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March 2004

One year ago

This visible satellite image of Colorado was taken last March 22, a couple of days after the big snowstorm that dropped four to six feet in some areas, and just a few inches in others.

Neither human nor virtual forecasters predicted how dramatically the storm would vary across the Front Range. A team led by COMET's Doug Wesley believes that a new generation of computer forecast models will help predict such fine-scale variations in the future. For more about the study, see Colorado’s Blizzard of 2003, One Year Later. (Image courtesy COMET, NOAA, and Scott Bachmeier, University of Wisconsin.)

Also in this issue...

NCAR reorganization gets green light

The importance of early warnings

Kaye Howe wins YWCA award

COMET staffer writes science fantasy

Scientific American recognizes NCAR scientists

Delphi Question: Foothills Lab crosswalk

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