National Weather Service announcement of implementation of a project to electronically collect and distribute WSR-88D Level II data in real time culminates work first envisioned at FSL 12 years ago.

3 Mar 05
NOAA's Supercomputer at FSL Becomes More Powerful

An upgrade to the NOAA High Performance Computer System housed at FSL significantly raises the volume of work that can be completed in the same time as before.

2 Mar 05
FSL Supports the DTC Winter Forecast Experiment

FSL is contributing scientific and technological expertise to the Developmental Testbed Center (DTC) and its Winter Forecast Experiment (DWFE).

15 Feb 05
PADS and LAPS Increase Accuracy of Military Airdrops

FSL has been collaborating with the US Army Natick Soldier Systems Center and the USAF Air Mobility Command to develop and field the latest technologies applied to precision airdrops.

14 Feb 05
NOAA Invited to Implement LAPS for a Helsinki Mesoscale Experiment

To support the Finnish Meteorological Institute's (FMI) Helsinki Four-Season Mesoscale Testbed, NOAA's Local Analysis and Prediction System (LAPS) will be used for diabatic initialization of FMI's High Resolution Limited Area Model.

FSL Implements New VTEC Software for the National Weather Service
FSL has just completed many months of intense development to implement the Valid Time Event Code (VTEC) for NWS Watches, Warnings, and Advisories.

28 Jan 05
FSL Evaluating New Weather Sensor System for Commercial Aircraft

FSL, NWS, and NASA are engaged in a six-month test of a new weather sensor being carried on regional commercial aircraft.

14 Jan 05
FSL Scientists Present Papers at 85th AMS Annual Meeting

Scientists from FSL presented 14 papers at the 85th American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting in San Diego.

12 Jan 05
Data Available from More Cooperative Agency Profilers

Four new Cooperative Agency Profilers have been added to the CAP list, and two other sites have been reactivated.

07 Jan 05
Weather Watchers, MADIS, and CWOP Featured in New York Times Article

A recent NY Times article featured the role played by private citizens in collecting and sharing detailed weather observations useful for weather professionals.

04 Jan 05
FSL and CMDL Collaborating to Evaluate GPS for Climate Studies

CMDL's Mauna Loa Observatory is hosting an FSL GPS receiver to evaluate some uses of GPS in climate studies.

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