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Draft NOAA 5-Year Research Plan Posted for Public Comment
May 3, 2013 - The NOAA Research Council will revise the draft plan based on comments received during this comment period from May 3 through June 3, 2013. To review the pland and comment, please visit http://www.nrc.noaa.gov/plans.html. This is your opportunity to provide input into NOAA's R&D portfolio prior to the release of the final version this summer.
The "5th Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations" has opened registration. It is scheduled for July 16-18, 2013 at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. and is being organized by STAR's Pablo Clemente-Colón, and co-sponsored by the U.S. National Ice Center and the U.S. Arctic Commission.
On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, Shobha Kondragunta will give a seminar: "Using Satellite Data to Improve Operational Air Quality Forecasting Capabilities."
3rd NOAA User Workshop on the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission
NOAA, NASA, and ESSIC hosted a successful meeting April 2-4 to discuss and plan a GPM Proving Ground. Presentations are now posted, and the final report will be made available soon.
STAR Leads at the NOAA 2013 Satellite Conference
April 8, 2013 - STAR and NESDIS welcome today the attendees of the 2013 NOAA Satellite Conference to the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction. This conference combines for the first time the Direct Readout, GOES/POES, and GOES-R/JPSS communities and missions, creating a conference uniquely focused on the work of North American satellite scientists.
The conference keynote speaker is David Grimes, president of the WMO, and special guest speakers included Acting NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Assistant Administrator Mary Kicza, and Assistant Administrator from NWS Louis Uccellini. The conference theme is "Strengthening Partnerships to Enhance User Readiness, Reception, and Utility". STAR scientists have been active at every level of planning, preparation, and organization of the conference, which is being held at NCWCP's new state-of-the-art auditorium and meeting facilities.
The conference runs April 8-12 at NCWCP and features presentations by a long list of STAR scientists including Fuzhong Weng on calibration/validation and data assimilation, Tim Schmit on the GOES-R ABI, Ingrid Guch on science advances and data fusion, Ralph Ferraro on precipitation, Al Powell on improving the use of satellite data at STAR, and others. The poster sessions, chaired by ASPB's Tim Schmit, feature 64 posters by STAR scientists.
May 30, 2012 - Catatumbo lightning is one of the world's most frequent lightning displays, with thunderstorms forming over the Catatumbo River in Venezuela an average of 160 nights per year. The lightning displays last up to 9 hours, beginning shortly after dusk. The lightning is nearly continuous and so vivid and reliable that it has been called the "Lighthouse of Maracaibo" and was used by fisherman and sailors as a navigation aid. Last month, when the moon was about 80% full, Suomi NPP passed over Lake Maracaibo at night and, sure enough, a thunderstorm was present right over the mouth of the Catatumbo River. Curtis Seaman with the CIRA NPP VIIRS team captured this remarkable image and explained the phenomenon behind it on the CIRA NPP blog. Read more.