AWIPS 18.2.1-3 Software Release

AWIPS 18.2.1-3 is a new release to both EDEX and CAVE (on Windows, MacOS, and Centos7/RHEL7). More information is listed below.

NOTE: It is recommended both CAVE and EDEX versions be the same

EDEX Updates

  • Updating/consolidating Satellite menu with new GOES data
    • New GOES West derived products
    • New GOES Fire Mask products
    • New GLM Flash Points
  • Updated LDM from version 6.13.11 to 6.13.16
  • Added functionality (and additional plugins) for EDEX to check and update the latest station information daily (for METAR, Upper Air, Radar, etc. products)
  • Several updates related to GLM Data:
    • AWIPS GLM data distribution will soon be migrated from Texas Tech to a source from NWS. This release includes configurations for both GLM datasets.
    • The menu items have been updated for the new data feed which the Unidata EDEX is ingesting and displaying.
    • For EDEX's run locally, access to the Texas Tech distribution is still available through the product browser (product names end with "_TT"). We will send out another notice when Unidata is distributing the NWS GLM data via IDD.
  • Added support for Snow Squall Warnings (SQ.W)

Bug fixes:

  • Update modelsounding plugin to decode new modelsounding data
  • Fix units for Absolute Vorticity and Vertical Shear
  • Update the roles authentication to handle usernames containing a space, to reduce warnings in the logs
  • Fix wrong radar name from KTDX to KDTX
  • Fix plotting of Q/F vectors for Windows CAVE

CAVE Updates

  • Several small changes to the Warngen Dialog:
    • Changed the default size to accommodate smaller screens/different resolutions
    • Added the ability to resize and gave priority to the action list
    • Changed action list behavior (for some OS's) so that selecting an action does not reset to the beginning of the list
  • Changed default size of Import GIS Dialog to fit on smaller screens
  • Added ability to display more Watches, Warnings, and Advisories
  • The startup connection window now defaults the specified EDEX to Unidata's EDEX (edex-cloud.unidata.ucar.edu) if no default is specified in caveData (this was already included in the previous MacOS minor release)
  • Removed all instances of the word "bundle" for clarity and to align with our documentation

WARNING: GOES RGB composites are not supported on macOS or in Virtual Machines due to OpenGL Shading Language limitations


How to Install AWIPS 18.2.1-3

NOTE: If you have a machine where you are wanting both CAVE and EDEX installed, install EDEX first, then CAVE

WARNING: Do not use yum update, use the awips_install.sh and this will remove old builds of CAVE/EDEX before installing new versions

EDEX Instructions:


  Linux

  1. Download the latest awips_install.sh
  2. In a terminal, go to the download directory
  3. Make the installer an executable:
    • chmod 755 awips_install.sh
  4. Run the installer as root
    • ./awips_install.sh --server
  5. Start EDEX
    • sudo edex start

CAVE Instructions:


  Linux

  1. Download the latest awips_install.sh
  2. In a terminal, go to the download directory
  3. Make the installer an executable:
    • chmod 755 awips_install.sh
  4. Run the installer as root
    • ./awips_install.sh --cave
  5. Remove caveData
    • rm -rf ~/caveData
  6. Start CAVE by opening a terminal
    • cave

  Windows

  1. Make sure you have the required pre-requisites installed
  2. Remove old builds of CAVE.
  3. Download and Install: awips-cave.msi
  4. Start CAVE by clicking on the CAVE icon on your Desktop

  MacOS

  1. If you haven't already, download and Install: awips-python.pkg for jep to work properly
  2. Remove previously installed CAVE by finding the icon (likely in the Applications folder) and dragging it to the trash.
  3. Remove caveData if it exists
    • rm -rf /Users/<user>/Library/caveData
  4. Download and Install: awips-cave.dmg
  5. Start CAVE by selecting System Menu Go > Applications > CAVE

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