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In This Issue...

Putting travel risk on ice

The nation’s transportation system is assaulted each winter by an evildoer that long predates the terrorists of today’s headlines. Slippery and stealthy, this force sends cars careening off roads and pulls planes down from the sky It’s ice—one of the most troublesome and hard-to-predict weather hazards on the planet. more

More light, less heat: UCAR Forum examines public-private partnerships

The weather in New Zealand is not always kind to that nation’s fabled flocks of sheep. On one winter’s day in the early 1990s, TV viewers watched lamb carcasses being hauled off, victims of a heavy snow that had been poorly predicted. more

NSF center boosts space weather modeling

What if scientists could predict upper-atmospheric storms before they disrupt communications satellites, or give earlier notice of spectacular displays of the northern and southern lights? more

India steps up its medium-range prediction

Medium-range weather forecasts—those spanning 3 to 10 days—might seem beside the point in the face of India’s legendary monsoon. But the nation’s summer rains arrive in pulses that are far from uniform, as was evident in the quirky monsoon of 2002. more

Observationalists meet to map out HIAPER sensors

Nearly 200 people convened 4–6 November at UCAR’s Center Green campus to plan a strategy for equipping the High-performance Instrumented Airborne Platform for Environmental Research. more

Training the next generation of emergency managers

Ask most emergency managers where they got their training and they’ll tell you, “On the job.” The Emergency Management Institute of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is out to change that with its Higher Education Project, in partnership with scores of colleges and universities across the country. more

Unidata’s new director: Mohan Ramamurthy

After a national search, atmospheric scientist Mohan Ramamurthy has been selected as the new director of the Unidata Program Center within UOP. more


Science Bit: Acid-catalyzed process helps multiply particulates

A mix of inorganic pollutants, such as sulfuric or nitric acid, with organic compounds produced by vegetation or combustion can lead to vast increases in the formation of secondary organic aerosols (SOAs), a new study indicates. more

Regular Features

President’s Corner: Weather, Climate, and the Evolving U.S. Climate Change Science Program

Weather, Climate, and the Evolving U.S. Climate Change Science Program. more

Web Watch

COMET makes forecast training available to all

Through COMET’s MetEd Web site, a growing set of materials now brings to the Internet the expertise honed through years of providing residence and distance learning programs. more

UCAR Community Calendar

The UCAR Community Calendar provides an overview of activities sponsored or hosted by UCAR, NCAR, or UOP for researchers, other professionals, and students in the atmospheric and related sciences. more

Governance Update

The October meetings

UCAR member and affiliate representatives and the Board of Trustees dedicated the newly acquired Center Green campus, where the meetings were held this year. more