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Clouds and rainbow from a recent road trip to New Mexico (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

Staff Notes Monthly

For the people of NCAR, UCAR, and UOP Vol. 42, #1, December 2007 - January 2008

A speedy tool for hurricane forecasters

New technique helps monitor fast-changing hurricanes near shore

When hurricane season kicks off on June 1, Wen-Chau Lee (EOL), Paul Harasti (UOP/VSP), and Michael Bell (EOL) will be watching with even more interest than usual. Effective this season, a technique they and colleagues developed becomes an official part of the forecasting toolkit at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC). More>

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Music, movies, and…atmospheric science?
iTunes may be best known as a place to download music and videos, but the Apple software offers more than the latest pop hit. At iTunes U, users can access more than 30,000 audio and video files from colleges and universities around the country, encompassing everything from tutorials on physics to video lectures on global affairs. More >

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New electric service to Mesa Lab
Starting mid-summer, contractors will install a new electrical conduit system to serve the Mesa Lab. One of the project’s indirect benefits is the option to widen the Mesa Road in the future to incorporate a much-needed bike lane. More >

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Random Profile: Keith Romberg
Every other month, Staff Notes Monthly spotlights a staff ­member selected from the phone directory with the help of a random number generator. This month we profile Keith Romberg, a software engineer and programmer in EOL. More >

delphi Delphi tradition nearly three thousand years old
The UCAR/NCAR Delphi Service may have started in the thoroughly modern, disco-era year of 1974, but it harks back all the way to ancient Greece. More >
ilana pollack Short Takes
Urban weather, fire weather. START and Pre-HIPPO. More >

mesa lab model

Built in the mid-1960s, the Mesa Lab was designed by well-known architect I.M. Pei. In February, the UCAR/NCAR Archives obtained this site model of Pei’s final design of the lab, pictured here.

The model, which dates to sometime around 1962–64, measures 68 by 98 inches (173 by 249 cm). Divided into three sections, it shows not just the building itself but the entire mesa site, minus the Flatirons. The actual lab that stands today differs somewhat from the model, which called for a third tower on the south side of the mesa and a conference center east of the current parking lot.

Pei’s architectural historian made contact with UCAR two years ago to ask if UCAR would be interested in the model, which was being stored in a warehouse on Long Island at the time. Pei gifted the model to UCAR.

For UCAR archivist Diane Rabson, opening the shipment was an exciting moment. “We didn’t know what it looked like—we only heard that it was beautiful—so we didn’t know what to expect when we opened it,” she says. “It far exceeded our dreams. Usually architectural models are pretty fragile, but this one was definitely made to last.”

EO is currently working on a new exhibit featuring Pei and the designing and building of the Mesa Lab. The exhibit, which will showcase the model and possibly include original drawings and blueprints, will occupy the space outside the Damon Room. EO hopes to unveil the display by this coming autumn, according to exhibits manager Linda Carbone.