Unidata Update: July 2020

In case you missed it — here's a recap of news from the Unidata Program Center for the month of July, 2020.

UCAR continues to follow physical distancing guidelines, and Unidata Program Center staff are continuing to work from home at this time. We're all still available by e-mail and other electronic means to help with your data and software needs. Please don't hesitate to write to us if there is something we can do to help keep your science up and running.

Upcoming deadlines to be aware of:

24 August Abstracts are due for the AMS 2021 Meeting.
21 September Abstracts are due for the AMS 2021 Student Conference.

Highlights from last month:

Abstract Deadline for AMS Meeting Extended

AMS 2021

The 100th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in will be held 10–14 January 2021 in New Orleans, LA. This year's theme is “Strengthening engagement with communities through our science and service.” The submission deadline for abstracts has been extended to 24 August 2020.

New AWIPS Configurations for GFS FV3 Parameters

AWIPS

There are a few AWIPS configuration changes to EDEX to address the change in GFS FV3 model data. As of June 16, 2020 NCEP changed the Vertical Velocity and Total Precipitation parameters in the GFS FV3 suite that come over NOAAPort. Read on for more detailed information about the changes from NCEP and Unidata.

2020 Community Equipment Awards

Community

Unidata is happy to announce the Community Equipment Award recipients for 2020. Five institutions received funding this year

Summer 2020 Unidata Interns Wrap Up Their Projects

Interns

The Unidata Program Center's three summer student interns — Russell Manser from Texas Tech University, Caitlyn McAllister from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, and Lauren Prox from George Mason University — have come to the end of their summer appointments. After a summer of dedicated work they presented the results of their projects to the UPC staff on July 28, 2020. Read on to learn more about their projects.

On the Developer's Blog

Unidata Program Center developers write regularly on technical topics on the Unidata Developer's Blog. This month we have articles from each of our three summer student interns describing their summer projects. The ongoing MetPy Mondays series looks at working with Amazon Web Services S3 buckets and animating hurricane forecast tracks.

Governing Committee News

Unidata's Users Committee will meet in a virtual meeting September 10-11, 2020.

Unidata's Strategic Advisory Committee will meet in a series of two virtual meetings, beginning August 6-7, 2020, with follow-on meetings on dates in October 2020 to be determined.

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