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Vol. 39 #3 March 2004

Tapping the Earth Simulator

earth simulator

NCAR modelers are using the world’s fastest computer, conducting experiments at an extraordinarily fine resolution. More>


Recalling NCAR's early days

Marcel VerstraeteWhen Marcel Verstraete came to work at NCAR in May 1962, construction of the Mesa Lab was still years in the future. More>

NCAR sunspot model

mausumiA research team led by HAO's Mausumi Dikpati may have found the key to the ebb and flow of sunspot activity: a current of plasma that circulates between the Sun's equator and its poles. More>

UCAR childcare center

HR's Kristen Alipit is expecting her first child in May--just a few months before the opening of the new UCAR childcare center. More>

Random Profile: Julie Harris

julie harris
Julie Harris, a computer facility technician in SCD, has a lot of ties with NCAR. More>

Delphi Question: Spring Fling menu

Bike path nears approval

trainTired of trudging along the railroad tracks to get from the Foothills Lab to Center Green? More>

Visualization of a plume

An SCD visualization lab image illustrates a relatively simple simulation within the complicated dynamics of the Sun. More>

Patent awards

patentUCAR recognizes staff who worked on technologies that were granted recent U.S. patents. More>


Just one look


COMET’s Matt Kelsch, shown here checking weather instruments at the cooperative observing climate station on the grounds of NIST, plays a key role in keeping Boulder weather records. Every afternoon at a set time (and sometimes more than once a day), he records readings at this Stevenson screen from a maximum thermometer, a minimum thermometer, a snowboard, and a rain gauge—thereby providing the National Weather Service with Boulder’s official high and low temperature and precipitation for the preceding 24 hours. NOAA’s John Brown works with Matt to ensure all days are covered. March is usually the snowiest month in Boulder, but this past March was drier than average and the fourth warmest since recordkeeping began in 1893. Matt warns, “It certainly raises concerns that drought conditions will re-intensify if April and May are not wet."
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