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World Data Flows Return to Normal after Suez Incident

Ever Given in Suez Canal
A container ship blocking the Suez Canal

For 6 days, 3 hours, and 38 minutes in late March, the Golden-class container ship Ever Given blocked the Suez canal, leaving more than 400 vessels piled up on either end of the canal as they waited for the stranded container ship to be refloated. While media coverage of the incident has focused on potential shortages of goods like petroleum, food, and bathroom tissue, little attention was paid to the potential for worldwide data shortages as a result of the reduction in shipping capacity.

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Data Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Here at the Unidata Program Center, we know that geoscience data is important to you, and we want to do all we can to keep you informed as the efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus continue.

Although we are dedicated to maintaining community access to our data services, the National Science Foundation has not declared the Program Center to be critical infrastructure. Access to our physical location is currently highly restricted. As a result, Unidata will be providing

geoscience data for pickup1 and delivery2 only

at least until social distancing recommendations are eased.

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Mob Cancels Unidata Python Workshop

Mongooses
A mob of mongooses

A Unidata Python training workshop scheduled for Thursday and Friday March 14-15, 2019 at Valparaiso University was unexpectedly cancelled when 63 mongooses escaped from a nearby animal sanctuary and made their way to the university's Kallay-Christopher Hall. By Wednesday, March 13th, the mob of mongooses had burrowed into the building's basement and made their way to Room 210, where the workshop was to be held.

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Metrics, reach, and boosts: Unidata fully embraces Facebook

A MetPy Doggo.
He's a heckin good boy, 'cause he uses MetPy!

The Unidata Program Center is happy to announce that this is our final blog post...because we are moving all communication channels to Facebook! While this may come as a surprise to our dear community members, we’d like to take this time to highlight a few of the positive aspects associated with this move. Heck.

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Unidata to Launch Observational Satellite

GOES-16 image
Satellite images are really cool.

Following on the heels of NOAA's successful launch of the GOES-16 Earth observing satellite in November 2016, Unidata is moving ahead with plans to launch its own orbiter early next year. Unlike GOES-16, which provides a wide variety of observations including rapidly refreshing a full-disk imagery of the Western hemisphere, the first Geostationary Unidata Observing Satellite (GUOS-1) will focus its instruments on observations of the area immediately surrounding the Unidata Program Center in Boulder, Colorado.

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