Often other work we do as scientists and archivists intersects with Old Weather in interesting, and sometimes unpredictable ways. I'd like to use this tread to share some of these projects and events in a more informal way than writing a blog post (or a peer-reviewed journal article). I'll start with a project we started last year called the Arctic Heat Open Science Project. The aim of this project is two-fold: to test promising new technologies, primarily autonomous and satellite-telemetered ocean sensors, and to integrate a near real-time open data approach that will encourage timely access for weather and sea-ice forecasters, modelers, and any other users. I see the link to Old Weather being not only the overlapping geographic region and general scientific focus on weather and ocean environment, but its multidisciplinary, open access, and public service aspects, all of which tend to break down traditional controlled-access data-silos.
So, for fun here is a short little movie called 'Arctic Oceanography from the Sky' our undergraduate Hollings Scholar made during the first field deployment in June 2016: https://youtu.be/m4dh4vsdO4w
And data visualizations can be seen here: http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/arctic-heat/
(see in particular the links to ALAMO floats 9085 and 9076 below the photo). I expect the data from these two floats will proved especially interesting given the extraordinary temperature and ice anomalies we've seen the Chukchi Sea this fall/winter -- and the fact that these are the only near real-time sensors out there at the moment. Note: after winter freeze-up the floats cannot break the surface to transmit data when there is sea-ice above them; instead they are designed to continue profiling below the ice until there is an opening of some kind, which may not occur until next spring. We'll have to wait and see how this works out.
Feel free to ask questions which I'll do my best to answer...