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December 03, 2020

Congratulations to our GSL team for successfully transitioning significant upgrades to NOAA regional hourly-updating weather models into NWS operations!

The NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) transitioned the final versions of GSL-developed NOAA's flagship high-resolution weather models -- Rapid Refresh (RAP) and High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) into operations. This latest RAP/HRRR version includes upgrades that make forecasts better in nearly all aspects including th...

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November 09, 2020

GSL offers new educational tour "HRRR Smoke and 2020 fire season"

Four million acres burned in California alone this year, making 2020 a record fire season for the Western U.S. To explore this historic wildfire season, The Global Systems Laboratory’s (GSL) Science On a Sphere® (SOS) team released a new interactive educational tour about the 2020 wildfires on its free mobile app - SOS Explorer™ (SOSx). “Tour -...

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November 04, 2020

GSL's Curtis Alexander awarded 2020 OAR Employee of the Year for Leadership

GSL’s Curtis Alexander was awarded the 2020 OAR Employee of the Year for Leadership. The citation reads: “For excellence and leadership to develop and implement real-time hazardous weather prediction that improves the safety of U.S. citizens.”Dr. Curtis Alexander is a Supervisory Meteorologist at the NOAA Global Systems Laboratory (GSL) and Chie...

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November 02, 2020

GSL Welcomes DaNa Carlis as our new Deputy Director

DaNa L. Carlis, Ph.D., joined GSL as the Deputy Director in September 2020. He comes to GSL from the NOAA Weather Program Office (WPO), where he established the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC) Program. DaNa enjoys working between science, policy, and society to ensure better products and services for the American people. He is also pas...

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October 29, 2020

New research finds reduced observations from commercial aircraft impact regional weather model’s accuracy

National Weather Service says accuracy of official forecasts has not been affectedAircraft-based observations are one of the most important meteorological observation sources within the modern global observing system. Flight reductions related to the COVID-19 pandemic raised questions about whether the loss of meteorological observations from ai...

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October 19, 2020

Oct 27-29: GSL to host Hazard Services Functional Forecaster Assessment Test (FAT) to evaluate marine and non-precipitation weather products

Oct 27-29: GSL researchers will virtually host more than a dozen participants for a Functional Forecaster Assessment Test (FFAT) of new Hazard Services capabilities. FAT will be Oct. 27-29, all virtual using the Amazon Web Services cloud platform and will evaluate marine and non-precipitation weather products. Because the software already includ...

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