2013 CSWR Project and Educational Outreach Schedule

Current and Upcoming Events 2013:

27-28 September 2013: Dulles Town Center Science and Engineering Careers Fair
Joshua Wurman and Karen Kosiba from CSWR will be at the DTC Science fair to speak with members of Congress as well as members of the general public who wish to learn more about the science behind the DOWs and the research done by CSWR.

For more information about the DTC Science Fair, click here.

16 Sep - 4 Oct: WIUDOW
The DOW will be traveling to Western Illinois University to be utlized by undergraduate and graduate atmospheric science students as they seek to enhance their understanding of their academic studies through the use of hands-on instrumentation. Students will be trained on radar operations as well as how to interpret the data they collect.

For more information about this upcoming project, click here.

1-21 Nov: HERO
Graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Hawai'i will utilize a DOW radar truck on the island of Oahu in order to enhance their understanding of radar characteristics and operation. The project will also coincide with several outreach events to local K-12 schools and other public outreach events.

For more information about the HERO project, click here.

December 2013 - January 2014: OWLeS
The OWLeS project examines the formation mechanisms, cloud microphysics, boundary layer processes and dynamics of lake-effect systems (LeS) at unprecedented detail using X-band and S-band dual-polarization (dual-pol) radars, an aircraft instrumented with particle probes and profiling cloud radar and lidar, a mobile integrated sounding system, a network of radiosondes,and a surface network of snow characterization instruments.

To learn more about the OWLeS project, click here.

Previous 2013 events

23 Jul - 1 Sep: CSWR involvement with the RWEACT Project
CSWR, in conjunction with the Rio Grande Watershed Emergency Action Coordination Team, worked to provide near real-time DOW radar data to lead forecasters at the National Weather Service. Especially vulnerable to flash flooding during periods of heavy rainfall, the burn scar regions of Hinsdale, Rio Grande and Mineral Counties of Colorado are not always resolved with the WSR-88D radar of the NWS, so DOW 6 remained stationed atop Bristol Head. When deployed, researchers traveled up to the mountain site each day to run the radar and send the data out, in accordance with directives given by the lead meteorologists at the National Weather Service Pueblo Office. This data, whem combined with data being obtained by other meteorological and hydrological sensors and instrumentation, assisted forecasters and emergency management officials alike in gaining insight as to how convective systems evolve and affect regions which have been affected by wildfires.

For more information about the Bristol Head project, click here.

16-18 Aug: Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport's annual Airshow
Once again, a DOW was present at this year's Airshow at the Rocky Mountain metropolitan Airport. We had computer displays of past weather events playing on our Rapid-Scan DOW screens, and answered many questions the public had regarding the research that CSWR does and the instruments we use.

For more information about this year's airshow, click here.

16 Jun - 8 July: SUNY-Stony Brook DREAMS Project
Graduate and undergraduate students from the State University of New York at Stony Brook were given the opportunity to utilize a DOW radar truck to observe and measure marine boundary phenomena such as diurnal seabreeze initiation and convection. Students were trained in using the radar, and developed independent scanning strategies to observe meteorological and non-meteorological events that impacted the area during the project.

For more information about the DREAMS project, click here.

10 Jun: Presentation to the Undergraduate Leadership Workshop
At NCAR's Center Green location, students who were visiting Boulder as part of the Undergraduate Leadership Workshop (ULW) were given a preentation focusing on the research done by CSWR as well as the instrumentation used in such research, followed by a tour of a DOW truck.

For more information about the ULW, click here and here.

18-21 and 28-31 May: ROTATE 2013
The 14th year of the Radar Observations of Tornadoes And Thunderstorms Experiment (ROTATE) was conducted in two short legs this year, and had a small CSWR crew in tornado alley on only a few occasions. However, in that short time, data was collected on no fewer than four tornadoes, including one that impacted the Oklahoma City area on 31 May.

For more information on the 2013 season of ROTATE, click here.

15 May: Thunder Ridge Middle School
During this all-day event, 150 seventh-grade students were presented with information about researching severe weather, as well as given a tour of the mobile DOW truck.

13 May: Twin Peaks Charter Academy
Students at the Twin peaks Charter Academy in Longmont, CO invited researchers from CSWR to speak about the research done, in instrumentation utilized in the field, and a tour of the mobile DOW truck

25 Apr: UCAR's "Take Your Child to Work Day" at the NCAR Foothills Lab
Researchers from CSWR brought a DOW to UCAR, where they discussed CSWR's research and instrumentation with children who were brought to work by their parents. A tour of the DOW was also provided, along with lots of answers to very insightful questions!

For more information about NCAR and its different laboratories/buildings, click here.

20 Apr: Westminster Public Library
During this public "Show n' Tell", a CSWR crewmember gave a presentation on what kinds of research is done at CSWR as well as the instrumentation used in the field, followed by a Q&A session, followed by a tour of a DOW radar truck

25 Mar - 7 Apr: UNDEO3
For the third time, undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln invited researchers from CSWR to bring one of the DOW trucks and train students to operate the radar. Students planned independent research projects which utilized the radar, further enhancing their knowledge of radar technology, severe weather and general atmospheric principles.

For more information about UNDEO3, click here.

19-22 Mar: Educational Outreach in South Dakota
As part of an effort to reach schools which may not ordinarily have access to radar trucks, a CSWR researcher spent a few days going from school to school in South Dakota, presenting students with information about what CSWR researchers do, the kind of data they collect, and the instrumentation they utilize in the field of atmospheric science. Students were also allowed to tour one of the DOW trucks.

14 Mar: DOW visit to FRCC Westminster
As part of the Earth Observing Laboratory's (EOL's) Technical Internship Program (TIP), CSWR researchers spoke to Front Range Community College students about the research done at CSWR and gave students a tour of one of the DOW trucks.

6 Mar: DOW visit to ITT Tech in Boulder, CO
As part of the EOL's TIP, CSWR researchers spoke to students about the research done at CSWR and gave students a tour of one of the DOW trucks.

1 Mar: DOW visit to Hunters Glen Elementary School
As part of their unit on looking at the weather in the world around them, elementary students got a visit/presentation from a CSWR researcher and an opportunity to tour one of the DOW trucks.

25 Feb: CSWR open house / facility tour for FRCC students
Students from the Westminster campus of Front Range Community College's "Introduction to Meteorology" courses toured the facility to gain a better understanding of the instrumentation used by CSWR.

13 Feb - 1 Mar: GEO-WIND
This collaborative effort between CSWR and Hobart William-Smith College in Upstate New York afforded students an opportunity to learn about the DOW operating system in conjunction with their studies of atmospheric science and severe weather through the use of hands-on instrumentation.

For more information about the project, click here.