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NCAR developed and Vaisala commercialized the dropsonde, a meteorological instrument that is deployed from an aircraft into hurricanes to improve both track and intensity forecasts

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NCAR's iconic Mesa Lab, designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei, was first dedicated in May 1967. Fifty years later, on Aug. 17, 2017, the lab was rededicated at this ceremony. Watch the remarks from speakers including NCAR Director Dr. Jim Hurrell, Dr. Sarah Ruth from the National Science Foundation (NSF),  Sandy Pei, son of I.M. Pei the Mesa Lab's visionary architect, Scott McCarthy, grandson of NCAR's visonary creator and first Director Walter Orr Roberts, U.S. Representative Jared Polis, Boulder City Mayor Pro-Tem Andrew Shoemaker, T.J. Mattimore, President of CO-LABS member Vaisala, Dr. Cliff Jacobs (former NSF) and former NCAR Director Dr. Robert Serafin.