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Staff Notes Monthly

For the people of NCAR, UCAR, and UOP Vol. 40, #3, March 2005

RICO field project:
Cool heads prevail during a complicated study of warm rain

Studying clouds and warm rain on tropical islands from November through January sounds like an excuse for atmospheric scientists to take a mid-winter trip to the beach.  More >

RICO students


It’s playtime: Parents give high marks to
UCAR Child Care Center

Just a few blocks from the data analysis, computer modeling, and other cutting-edge research in Foothills Lab, a bunch of small children are engaging in some intense projects of their own.  More >


Rotating scientists recall time at NSF
For ASP’s Al Cooper, the motivation for spending a year in Washington, D.C., at the National Science Foundation was to get a stronger sense of nationwide research into his field of physical meteorology.   More >


Short Takes
Solar rotation. Unlike a solid body such as Earth that rotates once a day at all latitudes, the Sun has a differential rotation that ranges from 25 days at the equator to about 35 days at the poles.   More >


Greg Holland, MMM’s new director
MMM’s new director, Greg Holland, is almost as familiar with Colorado as with his native Australia.  More>


Python interface to NCL’s graphics library now available
If you’re an NCAR scientist or engineer, you will probably be asked this month to fill out a survey about your professional collaborations.  More>


Steve Schneider’s 60th
Current and former NCAR staff and students gathered with Steve Schneider during the symposium on Whole Earth Systems: Integrating Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy.  More>


Delphi Questions
Quiet time, dependent pet care, FL parking  More>


During the Rain in Cumulus over the Ocean (RICO) field project from November 17 through January 24, UCAR photographer Carlye Calvin photographed these frigate birds on the island of Barbuda. Frigates are large seabirds whose wingspan can reach up to eight feet. Known as the “man o’ war bird,” they use their intimidating size and superb flight capabilities to harass less agile seabirds into dropping their catch. Barbuda is said to host the biggest frigate bird concentration in the world, with an estimated several thousand in its Frigate Bird Sanctuary located at the island’s northwestern lagoon, accessible only by boat. Nearly 80 staffers traveled to Antigua and Barbuda for the RICO field project. In addition to observing trade wind cumulus clouds, some also had the chance to see these amazing birds in action. More on RICO.

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