AWIPS Tips: Display Capabilities in CAVE

AWIPS Tips

Welcome back to AWIPS Tips! Today’s tip is all about many of the display capabilities in CAVE. When forecasting, you’re looking at geographic scales ranging from hemispheric to local, and datasets such as surface and upper-air observations, numerically predicted forecasts from any number of different models, and potentially many others. In CAVE, you can create and label any number of editors to best suit your forecasting needs.

For example, a common display configuration is to create one editor for synoptic-scale context and another editor for local observations. You can also move these editors around in the display to see them at the same time. Click and drag a tab to an area in the display where a hand icon appears, then release.

Create, rename, and move two editors.
Create, rename, and move two editors.

Side-by-side, each editor functions as an independent map. However, CAVE also gives us the option to view products in two or four synchronized panels. To do this, we need to open the Display Menu by right-click-holding inside the editor (but not over the Resource Stack), then choose Two Panel Layout. Now we have two panels in a single editor with two synchronized cursors.

Two Panel Layout in the Display Menu.
Two Panel Layout in the Display Menu.

Using multiple panels is especially useful for comparing two datasets. Load two different model temperature datasets into each panel by opening the Display Menu in each panel, then choosing Load to This Panel. You will know which panel data will load to by the yellow L in the lower left corner.

Load data into two separate panels.
Load data into two separate panels.

While we can visually see subtle differences in these two datasets, we can use the Sampling tool in the Display Menu to view a readout of the exact values.

Open the Sampling tool from the Display Menu.
Open the Sampling tool from the Display Menu.

With all of these views and display capabilities available, you’ll surely create a configuration that fits your specific needs. Already have a favorite display configuration? Share it with us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn!

Stay tuned two weeks from today for the next blog post, where we will discuss how CAVE displays multiple datasets with different temporal resolutions.

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