ARL Weekly News – June 1, 2018

HQ The Fiscal Year 2018 Information Technology Security Assessment & Authorization activities for ARL took place between March 26, 2018 and May 31, 2018. On May 31, Rick Jiang (System Owner) presented the package to Gary Matlock (Authorizing Official), Jeremy Warren (Co-Authorizing Official), and Ariel Stein (Acting Director). James Brown (OAR IT Security Officer) and…

ARL Weekly News – May 25, 2018

HQ Alice Crawford and Barbara Stunder are supporting the Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) in the VAAC’s response to the ongoing Kilauea eruption. They have been participating in daily conference calls with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), VAAC, and Honolulu Weather Forecast Office staff. Alice is posting, on a password protected web page, ash dispersion…

ARL Weekly News – May 18, 2018

HQ Flash Leaflet Maps: This week the HYSPLIT Weather Forecast Office website interface was updated to allow the HYSPLIT results to be displayed on a JavaScript Leaflet open source mapping application. The updates are necessary to meet a June deadline when support will end for the mapping software used in current versions of the interface.…

ARL Weekly News – May 11, 2018

HQ A global aerosol forecasting operational model, dubbed as the NOAA Environmental Modeling System (NEMS) and Global Forecast System (GFS) Aerosol Component (NGAC), has been implemented at the National Weather Service (NWS). Pius Lee and Youhua Tang contributed to this fruition of launching the first global aerosol forecast service at NWS by confirming its skill in capturing large amplitude of variability in composition, mass…

ARL Weekly News – May 4, 2018

HQ An operational on-demand backtracking capability has been implemented at NOAA as part of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)-World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Backtracking Response System to identify potential Nuclear-Test source locations. The software and website interface was developed at ARL and became operational at NOAA on September 30, 2014 with coordinated teamwork among many…

ARL Weekly News – April 27, 2018

HQ Xinrong Ren was invited to attend a joint international symposium on meteorology and environment at Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST) in Nanjing, China April 25-27, 2018. He gave an overview talk titled “The US Northeast Corridor Greenhouse Gas Project – Baltimore/Washington, DC” and presented some results on aircraft and tower network…

ARL Weekly News – April 20, 2018

HQ Dr. Robert Swap and Dr. Nader Abuhassan from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center installed a Pandora spectrometer on the roof platform at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP). Pandora tracks either the Sun or Moon to collect light through the total atmospheric column at wavelengths between 291nm and 523nm to measure…

ARL Weekly News – April 13, 2018

HQ Alice Crawford attended the FACETs working group meeting (Forecasting A Continuum of Environmental Threats). The meeting took place in Norman, Oklahoma at the Severe Storms National Laboratory from April 10 through 12. Participants observed forecasters testing new tools to create probabilistic hazard information (PHI) for end users in the hazardous weather testbed. They also…

ARL Weekly News – April 6, 2018

ATDD Temple Lee, Randy White, and Michael Buban conducted an outreach activity on 28 March for over 100 sixth grade earth science students from Rockwood Middle School in Rockwood, TN. Randy showed and discussed many of the weather instruments used in the field, and Temple and Michael performed a weather balloon launch. The teachers are…

ARL Weekly News – March 30, 2018

HQ Xinrong Ren and a few researchers from University of Maryland conducted two research flights over New York City on March 26, in collaboration with a research group from NOAA/ESRL/CSD who have been measuring volatile organic compounds using a mobile lab in New York City and its surrounding areas. Whole air samples were collected during…