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The upcoming  Competitive processes for procurements - RFIs/RFQs/RFPs lunch and learn session planned for April 22nd from Noon - 1:00pm has been cancelled.

Posted by Alia Khoury at ext. 8894,

Monday, April 6, 2020 to Thursday, April 23, 2020

Contracts reviewed NOAA's updated guidance (issued March 27, 2020) based upon OMB's issuance of M-20-17 on March 9, 2020.  Please check the COVID-19 website for information for the impact NOAA's specific guidance may have on your NOAA grants and cooperative agreements.

Posted by Alia Khoury at ext. 8894,

Monday, April 6, 2020 to Monday, May 4, 2020

Slow Cooker Lamb Stew

"This was the first time I made this recipe.  It turned out pretty good.  For some reason, I’ve never liked lamb.  Tastes like the bottom of a farmer’s leathery boot.  My wife loves it though, so we try to eat it every so often.  This stew did a good job of toning down the lamb flavor, and bringing forward the vegetables.  I liked that the lamb broke down a bit, but some large chunks remained.  The broth ended up really tasty.  The longer you let this cook, the thicker the broth becomes, and the more the flavors marry.  This is a great meal for a cold day.  It also freezes fairly well.  To add another element, try adding a bag of frozen peas toward the end of the cook.  Please enjoy!"

Michael Albright, Event Services Manager


Link to Recipe:

Slow Cooker Lamb Stew

Link to Shared Collection of Recipes:

Event Services, What's Cooking?!

Or access them through our UCAR Event Services website here

Posted by Sylvia Ng at ext. 1158,

Monday, April 6, 2020 to Wednesday, May 6, 2020

As we are working remotely during this time, utilizing our Google Drive storage is inevitable. How can we best use this tool to enhance our productivity? These Live Training Sessions are available via video conference and there are three sessions available starting April 8. Learn how to access Google Drive, tips for organization, and understand permissions and security for file sharing.

Choose a Live Training Session to join from our Google Apps - Telework Support page using the RSVP link, below. In addition, the Telework Support page contains short video tutorials to assist with audio and video conferencing.

Google Meet Live Training Sessions - RSVP here

Weds, 4/8 10:00 am - 11:15 am

Thurs, 4/9 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Fri, 4/10 10:00 am - 11:15 am

Posted by Summer Wasson at ext. 4309,

Monday, April 6, 2020 to Thursday, April 9, 2020

This week summary: ~75 appearances in the news media with ~$80,000 in equivalent advertising value

Notable news stories

Leading scientists say NOAA plan to improve U.S. weather forecasting is incomplete (UCAR, Antonio Busalacchi)

The Washington Post


A Climate Fluctuation That Could Improve Forecasts Remains a Mystery (CGD, Roland Madden and Paul Julian)

Scientific American


Abnormally warm Gulf of Mexico could intensify the upcoming tornado and hurricane seasons (MMM, Maria Molina)

The Washington Post


Satellite shows less air pollution in Denver during COVID-19 outbreak (ACOM, Gabi Pfister and Frank Flocke)

9 News

*Frank Flocke is also quoted in a similar article in the Denverite and CBS 4.


Colorado Coronavirus Updates For March 30: Closures, Testing, Cases And More (ACOM, Helen Worden)



USHST’s Infrastructure Working Group Completes 6th Annual Helicopter Infrastructure Summit in Washington, D.C. (RAL, Mattias Steiner)



6 Resources To Teach Kids About Weather And Climate During The Coronavirus Shutdown (UCAR SciEd and Comet MetEd)



Stanford researchers forecast longer, more extreme wildfire seasons (MMM, Daniel Swain)

Stanford News


Social media highlight

Posts highlighting NCAR’s new Hybrid WRF Cyclone Model were seen by 1,000 people on Facebook and nearly 3,000 people on Twitter.

Posted by Ali Branscombe at ext. 8609,

Monday, April 6, 2020 to Monday, April 13, 2020

Our annual performance evaluations (PE) launched last week. You should now see a task in your Workday inbox instructing you to complete your self-evaluation (by June 8, unless you've been given a different deadline by your Lead Admin). 

If you entered your goals into Workday before the launch, you'll see that they (along with any accomplishments you entered between July 1 and March 31) have pre-populated in your self-evaluation form. Please note that your goals can still be changed or deleted within the self-evaluation form.

If you didn't enter goals before the April 1 launch, you'll need to add them manually to your self-evaluation form. All information related to the current review cycle that hasn't already been entered should now be added to your self-evaluation form, accessed through the task in your Workday inbox.

If you'd like a preview of the process in Workday, the next PE virtual demo is today, April 6, 9-9:30 a.m. You can also view the recording of the April 2 demo on the Workday User Support website.

Reminder: HR's Performance Management website has been updated with valuable information and guidance to help you throughout the PE process.

Want to receive an email notification when you have a task in your Workday inbox? Be sure to set your email preferences.

Information about PE in light of mandatory telework can be found in the FAQs on the COVID-19 website.

For Workday-related questions and issues, submit a help desk ticket in JIRA.

Posted by Lameece Erwin at ext. 8711,

Monday, April 6, 2020 to Friday, April 10, 2020

Here’s another tip from the NCAR/UCAR Web Accessibility Team:


Allowing people to call in by phone or use VOIP can benefit mobile users, people with intermittent internet, deaf/hard of hearing users utilizing a relay service, and visually impaired users who may not have access due to user interface complications. To ensure accessibility for all these users, pick a platform for your virtual meetings that allows users to call in.

For Google Hangouts Meet, after you select “Add conferencing” and hit “Save,” the “Join by phone” options will automatically appear below the “Join Hangouts Meet” link.


When answering questions, whether from the room, audio, or in the chat, repeat the question before responding so that those calling in by phone or VOIP can understand the frame of the response.

It can also be helpful, especially with a large number of participants, to appoint a moderator to call on people to speak one at a time. Ensuring this benefits all online and phone users, since it’s impossible to focus on one voice over another.


Are you wondering what tips and tricks could be implemented to make your web pages or documents more accessible for all users? Or just want to know what web a11y is? Contact us with questions at

Posted by Zhenya Gallon at ext. 8607,

Monday, April 6, 2020 to Friday, April 17, 2020

Speaker: Allison Wing, Florida State University

Title: Convective Self-Aggregation and Climate Sensitivity in a Multi-Model Ensemble of Radiative-Convective Equilibrium Simulations

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Time: 11 am - 12 pm

Abstract:  The Radiative-Convective Equilibrium Model Intercomparison Project (RCEMIP) is an intercomparison of multiple types of numerical models, including atmospheric general circulation models (GCMs), cloud-resolving models (CRMs), global cloud-resolving models (GCRMs), large eddy simulation models (LES), and single column models (SCMs), configured in radiative-convective equilibrium (RCE). RCE is an idealization of the tropical atmosphere that has long been used to study basic questions in climate science, and is employed here to investigated the response of clouds and convective activity to warming, cloud feedbacks and climate sensitivity, and the aggregation of convection and its role in climate.

The first results are presented from the RCEMIP ensemble of more than 30 different models. The robustness of the RCE state across the RCEMIP ensemble is assessed, in terms of mean profiles of temperature, humidity, and cloudiness, and the occurrence of self-aggregation is identified. While there are significant differences across the RCEMIP ensemble in the representation of cloudiness and its sensitivity to SST, all models (except one version of one model) exhibit self-aggregation and there is agreement that self-aggregation acts to dry the atmosphere and reduce high cloudiness. The dependence of the degree of self-aggregation on SST and the resulting influence on the climate sensitivity of the RCE state is also compared across the RCEMIP ensemble. There is no clear tendency for either an increase or decrease in self-aggregation with warming, but changes in self-aggregation with warming partially explain the extreme spread in simulated climate sensitivities across the RCEMIP ensemble.

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Posted by Tracy Baker at ext. 1366,

Monday, April 6, 2020 to Tuesday, April 7, 2020




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Posted by Bob Wiley at ext. 8554,

Friday, April 3, 2020 to Friday, April 10, 2020

Butternut Squash Soup

As with many soups of this nature, sometimes it tastes better the next day as it allows all the flavors to come together. I like to make the large batch and save it in the refrigerator to last a few days. The recipe is simple, involves no cutting, is pretty cheap to make, and we usually stock up on these items as most are pantry staples for us. We usually eat this on the side with a salad or sandwich. Enjoy!

Sylvia Ng, Menu & Catering Coordinator


Link to Recipe:

Butternut Squash Soup

Link to Shared Collection of Recipes:

Event Services, What's Cooking?!

Posted by Sylvia Ng at ext. 1158,

Friday, April 3, 2020 to Sunday, May 3, 2020


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