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7 Apr 15
SOS at the Annual Space Weather Workshop

The annual Space Weather Workshop will feature special presentations to international space weather professionals using SOS.

25 Mar 15
NOAA's SOS at National Science Teachers Association National Conference

At the NSTA National Conference in Chicago, SOS Education Specialist Hilary Peddicord presented lessons and gave demonstrations featuring SOS's new flat-screen classroom application, SOS Explorer™.

23 Feb 15
GSD Hazard Services Team Meets Major Milestone

In collaboration with the National Weather Service and Raytheon Technical Services, GSD staff have met a major milestone in developing a new Hazard Services system for NWS forecasters. The upcoming 15.1.1 build of AWIPS II (September 2015 field release) will include a version of Hazard Services that will allow forecasters across the nation to experiment with the new functionality for hydrological hazards.

6 Feb 15
NOAA Engages Broader Weather Community with Open Data Initiative

NOAA's High Impact Weather Prediction Project will begin its Open Data Initiative on February 9, 2015. The goal is to actively involve the broader weather forecasting community in the evaluation of model development.

26 Jan 15
First SOS System in Middle East

The first Science on a Sphere® in the Middle East has been installed at the Children’s City Museum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

21 Jan 15
MADIS Successfully Transitioned from Research to Operations

Collaborative work between OAR, NWS, and NESDIS led to the Meteorological Assimilation Data Ingest System (MADIS) being declared operational on January 21. MADIS was established in 2001 to prototype access, integration, quality control, and distribution techniques for real-time observation data, and now provides quality-controlled data from a wide variety of observing systems covering the globe.

3 Dec 14
Completion of NOAA Work Efforts Under IA#26 for Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau (CWB) recently accepted completion of NOAA's work performance under Implementing Arrangement #26 (IA#26).

16 Oct 14
New NOAA Supercomputer Goes Into Production

Late this summer marked the start of production on NOAA's newest research and development supercomputer, vJet, located at the David Skaggs Research Center in Boulder.

30 Sep 14
High-Resolution Rapid Refresh Model Implemented Operationally at NWS

The High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR), a 3-km-resolution weather model that updates hourly, was put into daily operations by the National Weather Service's National Centers for Environmental Prediction on September 30.

25 Sep 14
NOAA Hurricane Forecast Model Made Available to the Academic Community

The Developmental Testbed Center (DTC) released a new version of the Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting (HWRF) model, providing it to the academic community to facilitate collaboration toward improving the model.

12 Sep 14

GSD’s GPSMet project has been working with its CRADA partner Trimble Navigation Limited to verify their ability to routinely create and deliver GPS products to NWS and NESDIS.

29 Aug 14
Betsy Weatherhead, Leader in the AMS Weather Enterprise

Dr. Betsy Weatherhead of NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory and CIRES has wrapped up her tenure as Chair of the American Meteorological Society's (AMS) Summer Community Organizing Committee with a successful meeting focused on improving weather forecasts and forecast communication.

18 Aug 14
SOS Teacher Workshops: Hands-On Data-Driven Activities on Flash Floods

Hilary Peddicord, an ESRL/GSD/Science on a Sphere® Education Specialist, is preparing for a round of workshops to support teachers with lesson plans for educating students about flash floods.

29 Jul 14
GSD Hosts Hazard Services Focal Point Focus Group Workshop

A workshop in June brought several National Weather Service hazardous weather Focal Points to Boulder. Working with ESRL/GSD and Raytheon developers, the group began the process of customizing the product generation aspect of the in-progress Hazard Services system.

9 Jul 14
SOS Holds Workshop in Boulder for Elementary School Teachers

In a July workshop, Taking a trip around the globe, Colorado elementary school educators will explore ways to increase utilization of SOS technology and content, as well as the use of NOAA data visualizations in the classroom.

30 Jun 14
WRF-Chem in Nepal

GSD scientists recently served as invited instructors at a Weather Research and Forecast with Chemistry Modeling (WRF-Chem) Tutorial for scientists in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) Region. In addition to this workshop in Kathmandu, they presented some of their latest scientific findings at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development's Second Annual Regional Atmospheric Science workshop in Pokhara, Nepal.

17 Jun 14
GSD’s SOS Team at Users Collaborative Network Workshop

The GSD SOS team members presented and discussed many ways to use SOS at the 2014 workshop in St. Paul. The workshop helps participants make more effective use of their SOS, and promotes sharing of information, expertise, and content.

30 May 14
Science On a Sphere® Takes Center Stage at World Science Festival

SOS was a feature attraction at the World Science Festival in New York City, and also was used as a backdrop for several morning segments on The Weather Channel.

May 14
Winter-Spring Newsletter from the Developmental Testbed Center (DTC)

Jamie Wolff, Isidora Jankov, and Tressa Fowler describe new verification display options available at the DTC, and much more!

2 May 14
NOAA's Science On a Sphere® Has a USPS Stamp

The United States Postal Service (USPS) released a new international-rate Forever stamp on Earth Day. The stamp, called Global: Sea Surface Temperatures, features an SOS image.

25 Apr 14
ESRL/GSD Signs CRADA for GPS-Met Development and Commercialization

ESRL/GSD, working with the NOAA Technology Partnerships Office, has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Trimble Navigation Limited to refine, improve, or evaluate commercial extensions of the GPS-Met technology.

27 Mar 14
NOAA's Science On a Sphere® Dazzles Students at Boulder Colo Middle School

Because new Science On a Sphere® team members needed practical technical training in setting up the traveling SOS System, more than 500 students who attend Southern Hills Middle School in Boulder, Colorado were treated to demonstrations of SOS during the week of March 17- 21.

26 Feb 14
Improved Short-Range Weather Forecasts from RAP Model Upgrade to Ver. 2

The Rapid Refresh Version 2, the newest edition of this hourly-updated assimilation/modeling system, NOAA's most frequent rapidly updated weather forecast model, was installed operationally at NWS' National Centers for Environmental Prediction on February 25. RAPv2 provides improved predictions of quickly developing severe weather events, including thunderstorms and winter storms, as well as aviation hazards such as clear-air turbulence and icing.

12 Feb 14
Science On a Sphere® - Now With a Mandarin Chinese Website

Due to the great interest in SOS among Mandarin Chinese speaking nations, GSD's Technology Outreach Branch has developed a Mandarin-language version of the top-level SOS Web pages.

30 Jan 14
GSD Demonstrates Latest Hazard Services Tool to Six NWS Forecast Offices

From late October through November, members of the Hazard Services Development Team visited several NWS forecast offices to demonstrate and gather feedback on Production Version 2 of the Hazard Services application being developed for AWIPS II.


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