Unidata Update: April 2021

In case you missed it — here's a recap of news from the Unidata Program Center for the month of April, 2021.

UCAR continues to follow physical distancing guidelines, and Unidata Program Center staff are continuing to work from home at this time. We're all still available by e-mail and other electronic means to help with your data and software needs. Please don't hesitate to write to us if there is something we can do to help keep your science up and running.

Highlights from last month:

NetCDF 4.8.0

netCDF

The Unidata netCDF team is happy to announce the availability of netCDF 4.8.0 C library, now with Zarr support (nczarr)!

Unidata Welcomes New Committee Member

Tim Foster

The Unidata Program Center is pleased to welcome a new member to the Unidata Users Committee. Mr. Tim Foster is a member of the Computer and Information Sciences faculty and Technology and Social Programs Area Chair at Tohono O'Odham Community College in Sells, AZ.

Welcome to AWIPS Tips!

AWIPSTips

Hi from the AWIPS team at Unidata, Tiffany Meyer and Shay Carter, and welcome to AWIPS Tips! AWIPS is a free meteorological software package for analyzing and displaying weather data. We're kicking off a biweekly blog series called AWIPS Tips, dedicated to highlighting the capabilities of Unidata AWIPS for research and education. Each series entry will showcase a small task or ability of AWIPS and be archived on the AWIPS Tips blog tag.

AWIPS Tips: Visualizing Data in CAVE

AWIPSTips

Welcome back to AWIPS Tips! Today we’re exploring data visualization with CAVE. Forecasts aren’t made from a single product alone-- it’s the synthesis of many products that make forecasts robust. CAVE makes it easy to visualize many different datasets using overlays, visibility toggles, panes, and more.

MetPy 1.0.1 Released

MetPy

Version 1.0.1 of MetPy is now available. MetPy is a collection of tools in Python for reading, visualizing, and performing calculations with weather data. The project aims to mesh well with the rest of the scientific Python ecosystem, including the Numpy, Scipy, and Matplotlib projects, adding functionality specific to meteorology.

On the Developer's Blog

Unidata Program Center developers write regularly on technical topics on the Unidata Developer's Blog. Last month, the ongoing MetPy Mondays series looks at some interesting extensions to JupyterLab and at some notebook-based debugging and code profiling tools.

Governing Committee News

Unidata's Users Committee met in two virtual meetings February 2021, with a follow-on meeting scheduled for early May.

Unidata's Strategic Advisory Committee will met in two virtual meetings in February 2021, with a follow-on meeting in late April.

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