Welcome to the Summer 2010 WAS*IS workshop! The Summer 2010 WAS*IS workshop will begin with an evening reception at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 5 and adjourn at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 13. The agenda page provides a detailed list of planned activities.
Reception, Thursday, August 5
We'll have a few vehicles to transport you to the reception Thursday evening. EVERYONE please meet in the lobby of the Golden Buff at 5:30 p.m. MST so that the vehicles can leave NO LATER than 5:40 p.m. If, for some reason, you won't be riding over with everyone, please let me know so we don't wait for you! I know that one or two of you have later flights, so if you are not going to make it to the Golden Buff by 5:30, please let me know and please direct the Super Shuttle to take you directly to the site of the reception.
The reception is being held at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Mesa Lab (ML) at 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, Colorado (the blue box in the bottom left hand corner of the map). To get to our reception room, the Mesa Lab cafeteria, go in the main door of the Mesa Lab (there is a drive around circle for vans and unloading in front of the entrance, which has big glass sliding doors), and check in with security. The cafeteria is down one level, and can be confusing to get to, so have them direct you to it.
The dress code for the workshop is casual and comfortable. Feel free to wear jeans, shorts, capris, t-shirts, flip-flops, running shoes, etc. It often is quite cool in the buildings though, so if you get cold easily, I suggest you bring along a sweater or sweatshirt. PLEASE NOTE that we're taking a field trip on Tuesday, August 10, during which we'll be doing some walking and light hiking. You don't need to bring heavy duty hiking boots, but plan to wear something with good tread (e.g., running shoes, trial runners, or even good sandals like Tevas or Chacos - the rocks are slick!!) that you don't mind getting a little dirty. You may also want to bring a hat and a rain jacket or small umbrella just in case we're outside during one of our afternoon thunderstorms that are typical this time of year. We will provide plenty of water and sunscreen for the field trip.
What to Bring
Please remember that it's very dry in Colorado. You may want to bring chapstick and lotion (yes, we've had people forget and complain in the past). Please remember to start hydrating with lots of water early, prior to the trip, and continue drinking lots of water once you arrive.
Sunday - Free Day
Sunday, August 8, is a free day with no mandatory workshop sessions, so you have the day off to relax, shop, explore Boulder, etc. If you want to hike, we will lead a group to the NCAR Mesa Lab for a little local hike. In past years, there have been two groups, one of which does a longer, harder hike and one of which does an easier, lighter hike. That's up to you all. For the hike(s), we'll probably leave the Golden Buff around 8:00 a.m. on Saturday so we can be hiking by about 8:30 a.m. After the hike, we'll stop for lunch at Southern Sun, a local's favorite microbrewery to reward ourselves! You are also welcome to organize other social activities like shopping on the Pearl Street Mall, etc. during the day. The Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau is a good site if you're interested in finding events, restaurants, etc. in Boulder for your Sunday and evenings off.
Boulder National Weather Service visit
On Sunday, August 8, there will be an optional visit to the Boulder National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office later in the afternoon (leaving the Golden Buff at 3:15 p.m. for a 4:00 p.m. tour). The visit is a great opportunity to visit the operational forecasting environment and to learn from the forecasters who are eager to share their perspective and talk with you! We have to provide the names of visitors in advance, so please let Emily Laidlaw know as soon as possible if you plan to participate in the tour.
Daily Reference Readings
You will notice on the agenda that each day has daily reference readings that go along with the discussion topics for the day. These will be linked shortly on the agenda page, so you may access them that way.