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

UCAR family-friendly benefits rank at the top

For the last few years, HAO's Sarah Gibson and Mark Miesch have been striking a balance between the sons in their house and the Sun in the sky. More >

Gibson and Miesch

Senior Scientists

New leadership for EOL
July was a critical month for the Earth Observing Laboratory. Roger Wakimoto took over as director while Karyn Sawyer, formerly head of the Joint Office for Science Support, came on board as assistant director.    More >


2005 Up-the-Hill Races have an international flavor
A rite of summer passed on August 26, when the annual Up-the-Hill Races took place on the Mesa.  More >


Random Profile: Vickie Johnson
Vickie does a bit of everything: manages COMET's outreach program, designs educational materials, handles general project management, and writes proposals.   More >


NCAR's public face: Mesa Lab tour guides share atmospheric science with visitors
The tours are one facet of the public visitor program, which also includes programs for school groups from preschool level through college as well as other educational outreach activities both on and off site.   More>

Short Takes

Short Takes
Climate change in Africa, wildfires and ozone, and other highlights of research throughout the organization.  More>

Bike Path

Construction begins on CG-FL bike path
Construction of a long-awaited bike and pedestrian path between the Foothills and Center Green campuses won final approval in August and is expected to begin this month.   More >

Delphi Questions

Delphi Questions
Base funding cuts, parking at CG1, cafeteria menu   More>

HAO moves

Hurricane Katrina Challenge
UCAR President Rick Anthes announced on September 5 that he was challenging all UCAR staffers to contribute to the American Red Cross in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In an overwhelming response, staffers contributed $50,000 in a little more than a week.   More>


Boulder was treated to a spectacular view of mammatus clouds on July 14 as an afternoon storm moved south along the Front Range. Staff Notes Monthly photographer Carlye Calvin snapped this photo of the sky outside FL4. Mammatus usually appear as a storm is approaching or leaving, but on this occasion the storm's core hugged the mountains, keeping Boulder dry while making for an unusually long period for observing mammatus.

Most clouds form in rising air, but mammatus form in sinking air. Updrafts in a storm carry air that is saturated with precipitation to the cloud tops, where it loses upward momentum and eventually sinks back toward the ground. Although the air warms as it sinks, its heat energy goes toward melting and evaporating the precipitation particles contained within it. As the sinking air becomes cooler than its surroundings, it extends below the cloud base in the form of sagging mammatus.